Ahmedabad: A City In The World by Amrita ShahAhmedabad: A City In The World by Amrita Shah

Ahmedabad: A City In The World

byAmrita Shah

Hardcover | July 12, 2016

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Ahmedabad is India's seventh largest city--a six-hundred-year-old former textile town where Mahatma Gandhi launched his struggle against British rule--and a hotbed for communal violence. The city is known today for being Prime Minister Narendra Modi's stronghold, the model for a new, market-led vision of development and a harbinger of the changes sweeping through the new India.

In this intimate biography, Amrita Shah travels through time and a landscape of abandoned mills and urban beautification projects, stone monuments, and modernist architecture. She visits neighborhoods divided by sectarian violence and ghettos born on the outskirts of the city. Among the many people she meets are a young embroiderer from Asarwa-Chamanpura, the architect of the Riverfront project, a poet turned civil servant, a popular singing duo, and a well-heeled socialite.

This is the story of road maps and rivers, kings and kingmakers, merchants and savants; of Dalit laborers and female bootleggers, displaced Muslims, and a euphoric middle class. It is also the incredible story of hope and vulnerability at the heart of a metropolis.

Searing, illuminating, and beautifully written, Ahmedabad: A City in the World is essential reading for an insight into contemporary India.

Amrita Shah has been a columnist and contributing editor with the Indian Express and was the founding editor of Elle India. Among the books she has written is a biography of Vikram Sarabhai (Penguin India, 2007). Shah received fellowships from the New India Foundation, the Homi Bhabha Fellowships Council and Fulbright to write Ahmedaba...
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Title:Ahmedabad: A City In The WorldFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.06 × 5.75 × 0.9 inPublished:July 12, 2016Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9384898015

ISBN - 13:9789384898014

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"Combines solid research with literary grace . . . Both a political and an intellectual journey . . . elegantly crafted and gripping." -UR Ananthamurthy"In this richly researched and elegantly written book, Amrita Shah explores the paradoxes of Ahmedabad: a city that is at once nativist and cosmopolitan, caring and hedonistic, austere and exhibitionist. This fine study should serve as a model for other works on the rapidly changing cityscapes of twenty-first century India." -Ramachandra Guha"Shah penetrates this unusual city as it hasn't been before." -Aakar Patel