The city, through its homes

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Se­nior jour­nal­ist and writer Chan­drima Pal re­turned to Mum­bai, a city she worked, and re­dis­cov­ered her­self in, be­fore re­turn­ing to Kolkata two years ago, to re­lease her sec­ond book. At Home in Mum­bai was launched on Satur­day even­ing, with celebrity ar­chi­tect Ashiesh Shah in at­ten­dance. “You will recog­nise some of the peo­ple in here,” she had told this di­arist thanks to a shared jour­ney at a city tabloid, and of course, be­cause like she once was, we are Mum­baikars. What does it mean to be at home in this city, and how does where you live de­fine who you are, is at the cen­tre of the book’s idea. Speak­ing about one of the down­sides of mush­room­ing gated colonies, Shah said the city of seven is­lands will soon be­come one of 700 is­lands. “As a child, I grew up with kids from all walks of life,” Shah said. “But the next gen­er­a­tion will not know any­thing else but their own kind. They go to the same ski­ing hol­i­days and their chil­dren go to the same camps.” Among the sto­ries rang­ing from the chawls of Cen­tral Mum­bai to the Sindhi build­ings in SoBo, our dear­est story — al­though there are too many to play favourites — is Amit Khosla’s. It’s not the quin­tes­sen­tial Mum­bai-made-my-dream­come-true tale. In fact, it’s quite the op­po­site. The strug­gle of young, mid­dle­class par­ents mov­ing here in the hope of giv­ing their spe­cial child greater op­por­tu­ni­ties, is played out through Amit’s search for a home. He has one now, but is wait­ing for some­thing else.

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