siege for more than two.
Prakash introduces us to the citys icons, like Sir Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy, after whom the city has named a hospital and an art school, but reminds us that he made his fortune trading opium.
The cost of reclamation is high, and only expensive apartments can be built there; as the poor need a place to live, slums proliferate, sharpening social inequity.
From Rushdie to Mistry, and through academic and popular histories, Bombay has been well served in books.
Prakash was not born in the city; his interest and affection developed later.
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Two years later, the city continues to live on edge.
(Unlike Delhi and Ahmedabad, to name two cities which have erupted into riots after experiencing targeted violence, Bombay stayed calm.But Bombay was not a mispronounced corruption of Mumbai, nor was Mumbai necessarily the citys original name.Salil Tripathi is a London-based writer who was born in Bombay when it was still known by that name, and author.In his monumental book, Maximum City, Suketu Mehta explained the beauty of the city: In the crowded suburban trains, you can run up to the packed compartments and find many hands stretching out to grab you on board, unfolding outwards from the train like petals.Mumbai Fables explores the mythic inner life of this legendary city as seen by its inhabitants, journalists, planners, writers, artists, filmmakers, and political activists.He approaches Bombay like a cultural anthropologist.Each episode he details provides a glimpse into the citys past and its essence.A large proportion of the city is made of reclaimed land, and one consequence of sustained reclamation is the severe erosion of the coast northward, exposing buildings to the fury of the sea.But by insisting on Mumbai, the Sena wanted to remind others that they were outsiders.Starting from the catastrophic floods and terrorist attacks of recent years, Prakash reaches back to the sixteenth-century Portuguese conquest to reveal the stories behind Mumbai's historic journey.Its campaign succeeded, and the jury exonerated the officer, leading to the eventual end of trial by jury in India.Bombay is where barriers crumble; and that idea is the one that the terrorists wanted to attack.Prakash doesnt succumb to the rhetoric, and calls the city Bombay where necessary, reinforcing the idea of an older, more inclusive place.At first his narrative seems disjointed: he pieces together scraps of information from tabloids, century-old novels, popular history, poetry, billboards, advertising posters, and serious academic workswith the enthusiasm of an eclectic collector.