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panjim city

Our stories dictate the city that we like the most.

I met a bureaucrat last month and she has lived in Delhi for approximately 45yrs of her 60yrs of life and somewhere is so comfortable with city that she is looking at continuing to live in Delhi even after her retirement.

Actually I am trying to find out, if my favourite place the place I run to recuperate and rejuvenate can be called a city…a village is small group of settlement while a city is a large group of settlements. Although there might be urban villages are usually rural. A city could have its own local laws, depending on the country while the village has its own unwritten law and we call it tradition. A village has a smaller geographic expanse than a city; issues of housing, transport are different for each.

With emerging closed gate communities, and Suburban Township maybe we are creating blobs of villages that has contemporary work force and connecting them to create a city.

If you were to ask me to choose a city for relocation then I would look at the criteria that has been handed down like

The design of the city… what are we talking about here? The architectural layout? Or is placement of conveniences stores or the placement of the reliance marts and the more?

Connect – connect to what? To my inner soul? The next city? Other cities and towns?

Drive – this probably is the most precise we could talk about what drives the city?

We find strange phenomena in great cities, all we need to do is stroll about with our eyes open we see that Life swarms with innocent monsters. Actually cities are a lot like people showing their varying personalities to travellers, depending on the city and on the traveller. There might be mutual love, or dislike, friendship or enmity. Where one city will raise a certain individual glory, it will destroy another who is not suited to personality. Only through travel can we know where we belong or not, where we are loved and where we are rejected.

There was a time when design, connect or drive did define a city, but does it still? Every town and wannabe city has been homogenized with the same two lanes that disrespect the pedestrians, the same chain of supermarkets, from a country of unique small ethnicity that was strung together with an apparently nationalistic weave we are becoming Americans talking of uniforms in our city patterns, in our food, and clothing.

Other than Delhi that is driven by power every other wannabe city is driven by the power of Lakshmi.

Somewhere the crisis of urbanism seems more concretely a social and political one, even though today no force born of traditional politics is no longer capable of dealing with it. Medico-sociological banalities on the pathology of housing projects, the emotional isolation of the people who must live in them, or the development of certain extreme reactions of rejection. Chiefly among the youth, simply betray the fact modern capitalism the bureaucratic society of consumption in here and there beginning to shape its own setting this society with its new towns is building the terrain that accurately represents in combing the conditions to most suitable for its proper functioning while at the same time translating in space, in clear language of organization of everyday life, its fundamental principle of alienation and constrain. It is likewise here that the new aspects of its crisis will be manifested with greatest clarity.

From cities that have grown from settlements to these monstrous structures only to be mutated to a holocaustic prototype we do not discuss designs. The connect simple depends on what is my need to connect, the drive is essentially economic.

Mah readin’ refuge.

At the end of the day… “Yet once you’ve come to be part of this particular patch, you’ll never love another. Like loving a woman with a broken nose, you may well find lovelier lovelies. But never a lovely so real.”
― Nelson AlgrenChicago: City on the Make

PS I vote Panjim Goa

written for Zonal Wars…

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