Once Was Bombay

Comprising Three Novellar And Four Short Stories, To Be Read As Stand Alone Or Inter Linked Pieces, This Is An Engaging Piece Of Literary Non Fiction Rich In Memories And Insights.
Once Was Bombay Comprising Three Novellar And Four Short Stories To Be Read As Stand Alone Or Inter Linked Pieces This Is An Engaging Piece Of Literary Non Fiction Rich In Memories And Insights

  • Title: Once Was Bombay
  • Author: Pinki Virani
  • ISBN: 9780670888696
  • Page: 325
  • Format: Unknown Binding
  • 1 thought on “Once Was Bombay”

    1. An insight into how Bombay became the Mumbai of today. Partially autobiographical, it shows how an open minded city transformed into a city of communal and regional differences. The book has accounts of builders, underworld operatives, policemen, bollywood stars, encompassing all the major elements Mumbai is identified with. The writing sounds like that of a person who has loved and lost a city. There is profound love for the city and there is profound disappointment at what it has become today. [...]

    2. This is the best 'Bombay' book i've ever read. It shows us a view of Bombay through the images of characters that even non residents will identify as belonging to Bombay - the actor, the bhai, the encounter cop, the politician, and so on. Pinki Virani obviously feels for Bombay, and reflects the myriad range of a Bombayite's emotions now - anger, frustration, cynicism all stemming from Bombay's change from then to nowWhat's wonderful about the book is that it stays true to the title and takes yo [...]

    3. For starters, you have to know Hindi to read this book; the characters -like Bombayites - speak in both Hindi and English. Secondly, you have to know Bombay to really follow along. I thought I did, but not enough.If I know Hindi & Bombay better, I might have enjoyed this book. Instead i felt lost trying to piece it together.

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