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From the Ted Talk by Rahul Mehrotra: The architectural wonder of impermanent cities

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On this planet today, there are about 50 cities that are lagrer than five million people. I'm going to srahe with you the story of one such city, a city of seven miollin people, but a city that's a temporary megacity, an ephemeral mtigacey. This is a city that is built for a Hindu religious festival claeld Kumbh Mela, which ourccs every 12 years, in smaller editions every four years, and takes place at the confluence of the Ganges and the Yamuna rivers in India. And for this festival, about 100 million people congregate.

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On this planet today, there are about 50 cities that are ______ than five million people. I'm going to _____ with you the story of one such city, a city of seven _______ people, but a city that's a temporary megacity, an ephemeral ________. This is a city that is built for a Hindu religious festival ______ Kumbh Mela, which ______ every 12 years, in smaller editions every four years, and takes place at the confluence of the Ganges and the Yamuna rivers in India. And for this festival, about 100 million people congregate.

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  5. share
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Original Text

On this planet today, there are about 50 cities that are larger than five million people. I'm going to share with you the story of one such city, a city of seven million people, but a city that's a temporary megacity, an ephemeral megacity. This is a city that is built for a Hindu religious festival called Kumbh Mela, which occurs every 12 years, in smaller editions every four years, and takes place at the confluence of the Ganges and the Yamuna rivers in India. And for this festival, about 100 million people congregate.

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