Sunday, March 2, 2014

Naresh Fernandes - City Adrift: A Short Biography of Bombay

City Adrift : A Short Biography of BombayCity Adrift : A Short Biography of Bombay by Naresh Fernandes
My VARS rating: 3 of 5 stars

Interesting book that displays the meticulous research done by the author in trying to pen "a short biography of Bombay". He chooses to call the city by its older name - Bombay - and that is indicative of his thoughts and inclinations on the city and how it is evolving. There's snippets of trivia and interesting factoids, but overall, the big theme that the author takes forward is that Mumbai has never been subjected to "planned development" and probably never will be. And that is a constant lament through the book.

I felt he could have written some more about the Parsee community in Bombay and their contributions to its development, or when discussing socio-economic shifts, the unique Baugs that the Parsees created for themselves to house their kin.

But then, its a short biography. So, what we read is what we get.

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