"Aamchi Mumbai" an emotion of pride and onennes with Mumbai is something most Mumbaikar's feel. This beautiful collection of 16 short stories proves why Mumbai is a possession for its residents it's not just a city it's a home like no other it's a dream!
Kaikini's stories talk about how Mumbai wraps it's residents in its folds. It has something for everyone - meagre or mighty.
He writes about the real, raw and mundane Mumbai without its pomp and show. Lives of the ordinary/middle class immigrant or the city's child, it's crowded bus/ train commute, the street food, life in tiny spaces, Mumbai's architectural heritage and of course the Mumbai Moonson!
With each story written empirically vivid images appeared before me I've seen Mumbai's noise and silence together. I've seen what it hosts for its admirers, opportunists and the laid-back. The translation gets a special mention, it's impeccably intriguing and crisp.
The writing is in the small details of the people and their stories that goes in directions that the reader never sees coming. I cannot single out one story as my favorite for I loved them all, each one is on human ties and humane failings and the possibilities of life stories and events just going on its own steam.
I have read many short story collections. BUt this happens to be realistic and significantly different from what i have read earlier. All stories are based on the city of Mumbai and its people. The pains, trials and tribulations of its people.
These stories capture the essence of Mumbai better than anything I've read before (and that includes Manto's stories). Hat tip to the translator for such a phenomenal job! Not once do you trip over an odd twist of phrase or a rough patch that are so common in translations.
Loved the book. Each story beautifully brings out an aspect of the lives of millions of migrants living in the dream city, Mumbai. Empathetic, one would imagine that the author knew his characters personally and intimately... they seem so real. Sad, poignant yet funny and sometimes bizarre the stories will stay with me for sometime.