03 December, 2020

Sharada Dwivedi

On her book Anchoring a City Line, a history of the Western Suburban railway

Sharada Dwivedi
What made you write this book?
It was a challenge because nobody had done a history of the railways before. And then British records in the Maharashtra state archives increased the book's scope.

The challenges of writing history...
In our country, it is the lack of records, particularly a history of places. Much of our knowledge comes from the oral tradition

But then isn't history always someone's perception of what happened?
History can never really be objective, the writer's bent of mind tends to colour it, but it is only when you are judgemental that history gets distorted.

From your knowledge of its history, how is Mumbai evolving today?
The corporate sector is more involved in financing restoration and conservation efforts here now.

What's the greatest challenge facing the metropolis?
There are two, actually. One is the constant migrations. The other is that our infrastructure is stressed beyond any normal limit. Look at our housing, our transport.

What do you think about the...


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