Fall of Matunga Art Deco home reflects vanishing era of the garden suburbs

Fall of Matunga Art Deco home reflects vanishing era of the garden suburbs

In 1941, S Ramachandranforever altered the life of his son, Kamu, when he shifted his family from the west side of Vincent Road in Matunga, today’s Ambedkar Road, to the east. The family moved from a small home in Hindu Colony, a Maharashtrian neighbourhood, to a large apartment full of light and breeze in a cosmopolitan lane in Five Gardens. Eight-year-old Kamu was fascinated by the house design, and impressed by its architect who, at one point, rejected his father’s request for a window shade, or chhaja. “My father was a tough…

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Is the obesity solution in the garden?

Is the obesity solution in the garden?

Last week I spoke at the launch of the Empower Project, a joint initiative between Garden to Table and Life Education Trust, supported with funding from The Warehouse. Here’s a version of what I said at that event.  I have always thought it a bit strange that we refer to obesity as an epidemic. Using this word implies being fat is somehow catching, like a virus. However, looking at our childhood obesity statistics, you can see that there are some factors which, just as with viruses, make it more likely…

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