Description - Govind Narayan's Mumbai by Murali Ranganathan
The expansion of Mumbai over the last four centuries has been documented in great detail by both contemporary writers and historians, yet this narrative stands out as an alternative, unique and authentic voice. Quite simply, it is a book about the city like no other. Govind Narayan's Mumbaiche Varnan was the first full account of Mumbai in any language, written just before the explosive growth and renovation of the city. Guiding the reader on a tour of the sights and sounds of an emerging city struggling to shake off colonialism and wrestling with the formation of its own budding identity, Narayan's beguiling book offers descriptions of Mumbai's daily life, its people and its institutions: the parts of the whole that come together to create this diverse and vivacious place. In addition to a detailed structural overview, the author provides a ground level account of the street life and market places rife with gambling and criminal activity. In every sense, this valuable text is a rare and enthralling glimpse into a fascinating period and place otherwise lost to time.
Translated into English for the first time, and fully illustrated and with a detailed glossary and biography of the author, this edition does full justice to this remarkable historical document.
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(234mm x 155mm x mm)
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Author Biography - Murali Ranganathan
Govind Narayan (1815-1865) was one of the leading authors of his age, producing a series of original books that were principally designed to strengthen the moral fibre. Murali Ranganathan lives and works in Mumbai. After having worked in various jobs, Murali turned to research. 'Govind Narayan's Mumbai' is his first publication. Gyan Prakash is Professor of History at Princeton University.