Sunday, September 30, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
one day last month bored of my usual ways back home i decided to go via sv road. here are some images of the cascading signboards of andheri, the odd new glass shopping centers, the residential towers and even some fragments of some of the summer homes that once lined the street.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
it could only be irony that could keep my spirits alive having spent the entire week with a terrible body ache, and spending a good 6 and a half hours driving through traffic jams in parle, dharavi, sion, lalbaug and a flat tire to the yacht club for a meeting that lasted all of 15 minutes. i did not even have time to touch the fish fingers before beginning to drive back this time past more traffic jams on the docklands road, dharavi, santacruz, dinidoshi, malad and thakur complex. all this while the only consolation was that with me was an ex-chief of the mmrda with his stories of bureaucracy and corruption, inefficiency and the everyday idiosyncrasies of large organizations and even larger egos. and all in that particularly acerbic air that only a marathi man can have. i know it well from my mothers side of the family. luckily for me and thanks god for that part of my genes my sense of humour was still marginally alive even when I got home.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
oddly, parallel themes run through the last two books i read and pedro almodovars ‘all about my mother’ which i saw again with ranjit and sonal last week. in all unusual constructs of family are born to confront loneliness and death. in ‘the color purple’ nettie finds love with her husbands ex-lover in the american south. somehow in the safe space of the unspoken sisterhood between women sexual love is allowed to exist without being expressly forbidden. it must also be living under the shadow of poverty and brutal oppression that forces traditional notions of family to be broken and new forms appear. in ‘all about my mother’ a mother grieving for her son finds solace in her own past and in the friendship of other women each coming to terms with their own suffering. the family of friends chosen ends up being stronger than the family born into. the scepter of aids hangs over the film as it does over the unconventional family of bobby, jonathan and carla, a shy bumbling man, a flamboyant confused gay man and an aging heiress in ‘a home at the end of the world’ by michael cunningham. the book follows the voices of the main protagonists as they fumble along constructing a loving space of their own outside what society imagines to be the norm.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
namrata, lubaina and me hung around at infiniti and landmark for a while until i went for a massage to juhu beach while they changed for the freshers party at the j w marriott. i couldn’t recognize any of the kids whose dreary day looks were nowhere to be seen and were replaced by the sheen of satin, shimmer and sheer. everyone looked lovely.
the previous day lubi, namtu and me had been to powai with pooja from the third year. the site was being stripped and the final touches were being put. the surfaces of brass glittered against the bison.
and then the next second year project site is the bmc ward office in andheri east. we hope to rearticulate the interface in between the street and the building.
random street photo no 2 - what does the man mean?
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
kushals brilliantly conceived, beautifully made rest space at kamathipura. outside a glimpse of a tremendously voluptuous interior. a model that took the breath away of the whole school.
maitris system of barriers and spaces entering hanging gardens
pradnyas parasite on the thane jail wall
virals constantly evolving space at a corner at social nagar in dharavi
nikhars folded market space making plane below mohammedali road flyover
devikas wire mesh tetrapods for listening to the rhythms of the waves on marine drive
masooms study of disappearing and appearing bodies at darukhana
apurvas process models to construct frivolity at bandra lands end.
vishals container project - living and working
vyoma's banganga retaining wall insertion
shivani in the mill lands
nupoor in the same mill building
pathik inverting amitabh's bungalow into a public space
sharans hybrid model and his hybrid at worli fort
hetal making a landform and light link between the slum across the road and mandapeshwar caves
elizabeth working with playful movements of sight screens at august kranti maidan