Ars Longa, Vita Brevis

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Ars Longa, Vita Brevis

Shah Jehan and Sir Gilbert Scott are both in their graves, but the Taj Mahal and the University Clock Tower, still stand implacably in their grandeur, much as they were, when they were built – a source of inspiration to those who live near them and those who travel long distance to see them. They enrich our society by their mere existence. Do we not therefore have a duty to protect and conserve them?

What we aim to do in our presentations is to go behind the legislation, first to share with you the rationale for urban heritage conservation – can buildings have a value for the community; what does this value represent; are such buildings worth  preserving – and then, to explore the interesting consequences of heritage legislation for planning in Mumbai. Continue reading “Ars Longa, Vita Brevis”

The Quarterly Journal

The Quarterly Journal
The Quarterly Journal

The Quarterly Journal of Opinion (TQJO) is produced in October, January, April and July. The journal is web-based. It does not have a printed version. Its aim is to create a platform for exchange of free thought, ideas, opinions, views. TQJO does not hold dear any ideology, nor is it disparaging about any. It is an attempt at democratic debate.
TQJO will facilitate an interface between competing ideas, ideals and ideologies. The objective is to make our complex society slightly more comprehensible. The journal does not aspire to be a catalyst for change; it merely aspires to provide an opportunity for expression. Change is challenging, and not always easy. But, change is exciting when observed from the outside and analysed with detachment.

TQJO will observe and analyse, perhaps not always with complete detachment, but certainly without being partisan. Continue reading “The Quarterly Journal”

Home (July 2003)

Home (July 2003)
Home (July 2003)

This is the fourth quarter of TQJO. At the end of this quarter, this journal will complete a year. A mildly surprising event considering that it began as a lark. But during the year it has definitely created a niche for itself, and reached to more people than was expected when it was conceived.

Those who have followed TQJO’s journey in the last four quarters, will notice a completely new design. All the sections of all the four quarters are incorporated. Each section now has a separate content page, in addition, of course, to the main Contents page.

The highlight of this issue of TQJO is a novel by Sanjay Ranade. Continue reading “Home (July 2003)”