Both spectacle and ruin, Mumbai exemplifies the cosmopolitan metropolis. It is not just a big city but also a soaring vision of modern urban life. Millions from India and beyond, of different ethnicities,languages and religions, have washed up on its shores, bringing with them their desires and ambitions. Mumbai Fables explores the mythic inner life of this legendary city as visualized by its inhabitants, journalists, planners, writers, artists, film-makers and political activists.In this remarkable cultural history of one of the world's most important urban centres, Gyan Prakash unearths the stories behind its fabulous history, viewing Mumbai through significant moments and kaleidoscopic ideas that have shaped it, its comic-book heroes and famous scandals. Shedding light on what has been called 'the maximum city', Mumbai Fables offers an unparalleled look at this oneof-its-kind city.