Interesting reads on Mumbai – The city of Dreams and Mafiaby Nira Nanavati March 12, 2014 0 comments
Mumbai conjures up a very vibrant and ever evolving collage. It has hardly ever failed to deliver on its sobriquet as the “City Of Dreams”. Countless entrepreneurs, people with dreams to make it big, have come to Mumbai to realize their destiny. And there’s the Mafia. The Mumbai Underworld, which has been the theme for numerous Bollywood movies, has its own flavor. Be it the Shootout at Lokhandwala or Black Friday, many movies have tried to describe the underworld’s politics and effects. But books, come way closer. There are stories of people who have been shot for writing too much about the Mumbai Mafia. Here are some of the books, which give you everything which you need to know about Mumbai Mafia.
Mafia Queens of Mumbai : Stories of Women from the Ganglands by S. Hussain Zaidi and Jane Borges
Underworld is inarguably a man’s world. Everyone has heard about Dawood Ibrahim or Karim Lala. But, on the unseen side of the Mumbai underworld, are the women. There are women who have manipulated men of the Ganglands to run their own ‘businesses’. Whether it’s about drugs, terrorism or about gun-running, there are women who have carved out a space for themselves. Mafia Queens, by Zaidi and Borges, brings in light on these untold legends.
Mumbai Fables by Gyan Prakash
Unlike Mafia Queens, Mumbai Fables takes a more all-rounded approach. Gyan Prakash sheds light on all the sides of Mumbai. He starts the history of the city, since the days of Portuguese invasion up until the 26/11. The book is an impeccable account of what has happened to the city, and how it came to be known as the city where aspirations are the currency. He takes a jab at the underworld, and how it interacts with the common people, and the immigrants. If you want to know Mumbai insides out, Mumbai Fables would be a fine read for you.
Khallaas by J. Dey
As a criminal journalist, J Dey had a very close contact with the underworld. The book encapsulates all the things that this brave journalist had seen throughout his career, have been included in this book. Be it the obscure vocabulary of the underworld or the politics that goes in there, this book has it all. The underworld gets highlighted in its full spectrum, with words like ‘artist’ for a shooter, ‘Delhi’ for Dubai and much more. One thing that keeps standing out is the importance of ethics in the business. But like any other business, competition and success seem to be at the core of the underworld too.
Govind Narayan’s Mumbai: An Urban Biography by Murali Ranganathan
The first account of Mumbai as city comes from Govind Narayan’s “Mumbaiche Varnan”. Things have changed drastically since then. Ranganathan, covers the years which changed Mumbai and made it the city it is today. The book guides the readers through the most unique aspects of Mumbai – its uncertainties, bustling street life, the underworld and much more.
Mumbai is a city that is a kaleidoscope of dreams, aspirations and the hard truth of underworld. These books try their best to bring together a flavor that will leave you wanting to know more of the city. If you wish to get greater insights of Mumbai, do lay your hands upon these books for they are all available online. For best ways to shop for them is using discount codes and coupons which are available at Compareraja