Sunday, March 17, 2013

Top ten books about Mumbai

Manil Suri was born in Bombay and is a professor of mathematics and affiliate professor of Asian studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is the author of the novels The Death of Vishnu, The Age of Shiva, and The City of Devi.

One of his top ten books about Mumbai, as told to the Guardian:
Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found by Suketu Mehta

A tribute to the millions of inhabitants of the city, chronicling their lives with acuity and empathy, mining wit and humanity from every strata of society. The author uncovers a Bombay that even long-term residents may never have seen: dancing girls, thuggish powerbrokers, mafia hangouts.
Read about the other books on the list.

Maximum City is on Edward Dolnick's list of nonfiction books with brilliant opening chapters.

--Marshal Zeringue