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April 21st, 2005

20 th April 2005


I have been thinking about get2v’s comments on the blog. Yes, marking is not a bad thing. It is a matter of a system. All this while, I have been tainting the practice of marking with a negative twinge. And that’s not really called for.

Let me articulate what is going on in my head. All these days of research at the railway station and the seafront have been tremendously interesting. Yet, when I land at the railway station near my house, I am a visible entity. I am visible because I know the shoeshine boys at the station, the khomcha aka stall manager, the TCs there, the home guard and policemen there. They notice me when I am at the station. There are times when I simply want to be invisible and not so noticeable. It gives me jitters to be this noticeable. And that is precisely what has gotten me thinking about get2v’s comments. Living in a city is a gift of anonymity – a gift of freedom. It prevents us from getting deeper into relationships and with other persons. Marking enables us to make sense of peoples and crowds and to maintain our distances on the basis of these stereotypical perceptions. How much deeper can you go given so many people???


Things I saw today:

ü       At Nariman Point, the private security guards started telling a man who was lying down lazily on the wall to get up and sit up straight. The man was a mix of the rural and the urban, more on the edge of the urban lafanga/lukha . Perhaps he was a UPite. Can there be rules and regulations on ways of behaving in public spaces? Would the private security guards have dared to rebuke him and discipline him on his behaviour if he were a South Mumbai looking like dude?


Person I met today:

ü       Radhika – she is a very sweet. I met her through interactions on my blog.


  1. April 21st, 2005 at 01:21 | #1

    was great to meet you too!

  2. April 21st, 2005 at 03:23 | #2

    i think if you study the psychology then you will excel in that subject…

  3. April 21st, 2005 at 14:25 | #3

    *How much deeper can you go given so many people???*

    its interesting wht u notice is nothing spectacular or mindblowing as such…but something very common which we all locals see everyday but how deep u can go is justified by ur passion for writing and observing things i guess…and reading u it gives me a new perspective of noticing irrelevant things in a self indulgent life.

  4. April 22nd, 2005 at 08:56 | #4