Saturday, May 6, 2017

Book Review: People Called Ahmedabad - Nisha Nair-Gupta

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People Called Ahmedabad curated by Nisha Nair-Gupta is a literary journey into the most authentic Ahmedabad, walking with historical figures that lived and those born from the imagination of writers. Chasing the people, cuisine, history and culture, the book will lead us as perfect flâneur around the city, through revolutions and radical transformations that sometimes will leave you breathless.

In the book we get immersed in the pages as its writers listen to the voices of its inhabitants, as well as stories told by buildings, museums and its tracks that narrate events that have occurred over the centuries. And since to know a city it is important to know the men and women who live there, this book is a treasure trove of stories of people, told through an artistic and cultural guide that lets you discover the city with a historical and literary look.

Ahmedabad is the image and the myth of the modern city that contains the layers of the past and present, where you can get lost between the streets, squares, gardens and lanes. The book gives us the image of a city unable to look to the future with confidence but always looking for a common denominator between generations.

The book's pages are alive with tales of famous names that offers us a portrait using the literary accounts tracing the spleen of a city that is urban but has a soul, which combines, in a suggestive and complex harmony the history and architecture, travel stories, poetry and landscapes.

Overall, I must say that this portrait provided extremely interesting image of Ahmedabad, that is more interesting and more unsettling and what emerges from this sort of public introspection is the picture of communities that are unexpectedly lost, distressed, that seems to work very hard to preserve its values and roots.

Apart from the events of violence and wrongdoing, the text present evidently with great urgency the relationship among its immigrants, who are the identity of the city and the sense of belonging of its inhabitants, which has sometimes caused distrust and intolerance, but not this widespread feeling of dismay.

Another issue addressed is that of the understanding and communication between individuals of different age and culture, the search for a lost continuity between the ages and generations who aspires to have a better life that basically seemed to underline, a crack, a further split in the collective consciousness.

This look at a hypothetical lost harmony, this lack of perspective on the present and future, for those coming from outside is a pretty amazing attitude, which leads us to make comparisons with their own reality, and identifies profitable considerations.

The book guides us in a utopian and surreal place, trying to decipher the codes of its culture and its troubled history through the filter of the population's daily rituals. Ahmedabad emerges as a painting sometimes mentioned, sometimes bizarre, towards a road that is lost in the myth of Gandhi and a revolution that resists time and still embodies the hegemony of the modern day.

This is a pleasant and interesting book both for those who already know well this intriguing city and for those who are curious to get closer to its most unknown aspects through the curiosities offered along with more in-depth analysis of its multifaceted nature and its contradictions.

The book manages to create a path, a mystical thread that reveals how this apparent chaos of urban population is governed by an exceptional order. This volume is a cultured and passionate narrative that penetrates the mysteries of Ahmedabad, in order to grasp the inexhaustible wealth, feel the heartbeat of the city and read together the traces of its past for those who want to understand the city, or rather get lost in its labyrinths.




Format: Paperback ♥ Publisher: Random House ♥ Pages: 316 ♥ Published: 3 May 2017 ♥ Language: English ♥ ISBN-13: 978-1635873467
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