By Gyan Prakash

A spot of spectacle and wreck, Mumbai exemplifies the cosmopolitan city. it's not only a massive urban but additionally a hovering imaginative and prescient of recent city lifestyles. hundreds of thousands from India and past, of alternative ethnicities, languages, and religions, have washed up on its shorelines, bringing with them their wishes and goals. Mumbai Fables explores the mythic internal lifetime of this mythical urban as visible via its population, newshounds, planners, writers, artists, filmmakers, and political activists. during this notable cultural heritage of 1 of the world's most vital city facilities, Gyan Prakash finds the tales at the back of its really good historical past, viewing Mumbai via its turning issues and kaleidoscopic principles, comedian e-book heroes, and well-known scandals--the heritage in the back of Mumbai's tales of chance and oppression, of really good wealth and grinding poverty, of cosmopolitan wishes and nativist energies.

Starting from the catastrophic floods and terrorist assaults of contemporary years, Prakash reaches again to the sixteenth-century Portuguese conquest to bare the tales at the back of Mumbai's ancient trip. studying Mumbai's function as a logo of chance and reinvention, he seems to be at its nineteenth-century improvement less than British rule and its twentieth-century emergence as a fabled urban at the sea. varied layers of city event come to gentle as he recounts the narratives of the Nanavati homicide trial and the increase and fall of the tabloid "Blitz," and Mumbai's transformation from the pink urban of alternate unions and communists into the saffron urban of Hindu nationalist Shiv Sena. Starry-eyed planners and elite visionaries, cynical leaders and violent politicians of the road, land sharks and underworld dons jostle with traditional electorate and terrible immigrants because the urban copes with the dashed goals of postcolonial city existence and lurches into the seductions of globalization.

Shedding gentle at the city's earlier and current, Mumbai Fables bargains an unprecedented examine this remarkable city.

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