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Tuesday, Nov 30, 2021
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Just Straying

The research is interesting, but the writing is choppy in parts and needs smoother transitions

Just Straying
Just Straying
outlookindia.com
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Imagine. A book that celebrates loitering and, more surprisingly, women loitering. They could be old, young, single, married, lesbian, in slums, high rises, on the streets, in office and at home. They want to loiter, but can’t. Men, on the other hand, can and do.

Loitering, say the authors, is feared, discouraged and considered anti-social. They point out that all the words in Indian languages used to describe the act of loitering—luccha, lafanga, vella, tapori, bekar—are uncomplimentary. Deep down, suggest the authors, loitering is about many things—need to loiter, hang out, use of space, safety (especially sexual safety)—and make a case for loitering as a fundamental act of claiming public space and a more inclusive citizenship.

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