In my limited sample size of a few dozen Bangladeshi cabbies spoken to in Dubai via non random purposive sampling, the majority don’t view the Hasina Regime as too progressive. That’s pretty consistent with Bangladeshis in the Gulf being not with AL Politics. #urbanethnography #SouthAsiainGulf
Kafteh. Syrian Restaurant in the Diaspora, Aroos Damascus in Deira, Dubai retains a semblance of a community with a shattered homeland. No service staff spoke in English, which in a global Dubai is refreshing as this is an an Arab Muslim City, which is conveniently lost in the Tagalog and Urdu or Malayalam cacophony. Language … More Damascus in Dubai: Reconnections through Food
Home is a past Where atrophied dreams Seek empty reconciliation Innocent, reckless aspirations Who had told you to build castles In the ethereal web of firing neural networks Home is where one finds one Let it be a dream, stunted At least I am me For a flicker of a thought
India’s Gulf Policy is not run through South Block, thankfully but through the souqs of the port cities, the entrenched Bania/Malayali Diaspora and power networks flowing through Surat, Mundra, Mallapuram, Trivandrum and Borivali and Dahisar in Mumbai. JNU does not know a thing😊
The neoliberal museum is a space of selective cultural consumption where history with a capital H is packaged in to an experience, neatly sorted in to thematic areas. The Louvre Abu Dhabi was on my bucket list since I arrived in the UAE for my latest consulting gig 6 months back. As a weekend historian … More An Ethnographic Take on Louvre Abu Dhabi
A key aspect missing in the planning or sociology literature about the Gulf is the absence of the backlane as a typological entity in urban space. The backlanes of the cities have unique sub cultures with informal spaces not listed on Zomato. I found plenty of eating places run by various communities which are lifelines, … More Writing the Gulf.
In cities like Dubai and Singapore, Malls are more than retail consumption spaces/ they are extended home spaces or community hang out nodes where it is cool, safe and family friendly. Artificial yet organic, contradictions galore. Malls are extensions of the community or rather is an anchor of the community in the GCC. The commentator … More Mall Spaces as Community in GCC