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The City - 10 years in the life of a Mumbai slum

This is the story of Sanjay Gandhi Nagar, a slum community in Mumbai (formerly Bombay). It is a story of evictions, of arson, of endurance and of humour. It is a story told by Jeremy Seabrook, who has written extensively on poor communities in Asia and Britain and has known the people of Sanjay Gandhi Nagar for more than 10 years. He talks to them here about their daily lives, their hopes, dreams - and difficulties, and shatters the myth that poor people are no-hopers, crooks and criminals. This month we are introduced to a community whose philosophies of self-help, endurance and survival against heavy odds provide both an inspiration and a challenge.

May 1997, Issue 290

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  • The City, Our Stepmother

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  • Sanjay Gandhi Nagar Map

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  • The Fire, A Death And The Cooking Pots.

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  • Bare Earth, Fine Hopes

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  • City Of Dreams

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  • The Facts

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  • Home Is Where The Heart Is

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  • Bombay To Mumbai

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  • Friendship And Fracture

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  • A Live Volcano

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  • Fack Coke And Broken Coconuts

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  • Update

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  • The NI Interview

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  • Curiosities And The NI Crossword

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