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Memories From Kamathipura: 'The First Time I Saw My Father'

Memories From Kamathipura: 'The First Time I Saw My Father'

Fathers' Day ruminations of the son of a 'tawaif' from Kamathipura in Maharashtra: 'He came for sex. She gave him love':

20 June 2022
Gangubai's Kamathipura

Gangubai's Kamathipura

Residents in Kamathipura feel stigmatised with sex workers standing on the road and soliciting clients.

09 March 2022

Shades of Gangubai and Kamathipura

Lachmi is in her late seventies and now owns a room in the old building in gully no 14 where gangubai used to own rooms and where her statue is. Lachmi is from...

When the towers come, remember us - Zeenath, eunuch sex worker, Gully No. 1, Kamathipura

When the towers come, remember us - Zeenath, eunuch sex worker, Gully No. 1, Kamathipura

I met Zeenath in 2012 for a story on adoptions by eunuch sex workers. For years, I have seen Kamathipura’s red light area fade away as builders move into...

06 March 2022

Love, Loss And Longing Among Kamathipura’s Sex Workers

The parallel world of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, with its aesthetically-lit windows and luxurious sentimentality that glows in the yellow fairy lights, doesn’t...

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27 May 2022
From Shabana Azmi To Alia Bhatt: A Walk On The Wild Side

From Shabana Azmi To Alia Bhatt: A Walk On The Wild Side

Very few Indian directors have handled the subject of sex workers sensitively. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai is an exception.


27 May 2022
Sex Workers Of Kamathipura: Nowhere To Go, Nowhere To Live

Sex Workers Of Kamathipura: Nowhere To Go, Nowhere To Live

Multiple factors including the law have made it impossible to collectivise the women in the locality


27 May 2022
Developing Kamathipura: Life Measured in Square Feet

Developing Kamathipura: Life Measured in Square Feet

Plans to revive Mumbai’s infamous locality of Kamathipura have remained, at best, a dream for its residents


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