By Suketu Mehta
A brilliantly illuminating portrait of Bombay and its people–a publication as immense, diversified, and wealthy in event, incident, and sensation because the urban itself–from an award-winning Indian-American fiction author and journalist.
A local of Bombay, Suketu Mehta supplies us a real insider’s view of this beautiful urban, bringing to his account an extraordinary point of perception, element, and intimacy. He methods town from unforeseen angles–taking us into the felony underworld of rival Muslim and Hindu gangs who wrest regulate of the city’s byzantine political and advertisement platforms . . . following the lifetime of a bar dancer who selected the one lifestyles to be had to her after a adolescence of poverty and abuse . . . starting the doorways onto the wonderful, hierarchical internal sanctums of Bollywood . . . delving into the tales of the numerous those that come from the villages looking for a greater lifestyles and turn out dwelling at the sidewalks–the crucial saga of an outstanding urban eternally performed out.
Through it all–as each one person tale unfolds–we listen Mehta’s personal tale: of the aggregate of affection, frustration, fascination, and severe id he feels for and with Bombay, as he attempts to discover domestic back after twenty-one years in a foreign country. And he makes transparent that Bombay–the world’s greatest city–is a harbinger of the gigantic megalopolises that may redefine the very concept of “the city” within the close to future.
Candid, impassioned, humorous, and heartrending, Maximum City is a revelation of an historic and ever-changing international.
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