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A native of Bombay, Suketu Mehta gives us an insider’s view of this stunning metropolis. He approaches the city from unexpected angles, taking us into the criminal underworld of rival Muslim and Hindu gangs; following the life of a bar dancer raised amid poverty and abuse; opening the door into the inner sanctums of Bollywood; and delving into the stories of the countless villagers who come in search of a better life and end up living on the sidewalks.

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Maximum City
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A truthful portrait
August 12th, 2014
After living in Mumbai for 11 months in 2013-2014, I found this 2004 book was still full of truth about that beautiful city. Consulting with many educated locals, a consensus was reached that "Maximum City" portrays the reality of the city of Mumbai, with a small and measured degree of exaggeration. So instead of scientific photography, Mehta paints with thick strokes, doing as a good writer must: using bold emphasis on carefully chosen elements to express a deeper core beyond all the minute details. Mehta navigates his outsider/insider perspectives well. A must-read for any foreigner taking up residence in this city or
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January 31st, 2014
one of the best books read, very realistic and fascinating - a must read to get the insight of India and into the lives and behind the scene of the most wealthy, famous and the under privileged on their struggle to survive - very well written - Suketu Mehta has a flair for writing and makes the book very interesting and hard to put it down.
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