Using first-person narrative and imaginary characters- Mishki, Pushka and Daadu Dolma, the author begins with the introduction to the history of the city and goes on to discover some of the most common and also the most uncommon places. MUMBAI Do we know how the city of vada pav came to be known as Mumbai? If we don’t, then it is time to make our children aware of this because we wouldn’t want them to be clueless when they ask themselves a similar question later in their life! ‘Discover India- Mumbai’ is a part of the Discover India series which aims to explore each city in detail. Without being monotonous at any point, this book covers all these aspects in short paragraphs backed by rough yet colourful illustrations. What I liked the most about this book is that it has a puzzle or a brain teaser at the end of every chapter.
Mumbai’s rich history and its Portuguese connection form the starting point of the story. Following this, the author goes on to describe the rise in business and a decline in space in this city. Modes of transportation, geographical location, and presence of water bodies, eating joints, shopping hubs and festivals- all of these have been described. It is interesting to know facts about a famous metropolitan like Mumbai.
Discover India- Mumbai is a well crafted and well-designed book that will allow young children to learn about the people, their lifestyle, the city’s climate and the other necessary facts about the city.
This series of discover India city wise city is a must read for everyone, old and young. The three main characters of the book are Mishki, her brother Pushka and Daadu Dolma. In this book, the author talks about how the city got its name and how Seven Islands join together to form the big Metropolis that is called Mumbai. As a reader, I got the feel of the city, its history and important landmarks like Elephanta Caves, the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, Crawford Market, Kipling bungalow, Saint Andrews Church to name a few. She has described the nature in and around the city and the stories of the buildings which surround the skyscrapers, she has described them all. She mentions how two neighbourhoods are alike and how Dharavi is a miracle of Living and how some part of Mumbai is like London and some part is like Goa. There is a mention of the cricketers born from the Shivaji Park, various means of transport line the ladies special train, the double decker bus, the kaali peeli and the Museum of buses called the BEST transport museum. Things that are very Mumbai are also mentioned like tiffin dabbawalas, the Mills, the chawl system and the cricket crazy Mumbaiakars. When we are talking about Mumbai, Bollywood cannot be far behind. And the special foods of Mumbai the Vada Pav, Bhelpuri, Misal Pav, the Bombay sandwich, Kutchi dabeli, Zunka bhakri and Koliwada fish and also famous food joints like Frankies, Muchhad panwala, Bade Miyan to name a few. And the various festivals of Mumbai like Ganapati, Govinda Aala and the Nariyal Purnima and events like Mumbai Marathon and Kala Ghoda Festival are also described. The book has been made interactive with mazes, jumbles, quizzes, and even a treasure hunt. There are beautiful illustrations and photographs. I came to know certain things which I was not aware of before. If, while travelling around Mumbai, you take this book along, I am sure it would be very helpful. I really enjoyed reading the book and actually made a list of to do things from the book like the monuments I need to visit, the food I need to try. This series of discover India city wise city is a must read for everyone, old and young.