Project Description



Mumbai Reader’10 is available for reference and purchase at UDRI Resource Centre.


The difficulty in representing Mumbai now is that there is alwayfeeling 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 undertakrepresentation of the city that enables innumerable readings througsimultaneous 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 bcomprehensive or an exhaustive compilation of readings on the city. It is rather an attempt to providglimpse of the complex dynamics of the city of Mumbai. The process of making this compilation was initiated througcall for papers made tvaried set of individuals in order to ensure an array of perspectives that would present treader diverse possibility of perceiving the city.

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  1. Governing Organisations, Ward Offices Architectural College Anita Nair & Aditi Pinto
  2. Hometown: The City in the Postnational Landscape Kazi K. Ashraf & Jyoti Puri
  3. End of the Line Naresh Fernandes
  4. Homeless in Neoliberal Cities: View from Mumbai Swapna Banerjee-Guha
  5. The Slum and the Development Plan Amita Bhide
  6. After the Violence: How the Mumbai Riots Changed Life for Muslim’s in Chawl Sameera Khan
  7. Three Decades of Living in Mumbai: Moments of Joy and Despair R. N. Sharma
  8. India, Higher Education and Bollywood . .M. K. Raghavendra
  9. Urban Design & Health of the City . .Anita Patil
  10. Flawed Urban Vision Darryl D’Monte
  11. Protecting the Urban Environment .Gautam Patel
  12. Saving Mangroves of S. No.161 Versova, 2001-2010 Rajesh Vora
  13. Dreamworlds . Gyan Prakash
  14. Bar Dancers, Morality and the Indian Law .Sonal Makhija
  15. Population Change and Economic Restructuring in Mumbai R. B. Bhagat & K. Sita
  16. Street Vendors in Mumbai Sharit Bhowmik
  17. Mumbai’s Pedestrian Paradox Nidhi Jamwal
  18. Setting the Right Priorities for Mumbai Transportation Sudhir Badami
  19. Between Kharghar & Khandeshwar .Ian Nazareth
  20. Culture Counts: Civic Activism in Mumbai .Nayana Kathpalia
  21. Extract from ‘The unbelongers’, ‘Why Loiter? Women and Risk on Mumbai Streets’ Shilpa Phadke, Shilpa Ranade & Sameera Khan
  22. A Joint Enterprise: The Creation of a New Landscape in British Bombay Preeti Chopra
  23. The Reshaping of Mumbai, Whose city is it? .Vidyadhar Date
  24. A Cultural Policy for Maharashtra . Dr. Aroon Tikekar
  25. 60 Years of Heritage Sharada Dwivedi
  26. The Dark Urban Age of the World Class City Matias Echanove & Rahul Srivastava
  27. Diversity, Complexity, Conviviality: Propositions for Urban Development Vyjayanthi Rao
  28. Fear of Victimization in Urban Neighborhoods Case of Mumbai .Dr. Sumita Sarkar
  29. “Between the Two Fires”-“Life Goes on – 24X7” Uttam C. Jain
  30. An Extract for a Container Terminal for Mumbai Port in The 21st Century .Vice Admiral IC Rao PVSM, AVSM (Retd)
  31. The Poetics of FSI .Rahul Mehrotra
  32. Analyzing Urban Layouts .Shirish Patel
  33. Icons of Mumbai . Uday Dandavate
  34. Catalogue to the Ward Plans Municipal Corporation of Greater Bombay + Index to the – Compilation of D C Regulations 1991 updated till 15.12.2008 .Rohan Bhagat
  35. Notes from the Fringes: A Brief Note on Mumbai Metropolitan Region .Dr. Sudha Mohan
  36. Ecologies of the Periphery .Aneerudha Paul & Sonal Sundararajan
  37. UDRI
  38. Bombay/Mumbai Book & Acts Maya Avasia & Priyanka Sane
  39. Reading Urbanism & Documenting Trends Isaac Mathew