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Monthly Archives: August 2006

Visiting the Municipal Corporation


Yesterday my friend, the historian and collector Deepak Rao, took me for what he excitedly described as a “peep show” in the corridors of the Bombay Municipal Corporation, which are lined with glass-faced cupboards containing a veritable treasure trove of municipal archives. Deepak is the only person I know who will compare the delight of [...]

Boyz n the Hood


Every building has a collective memory. Imagine if every building had a blog. The funds of neighbourhood histories, social commentaries, and civic complaint would open out new geographies. One idea for the Mumbai Free Map project has been to use it to locate and localise the practice of urban blogging. So it’s a pleasant surprise [...]

Expanding the Franchise


A friend from Pune, Dnyanada, while visiting today reminded me that there are two types of scholars — those who are studious, and those who are creative. And historians, in most cases, must value the former as much, if not more, than the latter. For while there is no denying the labour of creativity involved [...]