Featuring brand-new stories by: Annie Zaidi, R. Raj Rao, Abbas Tyrewala, Avtar Singh, Ahmed Bunglowala, Smita Harish Jain, Sonia Faleiro, Altaf Tyrewala, Namita Devidayal, Jerry Pinto, Kalpish Ratna, Riaz Mulla, Paromita Vohra, and Devashish Makhija. Bombay´s communal riots of 1992 - in which Hindus were alleged to be the primary perpetrators - were followed by retaliatory bomb blasts in 1993, masterminded by the Muslim-dominated underworld. Over a thousand citizens lost their lives in these internecine bouts of violence and thousands more became refugees in their own city. In a matter of months, Bombay ceased to be the cosmopolitan, wholesome, and middle-class bastion it had been for decades. When the city was renamed Mumbai in 1995, it merely formalized the widespread perception that the Bombay everyone knew and remembered had been lost forever. Today Mumbai is like any other Asian city on the rise, with gigantic construction cranes winding atop upcoming skyscrapers and malls. It continues to have the highest GDP among Indian cities and one of the most expensive real estate markets in the world. Mukesh Ambani, the world´s fourth-richest man, calls Mumbai home. As do seventeen million other people, for a majority of whom life remains a fine balance, to borrow Rohinton Mistry´s description, between survival and penury, between lawfulness and maverick restlessness, and often between life and death. Right-wing violence, failing electricity and water supplies, overcrowding, and the ever-looming threat of terrorist attacks - these are some of the gruesome ground realities that Mumbai’s middle and working classes must deal with every day, while the city´s super-rich, like the aforementioned Ambani, zip from roof to roof in their private choppers. Abandoned by its wealthy, mistreated by its politicians and administrators, Mumbai continues to thrive primarily because of the helpless resilience of its hardworking, upright citizens. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Manish Dongardive, Vikas Adam, Farah Bala, Deepti Gupta, Sanjiv Jhaveri, Samrat Chakrabarti. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/014645/bk_adbl_014645_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Imagine a place where the red carpets roll out not for Angelinas or Brads, but for Sharukhs, Ishas, or one of the many stars of Bollywood. Imagine a place where extreme poverty coexists with swank clubs, high-class restaurants, and a hotel designed in the spirit of the Taj Mahal. Imagine a place where a local Indian meal with all of its curries, herbs, and vegetables can cost from two to five dollars. Imagine a place where one second you’ll smell incense burning in the air, and in the very next you’ll get a whiff rickshaw exhaust...or cow or even elephant exhaust, if you’re lucky. Imagine a place where perfect people will treat you like family, inviting you to weddings or into their homes, leaving it up to you to decide whether or not to accept or reject their offers of kindness. Imagine a place where anything can happen at any moment - a city where chaos blends with order, pollution with beauty, and misery with opulence. Welcome to Mumbai, one of India’s most bustling, populated, action-packed, creative, and absolutely random cities. Located in Western India in the state of Maharashtra, Mumbai is a natural destination for travelers who are seeking to get a feel for Indian city life and its environs, as well as for those who are looking to travel to different parts of the country. Experience Mumbai takes listeners to Mumbai’s touristy district and beyond, exposing them to local architecture, art, nature, cuisine, dance, and more in a way that will make a trip to Mumbai an experience unforgettable. Whether you’re planning a trip to Mumbai, or looking to learn more about the city, this guide is for you! Learn about the different parts of the city, including: The Gateway of India Colaba Juhu Beach Mumbai’s Nightlife The Elephanta Caves The Kanheri Caves The Slums of Dharavi Malabar Hill And more Experience Mumbai to 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Hare. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/118301/bk_acx0_118301_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This fast-paced police detective serial follows Alia Khan, a young woman inspector in the Bandra Division of the Mumbai Police Force, as she attempts to solve a series of crimes, make sense of her troubled past and cope with being a woman in a male-dominated and chauvinistic police force. The six episodes are: ´´Gutter Baby´´, ´´What´s Cooking?´´, ´´Body of Christ´´, ´´Mad Women´´, ´´Five-Star Death´´ and ´´One Last Sacrifice´´. Prerna Chawla stars as Alia in this full-cast BBC Radio dramatisation, written by Ayeesha Menon and directed by John Dryden. 1. Language: English. Narrator: full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/007398/bk_bbcw_007398_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Mumbai comes alive through its characters and incidents in this collection of interconnected short stories. Key scene sketches accompany the narrative to facilitate the listener´s imagination.Ajay doesn´t know what to expect when he moves to the bustling city of Mumbai. He himself hails from North India, and the culture shock of the dynamic city takes a bit of getting used to. He´s captivated though and falls in love with the colorful metropolis and its many inhabitants. In the city, he will find love, friendship, and community - but also danger and the threat of disaster. It all begins in 1993, when Ajay comes to Mumbai on a short internship assignment. He is caught in the shock wave of the 1993 serial bombings. Despite this brush with death, Ajay is determined to learn the secrets of the city. After graduation, he comes back and finds new stories in the city´s streets. Ajay meets an interfaith couple who teach him about the power of love, a local labor leader who is more than he seems, and a dynamic acting teacher who could become something more. He also suffers another close call more than a decade after the bombings. Still, for every troubling experience, there´s one that pushes Ajay beyond his comfort zone and spurs him to embrace all his adopted city has to offer. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ajay Kaul. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/135538/bk_acx0_135538_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Award-winning writer Ayeesha Menon´s reworking of Dickens´ Martin Chuzzlewit is set amongst the Catholic community in modern-day Mumbai. Convinced his relatives are after his money, Martin Chuzzlewit, a wealthy old landlord, has adopted orphan girl Mary as his carer with the understanding she will be housed and fed as long as he lives - but on his death, she will inherit nothing. But when his grandson Mickey falls in love and wishes to marry Mary, Martin´s plans are thrown into disarray.... Told from the point of view of orphan Thomas, an observer into the world of the Chuzzlewits, this is a fast-paced drama full of intrigue, romance, suspense and murder. Starring Roshan Seth, Karan Pandit, Zafar Karachiwala, and Nimrat Kaur. Produced by John Dryden. A Goldhawk Essential Production for BBC Radio 4. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Roshan Seth. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/005504/bk_bbcw_005504_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From victims to victims to victors, this collection of stories contains intricate details of 13 women who went on to leave their permanent mark on the face of the Mumbai Mafiosi. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Radhika Apte, Rajkummar Rao, Kalki Koechlin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/050872/bk_adbl_050872_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai offer a rare picture of the ties between Pakistan’s intelligence service and the militant group Lashkar-i-Taiba. The trail of two key figures, an accused Pakistani mastermind and his American operative, traces the rise of a complex, international threat. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gary Dikeos. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/012960/bk_adbl_012960_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sapphire Towers: Just another residential high-rise in Mumbai where the humdrum routine of daily life carries on with clockwork precision. But beneath the tranquil surface lurks a web of lies and deceit spun by a group of lonely housewives. Gita, frustrated mother of two young daughters, longs to escape the monotony of her marriage and lusts after a forbidden relationship. Sarita, conservative Gujarati housewife and mother, is addicted to kinky sex and pays a dear price for it. Stylish working mother Aarti nurses an appalling secret that could end her marriage. And sultry ex-model Natasha, who seems to have it all, is hopelessly in love with a much younger man - the son of one of her friends. Even as these women scramble to conceal their darkest secrets, an anonymous email is sent out to all the residents of Sapphire Towers with horrific consequences. Racy and unpause-able, Scandalous Housewives: Mumbai is the first book in the sizzling new series by best-selling author Madhuri Banerjee which tells the stories of the unsung housewives of urban India who will go to any lengths to fulfil their deepest, darkest desires. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Shaheen Khan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/028637/bk_adbl_028637_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.