- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Penguin India (15 February 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143415956
- ISBN-13: 978-0143415954
- Product Dimensions: 29 x 20 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Why Loiter? Paperback – 15 Feb 2011
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About the Author
Shilpa Phadke is assistant professor at the Centre for Media and Cultural Studies at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She has been educated at St. Xavier's College and SNDT University, Mumbai, and the University of Cambridge, UK. Sameera Khan is a Mumbai-based journalist and writer. A former assistant editor at The Times of India, she is currently researching the old Muslim neighbourhoods of Mumbai. She teaches journalism at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and has a BA from St. Xavier's College and an MS in Journalism from Columbia University, New York. Shilpa Ranade trained in architecture from CEPT, Ahmedabad and has an MA in Comparative Cultural & Literary Studies, University of Arizona, Tucson. Shilpa has been associate editor of the South Asian volume in the series 'World Architecture 1900 2000: A Critical Mosaic'. Shilpa is a partner in the design firm DCOOP in Mumbai.
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One of the favourite pieces from the book is the authors' explanation of "private spaces". They explain how a lot of modern and affluent women have retreated from the commons into private spaces, i.e. their offices, expensive restaurants, malls, clubs, etc. They move from one private space to the next, cocooned in private cars or cabs. The larger, open world does not touch them. They have figured out their way to lead their own peculiar lives without having to tackle the issues the book raises. It was a chilling insight for me.
I wish I knew more people who would have the ability to read and appreciate this book. It almost makes me feel alone. I feel like gifting copies to my young nieces (I am 51 years old), but I doubt whether any of them will even bother to read, let alone think about, what it says. Private spaces everywhere...
Sadly the book is not as well reached as it is supposed to be.
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