Mumbaistan: 3 Explosive Crime Thrillers
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Book Summary of Mumbaistan: 3 Explosive Crime Thrillers
Three fast-paced crime thrillers set in the streets of Mumbai.
Mumbai, a city of dreams for many. But for others, a nightmare. Behind the faade of lustre and glamour churns a seething underbelly of squalor, corruption and crime.
Mumbaistans three explosive crime novellas unravel the subterranean secrets of maximum cityfrom the teeming maw of Dharavi and the wanton streets of Kamathipura to the swank high-rises of Bandra.
A prostitute, her lover and a policeman play for high stakes in Bomb-Day. Injectionwala exposes chilling medical malpractices and a lovelorn vigilantes twisted game plan. In Coma Man, a man awakens from coma after twenty years, and sets out in search of his wife and himself.
Macabre love stories, conniving cops and hard-boiled slumlords form the backdrop of a schizophrenic city that is brooding...dying.
Welcome to Mumbaistan; a gritty, compelling take on the megalopolis that lives on the edge.
About The Author
Piyush Jha is an acclaimed film director, ad filmmaker and a first-time novelist. A student political leader at university, he pursued a career in advertising management later acquiring an MBA degree. Later, he switched tracks, first to make commercials for some of the countrys largest brands, and then write and direct feature films. His films include Chalo America, King of Bollywood and Sikandar. He lives in his beloved Mumbai, where he can often be found walking the streets that inspire his stories.
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So let me split this up into two bits. Things I liked about this book and the things I didn't fancy. Things I liked:I have always said that Indian writers who write for Indians should not give out explanations about samosas and vada pavs like they are talking to imbeciles. And this book doesn't....
Well written with a fantastic pacing..ended up reading it in one sitting
Racy, cinematic narrative
WHAT happens when a filmmaker turns a writer? You bet the book reads like a film and pages turn into dramatic scenes and are powerful enough to evoke a visual imagery. Piyush Jha's Mumbaistan comprising three novellas is an engaging read, almost unputdownable once you begin. Be it the opening story Bomb Day woven around the theme of terrorism or the concluding one The Coma Man, a more individualistic account of the man who wakes up from coma to find himself unravelling the jigsaw puzzle of his life, the author's felicity with words is unmistakably impressive. So is his ability to weave in the topography of Mumbai as well as its smells and flavours into the story-telling format. For a book titled Mumbaistan, expectedly, the backdrop is Mumbai, rather the underbelly of the Maximum City is where Jha's pen moves, often incisively, digs and explores and brings out three riveting tales. At least two stories seem to be directly inspired by real-life happenings, while the third one too is steeped in the socio-political background of the tumultuous times we are living in. Terrorism isn't exactly a new issue in India. What's new is that Jha goes beyond what is published in the news reports and let's his imagination soar. So while keeping terror as a leitmotif, he weaves a story that has love, emotion, intrigue, murder and, of course, violence. Love, sex and dhokha anyway is the recurring thread that manifests in all three stories. Sexual escapades, as is the wont with many a writer of Indian English, do not cross the limit in this thriller. However, intimacy between man and woman remains the central crux; it's from this backbone that the stories flesh out. The writer's background in cinema does not manifest overtly, although he often relies on conjectures and stereotypes to complete his plot. None of it takes away his storytelling ability. Jha is a deft raconteur who knows how to keep his audiences (call them readers) engrossed in the twists and turns with which he imbues all his tales, particularly The Injectionwala, which unearths the grimy account of organ trade in the otherwise noble profession of medicine. In this novella he also brings alive the socio-economic dynamics of the new India in the manner in which he details his characters many of which come from humble backgrounds. His characters, despite the unusual circumstances in which they are caught, are believable and their dilemmas fascinating if not soul stirring. A potboiler, it is meant to engage your senses, which it does emphatically. For a book that's dedicated to his wife, female protagonists are pivotal, even if not always virtuous.
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