Indian window projections

India's window chajja, shown on houses in the French quarter of Pondicherry

Rain or Shine – India’s Window Chajja Have You Covered

India’s window chajja help keep you cool in summer and dry in the rainy season. They are projections above windows, and range from simple concrete blocks, to striped plastic coverings to tiled mini-roofs to carved wooden masterpieces. Chajja is also a glorious word in its own right! In Urdu it means “brim” and can also […]

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Fabric of the City – Hong Kong Market Under Threat

Is this famous Hong Kong market under threat? Yen Chow Street Hawker Bazaar has had a curse of demolition hanging over it for several years now. But so far it seems to be hanging on – though we could say “hanging by a thread”. When I was a kid in the 1950s and early 60s,

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