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Gautam Bhatia

Making Delhi Livable: Architects in the national capital

At the center of India, Delhi is a city of markets and malls, monuments and historic places. A capital city with all facilities, and yet promises a green and sustainable...

March 26, 2024

BV Doshi’s Office, Ahmedabad

In the early 80s on a visit to Ahmedabad I had a chance encounter with architect BV Doshi who had just constructed his office ‘Sangath’, on the city outskirts. An...

February 23, 2024

An Anthropologist in New York 

In the late twentieth and early twenty first century Polynesian anthropologists travelled to Europe and the United States and wrote vivid accounts of their encounters with strange cultures and practices....

November 23, 2023
AI, ChatGPT and the end of Intelligence

AI, ChatGPT and the end of Intelligence:

When I began this article, it did cross my mind that I could have gotten Chat GPT to write the piece about itself. While it was busy piecing together a...

September 30, 2023
Thinking Small

Thinking Small

A unique exercise in urban living, a Tokyo apartment today is made of a single room that incorporates living, dining, and a cupboard containing two sets of clothes and shoes;...

September 2, 2023
Confessions of a Failed Comic

Confessions of a Failed Comic

If you examine the relationship between politics and stand-up comedy, the similarity is startling. In India, political decisions often lead to results which are a form of high comedy: what...

September 2, 2023
The Migrant as Citizen

The Migrant as Citizen

For many years I lived as a temporary resident in a small American suburban town. Within the short ambit of my home there, I had easy access to recreation, sport...

September 2, 2023
Where Black Lives Don’t Matter

Where Black Lives Don’t Matter

West Indian cricket captain, Darren Sammy recently pointed out that through the course of last year’s IPL matches he was often called the K word by Indian players. Kalu has...

September 2, 2023
Satire illustration

SATIRE:

One of the real struggles of embarking on a satirical venture in India is the fear that it will be taken seriously. This is particularly odd when you consider that...

September 2, 2023
Is Living without Laughter really living:

Is Living without Laughter really living:

In 1934 during America’s Great Depression President Franklin Roosevelt initiated something called the Public Works of Art Project. At a time when millions were desperate, hungry and depressed, the program...

September 1, 2023