ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Icons of Mumbai

Contemporary Mumbai has three new icons - the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, its shopping malls and now, Antilia, the 27-storey home of Mukesh Ambani, the wealthiest Indian. Considering that Mumbai is the commercial capital of India and Indian business owners are using their financial clout to expand their industrial empires worldwide, the Ambani home stands out as a symbol of new Indian riches. It reminds us of the Palace of Versailles in France, whose opulence even today represents the lifestyle of a monarchy that was oblivious to the hardships of the people.

I have fond memories of growing up in the city of Mumbai. I was fortunate to grow up in a middle class family deeply involved in the political, social, and creative life of the city. Throughout their tumultuous political lives, my parents maintained a balance between pursuing the Gandhian socialist revolution of their dreams and enjoying the artistic, social, literary, and culinary flavour of the city. Some of the key landmarks of Mumbai remind me of a wide variety of experiences that shaped my personality, my curiosity, and my dreams for a better life.

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