Bombay, Meri Jaan: Writings on Mumbai

  • Title: Bombay, Meri Jaan: Writings on Mumbai
  • Author: Jerry Pinto Naresh Fernandes
  • ISBN: 9780143029663
  • Page: 320
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bombay Meri Jaan Writings on Mumbai When King Charles II of England married Princess Catherine de Braganza of Portugal in he received as part of his dowry the isles of Bom Bahia the Good Bay Reclaimed from the sea these would be
    When King Charles II of England married Princess Catherine de Braganza of Portugal in 1661, he received as part of his dowry the isles of Bom Bahia, the Good Bay Reclaimed from the sea, these would become the modern city of Bombay A marriage of affluence and abject poverty, where a grey concrete jungle is the backdrop to a heady potpourri of ethnic, linguistic and religiWhen King Charles II of England married Princess Catherine de Braganza of Portugal in 1661, he received as part of his dowry the isles of Bom Bahia, the Good Bay Reclaimed from the sea, these would become the modern city of Bombay A marriage of affluence and abject poverty, where a grey concrete jungle is the backdrop to a heady potpourri of ethnic, linguistic and religious subcultures, Bombay, renamed Mumbai after the goddess Mumbadevi, defies definition Bombay, Meri Jaan, comprising poems and prose pieces by some of the biggest names in literature, in addition to cartoons, photographs, a song and a Bombay Duck recipe, tries to capture the spirit of this great metropolis Salman Rushdie, Pico Iyer, Dilip Chitre, Saadat Hasan Manto, V.S Naipaul, Khushwant Singh and Busybee, among others, write about aspects of the city the high rise apartments and the slums camaraderie and isolation in the crowded chawls bhelpuri on the beach and cricket in the gully the women s compartment of a local train encounter cops who battle the underworld the jazz culture of the sixties the monsoon floods the Shiv Sena the cinema halls the sea Vibrant, engaging and provocative, this is an anthology as rich and varied as the city it celebrates.

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    About Jerry Pinto Naresh Fernandes


    1. Jerry Pinto is a Mumbai based Indian writer of poetry, prose and children s fiction in English, as well as a journalist His noted works include, Helen The Life and Times of an H Bomb 2006 which won the Best Book on Cinema Award at the 54th National Film Awards, Surviving Women 2000 and Asylum and Other Poems 2003 His first novel Em and The Big Hoom was published in 2012.


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    1. A lovely, lovely read. The first on my long list of Bombay books, I came to it in a dark time. I hadn't been able to read for a while (or do anything, actually), and it brought me back, the way good books do, to why you started reading in the first place.It takes you around Bombay in its own way and in its own rhythms, and with its heavy focus on social history and memoir, paints a portrait of the city the present seldom gets to see. Though it has literary superstars in its lineup (Pico Iyer, Na [...]

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    2. The definitive book on bombay, way before it became mumbai. its a great ,almost eclectic mix of writings on Bombay. As someone who loves the city , I will say it is a must read. Even if you have never been to Bombay , it is still a must read. It presents Bombay as a living , breathing, theiving, loving and above all a very very bewitching city. The sections on history of Bombay, jazz in the city make for truly fantastic stories, while the selections from Rushdie, Manto and Mistry put together a [...]

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    3. A mixed bag, as is to be expected from an anthology, though it does feature some great essays by Suketu Mehta, Naresh Fernandes (on the Mumbai Jazz scene), Saadat Hasan Manto and especially Paromita Vohra, whose contribution is the best among the varied offerings in this book.

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    4. A city like Mumbai cannot be described in a few words. I have always wondered why Mumbai feels the need to endlessly market itself and mythologise itself. Through Bombay Meri Jaan, Jerry Pinto and Naresh Fernandes have captured the spirit of Bombay before it became Mumbai. A brilliant compilation of poems, prose, cartoons, photographs, songs and a recipe too written by some of the finest names in the Indian English literature space like Salman Rushdie, V.S. Naipaul, Arundhathi Subramaniam, Busyb [...]

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    5. You cannot ever get enough of a city like Bombay. So many writers and so many faces of the city! Keep a copy handy to go back to it now and then because you cannot devour this city at a go. It has to unravel slowly.

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    6. Excellent rendition of first-hand accounts of many lives and their tryst with Bombay and how this city has in time become an inherent part of their lives and minds. Articulate, nostalgia-evoking, replete with memories, vivid accounts of people, places and events all of which base Bombay as a common denominator.

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    7. Vibrant, engaging and provocative, this is an anthology as rich and varied as the city it celebrates.Book also depicts many aspects of the city (its water problems, the slums, high-density living).

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