Bombay's story, told through the lives, often desperately near the edge, of some of the people who live there. The complex texture of these extraordinary tales is threaded together by Suketu Mehta's own history of growing up in Bombay and returning to live there after a 21-year absence. Hitmen, dancing girls, cops, movie stars, poets, beggars and politicians - Suketu loooked at the city through their eyes, and in looking found the city within himself.… (more)
bezoar44: India Becoming looks at the impact of globalization and rapid development in south India. Both shorter and more insightful, it compares favorably with Maximum City and complements rather than duplicates it.