Dharavi  -  The City Within

Dharavi - The City Within

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Author: Joseph Campana
Jerry Pinto/Several Contributors
Foreword/Introduction: Amatya Sen
Publisher: HarperCollins
Year: 2013
Language: English
Pages: 316
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9789350293997


Located just south of the Bandra –Kurla Complex in Mumbai, which fetches some of the highest property values in the world, Dharavi has long been in the Sights of builders who want to squeeze the residents out and sell their land.

Very few of the half a million people who stay in Dharavi, the most densely populated two square Kilometres on the planet, hold titles to their homes. They live under the constant threat of eviction. But they are fearless. They are united. And they aren’t going anywhere.

Dharavi: The city Within Chronicles the spirit of this energetic, often upwardly mobile, community of workers, who have sustained themselves through a complex social network that connects Dharavi to markets throughout India and across the globe. These hardworking people pull long hours breathing toxic fumes, submersing barely covered hands in Chemicals, fashioning post, Stitching clothes and collecting waste. Many wait in line for water, and pay to use the bathroom. Some drink their wages away. Others write screenplays, try to dance their way onto television shows, or double as famous Bollywood actors at kids’ birthday parties. Find out how these people pay their bills, make their marriages work, cope with shiftless and abusive spouses, educate their children, and protect their homes and livelihoods from those who would turn them out.

Painstakingly researched and compassionately rendered, with pieces by writers including Sonia Faleiro, Annie Zaidli, Jerry Pinot, S. Hussain Zaidi and Dilip D’Souza, and with a prologue by Amartya Sen, Dharavi : The City Within is the most vibrant book yet on this engrossing subject.

“A Through immersion into the improvised world of Social and economic engineering that is Dharavi.”
--- Jeet Thayil, Author of Narcopolis


Introduction by Joseph Campana

Prologue: The Perspective of Freedom by Amartya Sen

Section One – Arrival
1. Fathers and Daughters by Sonia Faleiro
2. Dharavi’s Poster Boys by Suhani Singh
3. The Making of Dharavi’s ‘City System’ by Jeb Brugmann
4. Home by the Sea by Saumya Roy
5. Potters, Sailors and Financiers by Aditya Kundalkar
6. F for Dharavi by Jerry Pinto

Section Two – Work and Money
7. The Man who could not be killed by S. Hussain Zaidi
8. Of Money and Moneylenders by Priyanka Pathak-Narain
9. All Smoke and No Play by Meena Menon
10. Business Time: Dharavi’s Entrepreneurs by Annie Zaidi
11. A Pampered Slum by Leo Mirani
12. Dreaming the Movies by Jerry Pinto

Section Three – The Daily Grind and Time-pass
13. The Kadam Family by Anna Erlandson and Stina Ekman
14. The Women of Wasteland by Sharmila Joshi
15. Water Wars by Freny Manecksha
16. Schooling Dharavi: Angrezi ka Revolution, Private ka Sapna by Sameera Khan
17. Footnotes by Mansi Choksi
18. There’s Always Time for Poetry in Dharavi by Jerry Pinto

Section Four: Fixing Dharavi
19. A House for Khatija by Kalpana Sharma
20. Three Pieces by Dilip D’Souza
21. Mumbai’s Shadow City by Mark Jacobson
22. Trouble Starts when your Dreams Come true by Rachel Lopez
23. Dharavi: Makeover or Takeover? By Shirish B. Patel
24. Talking Trash with Vinod Shetty by Judith Anne Francorsi

A Note on Contributors