Tag Archives: Ahmedabad

Alienation through education

John Edgar Wideman, in a talk this weekend at the literature festival Écrivains du Monde organized by Columbia University Centre in Paris, mentioned the gap he felt in his literature classes while studying at the University of Pennsylvania. There was no … Continue reading

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Putting on class to save my gender

Every time I go back home to Ahmedabad, I suddenly become conscious of my social class in a way I never do here in Paris. Every act, every movement suddenly becomes a path to negotiation of my place in the … Continue reading

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Men, Cows, and Sluts: Public Space in Ahmedabad

I am a woman. I happen to come from a middle class family and live in a rather middle class Hindu neighborhood in Ahmedabad. The Shiv Sena colony of apartments lies right opposite to my apartment. Ahmedabad is divided into … Continue reading

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The Odd Rise of Moral Class in India

The “society” of apartments, where I spent most of my life, continues to be one of my standing landmarks in sociological understanding of middle-class. My family moved there when I was around 9, where the neighborhood was (and continues to be) Hindu middle-class … Continue reading

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The Modernity of Slave Trade

My family moved to Kenya in January 2010, about 8 months before I moved to France. My father was to join one of the million networks of Gujarati families who have settled in East Africa. The job came with a … Continue reading

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Taking back my vagina, taking back my body!

I grew up in a Hindu family, in a society where a majority follows Hinduism. I must have been about nine when I observed the girls my age fasting for about a week sometime in July, where they would wake … Continue reading

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What they call “Economic Development” in Gujarat

They say that we have the bridges and the flyovers and running buses. They say that we have garbage collectors that do collections from the door every morning, something so magical to be an act delivered by a governing body. … Continue reading

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