Ahmedabad: Remains of a city – prologue

Here we are, too foreign for the home, too foreign for here, neither enough for both.-  Ijeoma Umebinyuo



Window art of Sidi Saiyyed Mosque

Today I was coming from the fish market of old Ahmedabad, and suddenly I realized how long I have been living here ! Seven years of my late twenties !. That is a long period of considering one’s quality life span. This is the city where we, me and my partner Swapna, started our lives together. This is the city where our son Milan Azad was conceived. And I have completed my doctoral study from here. Its true beyond doubt that this city means a lot to me. When I was crossing the underpass near Gandhi bridge, it occurred to me “why not writing the experiences of this city ? “.

I am not so great in exploring new places. So obviously I haven’t  seen even 30% of Ahmedabad. So I cant give a complete description of the entire city.  During the ride from that underpass to my quarters near IIM, many incidents and places occurred to me which will be worth sharing. But when I sad down to write something my brain started elimination round. Many of them felt too personal experiences, which sometime I feel its pointless to share. Fear of incompleteness and monotonous  descriptions overpowered my enthusiasm of writing. Thus I decided to write this prologue. Honestly, I dont know what I am going to write. It may so happen that I might leave it after two or three articles.

Now, how do I proceed?As of now I have decided to do it in a random fashion. First I thought I will tell my experience in a time ordered manner. But later that felt to be too monotonic. Another question is that in what perspective I will describe it. Gujrat and Ahmedabad has great importance and relevance in Indian politics with its  notorious history of riots. Certainly this was my first concern while coming to Ahmedabad. I am not going to be too political in the description. However, I don’t think I can be completely apolitical throughout.

So here is the plan. I wish to write some of my experiences and fun and discoveries of Ahmedabad which is essentially what remains when you leave the place. Many of them, I wish, will be relatable to you. Essentially it might be a diary of memories about the city.

# most of the pictures that I share are my random shots. I will be mentioning otherwise



Wildfire in my room

Its, too far

Probably nothing to worry

Wind is still cold.


Am I the only one

Who is smelling the fire ?

No, I am not insane,

Here it is !

My floor is on fire !

My books, bed and the pillows

Bansuri flute given by my late teacher

All are burning down

It catches the wall and holds on to

Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam”.

It burns the top right of the canvas

Yah ! the brain god is burning !

Resisting to become ashes, it burns and burns..

Thus in the midst of this metropolitan city,

In this multi storied building

A room burned down of wildfire tonight

Silently, invisibly, anonymously.


Image: From movie Sacrifice  by Tarkovsky

Koodamkulam project

 ”  They are saying, sacrifices are necessary for development. Our question is that whose sacrifice and who will be developed.”””  
  Stop the Koodamkulam project. People’s lives are more important than foreign investments. How India, a country which cannot assure the road safety, can be expected to provide a safe nuclear power. We have seen the horrible situation of Japan, a country which is said to be technologically sound, at the time of 2010 Tsunami. After which, many countries like France, started shutting down the nuclear power plants. On what cause they are expecting this (Koodamkulam)  to be stable!

mullaperiyar issue

Please stop Ati-Tamil campaign in Mullaperiyar issue. I will stand for Kerala people’s right to live as well as Tamil people’s right to get water. This panic should be ended soon. Stop treating it as a language issue. Can’t we discuss in a humanitarian perspective? Assure the life and the water for the people of different states of my motherland.

To begin with

Its an attempt to express myself.   I used to complain about many bloggers that they are treating the blog as a personal diary. I’d rather like it to be a diary of thoughts. In English its hard for me to become casual writer.  I hope I can write more seriously and certainly I don’t like it as just a time pass. I wanted it to be a good discussion platform. Science, politics, education,movies,  literature.. all are my favorites. Let’s see how it goes!!