Project Description



Marathi Mumbai Reader’14 is available for reference and purchase at UDRI Resource Centre.


The difficulty in representing Mumbai now is that there is always a feeling that such representations may fall into one of the several limitations of reading the city linearly. These limitations of linearity include making gross generalisations, or getting lost in seductive micro-narratives, or constructing incredible scenarios through meticulous empiricisms. While the generalisations strip the complexities of the city from the readings, the micro narratives are often myopic. Similarly, the approaches of using empiricisms are driven by preconceived agendas for problem solving.

Individually, the generalisations, micro narrations and the empiricisms are unable to capture the complexity of Systems, Organisations, and Space in the city. This impossibility of conceptualising the city warrants the need to read the city in multiple ways that simultaneously include an almost palimpsest like reading of all the approaches. To talk about the city then, would be to talk simultaneously in multiple disparate ways, in multiple languages and with multiple perspectives. The Mumbai Reader is an attempt to undertake a representation of the city that enables innumerable readings through a simultaneous and non-linear compilation of multiple voices in the city. The contents include some of the most recent perspectives on culture, economy, geography and history of the city. While it records the routine mainstream labour history and planning discourse types of writings; it also overlaps these with some of the current debates on absurdities that the city is faced with the issues relating to bar-dancers, changing of street names etc. The perspectives include voices from the bureaucracy, civil society organisations, academics, industry, judiciary, media, professionals, artists and many others. The Reader does not claim to be a comprehensive or an exhaustive compilation of readings on the city. It is rather an attempt to provide a glimpse of the complex dynamics of the city of Mumbai. The process of making this compilation was initiated through a call for papers made to a varied set of individuals in order to ensure an array of perspectives that would present to a reader diverse possibility of perceiving the city.

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  1. The Keeper Of Faith; Vanguard Of Mumbai Heritage Movement Dead Gautam Patel, Shalini Nair
  2. Fort Management Plan UDRI
  3. Revision Of Development Plan (2014-2034) UDRI
  4. Coaxed, Cornered: How A Red-Faced BMC Was Forced To Let The Secret Called The City’s Development Plan Process, Out To The City Kunal Purohit
  5. Manori Gorai Uttan Notified Area Development Plan 2022 UDRI
  6. Those 80,000 Flats Unsold Ajit Ranade
  7. Is Mumbai Growing Anymore ? Darryl D’monte
  8. Understanding Issues Related To Polycentric Governance In The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Abhay Pethe, Vaidehi Tandel, Sahil Gandhi
  9. Changing Fortunes Of State Institutions: The Era Of Projects And The Rise Of MMRDA Amita Bhide
  10. The Slum And The Highrise Alpa Sheth
  11. In Search Of Women In History Of Marathi Theatre, 1843 To 1933 Neera Adarkar
  12. You Bombay Girls Don’t Know How Good You Have It Sameera Khan
  13. Written Into The City / Writing The City Shilpa Phadke
  14. The Production Of Public Prasad Shetty, Rupali Gupte
  15. Flood Mitigation In Mumbai: Rains, Drains And Delays Gautam Pemmaraju
  16. Culture Counts: Civic Activism in Mumbai Nayana Kathpalia
  17. A Cultural Policy for Maharashtra Dr. Aroon Tikekar
  18. A Joint Enterprise: The Creation of a New Landscape in British Bombay (1839- 1918) Preeti Chopra
  19. Thackeray, A Close Ally Of The Capitalists Vidyadhar Date
  20. Three Decades of Living in Mumbai: Moments of Joy and Despair R.N Sharma
  21. Diversity, Complexity, Conviviality: Propositions for Urban Development Vyjayanthi Rao
  22. Notes from the Fringes: a Brief note on Mumbai Metropolitan Region Dr Sudha Mohan
  23. Bombay or What’s left of itMustanzir Dalvi
  24. The Paradox Of Mumbai Mills land SalesShalini Nair
  25. Mumbai, Warts And AllShanta Gokhale