THE GREAT RUINED METROPOLIS - MUMBAI
'Maximum City: Bombay Lost & Found' is a narrative non-fiction book by author Suketu Mehta about Bombay (now Mumbai) and Salman Rushdie, author of Midnight's Children and The Moor's Last Sigh in his review calls Mumbai 'The Great Ruined Metropolis' and quotes as follows:
"Quite extraordinary – Mehta writes about Bombay with an unsparing ferocity born of his love, which I share, for the old pre-Mumbai city which has now been almost destroyed by corruption, gangsterism and neo-fascist politics, its spirit surviving in tiny moments and images which he seizes upon as proof of the survival of hope. The quality of his investigative reportage, the skill with which he persuades hoodlums and murderers to open up to him, is quite amazing. It’s the best book yet written about that great, ruined metropolis, my city as well as his, and it deserves to be very widely read."
Millions throng to the city to fulfill their dreams only to realise later that the city is unlivable with an ever increasing population and rising communal violence, a city of dreams and nightmares.The city yet thrives on the hope and spirit of Mumbaikars.
This photo shows Mumbai's harbour, the Gateway of India and the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower (a prestigious five star hotel) and is taken from the sea, when I went for a ferry ride.