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Urban Villager


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Preface I: WHOSE LAND IS IT ANYWAY? A New Town is Born A Mutiny, A Martyr and Some Myths Farmer, Farmer, Give Me Your Land The Murky Tales of Noida Extension Formula 1: Zipping through the Fields II: THE IMPACT OF ACQUISITION Poof! The Cash is Gone. Where's My Gun? The Cost of Building No Home for the Bristled Grassbird III: NEW OWNERS OF AN OLD LAND Isles of Urbania The Creation of an Education Bazaar IV: THE SCHIZOPHRENIA OF THE PERI-URBAN TOWN The Big, Fat Gujjar Wedding Urban Villager Art and the City Greater Noida Heavens V: GROWTH PANGS OF YOUNG TOWNS The Complexities of Adolescence Our Cities, Our Future Annexures Bibliography

About the Author

Vandana Vasudevan studied economics at Lady Shri Ram College (Delhi University) and trained in management at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. She has worked in leading banks and media companies for over 15 years. In parallel she has been writing for leading publications including a fortnightly column in the business daily Mint.


In Urban Villager, the writer elucidates how the push for urbanization has led to as many challenges as the opportunities it has nurtured...[it] explores the dynamics of these challenges from her vantage as a resident of Greater Noida, a suburb of New Delhi.

-- The Financial Express, 1 December 2013

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