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People Called Ahmedabad comes to Mumbai!

March 30, 2017

 

 

Tasting the flavors of Ahmedabad in Mumbai! Yes that’s exactly what
happened on the evening of 27th of March at the much-loved Crossword
bookstore at Kemp’s Corner, Mumbai. Among a curious and interested
crowd, the bright yellow lights, small packaged water bottles,
standees of the book cover around, a stage and among a flood of books
neatly stacked, the second book in the People Place series- ‘People
Called Ahmedabad’ was launched with much pomp in Mumbai.

The event kick- started with introducing the book, the project, the
concept of narrative mapping and what is it that The People Place
Project actually does. How the cities are mapped through the stories
of the people and how juxtaposing the stories of individuals with the
known stories of the place can reveal new, never known before
dimensions of a place and give us a new outlook towards it.

The event continued with a question answer session between the
moderator – Anuj Daga and the panel consisting of the curator of the
book- Nisha Nair Gupta, three of the authors- Parth Trivedi, Saylee
Soundalgekar and Manasi Chokshi and Shriti Das representing The People
Place Project studio. It was interesting to see all of them speak
about the book, the authors told the audience about their stories and
what inspired them to write those stories, how they found the stories
and more. They spoke about how the project aims at ‘Pausing for a
while, taking a look around the surroundings, observing and trying to
gauge the various stories that surround the place.’

Soon it was time to reveal the book and so the panel together undid
the carefully packed copies and unveiled the red and white beautifully
designed copy of People Called Ahmedabad. A reading of
acknowledgements followed this from the book by Roshni Ganesh from The
People Place Project acquainting all of us with the efforts put in by
various people to create the book.

The event came to a close with a quick q/a round with the audience,
which brought some interesting suggestions and ideas to the table like
publishing the book in the regional language of the city. The team
also revealed about the next book in the series- People Called
Shillong, their plans about a children’s version of the first book –
People Called Mumbai and their ongoing research for curating other
cities like Nashik, Banglore, Delhi etc. Once the event was officially
wrapped up, the authors engaged in signing the copies of the books and
interactions with the people and each other.

The book launch of People Called Ahmedabad in Mumbai brought together
people within whom a part of Ahmedabad lives- either as their own
personal experience or as something they know as a third person or as
a genuine interest in the city and in the whole process that PPP
engages in. It brought together people who had various reasons to
attend the launch weaved by one common love either for reading or for
the city.

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The People Place Project is an initiative to chronicle the life and times we live in. Through a lens of people and places, we hope to pin together the narrative of how we have come to be here - our language, our thoughts, our attire, our structures - everything that defines us. The Project will travel through cities of the world to unravel fresh individual narratives that add to the whole. Started in 2014 under the title People Called Mumbai, the project now aims to travel across the prime cities of India and the globe. 

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