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Maximum City by Suketu Mehta
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Sep 27, 2005 | ISBN 9780375703409

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“Stunning. . . . A powerful, arresting work. . . . Marvelous.” –Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Narrative reporting at its finest, probably the best work of nonfiction to come out of India in recent years. . . . Mehta succeeds so brilliantly in taking the pulse of this riotous urban jungle.” –The New York Times Book Review

As each individual story unfolds, Mehta also recounts his own efforts to make a home in Bombay after more than twenty years abroad. Candid, impassioned, funny, and heartrending, Maximum City is a revelation of an ancient and ever-changing world.

“What Dickens did for London, what Joseph Mitchell did for New York City, Suketu Mehta has done for Bombay. . . . A candid, extensive, and wholly entertaining portrait.” –San Diego Union-Tribune

“The ultimate insider’s view of Bombay, a roiling and vigorous account that delivers on a seemingly impossible challenge: how to limn the diversity and sprawl of such a place in a single book.” –The Seattle Times


Asian American Literary Award WINNER 2005

Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize WINNER 2005

Table Of Contents

Personal Geography
The Country of the No
Two Currencies
The 1992–93 Riots
Elections 1998
The Saheb
Number Two After Scotland Yard
Ajay Lal: The Blasts and the Gangwar
Black-Collar Workers
Mohsin: The D-Company
Satish: The Dal Badlu
Chotta Shakeel: The Don in Exile

Vadapav Eaters’ City
A City in Heat
Monalisa Dances
Two Lives: Honey/Manoj
New Year’s Eve
Distilleries of Pleasure
Vidhu Vinod Chopra: Mission Kashmir
Mahesh Bhatt’s Wound
The Struggler and the Goddess
Accused: Sanjay Dutt

Memory Mines
Mayur Mahal Multipurpose
A World of Children
Sone ki Chidiya
Girish: A Tourist in His City
Babbanji: Runaway Poet
Good-bye World
A Self in the Crowd


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