Project Description



Mumbai Reader’15 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. Healing Through Public Art And The Environment: The Charkha At The Cross Maidan Nuru Karim
  2. A New Look At Mumbai’s Old Buildings Shanoor Seervai
  3. The Death And Life Of Heritage Pankaj Joshi, Siddharth Pandit
  4. Heritage Tag: Curse Or Boon Ajit Ranade
  5. Keep Off Education Anand Teltumbde
  6. Island City: Mumbai Then And Now Naresh Fernandes
  7. Development Must Be Better Planned, More Inclusive Pankaj Joshi, Siddharth Pandit
  8. Slumming India Nidhi Jamwal
  9. Dharavi Redevelopment- Horizontal Vs Vertical PUKAR
  10. Fault Lines In The Neoliberal City, Slums And Urban Social Movements Shalini Nair
  11. Migrant Women’s Vulnerability To Reproductive And Sexual Health In Slums Of Mumbai R.B.Bhagat Soumya Mohanty
  12. UDRI And The Revision Of Mumbai Development Plan Saga 2008 Onwards Pankaj Joshi, Omkar Gupta
  13. Street Vendors And The Urban Economy Sharit Bhowmik
  14. A City Without Streets Rohit Shinkre
  15. Mannequins On The Move Shanta Gokhale
  16. Reflections On The New Middle Class – The Model Flat Phenomenon Shilpa Phadke
  17. Reading The ‘Muslim Space’ In Bombay Through Cinema Aravind Unni
  18. Farewell, Bhendi Bazaar Sameera Khan
  19. Bar Bar Dance Maya Pandit
  20. Burden Of Being A Bar Dancer Smruti Koppikar
  21. Campa Cola And Mumbai’s Exposed Fissures Kunal Purohit
  22. Revisiting The Real Estate Bill, 2013 Shirish Patel
  23. Malls, Fast Cars And The Life Of The Man On The Street Vidyadhar Date
  24. Urban Development – An NGO InterventionPramod Kale
  25. Supreme Court Of India – Special Leave Petition (Civil) No.33402 Of 2012
  26. Planning Once Again For Greater Mumbai – Analysis Of Actor Behaviour In Designing The Previous Development PlanNavtej Nainan
  27. Development Plan For Mumbai 2014-34UDRI
  28. Information And Communication InfrastructureUDRI
  29. Geographical Information SystemUDRI
  30. Tracing Public SpacesUDRI, Ana Vargas
  31. Engagement With Municipal SchoolsUDRI, Salaam Bombay
  32. Reinventing DharaviUDRI