A place of spectacle and ruin, Mumbai exemplifies the cosmopolitan metropolis. It is not just a big city Mumbai Fables. Gyan Prakash. Copyright Date: Mumbai Fables explores the mythic inner life of this legendary city as seen by its inhabitants, journalists, most important urban centers, Gyan Prakash unearths the stories behind its fabulous history, viewing Mumbai Chapter 1 [PDF]. PDF | On Sep 1, , Arnab Roy Chowdhury and others published Mumbai Mumbai fables, by Gyan Prakash, Princeton NJ, Princeton.
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in Mumbai Fables, Gyan Prakash has written a lyrical yet incisive account of the city that has beckoned to him over the course of his life. The call of the city is not. Mumbai Fables: A History of an Enchanted City by Gyan. Prakash (review). Sheetal Chhabria. Journal of World History, Volume 23, Number 4, December Mumbai Fables. By Gyan Prakash. Download Article: Download (PDF kb). Author: Rao, Nikhil. Source: Pacific Affairs, Volume 85, Number.
This idea of Bombay and the possibilities and promise is what led people from many parts of the country to make the city their home. This, I think, is what fascinates the author too, and this book attempts to understand what makes the city special.
It is a historic journey of the city across various domains - geography, art and literature, culture, politics, journalism and business. The narrative is largely linear, with some overlap to cover ground when a new aspect is brought to the discussion. From a timeline perspective, the book begins with the conquest of the seven islands by the Portugese in the 16th century, but before he gets there, the author introduces the reader to the distinctive 'myth' that is Mumbai.
The Colonial era, the post colonial years immediately following independence, the beginning of the reclamation, the rise of tabloid journalism, the rise and fall of the mills and communism, Shiv Sena and to a certain extent, the underworld, all find a place in this book, just as it should. There is a lot of ground covered, and the research that has been done, going by the 'Notes' is huge!
While events, people and places are all chronicled faithfully, what this book actually gives - by covering centuries of history - is context. Everything that I mentioned above is linked to each other in some way. The author uses a range of phenomena - from Art Deco to Doga comics and the Nanavati case to Fearless Nadia and Dev Anand movies - to show how and why Bombay is the city it is, and its influence on its citizens.
Once you finish the book, you get a sense of the layers that make up today's Mumbai. There is serious history here, which is very readable, and there is serious history of sex, murder, and scams reminiscent of the works of the novelist James Ellroy.
Pais, India Abroad "Etching out the cultural history of one of the world's most important urban centers, Gyan Prakash views Mumbai through its turning points and kaleidoscopic ideas, comic book heroes, and famous scandals.
Mumbai's history is almost as full of crime, corruption, terror, and chauvinism as of fabulous creativity.
In Prakash's account, rightly, it is the latter which predominates. But going from A to B won't help you understand how that happened.
Prakash uses the act of collage to give the reader a better perspective. I think Prakash gets closer to a true picture of what Mumbai is--if a city is anything. And then, crack a beer and watch a Hindi film.
This is an insider's view of one of India's most exciting and unusual cities. It is a reminder of how much deeper a local can go and how much more valuable such a guide can be. If you are planning a visit to Mumbai this is a superb introduction.
Mumbai Fables points to one good place to start. He pays homage to the seductive power of myths about Mumbai and its earlier avatar Bombay--the city of free enterprise, the efficient city, the cosmopolitan city, the liberal city, the modern city--while illuminating the troubled histories and lowly origins from which the myths emerge. But it will have more to offer for those familiar with the city, for whom the gleam of recognition will be a benefit.
Contemporary South Asia are tenuous and fragile.
Less than half of one percent of Indian trade is conducted with the region, the majority with one state, Kazakhstan. This is merely a fraction of burgeoning Sino-Indian trade 81—2. Pakistan is also active in the region, partly to counter India, but partly because it has needs of its own, especially for hydrocarbons.
And then there is China.
Prakash, with his mastery of story-telling, covers almost years of the making of the mahanagari metropolis of Mumbai. Mumbai is not a case of an ordered sequence of transition, from tradition to modernity. It contains simultaneously prevailing, contending histories and entangled narratives