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003    OCoLC 
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016 7  015578129|2Uk 
020    9780691142845|qhardcover|qalkaline paper 
020    069114284X|qhardcover|qalkaline paper 
035    (OCoLC)591788241 
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050 00 DS486.B7|bP73 2010 
082 00 954/.792|222 
100 1  Prakash, Gyan,|d1952- 
245 10 Mumbai fables /|cGyan Prakash. 
264  1 Princeton :|bPrinceton University Press,|c[2010] 
264  4 |c©2010 
300    xi, 396 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :
       |billustrations (some color) ;|c25 cm 
336    text|btxt|2rdacontent 
337    unmediated|bn|2rdamedia 
338    volume|bnc|2rdacarrier 
504    Includes bibliographical references and index. 
505 0  The mythic city -- The colonial Gothic -- City on the sea 
       -- The cosmopolis and the nation -- The tabloid and the 
       city -- From red to saffron -- Planning and dreaming -- 
       Avenger on the street -- Dreamworlds. 
520    "A place of spectacle and ruin, Mumbai exemplifies the 
       cosmopolitan metropolis. It is not just a big city but 
       also a soaring vision of modern urban life. Millions from 
       India and beyond, of different ethnicities, languages, and
       religions, have washed up on its shores, bringing with 
       them their desires and ambitions. Mumbai Fables explores 
       the mythic inner life of this legendary city as seen by 
       its inhabitants, journalists, planners, writers, artists, 
       filmmakers, and political activists. In this remarkable 
       cultural history of one of the world's most important 
       urban centers, Gyan Prakash unearths the stories behind 
       its fabulous history, viewing Mumbai through its turning 
       points and kaleidoscopic ideas, comic book heroes, and 
       famous scandals. Starting from the catastrophic floods and
       terrorist attacks of recent years, Prakash reaches back to
       the sixteenth-century Portuguese conquest to reveal the 
       stories behind Mumbai's historic journey. Examining 
       Mumbai's role as a symbol of opportunity and reinvention, 
       he looks at its nineteenth-century development under 
       British rule and its twentieth-century emergence as a 
       fabled city on the sea. Different layers of urban 
       experience come to light as he recounts the narratives of 
       the Nanavati murder trial and the rise and fall of the 
       tabloid Blitz, and Mumbai's transformation from the red 
       city of trade unions and communists into the saffron city 
       of Hindu nationalist Shiv Sena. Starry-eyed planners and 
       elite visionaries, cynical leaders and violent politicians
       of the street, land sharks and underworld dons jostle with
       ordinary citizens and poor immigrants as the city copes 
       with the dashed dreams of postcolonial urban life and 
       lurches into the seductions of globalization. Shedding 
       light on the city's past and present, Mumbai Fables offers
       an unparalleled look at this extraordinary metropolis"--P.
       [2-3] of dust jacket. 
651  0 Bombay (India)|xCivilization. 
651  0 Bombay (India)|xHistory. 
651  0 Bombay (India)|vBiography. 
938    YBP Library Services|bYANK|n3306039 
938    Coutts Information Services|bCOUT|n12648005 
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