Found these paintings of New York by Max Ferguson and fell in love with the one of his father at a cafe. It is the seventh painting and you can see it here. Ferguson draws about parts of the city that are slowly disappearing and I don’t know how to deal with the fact that his father is part of this exhibition. It must be so heart wrenching to think of your parent like that.

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I was reading this article about the Noida Special Economic Zone (NSEZ) and the article goes over all the facilities that are available in the NSEZ. The one that struck me the most was ‘security’. Apparently everyone needs permission to enter the SEZ,¬† even¬† the Income Tax department. This also holds true when they want to conduct raids on companies. This is problematic at multiple levels. At a very basic level, it means that the entire raid will be redundant because as soon as the company figures out they are going to be raided, they will make the necessary arrangements to hide all that they need to, but at a larger level, the power that is being bestowed upon the private sector is tremendous. In a democratic country, why is the government and the judiciary being given lesser powers than private companies?

Source: Mahotra, Sarika, “Seizing the economic advantage” The Financial Express. 3 October 2010

This article talks about the importance of NMT (Non motorised Transport) in urban spaces

This article by Harini Nagendra in the 2010 edition of the Hindu’s Survey of the Environmental draws attention to the importance of studying urban biodiversity in India

Bibek Debroy takes us through the chaos that is urban planning in India in this article.

Published in the Indian Express on the 26th of August 2010

The new item reports on the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) attempting to set up an SEZ without the appropriate permissions.

In keeping with various overlapping ideas, disregard for urban planning authorities, creation of economic zones at the expense of other plans and SEZs.

Published in the Indian Express on the 5th of August 2009

This article talks about the increasing trend of NRIs returning to India and then finding it difficult to adjust to urban life with the poor infrastructure available to them in India.

As long as we focus on more things other than roads and housing, like footpaths, easy crossing for pedestrians, urban green cover, drainage etc. I am all for bettering infrastructure in cities.

This was a comment in the Times of India, dated 27th August 2010