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I was watching Fareed Zakaria reporting on CNN about the recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai. He mentioned ‘Maximum City’ by Suketu Mehta and ‘Sacred Games’ by Vikram Chandra as books to read to understand Mumbai well.
I have been to Mumbai 3 times and lived there for about a month twice and in a friend’s hovel in a slum for a day. The fast pace of the city always amazed me. So with interest I picked up this hardcover edition. Its 900 pages long, but very gripping. Anyone wishing to know more about Mumbai should read this book.
I liked the fact that Vikram had done lot of research for this book. If you really want to get a glimpse of Mumbai’s underbelly, read this book.
Warning : The book is filled with lots of Hindi profanities. When taken literally, the words can be shocking, but I grew up in North India where spoken Punjabi and Hindi is sprinkled with colorful profanities. Vikram has got the street lingo well !