Rest and Repair
July 23, 2021

Afer the Cyclone
~May 2021

By Prithvi Rajguru.

R and R as Isolation Centre
~April 2021

By Prithvi Rajguru.

June 23, 2020

Dear lockdown friend,

Thanks to your swift contributions, the call for drawing materials was met in two days. Distribution of kits was done to around 500 children, about 125 from RandR organised by the library kids themselves. The rest in Janta Nagar, Jai Ambe Nagar, Indira Nagar and Maharashtra Nagar via Simpreet and friends.

We want to all thank: (in alphabetical order)
Azad Singh Khanna
Mukta Manyal
Prasad Shetty
Rupali Gupte
Sameep Padora & Associates
Shilpa Gupta
Shreya Anand
S.P. Public Trusts
Vidhi Todi
Jigar Enterprises and K10 Enterprises for the generous discounts.

Drawing Materials Call
June 19, 2020

Dear lockdown friend,

This is a request to support children from various neighbourhoods of M-East Ward with art and crafts material and stationery. With the lockdown their physical activities have been restricted and they do not have access to many of the avenues through which they can spend their time meaningfully.
The idea is to provide 500 children from the neighbourhoods of Mandala, Maharashtra Nagar, Jai Ambe Nagar and Lallubhai Compound with materials like crayons, drawing books/sheets, origami paper and notebooks, pencils, erasers and sharpeners.

Contributions would be sent directly from you to the Camlin distributors, who have already given us a 30 percent discount. We would prefer if you could select any one of the coloured blocks on this list as a contribution, and let us know, we will send you the bank info. You are welcome to contribute any other amount as well. Contributions will be acknowledged on Distribution will be done by us, TISS M-power project and local networks at each place.

To contribute please message 9969363065 or email us at


3d R and R
May 23, 2018

Detailed 3d model of the interior of R and R, in anticipation of things to come and as a self-teaching project. By Prithvi, seen in image.
On Linux using Blender. 

Five Months Film Festival
August 1, 2017

From August 1 to December 30th, 2017 R and R is hosting one film every open day at 5 pm, followed when possible, by discussion.
With thanks to Gallery Chemould for the giant screen.

Image: live camera and screen test
Afternoon of July 27th.

Garden Update
July 20, 2017

The latest in many attempts at keeping this space clean, free of rats and usable. This one involves at first, a surface of grass in the first 1/3rd of the Garden.
The situation before is visible beyond the green edge.

Library Update
December 10, 2016

The R and R Library now consists of over 1000 selected books and bound collections. They are in approximately four large categories: Children's and young adults books, Pamphlets, comics and magazines, Classic fiction and poetry in Hindi, English, Urdu and Marathi, and Reference books such as encyclopedias and textbooks. A seperate digital/ scanned and media collection is under construction.

On Saturdays or Sundays in the past months, Shashikant Sawant and Arif Shaikh (in pic) have led "Katha Baitha", a reading, storytelling and chess-playing group.

We would like to thank contributions by:

Shashikant Sawant
Seema Bajpayee
Vidyadhar Date
Deepa Gahlot
Geeta Sheshu
Ganesh Vaidya
Padma Velaskar
Reena Jalan
Purva Mehra
Debu Bandhyopadhyay
Lalita Iyer
Lekha Merchant
Shobhan Kothari
Nisha Nair
Sheema Fatima
Urvashi Bachani
Meghna Singh

and others.

The library is open from:
2 pm to 7 pm from Wednesday to Saturday
3 pm to 7 pm on Sundays.
Monday and Tuesday are closed.


Archive Building
(Floods, Fungus, Friendship and Fibre)
Tuesday July 5th, 2016 6:00pm

A public event with the creators, supporters and librarians of numerous international text archive platforms who are visiting our city. These include AaaaargMemory of the WorldOpen Media Library and several individuals who are part of Custodians Online solidarity, among others.

Bodó Balázs and Lawrence Liang will open the event with comparative accounts of the infrastructures and motivations of such 21st century archival initiatives. This is also in the context of a collective effort that would be needed to scan, share and build repositories so much needed in our own city.

This is the concluding event of Architectures of Knowledge, which included a two-day workshop on book scanning and managing collections that took place at CAMP, and a two-day meeting at TISS.

आर ॲण्ड आर तर्फे पहिले प्रदर्शन  

खुल्ती चिट्ठी
उघडणारी पत्रे
उद्घाटन: रविवार, मे २९, ६ ते आठ, संध्या.

अनाम (व्हाया कुश बुधवार): मी काही आदर्श बेरोजगार नाही, १९६०s
अतुल दोडिया: वडिलांचे पत्र
आवाज -ए- निस्वान (गीता महाजन आणि शहनाझ शेख) ऐसा खत मी लिखो, आरिफ शेख
आणि नीला भागवत यांच्यासह
एकता रहिवासी संघ: विजेसाठी लिहिलेले पत्र
गौरी गील: राजस्थानमधील शाळेच्या भिंतीवर काढलेली शब्द आणि चित्रे
हिमांशू एस. आणि मित्र मंडळ: उच्चाटन विषयक पत्र जेव्हा वर्तमानपत्र बनते
जावेद इक़्बाल: हम नाही हटेंगे छायाचित्रे
झेलम परांजपे, सुहिता थत्ते, स्मितालय: सावित्री वदते, तिने लिहिलेली पत्रे
मानवी, प्रणाली गरुड, प्रियंवदा जागीया, तारिशी वर्मा, विशल लांग्थासा: लेखक जेव्हा कार्यकर्ता आणि संग्राहक बनतो, चित्रपट
मिठू सेन: अव्यक्त भाषेतील पत्रे
मुक्ता साळवे: १८५५ मधील खुले पत्र
पाश: खुली चिठ्ठी आणि सेन्सोर होउ घातेल्या पत्राचा दुखांत
पुनम जैन: शब्दांचे कोडे एकातून एक उमलणार्या  कथांचे पुस्तक
माहितीचा अधिकार वापर-इच्छुकांसाठी: सर्जनशीलतेची गरज आणि प्रतिसाद
संजीव खांडेकर आणि वैशाली नारकर: नारायण देसाई यांचे पत्र उघडणारे चित्र  
शिल्पा गुप्ता: वाक्य रंगीत करायचे आमंत्रण
श्रेयस कर्ले: बाद झालेल्या शब्दांची पुस्तिका

प्रदर्शन ३० मे ते जुलै २, रोज संध्याकाळी ४ ते ७, बुधवार ते रविवार
आर ॲण्ड आर निळा दरवाजा, इमारत क्र. २१-ब च्या मागे, ललुभाई कंपाउंड, मान

खुल्ती चिट्ठी
Letter Opening
Sunday May 29th, 6:00 pm onwards

First exhibition at R and R with:

Anonymous via Kush Badhwar: I am not your ideal job-seeker, 1960s
Atul Dodiya: Letter from father
Awaaz-e-Niswan (Geeta Mahajan and Shahnaaz Shaikh): Aisa Khat mein Likho, with Arif Shaikh and Neela Bhagwat
Ekta Rehvasi Seva Sangh: Writing for electricity
Gauri Gill: Words and drawings on the walls of schools in Rajasthan
Himanshu S and friends: Mandala eviction letter becomes a newspaper
Javed Iqbal: Hum Nahin Hatenge photos
Jhelum Paranjape, Suhita Thatte and Smitalay: Savitri Vadate, letters she wrote
Maanvi, Pranali Garud, Priyamvada Jagia, Tarishi Verma, Vishal Langhthasa: A film about the letter writer as archivist and activist
Mithu Sen: Hairy letters in non-language
Mukta Salve: Open letter from 1855
Pash: Khuli Chitthi, Censor Hone Wale Khat ka Dukhant
Poonam Jain: Coded sentence, a concentric writing book
RTI enthusiasts: Creative demands and responses
Sanjeev Khandekar and Vaishali Narkar: A painting that opens a letter
Shilpa Gupta: An invitation to colour a sentence
Shreyas Karle: A booklet on redundant terms

Exhibition open until July 2nd 2016, from 4 to 7 pm everyday except Mondays and Tuesdays.


Call for Library Contributions

R and R will have a new kind of library combining books, ephemeral publications and journals, childrens literature, audio recordings, and online material in multiple languages. The library will be open to the public for several hours every day (except Monday). It will be a place in which to produce our own translations, recordings, pamphlets, and other objects in conversation with the library. 

We are looking for contributions, especially good books, story books, art, culture and political journals or magazines, comics, local histories, and print collections that you may have and may not be immediately using. In languages including Marathi, Hindi, English, Tamil, Nepali and Urdu. We are also willing to scan books (with a bookscanner that does not damage books) and return them to you.

All contributions will be in the care of R and R, and the group that currently runs the space. This group can change in the future, but contributions will stay in this space as long as it operates. If it closes, contributions will be returned. Meanwhile an online index will be maintained of all books and booklets. We recently received our first contributions from Granthali, Majlis and Shashikant Sawant.

Please use our contact page for more details and to contribute.

Sunday, April 24, 2016. 4:00pm onwards.

What is a Garden? Part 2. In which we talk about rats, plants, ropes, cocopeat, cleaning, and rain among other practical plans for the garden next to R and R

Followed by a screening at 7 pm. of Dar-B-Dar, a new film by Akash Basumatari, Arpita Katiyar, Radhika Agarwal, Rajendra Jadhav, Saurabh Kumar and Sujata Sarkar. 

Saturday, April 16, 2016. 5:00pm onwards.

On 15th April 1950 the Bombay Municipal (Extension of Limits) Act was brought in force which extended the boundary of Bombay Island city to include areas upto Jogeshwari and Bhandup. These areas earlier constituted Bombay Suburbs and were governed by Borough Municipalities, Notified Area Committees and Village Panchayats which were dissolved and brought under the Municipal Corporation of Bombay. In a dissenting opinion against this Act, Chunilal Barfivala wrote that it was a "wholesale annexation of vast area, abolition of suburban civic units and ruthless sacrifice of the corporate life of the annexed communities" and was designed to "remove all undesirable things to the outskirts of the city", among which is mentioned: manufacturing candles, casting metals, making cow dung cakes, soap making, tar melting, cattle stables, slaughter houses, blood boiling, bone crushing...

These debates, and the reasons given for the limit extension: de-congestion of Bombay, better administration, extending of civic services to Suburbs in exchange for city taxes, and control of crime -- still resonate in present times.

For this occasion, an open discussion and mini-exhibition of maps and documents is being held at R and R, to revisit: the city from the perspective of the suburbs of various kinds; Tadipaar-  discourse of crime in spatial expansion; maps pre and post limit extension; the splitting into two of Majas Village, the contemporary example of villages of Vasai-Virar which recently resisted a similar extension; and other shared observations with an aim of exploring limits of extension and extension of limits.

With contributions by: Simpreet Singh, Nisha Kundar, Ashok Sukumaran, Hussain Indorewala, Vidyadhar Date, and others


Sunday, April 3 2016.

With contributions by: Rahul Rajpure, Rupali Gupte, Gitanjali Dang, Shweta Wagh, Sanjeev Khandekar, Navjot Altaf, Lawrence Liang, Ashok Sukumaran, and others.

March 20 2016, Opening

On Navroz that comes a day early this leap year, which was also Vasant Vishuv (Vernal Equinox), and the 89th anniversary of the Mahad Satyagraha.

With Alka Yetale, Bhimrao Tayde, Reshma Gholap, Prem Vishwakarma, Ramesh Lokhande, Salma Ravpar, Rahul Rajpure from Building 21-B;  Rossi D'souza, Simpreet Singh, Rupali Gupte, Ashok Sukumaran, Sanjeev Khandekar, Gitanjali Dang, Shaina Anand, Prasad Shetty, and youth groups Agaaz and Akanksha.