ADVENTURES IN A MEGA CITY – ANISH PATEL

Sam Miller in his book ‘Adventures in a megacity’ is a foreigner on foot. He describes Delhi as the city that has suffered many calamities and has repeatedly risen from its own ruins. He described all the incidents vividly where he had been encountered with Delhi before moving to the city. Delhi is a blend of ancient and modern architecture as it has been demolished and rebuilt and all it various incarnation can be seen through a thickening crust of modernity. He describes Delhi as a world city. It has everything that is old and everything that is modern. The majestic, scattered, ruin equals him as that of Rome or Athens. He describes Delhi having a sense of continuous decay and regeneration.

The author was a foreign migrant who was above the poverty line and he describes the problems that he faced due to his preferred mode of transportation i.e. walking, as people considered him to be an object of disbelief and ridicule.  He sets out to discover the real Delhi that is described as India’s dream town. He walks the city street, making his way throughout the city and its suburbs. He makes an appearance to all the prominent places like the ancient monuments, and the imperial buildings but it is through his encounters with the people that he creates this richly portrait of what Delhi means to its residents, and of what the city is becoming.

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This website is a compilation of work done by students of INDUS University, Ahmedabad. The course was a two week long module where they engaged with mapping and unfloding the many layers of small public spaces in Ahmedabad city. This course was taught by Mansi Shah

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