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Ahmedabad - A City in the World

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Ahmedabad, India's seventh largest city, a sixhundred year old former textile town where Mahatma Gandhi launched his struggle against British rule, the hotbed for communal violence. The city is known today for being Prime Minister Narendra Modi's stronghold, the model for a new, market-led vision of development and a harbinger of the changes sweeping through the new India. ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published May 2015 by Bloomsbury
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Sneha
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Amrita Shah has a gift for, not words, but people and things. For kites and manjhas and people who take hate lovingly in their stride.
She speaks of Gulbarg Marg without being political. She lends voice to a sewing machine in a burnt-down factory, ravaged in the riots, without being political. She speaks not of the politics of 2002 but of the people in it - their complacency, their fatalism and - as this is Gujarat - their enterprise. She speaks with little unnecessary lyricism. And she speaks a
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Keshav
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
why only 2 stars? the book covers history, the gujarati way of life, the xenophobia and explains the tendency of this new age Gujaratis to dissociate themselves with the centuries old peaceful trading community asssociations to history itself: the oncoming hoards of muslim and maratha invaders, and then the British always made the Gujarati fiercely protective of his identity, and it may have come back to haunt it.

The book is written like a long newspaper article, with drawn out (but not necessar
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Vani Herlekar Bhatt
#Books on #Cities, a genre of non-fiction that I quite enjoy.

Finished reading the new book on Ahmedabad by Amrita Shah last week. There are two more books written on Ahmedabad in the recent past. The one by Achyut Yagnik captures the socio-political history of Ahmedabad. Written in a chronological order, It is truly the biography of Ahmedabad. The second book by Howard Spodek also presents a historical perspective, but largely focuses on people, the 'movers and shakers' who make the city what it
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Mohit Pawnday
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
dips into a macro and micro perspective incessantly capturing the slow but incessant move of Ahmedabad from complex interconnected city where its citizens while having distinct lifestyles had a myriad interactions with each other to a city of antiseptic gated communities where prejudices only harden .Amrita shah brings the insight of the insider to her interactions along with the sensitivity of every day events which only a outsider can be sensitive to.the books weakness is perhaps the micro mac ...more
Ingrid
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Amrita Shah brings Ahmedabad alive to each of the senses even as she contextualises its economy and polity in its history. As someone with only a passing acquaintance with the city this book illuminated for me both historical and contemporary Ahmedabad in a truly intimate manner. Each character, each neighbourhood, each phase of the city's evolution is compellingly told, making the book utterly readable even if one is not a historian, sociologist, political scientist or Amdavadi.
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