Maximum City

Maximum City  (English, Paperback, Mehta Suketu)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Penguin Random House India
    • Genre: Travel
    • ISBN: 9780144001590, 9780144001590
    • Pages: 600
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    Published in the year 2004, the book ,Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found, is a non-fiction novel based on the city of Mumbai, which is located in India.

    Summary Of The Book

    In Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found, the author recounts his experiences in the city of Mumbai, before he left the city in the year 1977, and the time he returns as an adult to his hometown. The author finds himself to be an outsider, as well as a native, as he spent a great deal of his childhood in the city.

    The author left the city of Mumbai in the year 1977, and relocated to New York City, along with his family. When he returns to the city, he gives the readers an account of the problems faced by him, on an everyday basis, as he moves about in Mumbai. He also gives the reader insight about the state of slums in the city, along with a detailed account on politics.

    He gives the readers insight on the breakup of the political parties due to hindu-muslim rivalry. He also throws light on the horrific bomb blasts that shook the city in the year 1993, along with the Mumbai Underworld criminal outfit. He also recounts his face-to-face meeting with a number of brutal killers.

    Apart from that, he describes his meeting with Bal Thackeray, who is the chief of the Shiv Sena, which is the dominant party over the city. At the end of the book, there is a brief account of the life of a Jain diamond merchant family. The merchant himself decides to seclude himself from society and become a Jain monk, leaving behind all his wealth as well as his family.

    Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found has been highly appreciated by its readers, having being the runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize in the year 2005. Apart from that, the book has also been given the Kiriyama Prize, which is given to authors of literary works that cover the life of people in the Pacific and South Asian sphere. The Economist also listed this book among the best for the year 2004.

    About Suketu Mehta

    Suketu Mehta is a renowned author, hailing from Kolkata, India.

    Apart from this book, he’s also written Bombay Mix: Street Photographs.

    The author was born in the year 1963, in Kolkata. However, he spent his childhood in the city of Mumbai, before relocating to New York. He completed his degree from New York University, and was a part of the Writer’s workshop conducted by the University of Iowa. Apart from authoring books, the author also contributed to writing the script for Mission Kashmir, which is a Bollywood movie. He has also written the script for ‘The Goddess’, which is an original. The author currently resides in Manhattan, writing a book based on his experiences in the city of New York. The author has won a number of awards for his literary works. His literary works have also featured in National Geographic, Harpers Magazine, Time, and New York Times Magazine.

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    • 234 mm
    Length
    • 153 mm
    Ratings & Reviews
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    An average book

    To start with, this book is not much about Mumbai- The City, but more about incidents which have marred or shaped the existence of this city, along with chapters about people from certain industry and profession with whom the author had a chance to interact and do research upon during his stay in Mumbai.
    So to set the expectation correctly, this book doesn’t cover the political & cultural history of the city comprehensively. Also there are references to the “Spirit of Mumbai” but this book i...
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    Srikant Kuanar

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    Dec, 2011

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    it beautifully justifies the title

    a brilliant and minute presentation of the present 'mumbai' with its positive as well as negative side, of the people in high society as well as the people of the low...
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    An in-depth sight to Bombay

    Long ago a friend of mine had encouraged me to read a single chapter of this book. I could not put it down after that! When I found this book on Flipkart I knew I had to own it. This book is one of those books which you want to keep in the library you are ''oh so proud off''.

    The language is simple to understand and easy to read. It is very blunt in it's description and tells vivid stories of the individuals who live in the 'Maximum City'.

    As usual Flipkart delivered it to me on time and ...
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    Darrell D'souza

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    A stunning book!

    This non-fiction book is an extraordinary sweep of the Mumbai city with a pen that is mightier than a sword. Bombay was never told in this way!

    It is an intimate portrait of that big, bad, commercial, much harangued city. The book is essentially a travelogue, memoir, and a fine essence of personal history; it has stories of under-world dons, dance bar girls and mafia games. A stunning book really. You will be stoned to know that never has Mumbai been painted in those colours ever before. I’...
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    Arindam Moulick

    Apr, 2013

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    not impressed

    Its a very thick book to read.
    I lived in mumbai for about 2 years and i dont find anything new in written by auther.
    its about mumbai lifestyle which is very typical. i was expecting to learn about some hidden facts and some interesting stories but it is merely the memoir of writer about his experience in the city.
    It may be good for foreigners to get a perspective of city but for any indians who has been to the city or have seen bollywood movies, Its Nothing New!
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    Roasted_Observer

    Sep, 2012

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    Didn't stand upto the expectations

    Suketu Mehta's Maximum City is a blunt, dispassionate take on Mumbai and its follies. Interesting for taking up sensitive issues fearlessly, giving a peak into lot of lives we are not aware of. On the flip side, at least 200 pages could have been edited out, the non linearlity of narrative is so disorganized that most of the times you won't know at what point of time you are in. Mehta lacks subtlety nor is gifted with amazing prose but it is a compulsive read. Read the book only if you are co...
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    Baharul Islam

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    Apr, 2012

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    Delicious - Full of Mumbai

    This book is wonderful. Okay, yes Bombay has become progressively worse in the past few years, but this book is about the culture of what has defined Bombay. For a person who is new to Bombay, the first thing he feels about the city is the salty fell of the Arabian Sea. Reading this book makes you feel like getting that first feel of Bombay all over again - yes you know the past two decades of that have defined Bombay - riots, underworld, rains, Shiv Sena and of course Bollywood since long. T...
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    Rahul Mulchandani

    Feb, 2012

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    MAXIMUM CITY -BOMBAY LOST AND FOUND

    I got into the book with lots of expectations based on rave reviews in print media--but the book does not measure up to the hype built over it --especially the highly glorifying reviews in both the covers of the book .The narrative reads more like a personal diary of the author--with confusing flips back and forth in terms of the chronology of the events being described. The reader is left wondering which year he is talking about to place them in perspective and understand them. Moreover, m...
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    NATARAJAN V

    Aug, 2012

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    Tour de force

    Suketu Mehta paints a picture of Bombay which is both grotesque and alluring at the same time. He goes in depth of the riots, 93 bombings, underworld hit-men, police torture and bar girls. Never will you get such a close encounter with these sides of a city. But remember this not a guide book to the erstwhile Bombay, so Mumbaites might feel this book one sided or lacking. But it really is a must read if you want to know about this great ruined metropolis.
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    Anirudh Chauhan

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    Apr, 2012

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    Very, very mediocre

    I did not like this book. I left it after a couple of pages and have no intentions of returning to it. I think it is tedious, boring, completely misses the point of the city, and reads like a ranting eighteen year old's diary; not literature. I am shocked at the publicity this book has been given. I do not think Suketu Mehta has the perspective that is needed for a travel writer, and that too of a city as mainstream as Bombay, and I don't think much of him as a writer. He is wordy, and his wr...
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    Supriya T

    Nov, 2011

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