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The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.

                                                                                                                - St. Augustine

Mumbai - the city of dreams, the  cultural melting pot, the sweltering metropolis, the city of sin - whatever you may call it, is the commercial capital of India, and the biggest city in India in terms of the population.

A bit of history:

A bit of history in a travelogue always helps put things in perspective, and helps read between the lines when you are doing sightseeing.

The city of Bombay originally consisted of seven islands, namely Colaba, Mazagaon, Old Woman's Island, Wadala, Mahim, Parel, and Matunga-Sion. This group of islands, which have since been joined together by a series of reclamations, formed part of the kingdom of Ashoka, the famous Emperor of India. Read more on the following links...

History of Mumbai

Wikipedia - the History of Mumbai

The naming of Mumbai's local stations:

Many people, especially the ones from the rest of India, find the names of the suburban train stops in Mumbai quite amusing. Hence I decided to devote a page to those who would like to delve deeper into the logic behind these names! You can find the page here.

Places of interest in Mumbai:

You can find out about the touristy things you can do while you are in Mumbai here.

Places of tourist interest in Mumbai

Books about Mumbai:

Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts - this one is my absolute favorite, and by a huge margin! The author of the book, after escaping form a high security prison in New Zealand for charges of armed robbery and drug abuse, arrives in Mumbai in the beginning of 1982. The book talks about the author's experiences of Mumbai, its people and places, its culture, and the habits of its people. What makes the book special is that it gives you a view of Mumbai from the eyes of a westerner, an outsider, who falls madly in love with the city, purely for what it is. And what the author has to say is not shallow - he has been there and done that. He lived in the slums of Mumbai, spent months in a remote Maharashtrian village, traveled on the roof of Mumbai's local trains, and even worked with the Mumbai underworld and got involved in gang wars!
You can buy and read the further reviews about the book from the Amazon link below:
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

Maximum City - Bombay Lost and Found, by Suketu Mehta - contrary to the above book - Shantaram - Suketu is a Mumbai native and provides an insider's account of the city - now rechristened Mumbai - and its various facets. His insightful observations, his obvious love, and the pitiful deterioration of the city - due to infrastructure issues, crime, religious conflicts - and the author's pain show through in this narrative. Certainly among the best contemporary books written about Mumbai ever.
You can buy and read further reviews about the book from the Amazon link below:
Maximum City by Suketu Mehta

 
 

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