https://noopurpatel.wordpress.com/ I’m shifting to my new blog that has my identity in its domain name. This is a major life change for me as I used to be of the opinion that anonymity safeguards one from slander. But since I call myself a radical, I thought, what-the-hell and decided to blatantly incorporate my name in … More Shifted to a new blog! Please follow!
Mumbai is a city of pedestrians. Still, there is no place to walk in this city. Footpaths are occupied by vendors, encroachments, and in some places, aren’t functional. According to a national survey on urban walkability, it is harder to walk in Mumbai than in cities such as Delhi and Chandigarh. As a planning and … More There’s space for everyone on Mumbai’s footpaths, except pedestrians
For a city that flouts the tag of richest Municipal Corporation in the country, it is baffling that its populace has shown little interest in its politics. In the last civic body elections, Mumbai saw a voter turnout of just about 40 percent (exact turnout was 44.75 percent but we normalise the number, given 15-20 … More BMC Election 2017: Your vote matters more for Mumbai than you think
Elections are less than a fortnight away and parties are working round the clock, using short-sighted hand-outs to appease their voting blocs. Various new promises are being made and old ones repeated. What remains strikingly common in all the party manifestos, of both 2012 and 2017, is the alarming issue of water in the city. … More A Tale of Mumbai’s Water Crisis
In my quest to find decent accommodation when I first moved to Mumbai a year ago, I burned the candle at both ends; made multiple real-estate broker friends, spent evenings traveling across the city, and wrote down future calculations in my daily diary. After a couple of failed deals, I finally landed a modest one … More Why Mumbai Will Never Be Slum-Free
Patriotism means defending and protecting one’s country, even if it means protecting it from its own government and its people As the Supreme Court made its announcement, making it compulsory for cinema halls across the country to play the national anthem before screening the movie, I sat in absolute bewilderment about the enforcement of yet … More Why Proving Your Patriotism Is Crucial Right Now
“Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Jeena Yahaan” has been glorified way too much. Why should it be? I’d rather be a proud Mumbaikar than a spirited one. After all – Mumbai Meri Jaan. I vividly remember asserting repeatedly when I lived in Baroda for two years after attending college in Pune that I’m a big city girl, … More The Conscious Ignorance Of Mumbaikars
An article I wrote three years back, marking 10 years of the riots in Godhra, Gujarat “By 10 am on the 28th February 2011, the Ahmedabad sky was lit up with flaring lights while dark clouds of smoke were billowing up in every corner. You could virtually tell Muslim ownership by the fire and arson,” … More Who’s God in Godhra
Being a single mother can be the best and the worst thing. But I wouldn’t know. I’m not one. But I’m a daughter of a single mother. I remember this one night, when I was in school and was doing my homework in the living room. I finished it and went to the bedroom, where … More What It’s Like To Be The Daughter Of A Single Mother
Recently, I enrolled myself in a meditation course as a part of the experiments that I promised myself I would undertake in my free time. Having an opinion on everything around me is my forte and to be able to have one on spirituality; I decided to delve into this topic. This was also the … More Don’t sell your soul. Keep it, instead.