After attending a discussion on Mumbai's heritage where Sharada Dwivedi was one of the panelists, a fellow heritage buff had remarked, "If Mumbai's historic legacy were to be compiled into a magnum opus, Sharada Dwivedi should write its foreword." The Grand Dame of Mumbai's history and heritage is no more. For many of Mumbai's students, researchers, journalists and lovers of history and heritage, 70-year-old Sharada Dwivedi remained the citadel of knowledge and a veritable treasure trove of information about the corners and contours of our city. She wore many other hats as well -- columnist, conservation activist, and publisher; above all, a respected, balanced voice on city affairs. Her repertoire as an author extended to children's fiction and fashion.
Queen's Necklace: An image from Bombay: The Cities Within by Sharada Dwivedi and Rahul Mehrotra (Published by India Book House). Pic/AL Sayed
Fact of the matter
Fiona Fernandez, Features Editor MiD DAY, is the author of Ten Heritage Walks of Mumbai (2007, Rupa & Co)
The MiD DAY connect
Back in the 1990s, she along with architect and co-author for many books, Rahul Mehrotra wrote a fortnightly column on the development of Mumbai's precincts for MiD DAY. Poetic justice then that she played her part in validating facts when MiD DAY's City Editor Vinod Kumar Menon broke the story in October 2010 about an ancient tunnel that was discovered under the General Post Office building premises.
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