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Mumbai Fables book review
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Mumbai Fables book review
A brief biography of the author
Gyan Prakash is an Indian historian specialized on topics like colonialism, postcolonialism, cultural history, historiography, and history of technology. He was educated in both
India and the United States. He focused his research on the influence of colonial genealogies on
urban modernity and the problems caused by both colonialism and post-colonialism on the
political situation in countries that, like India, had once been a colony of the British Empire.
Author of several books, he published the book Mumbai Fables in 2010, which reveals
his perception of how a cosmopolitan metropolis would present a soaring vision of modern urban
life. The book thus represents the underlying mythic life of the city, describing the perceptions
that the citizens, journalists, writers, planners, artists, filmmakers, political activists, and
journalists would have about living in the city. The author's thesis statement presented in the
book can thus be summarized as the interconnection that the past and present of the city of
Mumbai have on the modern urban life in the city, affecting how the people interact within each
other and the relation with the country and the rest of the world. Gyan Prakash supports this
thesis by analyzing the implications that the different historical events affecting the city have on
nowadays modern life. Thus, the book narrates the evolution of the city and the culture of its
citizens from the Portuguese conquest on the sixteenth century to the reinvention under British
dominance in the nineteenth century.
The book starts by outlining the most recent events affecting the city of Bombay. The
book thus begins by analyzing the importance of the city not only in India but also in the world.
The book also introduces the reader to the Indian culture, explaining the funeral rituals used by
the Parsi and the importance of keeping these rituals free from the intrusion of foreigners 1 . By
starting the book by stating how the Parsi priest gets concerned about the fact that some foreigner
has just come across the ritual, Gyan Prakash introduces the reader to one of the most critical
aspects of the Indian, and most notably, the Parsi culture 2 ...