Women in Urban Space

Poverty is experienced differently according to gender, age, caste, class and ethnicity and within households. Poverty pushes you across geographical boundaries and the societal frames set by the same factors in order to survive. More often than others women tend to fall victim to the Burden from these discriminatory power relations in the society. The …

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The Romance in Abandonment

Melancholic tales from a system in despair Chennai has the distinction of having the first elevated Rapid transit system in the country, the MRTS (Mass Rapid Transit System). Born out of a transport study by the Metropolitan Transport Project in the 1980s, the MRTS was proposed as a 20 km elevated and on-grade railway corridor with …

When was the last time you played on the streets?

When was the last time you played on the streets in front of your home with your neighbours?  Many of us don’t have an answer – because we have never gotten a chance to do so. We say it’s because of the shifting culture and society where congregations, meetings, gatherings are happening in a virtual world. But …

The Shuttered-Busy Shop fronts

The “shuttered busy shop front” – doesn't it seem ironic? How can a shuttered shop be active? Early in the morning last week, when I went for a jog, I noticed these shuttered yet busy shop fronts, crowded with the people from adjoining tea shops, random residents spending time on the road from, the early …