Alice in Bhuleshwar: Navigating a Mumbai Neighbourhood

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Author: Kaiwan Mehta

9788190618632 | PB | pp. 196 | 2009 | Yoda Press

Kaiwan Mehta takes the reader for a walk through the streets and past the buildings of the ‘native town’ of colonial Bombay, reading their histories and excavating their memories, while continuing to negotiate their present context.

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Kaiwan Mehta takes the reader for a walk through the streets and past the buildings of the ‘native town’ of colonial Bombay, reading their histories and excavating their memories, while continuing to negotiate their present context. This historic neighbourhood of Mumbai, fondly referred to as Bhuleshwar, has remained a residential and religious hub as before, while thriving as the city’s essential commercial marketplace today. It retains a complex history of migration and community, which is evident in the architectural form, motifs and designs of the area. The buildings are literally registers of history; they are maps of a time gone by, and yet they continue to find themselves relevant and alive in the contemporary context. Alice in Bhuleshwar is also a story of the people who have lived in these buildings: unsung icons like Premiji and Saroj Pathak, famed artistes like Jayashankar ‘Sundari’, and others who have inhabited these buildings which breathe in the salty air of Mumbai and speak to those who care to listen.

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Author:

Kaiwan Mehta

ISBN:

9788190618632

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

196

Year of Publication:

2009

Publisher

Yoda Press

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Author

Kaiwan Mehta has studied Architecture, Literature, Indian Aesthetics and Cultural Studies. He is a theorist and critic in the fields of visual culture, architecture and city studies. Mehta has published various essays in edited volumes on Bombay, and cities of the 19th century such as Shekhawati, as well as exhibited his research work and ideas internationally.

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