Mumbai - Post Report Question and Answers

Do you recommend any books or movies about this city/country for those who are interested in learning more?

Behind the Beautiful Forevers; Slumdog Millionaire. - Jul 2023

Just start watching Bollywood movies. There are some great ones out there! I read the Palace of Illusion as part of a book club, which was really interesting to be able to learn a little more of the stories of the Mahabharata. I also read The God of Small Things. There are lots of books out there, so just start googling to find what you are interested in. - May 2023

Books: Shantaram, India in the 21st Century, Maximum City, Movies: Gully Boy, Slumdog Millionaire. - Nov 2020

There are loads out there. None in particular I’d recommend, but it’s worth reading up on the culture a bit before coming. - Aug 2019

Slumdog Millionaire. Lion (set in Kolkata, but it still paints an accurate picture). - Mar 2019

Maximum city & slum dog billionaire - May 2018

Slumdog Millionaire (it is based on truth, regardless of what anyone tells you). - Jun 2017

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity. This is a true story of families in one of Mumbai's large slums, written by an investigative journalist who 'embedded' herself there for several years. A Son of the Circus (Ballantine Reader's Circle) . I read this book long before I ever thought I'd even visit India, let alone live here. I re-read it after we'd been here six months or so, and it was sort of amazing what things were now familiar to me. It's just a great novel, too. - Nov 2014

Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found, Shantaram: A Novel, The White Tiger: A Novel - Mar 2014

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Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts (2003) Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found by Suketu Mehta (2004) Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo (2012) Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie (1981) Haroun and a Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie (1990) Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men by Mara Hvistendahl A blog called Mumbai Boss for lots of things to do in and around Mumbai. Restaurant review, etc. - May 2013

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo. Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found by Suketu Mehta (but wait until you've been in Mumbai a while before reading).The Elephant, The Tiger, And the Cell Phone: Reflections on India - the Emerging 21st-Century Power by Shashi Tharoor. - Feb 2013

Shantaram, Maximum City, India after Gandhi. - Dec 2010

Maximum City. - Aug 2008

Midnights Children (Rushdie); A Fine Balance (Mistry); Shantaram. - Aug 2008

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