Save the neck! Todas are tribal people in Ootacamund who still follow their culture in a more sacred way but live as poor as a church mouse. Their pragmatic way of building their huts with eco-friendly material withstands even the harsh and torrid cold winds of the Nilgiri mountains. Todas are melodious singers and poets too. It is said they were the first people to settle Ooty before British. Their villages were called Munds, hence the name Ootacamund and later Ooty. Now their culture and living are witnessing ruination due to lodging settlements. We must all go for the broke before it's all lost if we want to save. #urbanprecis #sustainability #society #culture #tradition #vernacular #origins #India #urban #ooty Photo – Sarojini Sampath (@sarojini_sampath)
Chandlai Lake – An Urban Hope
The beautiful Chandlai lake is located on urban-rural fringe of Jaipur. It appears to view after 1-2 km drive on taking right detour from Shivdaspura village on Jaipur-Tonk road. As one approaches the lake, there is a decline in temperature and increasing sensation of cold. In the haze of winter mornings the horizon looks lost beyond the Lake Island, which falls midway between the waters giving illusion of an endless sea. Looking at the lost horizon one feels like going out on a boar to explore and search it down. Continue reading “Chandlai Lake – An Urban Hope”
Abode of Scavengers
Bhanpur Landfill Site Bhopal
Black and white constructs plethora of metaphors in mind. ‘Landfill gulls’, hawks and stench, mark their territory over the skies of Bhanpur Landfill. This area signifies and marks the decaying rotten side of the city. An unplanned unscientific dumping of waste spread across 57.80 acres, has been continuously exploited for more than four decades.
Trams In India
Romantic Trams – Trams were introduced in Kolkata in 1873, followed by many cities including Mumbai, Chennai, Patna, Kanpur, Delhi etc from 1870-1910. These public transport were withdrawn from every city except Kolkata during 1930-1960 owing to financial constraints and urban congestion. In Kolkata trams continue to operate 145 years since their introduction. Featured here is interior of a 1940 Kolkata tram showcased at Transport Museum in Gurgaon. #urbanprecis #urban #transport #publictransport #history #culture #life #India Photo – Manik Doomra (@manikdoomra)
Necessity, Encroachment or Sustainability?
Encroachment? Walking through the Lal Kuan locality on Delhi-Faridabad border, one confronts the sharp line of division between natural, necessary and encroachment. The informal housing as well as new planned development is taking up spaces abandoned after closure of mining activities. People taking up the land are building to sustain their lives but are essentially developing by altering the natural terrain composed of Aravali hills. Such urban edges give a glimpse into challenges of walking the tight rope of urbanisation. #informal #housing #sustainable #development #encroachment #urban #urbanprecis #stone #expansion #village #India #urbanisation Photo – Manik Doomra (@manikdoomra)