People Called Ahmedabad by Nisha Nair-Gupta


About the book
Author  Nisha Nair-Gupta (Curator)
About the Author  Nisha Nair-Gupta is the founder and principal curator at the People Place Project and the principal architect at Design Variable. With varied work experience as an architect, journalist and being an active participant in public art initiatives, she oscillates between her two interests of design and writing. She has spearheaded People Called Mumbai, the first curatorial and publication venture of the Project and now the second, People Called Ahmedabad.
ISBN 978-1635873467
Price [INR] Rs. 425
Pages 316
Main Plot given People Called Ahmedabad is the city’s collective narrative through stories of its people. 55 Stories that assimilate the city, falling serendipitously into compartments to encompass its history. An endeavour that has sifted through the city to bring forth stories about the mujawar at Ahmed Shah’s tomb, the scion of the city’s oldest philanthropic family, a refugee community that now calls the city home, the significant kitli culture, entrepreneurs who have made the economy of the city tick, internet sensations who have revived the love for food among youth, a museum that talks about conflict, a bookseller at the city’s famous ravivari and many more often we take the city we dwell in and the life around us for granted. People Called Ahmedabad is an attempt to pause, listen and reflect. To let the city and its people reveal some untold stories
No. of Characters It a book of collective stories, hence can’t say no of characters.
Tone of writing is It is simple. It kind of felt like reading various blogs on same topic.
My take on the book When I started reading the first few chapters, I felt like I was really going to read the history of Ahmedabad. It held my curiosity for a while. Being an architect, I could relate to the way the author approached and tried to get analogy for CEPT.  But, going beyond, it just remained a collection of stories of various people, local, some settled in Ahmedabad, and how the city influenced their lives. I really loved the history telling part , where a Muslim family is responsible to light lamp for goddess Lakshmi, stepped well, Gandhi ashram, etc.
Do I recommend the book? Yes, for people who are planning to visit the city or get to know it. It just a collection of stories. In spite of visiting Ahmadabad and getting related to the city, I couldn’t enjoy all the stories in the book.
On the other hand my rating: 3.0/5.

Finally I would like to Thank the Nimi Vashi (PhD),Blogger and Founder:The Readers Cosmos  for sending me the copy. It will be kept safe along with my other treasured books.

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