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1411 /   TO   /  CURRENT

Within Ahmedabad's Old City or Walled City a neighbourhood is called a pol . John and Kinnari's house is in Jethbabhai ni pol or Jethabhai's neighbourhood.

Each pol traditionally was comprised of residents from the same sect, caste or religion. Many of the residents were even related to each other intern making a homogenous living environment where the front doors of the houses were often left open and the narrow streets of the pol became mere extensions of peoples living rooms; with residents moving seamlessly between houses as if the neighbourhood was one giant house.

The Old City of Ahmedabad is located on the eastern banks of the Sabarmati river. During the British occupation, Gujarat College was established on the western side of the river in 1845 and subsequently Ellis bridge, the first bridge was constructed, connecting the east and west sides in 1870.

The construction of the bridge was a harbinger to the gentrification of the Old City and Jethabhai ni pol.

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