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Walking through Panjrapole- A Photo Essay

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"Where do you live in Chembur?"
"Panjrapole"
"Err, where is that?" 
"You know, where the Freeway begins?" 
"Ah that. I never knew"

(Excerpt from many conversations I have had with friends who are residents of Chembur)
Last year in June, I took up admission for an MA program at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Deonar. It made sense to move into a house closer to college. So I chose to live on Din Quarry Road, in Panjrapole, a seven minute walk to the old campus. But I live at the foothills, and I take a detour while the road continues to climb right to the top, going all the way above the tunnel of the Freeway. Last evening, I skipped my detour and walked up the slope, as high as the road would take me. 
Panjrapole, which loosely translated means an enclosed yard, typically built to care for cattle, birds, and other small animals can be found all over India. The Bombay Panjrapole at Bhuleshwar was established in 1934 following the Dog R…