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SEX, SCOTCH, SCHOLARSHIP TO CHANDNI CHOWK

The bizarre advent of new wave of metabolism group in sixties, proclaiming the need to change the approach to way we design our cities. The city is like a giant block constantly negotiating to forces that being exerted on it, changing it tactics, adopting new realities, & transforming the living conditions. Perhaps the movement was limited to few conferences, publications & few academic drills. The experience to visit Chandni chowk was reminiscent to that of images of metabolist cities.

The Indian scenario is not far from that. The years worth of effort, most sizzling intellectualization, most erotic mimicry of existential order to academia victimization over evening drinks on Chandni Chowk are unparallel in our context.















BREAK HO MAMA

The rise of an under privilege almost after more than 200 years of independence history is mockery of most forward, democratic & supposed to be civilized nation. I am really amazed & shocked by the frenzied Indians all around, as if their daughters married to the hero of MB straight out of new princely state. The face books are flooded with messages like “wow I can’t believe that it, at last its reality”. The news papers, media carried out the most hilarious story almost in a manner of Hindi cinema, like rise of new hero.

I am not against or biased on any rise or fall of such political events. However, the most capitalist country, which behaves like corporate whose CEO in disguise of president has change, what in the world has to do with India or us going crazy. American constitution has laid out their foreign policy way back in Lincoln era, which is not expected to be altered by slightest margin. Unlike America, India has given four presidents from so called mino…
WET DREAM

The imagination of 14th January is a psychological clock, prevailed for almost as old as I am, except three years of stay in USA. The new calendar has been demarcated with the day it falls; the closer it is to weekend the brighter the New Year would be. The normal kite flying would start at 7.00am during school days; the diminishing importance has reduced flying hours in recent times. The childhood memory of kite flying is still fresh, the wildest imagination of blue & white kites soaring high, ruling the sky. Is it that the blue & white favoritism comes from there…..?. These are pure imagination of carefully protected ignorance coupled with innocent dream of reach out, shout, prevail almost like despotic ruler.

The theoretical notion of flying & cutting is becoming wiser however execution is diluted with age. The whole idea of cutting in Bombay is different with Ahmadabad; here we pull, while there they push. Isn’t that synonym to the enterprising abilities that w…
IUDI, COLLOQIUM

The formation of IUDI is much awaiting formations, awaited for many years. Although it its formation has to wait for even IID organization, that was really surprising. The formation of IID has given rise to many events if not for cause definitely for strengthening bourgeois & gentrified culture practice. The one day conference was well organized; however the presentation by Mysore & Bangalore was pathetic. Since they gave impression of that the course is need for the market & not ideological prerequisite. The presentation of CEPT was as accurate as ever, trying to justify everything that exists, perhaps that was too accurate at the level of rational science. I really doubt the imaginative plane ever existed when one talks about Urban Design or rather design. There seems to be answer for everything. The robust complexities of Indian Cities reduce to verifiable, designable object.

The hegemony that ever existed ever when it comes to Urban Design cannot be deni…
OSCAR OSPREY

There seems to be sudden urge for another award for acclamation within Hindi cinema. The regional acclamations are denounced for global presence. It seems to be the flavour of contemporary practice in art, architecture & any other form of art. The remote connection I can establish of Hindi cinema within the realm art is only possible through medium of technology & not through the medium of representation. The Oscar aspiration is perhaps parallel to Pitzeker in architecture if not exaggerated. The Pitzker award seems to be aligned with thought of regional appropriation while Oscar is universalism. The recent effort to align Hindi cinema with universal appraisal is boisterously visible in the depiction. The dated song of 90s, morphed with regional language, prolaiming its global aspiration without any intellectual integrity is worth of notice for critical appraisal. The epic heroism, linear ritualistic pattern of cause & effect story line seems to be the only way…

MY FAVOURITE TWENTYFIVE

MY INSPIRATION FROM FAVOURITE TWENTY FIVE

(FIRST TEN ARE AS IN ORDER)

1- ADOLF HITLER FOR REVOLUTION, RENOUNCE, RETALIATION, IDENTITY, RACE
2- ALBERT EINSTEIN FOR EVOUTION, SCIENCE, IDEA, HUMANITY, PHILOSOPHY
3- CHRISTOPHER ALEXANDER FOR EXPEDITION, WORLD VIEW, COURAGE
4- CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS FOR EXPEDITION, CONVICTION, IMAGINATION
5- SARDAR PATEL FOR COURAGE, CONVICTION, EXECUTION
6- NELSON MANDELA FOR SUFFERENCE, RESELLIANCE, CONVICTION & PHILANTHROPY
7- FIDLE CASTRO FOR RESISTANCE, CONVICTION, CAUSE & STUBBORNNESS
8- KARL MARX FOR REVOLUTIONERY IDEA, SOCIAL WELFARE IDEOLOGY
9- MICHAEL JACSON FOR ANGER IMAGE, CAUSE FOR SUFFERANCE & MUSIC
10- DOUGLASS JARDIN FOR INVENTION, CONVICTION & EXECUTION IN SPORTS
(NOT AS PER ODER)
11- LE CORBUSIER FOR IMAGINATION, CONVICTION, RETALIATION IN ARCHITECTURE
12- MARLIN BRANDO FOR SILENT DEPICTION, RUTHLESSNESS IN CINEMA
13- AMITABH BACHAN FOR ANGER DEPICTION OF DISCONTENT YOUTH, AGELESSNESS OF ACT IN CINEMA
14- PETER EISENMANN FOR DENOUNCE, I…