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Byculla to Bangkok by S. After the huge success of Dongri to Dubai, here comes its much awaited sequel, Byculla to Bangkok.
Chota Rajan, Arun Gawli and Ashwin Naik are among those whose lives Hussain Zaidi recounts with his characteristic flair for narrativizing the Mumbai underworld. Violence and deceit one expects to read of, but the strength of this book is also its ability to capture the munda After the huge success of Dongri to Dubai, here comes its much awaited sequel, Byculla to Bangkok. Violence and deceit one expects to read of, but the strength of this book is also its ability to capture the mundane and almost naive beginnings of what later became organized crime and brutal vendettas which held Mumbai to ransom through the last decades of the twentieth century, Unputdownable.
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To ask other readers questions about Byculla to Bangkokplease sign up. See all 3 questions about Byculla to Bangkok…. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Dec 31, Ashwin rated it really liked it Shelves: Thank god, Hussain Zaidi has improved leaps and bounds in his writing skills, unlike the prequel to this book Dongri to Dubai, which felt like it was recycling of newspaper articles.
The Book traces the evolution of Maharashtarians into underworld, and how so of them have started their own political parties now. This brief,racy and concise book is must, if you have no idea about Mumbai mobsters. The recurring theme in the book is how crony capitalism and inability of police to provide justice le Thank god, Hussain Zaidi has improved leaps and bounds in his writing skills, unlike the prequel to this book Dongri to Dubai, which felt like it was recycling of newspaper articles.
The recurring theme in the book is how crony capitalism and inability of police to provide justice lead many young educated honest people to other side of the crime. Feb 28, Athul rated it did not like it. Feb 20, Srikanth rated it liked it. This is the so called sequel to the book “Dongri to Dubai” by the author Zaidi. The book starts of with a racy encounter ending in the death of a dreaded mafia guy.
This book talks about the home grown Maharashtrian gangs. The author with his background as a crime reporter has got all the juicy tit bits of information, including the killers eccentricities and beliefs. A firm bhakt of Lord Shiva and an honourable one at that!!!
There are multiple narratives and stories that are weaved seamlessly. This book is truly an unputdownable book. I finished it within 8 hrs flat. What i liked about the book A. It is extremely readable and doesnt bore the reader. Not one page is boring. The amount of research that has gone into this book shows, when small and delightful details are added in between. It gives us a big picture of the how and why of mafia growth.
This book is an important part of our history, that is presented in an extremely interesting manner. What i did not like about the book A. The bias in this book as well his earlier one towards Dawood is visible in a very subtle manner. Importance has been given to the role of Shiv Sena and BJP, but Cong has been totally leftout with respect to its role in enabling the mafia. Especially the role of Sharad Pawar. There were a lot of pages which read more like fiction that reality, this could have been avoided.
Last but most important, pictures of all characters should have been given. Some of the pics in the book are actually useless in the extreme. Really Mr Zaidi Key takeaways from this book A. Economics was the main reason for the mafia to have sprung.
I mean economics combined with lack of governance. If police would have acted in some cases and not acted in others, many people wouldn’t have ended up where they were.
It is astonishing and completely unacceptable that a goon and a low life like Gawli could form a party and dream of becoming a politician after all his crimes. It is an abject failure of the system. Our institutions are absolutely not people friendly nor do they operate with SLAs. If this can be changed, lot more crime byclla be prevented. Last but bycu,la the least, however cool they sound in the movies or look awesome.
These bastards should be treated as vermin and not some hot bodies hunks, Which bollywood has done in quite a number of ways. Coz when death stares them, they too whimper and cry like their innocent victims. Mar 24, Kanishka Sirdesai rated it liked it.
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Interesting chronology of events leading to the decimation of the Mumbai underworld! Jun 01, Abhisek Pandey rated it it was ok Shelves: Very poorly written and edited, so much so that it puts you off at almost every page. Oct 03, Raj Shukla rated it really liked it. It describes the Mumbai mafia in the most spectacular way. There are very stupefying incidences which depicts the ferocity of the crimes that were carried out decades ago.
The book describes the long lasting war between goons and drug lords with Bangkkok police.
A must read for those who are willing to know more about the crime developments in Mumbai. Mar 17, Pooja Anand rated it liked it Shelves: I read this book because I had to. I am too much into crime reading and when it is Mumbai mafia, I had to pick this book I am too much into fact finding of mumbai mafia.
But I was really disappointed from the very first chapter. The first book in this series Dongri to Dubai released few years back. So what does the author expect us to do, read that book again before picking this one?
Goods about this book: No doubt well researched, have all the juices to keep the reader glued. Bads about this I read this book because I had to. Bads about this book: The chapters or stories in BTB seems incomplete rushed, where the stories or incidences in DTD seemed complete and linked to each other.
But the smooth linking between the chapters seemed missing in BTB. The author very smoothly highlighted the role of Shiv Sena and BJP in the flourishing of Mumbai Mafia, but he just simply forgot to mention anything, any single incidence of Congress’s involvement in rising of the Mumbai Mafia especially the role of Sharad Pawar.
It seems the author just printed few of the pictures for the sake of it. I guess there was no need for a picture of bal thackrey or a pandal picture rather pictures of main accused, dons should have been printed, which could have helped the interested readers to connect more with the gangmen. Quite disheartened seeing the biased attitude of the author. May 01, Hrishikesh rated it really liked it. Extremely fun, captivating and nearly-impossible-to-put-down.
Thoroughly enjoyed the book. Make no mistake about it; although it has been researched in depth, it is not an academic work. But despite being a quentessential “masala” book, it also takes us back to the many security issues India faces. Mar 24, Chandru added it. Jul 31, Virat hooda rated it liked it Shelves: The Mumbai Underworld, Mumbai Mafia…. Organized crime in any part of the world, makes up for a fascinating study, insensitive, is it? Hussain Zaidi was a former investigative journalist, who spent much of his career covering the mafia and crimes in Mumbai all solid reasons to read his books, specially this one.
And so I had, this was my third book my Mr. Zaidi, Dongri to Dubai and Mafia queens of Mumbai being the first two. The stories of these dreaded gangsters and mob bosses are no doubt most interesting.
Add to that the sensational way of writing that only a seasoned journalist could have and you hope to get a treat of a read.