Books On Bombay

#1 Sep 5th, 2007, 17:32
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As some of you may or may not know, I have an obsession for what is known as Bombay. Can anyone recommend me any good contemporary books on Bombay? I would prefer travel books or a book that would describe the geography of Bombay, and mostly non-fiction, but I'm not too fussy. Any recommendations, or heard good things about other books?
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two good books that i can think of are :-

Shantaram : by gregory roberts (now being made in a movie with Johny depp) its a kind of autobiography.....amazing book....

Maximum City by suketu Mehta : probably one of the finest non fiction book written about any of the indian cities.....
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I know Shantaram, but Maximum City I will definately check out. Thanks for the tip. What is it about anyway?
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Shops that Bombay hadn't Bargained For - Gangadhar Gadgil, 1992
We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. ~
T. S. Eliot

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Bombay Ice by Leslie Forbes. Abt a British/Indian journalist who digs into her mafioso brother in-law and gets a lot of dirt up. Its fiction though.....
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Originally Posted by New-South-Welshman View Post I know Shantaram, but Maximum City I will definately check out. Thanks for the tip. What is it about anyway?
non fictional account of incidents that took place in bombay after 1991 including riots, bollywood etc.........
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Originally Posted by deeps79 View Post Maximum City by suketu Mehta : probably one of the finest non fiction book written about any of the indian cities.....
I just bought this book this afternoon. There were two versions, a $30 and $40 version. I bought the $40 version because it was bigger. Thanks for the recommendation and I can't wait to get into it this evening. I was looking for more books, but it was called like Postcards from Bombay, but the most recent event in the book happened in 1980's, so I left it alone.
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Black Friday

Not related to travel.
But it's about Mumbai bomb blasts.
A real account by Hussain Zaidi.
Movie of the same name being made after the book.

Ronak.
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Originally Posted by shahronakm View Post Not related to travel.
But it's about Mumbai bomb blasts.
A real account by Hussain Zaidi.
Movie of the same name being made after the book.

Ronak.
Hasn't the movie already been out for quite a while, or am I thinking of a different movie?
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Originally Posted by New-South-Welshman View Post Hasn't the movie already been out for quite a while, or am I thinking of a different movie?
Yes the movie is already out. Last line in my post was not clear. I should have written already released.
But I missed the movie as it was on the screens for hardly one or two weeks.

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Agree with mirjand about "Bombay ice" by Leslie Forbes, is really an astonishing thriller. Samtaran is also a good reference in another way.

"Love and Longing in Bombay" by Vikram Chandra is one of my favourites.

All the books of Rohinton Mistry are also good options.

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Love and Longing in Bombay sounds good. I lost my copy of Maximum City on a train the other day when I fell asleep on a carriage and just ran out when I suddenly woke up and it was my stop. I have to get another copy. Only read 25 pages
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Originally Posted by New-South-Welshman View Post Love and Longing in Bombay sounds good. I lost my copy of Maximum City on a train the other day when I fell asleep on a carriage and just ran out when I suddenly woke up and it was my stop. I have to get another copy. Only read 25 pages
thats really sad.......

love and longing is really a nice book with short fictional stories in it.......
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I have read Maximum City. definately a good book. It tells you of Mumbai in Black and white.

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