Episode 87 – Our Kids And the City – Advait Sambhare

We are so tired of starting practically every blog with the line “During this lockdown…”, but here it goes.

During this lockdown we have achieved a heightened sense of attachment towards our respective cities (Mumbai in our case). This of course has a lot to do with the fact that we are not moving out much. But every time we do, we just want to stay out and our kids are just looking for every excuse to step out of the house even if it means just going down to the car and retrieve what you might have forgotten.

Just today, Nadir opened the door to walk up to the terrace to check out a hanging wire, before he knew it his daughter was ready with her shoes and following him. She didn’t even know where he was headed but not the one to miss out on going outdoor. Today’s kids, at least in Mumbai are evidently missing open space, to just walk, run, jump around or just be.

What are we going to leave behind for our kids in this closely embroidered city with barely any open spaces? How do we explain to our children that when we were young we exploited whatever space we could find to play sports, run around and even learnt how to drive/ride a vehicle.

We invited Advait Sambhare, an urban planner and architect to talk about this forever changing relationship between kids and our city. What can we do with the city? How can we make it better for these little tots? The importance of culture and design on a city scale.

Advait, Peter and Nadir discuss for almost an hour what was it like for them to grow up in a magical city like Mumbai and their kids experience with it today. How do other cities compare to Mumbai and what can we expect in the future for the city and the space that we inhabit.

Advait Sambhare is an architect and urban designer based in Mumbai with GDS Design and Development Consultants. He is deeply interested in cities and enjoys traveling. He is currently obsessing over his two year old daughter. 

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Pops in a Pod is parenting podcast produced by first time dads Nadir Kanthawala (content and digital marketing professional) and Peter Kotikalapudi (marketing professional). Nadir has a daughter and Peter has a son. They currently reside in Mumbai, India

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