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Mahatma Gandhi and Subhash Chandra Bose (wearing a Gandhi cap) in 1938 Thanks to Mimi Thi Nguyen, I got to read Clothing Matters: Dress and Identity in India (University of Chicago...

harjant gill roots of love

Still from the film Roots of Love by Harjant Gill (2011) This article follows the previous one about the hijab as a complex cultural wearable object. This time, a similar complexity...

When I first went to Chandigarh in 2009, I reasonably visited the main buildings designed by Le Corbusier, troubling the urban grid only by the rather conventional tour of Nek Chand’s...

Anthropocosmogonic Vastupurushamanism

I am very happy today to present a new episode of the second series of Funambulist Papers dedicated to the question of the body. This series will be running until the...

The immanent domain (see third letter) – Dharavi in Mumbai / Photograph by Léopold Lambert (2009) FIRST LETTER (New York on July 12th 2012) /// Dear Lucy, I read your essay...

A few months ago, I was fortunate enough to have access to the short film “…Would Have Been My Last Complaint” created by Camille Lacadée (see her guest writer essay as...

Ajanta Caves in Maharashtra In their Treatise on Nomadology, Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari introduce their concept of Holey Space (see previous article) by the following injunction: Metallurgical India. Transpierce the...

Since I left India where I used to live for a while, I wrote only one article about the multitude of interesting architectures that can be seen in this country. The...

The border between Amritsar (India) and Lahore (Pakistan) is special by the “spectacle” it hosts every evening for the lowering of the flags. In fact, soldiers from the two sides daily...

At the end of september will be celebrated as every year, Durga Puja all over India. This festival celebrating the goddess Durga is particularly important in West Bengal and more specifically...

Chandigarh is a huge machine to live where every scales have been included in the control of life of its inhabitants. This control may be philanthropic but its denial of impromptus...

Streets are rivers, back-alley are affluents, you’re walking within a 10cm high water to reach work, monsoon starts !

Dharavi is said to be the largest slum in Asia with around one million people living in 175 hectares. This district was first populated by fishermen, potters from Gujarat and Muslim...

Beauty of functionality…

found this morning in The Hindustan Times. When architecture is directly transformed into a capitalistic product, its uniqueness disappear in favor of generic structures we can find everywhere in the world…

What do you see from a Bombay local train ? A generic vision of a specific city…

Those municipal buildings are located in the core of Mumbai and host families in transit between two housings. They are entirely made of prefabricated elements such as gypson panels and steel...

After Bombay dabawallas (see former post) who provide part of the city’s lunch, here are dobiwallas who wash part of the city’s clothes in a huge laundry situated in Malaxmi.

In several places in Mumbai (here between Bandra and Dharavi), you can see those pipe lines crossing the landscape to provide the city in water. Sometimes slums are developing around them...

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