Book Launch: Chasing the Affordable Dream
Curated by: Bombaykala Books & G5A
Language Arts

Join us for this launch featuring a short presentation by the architect PK Das on the main points of the book, followed by a panel discussion with the authors — PK Das, Ritu Dewan, Gurbir Singh, and Kabir Agarwal — and the filmmaker Saeed Mirza, Gautam Chatterji, and trade union leader Datta Iswalkar. The conversation will be moderated by Sidharth Bhatia, the founding editor of The Wire.



India is grappling with a burgeoning urban crisis. The promised 100 ‘smart’ cities continue on the drawing board and the promise of ‘Housing for All by 2022’ is a distant dream. Demonetization, meanwhile, has frozen the real estate market that heretofore largely catered to the rich.


Suddenly, market forces and the demands of the ‘great unwashed’ have coalesced to make the concept of ‘affordable housing’ a workable reality. And it is Mumbai, a city with the gravest shortage of land and the largest of slum populations, which has now become the laboratory for the experiment.


As different stake holders jostle for land and policy concessions, the authors of the book argue that by reserving and exploiting land held by government agencies and occupied by slums, it is possible not only to house the poor but to create enough housing stock to wipe out Mumbai’s housing shortage.

About the artist

The authors – PK Das, Gurbir Singh, Ritu Dewan, and Kabir Agarwal – are among the founding members of Nivara Hakk, a Mumbai-based housing rights organisation, and much of their three decades of experience is reflected in the book.

The Black Box

  • We request you to bring warm clothes as it gets chilly inside the Black Box as temperatures need to be controlled at optimum levels as per technical requirements
  • Food, beverages and water are strictly prohibited inside the Black Box. Please do not carry them in your bags either
  • Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Please do come at least 15 minutes prior to the show and enjoy a good cup of coffee at PORT
  • No Late Entries will be allowed
  • Latecomers can only be allowed in at intermission or at an appropriate pause in the program and as per the instructions of the organizers







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