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City Adrift : A Short Biography of Bombay By Naresh Fernandes,

  • Title: City Adrift : A Short Biography of Bombay
  • Author: Naresh Fernandes
  • ISBN: 9789382277200
  • Page: 343
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For hundreds of years Bombay held India in thrall A metropolis, reclaimed from ocean and iniquity, it effortlessly manufactured the dreams that captivated a nation and drew fortune seekers to it by the million Once a princesss dowry, these seven conjoined islands were settled over time by the most diverse collection of people the Indian subcontinent has ever known, theyFor hundreds of years Bombay held India in thrall A metropolis, reclaimed from ocean and iniquity, it effortlessly manufactured the dreams that captivated a nation and drew fortune seekers to it by the million Once a princesss dowry, these seven conjoined islands were settled over time by the most diverse collection of people the Indian subcontinent has ever known, they proceeded to create a mishmash culture that perfectly reflected their heterogeneity and gave the city its unique verve No longer For some time now, Bombays charms have been wearing thin, other cities have become alluring and disastrous new trends such as its re islanding into luxury ghettos, could spell its final descent into chaos and terminal decay In this arresting new biography, award winning writer and journalist, Naresh Fernandes, writes with a mixture of passion, exasperation, poignancy, empathy and great elegance about his beloved Bombay giving us a very deep understanding and appreciation of one of the worlds most iconic cities.
    City Adrift A Short Biography of Bombay For hundreds of years Bombay held India in thrall A metropolis reclaimed from ocean and iniquity it effortlessly manufactured the dreams that captivated a nation and drew fortune seekers to it by th

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    1. A lovely little book which serves as a biography for the crazy city I call my home now The best part about the book is that it does away with all the grand standing and romanticisation of the city which is apparent in a lot of books about Bombay Nor is it a view of the gritty and seedy underbelly of the city focussing on slums and the underworld alone The book is a very real look at the city, with the first part addressing the past and the critical second part scrutinising the present with a gr [...]

    2. This short biography on my favorite city in India is brief, but it s filled with content And stories Of eras long gone.It takes you on a trip through the city s history, right from its ancient Buddhist monuments, to its Portuguese settlements, to its handover as a part of a queen s dowry, to its establishment as a port of the East India Company, to its growth into India s first truly cosmopolitan metropolis, and beyond.It then covers multiple facets of the city s incredibly diverse and cosmopoli [...]

    3. Bombay is a great city and a terrible place Naresh Fernandes quotes architect and planner Charles Correa towards the end of his book, and Correa s words also in a way a summarize Fernandes book and ode to a city that he definitely loves so much City Adrift is such a lovely little book It was always going to be special book for me Firstly, it was gifted by a very dear friend A friend with whom I ve had countless conversations on cities in general, and Bombay in particular, ranging from parks and [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. Passionate without being preachy if I were to sum this book up in just a phrase Having said that, this is one of the nicest little accounts of one of my favourite cities in India Having travelled there on quite a few occasions and made some of my best friends, I found it easy to relate to the nuances of Bombay that Naresh Fernandes talks about With crisp narration and sharp facts, City Adrift gives readers like me a wonderful insight into why Bombay is what it is, and why what it could be in the [...]

    6. A short, crisp and erudite work on Bombay s origin, its demographics and culture A decent coverage of its so called cosmopolitan image, the cotton mills and unions, land reclamation works, slum rehabilitation projects, the rising real estate business, of 1993 riots, of 2005 floods, Shiv Sena influence In all, it can definitely help novices like me, in gaining a better sense of the city.It isn t close to Dalrymple s Delhi neither in depth nor in the curious affection that the Scot can exude in hi [...]

    7. City Adrift is a well researched and factual narrative of Mumbai s past, starting from how it was 7 Islands as a part of dowry for the Catherine of Braganza to the walled Fort City to the Backbay Reclamation Scheme of the 1920s to modern day Mumbai as an urban slum The book focuses on the history and geography of the city rather than its social milieu.It recounts its various administrators and Governors and what changes they brought right down to the role played by its Municipalities under the [...]

    8. Charles Correa, one of the architects of the city of Bombay, once is said to have remarked, Bombay is a great city and a terrible place City Adrift is a succinct 155 page read that takes you on a story peppered with family history Naresh Fernandes opens his book with a tale of Portuguese dowries, quaint churches, and Imperial ambitions to create Reclamations this bit is a tad anachronistic and all over the place However, he quickly regains track to talk about the setting up of the city when a co [...]

    9. This book is written in a well thought and concise manner It s the first time I have read a book about Mumbai Although a book of this size can t tell you the complete story of a city as big and old as Mumbai, it does a great job in giving you small pointers to touch upon the major aspects of this city I would surely like to revisit the city with a book covering about the city, but as of now, this book does make me aware about the past of this city of wonder.

    10. Absolutely love it The style and candour draws you in Unexpected prose on expected subjects A marvellous read on Beloved Bombay.

    11. The most concise book about Bombay with some startling new facts A must read for anyone who wants to get started with the spirit of the city.

    12. Since visiting Mumbai for the first time couple of months ago, I was itching to read something about the city The first choice was Maximum City but close friends and online reviews dissuaded me And then I came across this in a friend s Instagram and promptly borrowed it.In a sense, this was very much like what I was looking for A 10k feet view of the city that gives you a overall feel of the city and its journey More than what to include, the trick here is to decide what to leave out So this boo [...]

    13. It s beautiful book While reading it, I felt the pulse of the soul of Bombaymetimes that soul giggled in joy and the next moment I could hear its embittered cry I am a fan of Naresh Fernandes now.

    14. This short and easy novel is full of lovely and interesting facts and anecdotes about Bombay A book you can open 20 years later and reminisce Must read for residents.

    15. For such a short book,the book packs in so much of information.More than the information and the beautifully written prose,it is the care and love for Bombay that shines through in this little gem.

    16. At times a bird s eyeview of Bombay s history and at other times a critique of contemporary Mumbai, a good addition to the oeuvre of Bombay biographies.

    17. What a tender love letter to Bombay This is one of my favourite books to unwind with This was my fifth reread of Fernandes book and it s just as captivating Gorgeous, gorgeous prose.

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