Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found – By Suketu Mehta

Mehta, raised in Jackson Heights, New York, goes back to the city of his birth, Bombay.  A megalopolis of 18 million people crammed on a promontory of 170 square miles, jutting into the Arabian sea. His account of a two-year stay in Bombay produced an intimate but clear-eyed portrait of the city.  He takes you to places where only a native-born son can tread. He introduces you to Bollywood movers and shakers, cops and criminals, dancing-girls and street urchins.  The Bombay he presents in Maximum City can not be seen by tourists or understood by planners.  It is part reportage and part travelouge, and a good read.

Maximum City is, in all senses, a revelation… The stories are gripping…amid the squalor, there is wild, wild fun…Mehta’s tales, pounding along in the present tense, read like a modern Arabian Nights, only crueller, more poignant, more real… Part memoir, part journalism, part travelogue, Maximum City is a tour de force. Bombay is truly here lost ‹ and found.”” —The Times

The book can be purchased online from or from

You can find more from Mehta at his website here.

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3 Comments on “Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found – By Suketu Mehta”

  1. alinefader June 15, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    Or find it at your local library!


  2. sanmati June 15, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    my hometown being 3 hours away from the maximam city, there was no avoiding it…. NYC seems more calmer and quiet and less intense in comparison….


    • Syed S. Ahmed June 20, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

      Thanks Sanmati. Have you read this book and what do you think of it?


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