Till the 1992-93 riots, we used to have the most terrific and traditional Ganpati celebrations. It was so lovely to watch entire families dance their way to Mazgaon Pier for the immersion; it's part of history.
Areas change over time, new buildings come up. The physical changes matter but they don't happen in isolation, they are driven or accompanied by sociological transitions.
When people/communities go away, they take away their customs. When new people come, they bring in other customs.
There are fewer Irani shops and restaurants now, fewer nukkads that I used to hang out at; instead there are coffee shops and malls that the young want.
They want a certain kind of change because they have no memory to fall back on, memory is intertwined with architecture. The new architecture is functional, it doesn't inspire a bond, a relationship.
Rafique Baghdadi is a writer- researcher, cineaste and history raconteur