Bombay is the city full of colorful characters. With its vivid past, strange present and uncertain future, Bombay (or Mumbai) offers itself as a good subject or an abstract setting . Here are my list of Favorite Bombay books:
1. Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
Maybe,In terms of accuracy, this might be the most ill-fitted book in the list. Gregory’s Bombay sounds real when he writes about Colaba, Leopold or Searock. When it came to Chawls and Chopati, his Bombay looks little drifted from the reality. Do read this book for brilliant plot, extra-ordinary quotes and never-ending twists.
2. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
In Midnight’s Children, Bombay is the young city which is yet to find its full potential. The streets had more space and the people had more class. The tireless city which we know now,has some a sense of calm here. Nevertheless, still it is rich with its diversity, cosmology and wide open doors.
Also by the author “The Moor’s last Sigh”
3. Em and the Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto
To be honest, there is not much Bombay outdoors in this book. The most of the story is inside the 1 bed-room apartment in Mahim and in the physiatric ward in JJ Hospital. But still there is lot of Bombay inside that house. The spirit of being there for each other, the absence of space, ignorance of privacy, the beauty of past, the fear of future, and the courage of steel. That is the Bombay for you (You can read the book review here )
Also by the Author “Bombay, Meri Jaan“
4. Dongri to Dubai by S. Hussain Zaidi
Enough about the beauty of the city. Dongri to Dubai takes you to the dark side of the city. The story of the gangsters, underworld, criminals, the wreaked ones and the wannabes. This book takes you to the neighborhoods like Dongri, Byculla, Dharavi where the failed dreams of this city breeds. Also the city parts where rich and famous lives which was their favorite hunting grounds. The book has also been adapted in Bollywood feature films.
Also by the Author: Byculla to Bangkok
5. Last Man in Tower by Aravind Adiga
Last Man in Tower is the story of a city in middle of transition. A real estate tycoon dreaming of the city’s fate to be like that of Shanghai, proposes to re-develop a residential tower which has outlived its days of glory. The characters in the book are typical middle class Bombay. This book will offer you a kind of Bombay which both excites and petrifies its own citizen.
Other books Suggested:
1. Maximum City
2. Love and Longing in Bombay
4. Breathless in Bombay
What are your favorite Bombay Books? Do let me know.
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