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Bombay Meri Jaan

Edited by Jerry Pinto & Naresh Fernandes

Penguin India.
Review by Ajit Sanzgiri
16 February 2009Ajit Sanzgiri lives online as much as anywhere else.

Book Description: 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. Paromita Vohra writes about the quintessential Bombay problem; finding a place to live. Her essay is those by Salman Rushdie, Pico Iyer, Kiran Nagarkar, Dilip Chitre, Saadat Hasan Manto, V.S. Naipaul, Khushwant Singh and Busybee, who 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.

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