Sunday, May 17, 2009

Suketu Mehta


Just saw a great Popcast by Suketu Mehta (the author of Maximum City) about Mumbai, and was struck by a sight related by Asad Bin Saif, an urban ethnographer.

He describes the hands of people unfolding outward from a commuter train like flowerpetals to collect late commuters and make space in a compartment already more packed with human beings than cattle are legally allowed to be, not caring if you are Hindu or Muslim or Christian, wealthy or poor, all that matters is that you too are headed for the city of gold. We'll adjust, they say, and they do.


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