December 6, 2015

 

 

 

November 29, 2015

 This is the Municipal Chowki of the Shivaju Nagar Sector in the M/E ward of Mumbai. This particular office can is the lowest unit of the many headed monster, the urban bureaucracy of Mumbai. Here is where I saw the most basic levels of interaction taking place between...

November 29, 2015

I took this picture while roaming around in Baiganwadi with Mr P. This day he was inspecting a particular site where a storm water drainage project had been commissioned. The wooden boards that are seen in this picture, marks the storm water drainage pipe. The metal pi...

November 23, 2015

 

Walking across Baiganwadi, Mr. P. the junior engineer of the Bombay Municipal Corporation, points out to me that all the structures in this informal settlement are above the authorized height of 14ft. Every time such an unauthorized construction happens, the bureaucra...

November 23, 2015

 

I seek to situate my research within a ward office of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, the first constituted urban local body in India. Today this state entity employs more than 150,000 people, serving a population of 12.8 million within a jurisdiction of...

November 8, 2015

I spent most of this summer trying to understand how the massive urban bureaucracy in Mumbai really functions on the ground. Even though the formal functioning of the state is fascinating in itself, my enquiry was taking me into domains of what could very loosely be te...

November 8, 2015

M, the junior engineer in the maintenance department of the M/E ward office, and I are on the field tending to the regular complaints that come in to the Municipal Corporation. We are today in the Mandala Gaothan following up on the maintenance work that is being condu...

November 8, 2015

Look at this picture and tell me the first thing that comes to your mind?

 

When I took this picture, I was simply looking at the balloon man, vending love and hope. It was going to start raining soon, still people kept milling into the fair that was going on in the grou...

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