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Piyush Jha’s ‘Mumbaistan’ is a book of three short stories firmly enmeshed in the genre of crime fiction. As crime fiction is a largely unexplored genre in Indian writing, Piyush Jha’s debute as a crime fiction novelist with Mumbaistan is commendable.
The plots of the three stories is unique and the only thing that binds them together is the city of Mumbai. The author knows Mumbai inside-out and it reflects in his story as his characters find themselves caught in the snaking lanes of Dharavi, the sizzling hustle-bustle of Kamatipura and the plush high rises of Bandra. The characters are portrayed in their entire gaudy and infamous avatar, showing their journey from revenge to redemption, trying to find themselves or loose themselves during this process in a metropolis that lives on the edge.
The book begins with Bomb day, a story revolving around a cop, a prostitute and her lover. The next story is my personal favourite involving the tale of Injectionwala, where Dr.Porus, the protagonist seeks revenge on the people who are involved in the illegal business of organ trading. The last story is of Coma man who snaps out of his coma after twenty years and sets out in search of his wife.
What kept me hooked to the book was the building suspense and tension which led to a shocking climax which tugs at the reader’s heart. Depicting a tale of love, loss, crime and vengeance, the book leaves the readers sympathizing with the protagonists. Mumbaistan will indulge the readers with spicy, mesmeric crime scene accounts overflowing with twists and turns where a blissful ending might or might not occur.
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