Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found by Suketu Mehta

Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found

bySuketu Mehta

Kobo ebook | October 21, 2009

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A native of Bombay, Suketu Mehta gives us an insider’s view of this stunning metropolis. He approaches the city from unexpected angles, taking us into the criminal underworld of rival Muslim and Hindu gangs, following the life of a bar dancer raised amid poverty and abuse, opening the door into the inner sanctums of Bollywood, and delving into the stories of the countless villagers who come in search of a better life and end up living on the sidewalks.

As each individual story unfolds, Mehta also recounts his own efforts to make a home in Bombay after more than twenty years abroad. Candid, impassioned, funny, and heartrending, Maximum City is a revelation of an ancient and ever-changing world.

Title:Maximum City: Bombay Lost and FoundFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 21, 2009Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307574318

ISBN - 13:9780307574312

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic, fantastic book One of the top-20 books I've read on India. Alongside Boo's 'Behind the Beautiful Forevers', it is a masterful recreation of a mega-city on the cusp of influence, overpopulation and desire. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2018-04-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mumbai - The Modern Juxtaposition As an Indian Canadian, I have always been fascinated by Mumbai after my two quick visits during my childhood and teen years. It is seen as a modern juxtaposition - old & new; rich & poor; sadness & happiness - the fact that two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect. "This is about the Indian city, Mumbai. Mehta has given a stunning insider’s view of the metropolis. The lives of people who come to Mumbai for a better life, Bollywood, lives of bar dancers, and rivalries between Hindu and Muslims – Mehta has captured all the quintessential aspects."
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A truthful portrait After living in Mumbai for 11 months in 2013-2014, I found this 2004 book was still full of truth about that beautiful city. Consulting with many educated locals, a consensus was reached that "Maximum City" portrays the reality of the city of Mumbai, with a small and measured degree of exaggeration. So instead of scientific photography, Mehta paints with thick strokes, doing as a good writer must: using bold emphasis on carefully chosen elements to express a deeper core beyond all the minute details. Mehta navigates his outsider-insider perspectives well. A must-read for any foreigner taking up residence in this city or
Date published: 2014-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A truthful portrait one of the best books read, very realistic and fascinating - a must read to get the insight of India and into the lives and behind the scene of the most wealthy, famous and the under privileged on their struggle to survive - very well written - Suketu Mehta has a flair for writing and makes the book very interesting and hard to put it down.
Date published: 2014-01-31