first day of the new third year design studio.. ‘rashomon’ first to "problematize the writing of history"- using pauls language... and then a trip to the site- vasai fort. pinkesh, dhanashree, namrata, kaiwan and me – in my car. met ganesh there.
the kids arrived later in small packs and wandered around the overgrown ruins climbing walls, discovering new routes and puzzling over the site. it was hot as hell and i was feeling a little sorry for them- but then one must be willing to sweat in the pursuit of greater knowledge. no?
the fort is merely a shell of what probably existed- and from the elaborate churches whose remains that seemed everywhere it seemed that it must have been a lot. today the spaces in between the stone walls are completely overgrown and are used to mend fishing nets and as a short cut to the village. the fort is derelict, empty and is used sometimes for shooting songs in films ( urmila matondkar and fardeen khan- kambakth ishq hai woh…)
vasai fishing village that existed on the stretch of land in between the fort walls and the sea was tiny, but seemed pretty well off. small rcc buildings, temples, churches..
we met a group of tourists from chennai in one fo the churches, who, trusting their guide book to
it is strange to imagine that this was the first city of