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Mumbai Fables
Mumbai Fables
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A place of spectacle and ruin, Mumbai exemplifies the cosmopolitan metropolis. Millions from India and beyond, of different ethnicities, languages, and religions, have washed up on its shores, bringing with them their desires and ambitions. Mumbai Fables explored the mythic inner life of his legendary city as visualized by its inhabitants, journalists, planners, writers, artist, film-makers and political activists.

Starting from the catastrophic floods and terrorist attacks of recent years, Prakash reaches back to the sixteenth-century Portuguese conquest to reveal the stories behind Mumbai’s historic journey. He looks at Mumbai’s nineteenth-century development under British rule, and its twentieth-century avatar as a fabled city on the sea, to examine its emergence as a symbol of opportunity and reinvention. Different layers of urban experience come to light as he recounts the narratives of the Nanavati murder trial and the rise and fall of the tabloid Blitz, and Mumbai’s transformation from the red city of trade unions and communists into the saffron city of the Hindu nationalist Shiva Sena. Starry-eyed planners and elite visionaries, cynical leaders and violent politicians of the street, landsharks and underworld dons, jostle with ordinay citizens and poor immigrants as the city copes with the dashed dreams of postcolonial urban life and lurches into the seduction of globalization.

Shedding light on the city’s past and present; Mumbai Fables offers an unparalleled look at this extraordinary metropolis.

 

Contents

 

  List of Illustrations ix
1 THE MYTHIC CITY 1
2 THE COLONIAL GOTHIC 25
3 THE CITY ON THE SEA 75
4 THE COSMOPOLlS AND THE NATION 117
5 THE TABLOID AND THE CITY 158
6 FROM RED TO SAFFRON 204
7 PLANNING AND DREAMING 251
8 AVENGER ON THE STREET 289
9 DREAMWORLDS 325
  Acknowledgments 349
  Notes 353
  Index 381

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About The Book

A place of spectacle and ruin, Mumbai exemplifies the cosmopolitan metropolis. Millions from India and beyond, of different ethnicities, languages, and religions, have washed up on its shores, bringing with them their desires and ambitions. Mumbai Fables explored the mythic inner life of his legendary city as visualized by its inhabitants, journalists, planners, writers, artist, film-makers and political activists.

Starting from the catastrophic floods and terrorist attacks of recent years, Prakash reaches back to the sixteenth-century Portuguese conquest to reveal the stories behind Mumbai’s historic journey. He looks at Mumbai’s nineteenth-century development under British rule, and its twentieth-century avatar as a fabled city on the sea, to examine its emergence as a symbol of opportunity and reinvention. Different layers of urban experience come to light as he recounts the narratives of the Nanavati murder trial and the rise and fall of the tabloid Blitz, and Mumbai’s transformation from the red city of trade unions and communists into the saffron city of the Hindu nationalist Shiva Sena. Starry-eyed planners and elite visionaries, cynical leaders and violent politicians of the street, landsharks and underworld dons, jostle with ordinay citizens and poor immigrants as the city copes with the dashed dreams of postcolonial urban life and lurches into the seduction of globalization.

Shedding light on the city’s past and present; Mumbai Fables offers an unparalleled look at this extraordinary metropolis.

 

Contents

 

  List of Illustrations ix
1 THE MYTHIC CITY 1
2 THE COLONIAL GOTHIC 25
3 THE CITY ON THE SEA 75
4 THE COSMOPOLlS AND THE NATION 117
5 THE TABLOID AND THE CITY 158
6 FROM RED TO SAFFRON 204
7 PLANNING AND DREAMING 251
8 AVENGER ON THE STREET 289
9 DREAMWORLDS 325
  Acknowledgments 349
  Notes 353
  Index 381

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