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Mercury Rising

A life on the edge. Too many people, too little time and space. Urban India is suffering from bouts of rage that are translating into serious crime.

Mercury Rising Sanjoy Ghosh

kills child | Teenager attacks parents in Delhi for pocket money | Man drives his Maruti Gypsy into another following argument on the road | Truck driver hits motorist with an iron rod, asks fellow drivers to pin him down and drives over the injured man | Bus driver, parked in the middle of the road, thrashed by firemen | Chandigarh woman beaten to death by servant because she didn’t let him watch TV | Women demolish liquor shop | Crowds burn down three shops protesting against police inaction against murder suspect | Mason kills roommate in Chennai for Rs 30 | 213 lynching cases in Calcutta in 2001 | Tension between residents and fishermen near Marina beach | Tamils burn pro-Kannadiga organisation flag in Bangalore | Kannadigas burn posters of dmk leaders | Shiv Sena threatens to throw out migrants from UP and Bihar | Shiv Sena activists pelt stones at Shopper’s Stop, demanding employment opportunities for Maharashtrians | Man strangles wife for not cooking lunch | Woman creates storm in Mumbai bus, calls conductor "beggar", hits him on the head, calls a passenger "black lizard". Bus and woman go to the police station | Jawan shoots down superior for not granting leave. Takes six colleagues hostage | Water riots in distant Mumbai suburbs | Train passengers

Every working day in Mumbai, most of its 12 million people emerge from homes that are, on an average, 300 sq ft shared by at least five close family members, among whom the newly-weds may have risen from mezzanine adjustments after a brief night's silent sex. They rush out with a dream that in a poignant statistical calculation by the State Government is to own a living space 375 sq ft big. They spill out on the roads that collectively measure less than 1,800 km in length, somewhat shorter than Delhi's 28,000 km.

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