ISBN 9789384898014,Ahmedabad : A City in the World

Ahmedabad : A City in the World


Amrita Shah



Bloomsbury Publishing

Publication Year 2015

ISBN 9789384898014

ISBN-10 9384898015


Number of Pages 200 Pages
Language (English)

India & South Asia

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. In this intimate biography, Amrita Shah travels through time and a landscape of abandoned mills and urban beautification projects, stone monuments and modernist architecture. She visits neighborhoods divided by sectarian violence and ghettos borne on the outskirts of the city.

Among the many people she meets are a young embroiderer from Asarwa - Chamanpura, the architect of the Riverfront project, a poetturnedcivil servant, a popular singing duo and a well-heeled socialite. This is the story of road-maps and rivers, kings and kingmakers, merchants and savants of Dalit laborers and women bootleggers, displaced Muslims and a euphoric middle class. It is also the incredible story of hope and vulnerability at the heart of a metropolis.

Searing, illuminating and beautifully written, Ahmedabad - A City in the World is essential reading for an insight into contemporary India.