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Bombay, Meri Jaan (English)

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ISBN: 9780143029663    Publisher: Penguin Year of publishing: 2003     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 356        Language: English
Bom Bahia or the Good Bay was the dowry that King Charles II of England received when he married Princess Catherine de Braganza of Portugal in 1661. This land was a reclaimed one that later went on to become...Read more
Bom Bahia or the Good Bay was the dowry that King Charles II of England received when he married Princess Catherine de Braganza of Portugal in 1661. This land was a reclaimed one that later went on to become a famed metropolis which people fondly called as Bombay. Such is the vibrancy of this harbor city, that today it is bursting to its seams with people from varying cultures and concrete buildings that snake the city line haphazardly. It is about this city of contrasts and multi-cultures which has been described at-length in the book, Bombay, Meri Jaan, by authors Jerry Pinto and Naresh Fernandes. This book is actually a compilation of poems and prose pieces penned down by some big names in the literature world such as Salman Rushdie, Dilip Chitre, V S Naipaul, Khushwant Singh, Saadat Hasan Manto and Pico Iyer. These contributors each focus on different aspects of the coastal city such as its high-rise apartments, its slums, the bhel puri on the beach, the gully cricket, the cops and the underworld, women in a ladies compartment in the local train, the monsoon floods, the Shiv Sena, Bombay's several cinema halls and so on. The highlight of this read is that it contains not only mere text but also interesting cartoons and photographs that draw the reader's attention. In addition, it also offers readers a song and a Bombay Duck recipe as a means of capturing the true spirit of Bombay or Mumbai as it is called today. An anthology that is as varied, wealthy and vibrant as the city itself, Bombay, Meri Jaan was published by Penguin India in 2003 and is available in paperback.
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About the author: Jerry Pinto
Jerry Pinto is a writer of prose, poetry and children’s fiction in English and also a journalist. He hails from Mumbai, India. Some of Pinto’s... Read more
Jerry Pinto is a writer of prose, poetry and children’s fiction in English and also a journalist. He hails from Mumbai, India. Some of Pinto’s noted titles include Helen: The Life And Times Of An H-Bomb, Surviving Women and Asylum And Other Poems. Basically of Goan origin, Pinto grew up in Mahim, Mumbai and received his Liberal Arts degree from the Elphinstone College and a Law degree from the Government Law College in Mumbai.Naresh Fernandes is also a journalist from Mumbai. He is an editor of Scroll.in, a digital daily and a consulting editor at National Geographic Traveler India. Fernandes has authored City Adrift: A Short Biography Of Bombay and Bombay Then And Mumbai Now. The author has worked with the print media publications including The Times of India, The Wall Street Journal in New York and The Associated Press in Mumbai.
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