Ahmedabad: A City in the World
About the Book
Ahmedabad, India’s seventhlargest city, a sixhundredyearold former textile town where Mahatma Gandhi launched his struggle against British rule, the hotbed for
communal violence. The city is known today for being Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s stronghold, the model for a new, market-led vision of development and a harbinger of
the changes sweeping through the new India. In this intimate biography, Amrita Shah travels through time and a landscape of abandoned mills and urban beautification projects; stone monuments and modernist architecture. She visits neighbourhoods divided by sectarian violence and ghettos borne on the outskirts of the city. Among the many people she meets are a young embroiderer
from Asarwa–Chamanpura, the architect of the Riverfront project, a poetturnedcivil servant, a popular singing duo and a well-heeled socialite.
This is the story of roadmaps and rivers, kings and kingmakers, merchants and savants; of Dalit labourers and women bootleggers, displaced Muslims and a euphoric
middle class. It is also the incredible story of hope and vulnerability at the heart of a metropolis.
Searing, illuminating, and beautifully written, Ahmedabad: A City in the World is essential reading for an insight into contemporary India.

About the Author

Amrita Shah has been a columnist and contributing editor with the Indian Express and was the founding editor of Elle India. Among the books she has written is a biography of Vikram Sarabhai (Penguin India, 2007). Shah received fellowships from the New India Foundation, the Homi Bhabha Fellowships Council and Fulbright to write Ahmedabad: A City in the World. She is currently visiting faculty at the Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.

Book Details
ISBN-13: 9789384898014
Publisher: Bloomsbury India
Acedemic Level: English
Book Type: English
Depth: 13
Height: 203 mm
LCCN: 2015361407
No of Pages: 216
Spine Width: 23 mm
Width: 140 mm
ISBN-10: 9384898015
Publisher Date: 12 Jul 2016
Continuations: English
Dewey: 954
Language: English
MediaMail: Y
PrintOnDemand: N
Sub Title: A City in the World