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Why study informality?

Why study informality?

At a conference a few months back, a senior academic asked my panel – ‘How relevant do each one of you think is to study informality? Isn’t it an outdated/irrelevant term?’. I responded, rather unclearly. The unclear response has been refining in my mind. It was not the answer in itself, as I was quite clear of it, but the articulation of it via language. Thus, here is what I feel is a clear(er) articulation of what I think about research on informality. Continue reading

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Encountering Chirag Dilli

Encountering Chirag Dilli

As the playful production of momos go on in the first floor of a shop in Chirag Dilli, Vikas, one of the 25 year old momo entrepreneur jokingly ask – “इतनी फोटो खीच रहे हो, कहीं बेन तो नहीं लगवाओगे?” ‘you are taking so pictures, will you ban us (laughs)’ …. and me “मेगी की तरह मोमो को बेन कर दिया तो दिल्लीवाले सड़क पे उत्तर आएंगे!” ‘if momos are banned like magi then dilli walas will protest on roads’……. laughs break as I taste the ingredients! Continue reading

The (kind of) FirsT visit to Savda Ghevra

The (kind of) FirsT visit to Savda Ghevra

“वह ज़मीन और आसमान की दूरी को डोर के आधार पर ही नापती है। मुझे लगता डोर उसे अपने इशारो से नचाती है… कहने को तो वो खुले आसमान में उड़ती है पर उसके हालात किसी बंधे जानवर की तरह ही होते है जिसकी डोर किसी न किसी के हाथो में होती है। …मैं डोर … Continue reading

Gali Qasim Jan ki vo Haveli….

Gali Qasim Jan ki vo Haveli….

The famous haveli at Gali Qasim jan at Ballimaran, whose resident at one point was the epitome of Urdu poetry, is one of the many mute witnesses of the Mughal tehzeeb. Like with many, Delhi have made Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan also its own, to an extent that ‘Ghalib ki Dilli’ is a common phrase … Continue reading