The mall and the city2 min read 04 Sep 2008, 12:30 AM IST
The mall and the city
The mall is a relatively new addition to the places that shape the Indian city. Being a closed box, it goes against every tradition of urbanism, especially of marketplaces in India. And even though we know it would have been out of place in life as we knew it till a few years ago, few can resist the charms of the big air-conditioned cocoon that complements the air-conditioned ensemble of bedroom, car, office, hotel and bank. We love (and often unknowingly hate) the way it puts us out of touch with the city—any city around us. Is there a choice?