Bombay: faszinierend und exotisch, Mega-City der Extreme, die Stadt der Zukunft. Welten prallen dort aufeinander - hier die Traumfabrik von Bollywood, dort der tägliche Alptraum der Armen und Enttäuschten. Der preisgekrönte Journalist Suketu Mehta präsentiert uns Bombay in packenden Reportagen, die hinter traumhafte Kulissen führen - und in die Slums der Elenden. Er taucht ein in die kriminelle Unterwelt, in der sich muslimische und Hindugangs Gefechte liefern, spricht mit Straßenkindern, die zu Profikillern ausgebildet werden, und mit Polizisten, die diese Kinder foltern und töten. Sprachlich brillant und mit ungeheurer Leidenschaft verknüpft Suketu Mehta die einzelnen Geschichten und Bilder zu einem großen Ganzen, das so faszinierend wie abgründig ist, so abschreckend wie sinnlich und reich.
´The clouds are moving ecstatically from Kashi to Mathura and the sky will remain covered with dense clouds as long as there is Krishna in Braj.´ These lines were composed by Mohsin Kakorvi, an Urdu poet, to celebrate not Lord Krishna´s birthday but that of the Prophet Muhammad. Awadh, the author´s birthplace, was steeped in this exquisite confluence of cultures. Sadly, this glorious tradition has been systematically destroyed over the past century. In many ways, Awadh stood for everything that independent India could have become, a land in which people of different faiths co-existed peacefully and created a culture that drew upon the best that each community had to offer. Instead, what we have today is a pale shadow of the harmony that once existed. Everywhere there are incidents of sectarian murder, communal propaganda and divisive politics. And there seems to be no stopping the forces that are destroying the country. In this remarkable book, which is partly a memoir and partly an exploration of the various deliberate and inadvertent acts that have contributed to the othering of the 180 million Muslims in India, Saeed Naqvi looks at how the divisions between Muslims and Hindus began in the modern era. The British were the first to exploit these divisions between the communities in the 19th and 20th centuries. In the run-up to Independence, and its immediate aftermath, some of India´s greatest leaders, including Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Vallabhbhai Patel and others, only served to drive the communities further apart. Successive governments, whether formed by the Congress or BJP, compounded the problem by failing to prevent (if not actively supporting) tragic events like communal riots in Gujarat (1969 and 2002), Bombay (1992, 1993), Muzaffarnagar (2013), the breaking of the Babri Masjid (1992) and so on. As a reporter, and editor, Naqvi covered all these events (with the exception of Partition), and in the book 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sundip Ved. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/030103/bk_adbl_030103_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Featuring brand-new stories by: Annie Zaidi, R. Raj Rao, Abbas Tyrewala, Avtar Singh, Ahmed Bunglowala, Smita Harish Jain, Sonia Faleiro, Altaf Tyrewala, Namita Devidayal, Jerry Pinto, Kalpish Ratna, Riaz Mulla, Paromita Vohra, and Devashish Makhija. Bombay´s communal riots of 1992 - in which Hindus were alleged to be the primary perpetrators - were followed by retaliatory bomb blasts in 1993, masterminded by the Muslim-dominated underworld. Over a thousand citizens lost their lives in these internecine bouts of violence and thousands more became refugees in their own city. In a matter of months, Bombay ceased to be the cosmopolitan, wholesome, and middle-class bastion it had been for decades. When the city was renamed Mumbai in 1995, it merely formalized the widespread perception that the Bombay everyone knew and remembered had been lost forever. Today Mumbai is like any other Asian city on the rise, with gigantic construction cranes winding atop upcoming skyscrapers and malls. It continues to have the highest GDP among Indian cities and one of the most expensive real estate markets in the world. Mukesh Ambani, the world´s fourth-richest man, calls Mumbai home. As do seventeen million other people, for a majority of whom life remains a fine balance, to borrow Rohinton Mistry´s description, between survival and penury, between lawfulness and maverick restlessness, and often between life and death. Right-wing violence, failing electricity and water supplies, overcrowding, and the ever-looming threat of terrorist attacks - these are some of the gruesome ground realities that Mumbai’s middle and working classes must deal with every day, while the city´s super-rich, like the aforementioned Ambani, zip from roof to roof in their private choppers. Abandoned by its wealthy, mistreated by its politicians and administrators, Mumbai continues to thrive primarily because of the helpless resilience of its hardworking, upright citizens. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Manish Dongardive, Vikas Adam, Farah Bala, Deepti Gupta, Sanjiv Jhaveri, Samrat Chakrabarti. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/014645/bk_adbl_014645_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A memoir of Karachi through the eyes of its women. For a brief moment on December 27, 2007, life came to a standstill in Pakistan. Benazir Bhutto, the country´s former prime minister and the first woman ever to lead a Muslim country, had been assassinated at a political rally just outside Islamabad. Back in Karachi--Bhutto´s birthplace and Pakistan´s other great metropolis--Rafia Zakaria´s family was suffering through a crisis of its own: her uncle Sohail, the man who had brought shame upon the family, was near death. In that moment these twin catastrophes--one political and public, the other secret and intensely personal--briefly converged. Zakaria uses that moment to begin her intimate exploration of the country of her birth. Her Muslim-Indian family immigrated to Pakistan from Bombay in 1962, escaping the precarious state in which the Muslim population in India found itself following the Partition. For them Pakistan represented enormous promise. And for some time, Zakaria´s family prospered, and the city prospered. But in the 1980s, Pakistan´s military dictators began an Islamization campaign designed to legitimate their rule--a campaign that particularly affected women´s freedom and safety. The political became personal when her aunt Amina´s husband, Sohail, did the unthinkable and took a second wife--a humiliating and painful betrayal of kin and custom that shook the foundation of Zakaria´s family but was permitted under the country´s new laws. The young Rafia grows up in the shadow of Amina´s shame and fury while the world outside her home turns ever more chaotic and violent, the opportunities available to post-Partition immigrants are dramatically curtailed, and terrorism sows its seeds in Karachi. Telling the parallel stories of Amina´s polygamous marriage and Pakistan´s hopes and betrayals, The Upstairs Wife is an intimate exploration of the disjunction between exalted dreams and complicated realities. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rafia Zakaria. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/030191/bk_acx0_030191_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
1920s India: Perveen Mistry, Bombay´s only female lawyer, is investigating a suspicious will on behalf of three Muslim widows living in full purdah when the case takes a turn toward the murderous. The author of the Agatha and Macavity Award-winning Rei Shimura novels brings us an atmospheric new historical mystery with a captivating heroine. This Deluxe Paperback Edition features: an interview with the author, discussion questions, essays on the real-life inspirations behind the novel, delicious recipes taken from the story, and previews of The Satapur Moonstone (May 2019). Perveen Mistry, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family, has just joined her father´s law firm, becoming one of the first female lawyers in India. Armed with a legal education from Oxford, Perveen also has a tragic personal history that makes women´s legal rights especially important to her. Mistry Law has been appointed to execute the will of Mr. Omar Farid, a wealthy Muslim mill owner who has left three widows behind. But as Perveen examines the paperwork, she notices something strange: all three of the wives have signed over their full inheritance to a charity. What will they live on? Perveen is suspicious, especially since one of the widows has signed her form with an X-meaning she probably couldn´t even read the document. The Farid widows live in full purdah-in strict seclusion, never leaving the women´s quarters or speaking to any men. Are they being taken advantage of by an unscrupulous guardian? Perveen tries to investigate, and realizes her instincts were correct when tensions escalate to murder. Now it is her responsibility to figure out what really happened on Malabar Hill, and to ensure that no innocent women or children are in further danger. Inspired in part by the woman who made history as India´s first female attorney, The Widows of Malabar Hill is a richly wrought story of multicultural 1920s Bombay as well as the debut of a sharp new sleuth.
Comedian and Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi presents his new (and first) book No Land´s Man, a laugh-out-loud account of a second-generation immigrant´s search for meaning and identity in an increasingly confusing world. In this collection of personal essays, Mandvi reveals the many contradictory layers of his past in Bombay, England, and the U.S. in a mix of humorous stories, heartfelt observations, and misfit mayhem. In conversation with Dean Obeidallah (The Daily Beast, The Muslimes Are Coming). 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dean Obeidallah. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/symp/000086/pf_symp_000086_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
‘Nabendu Ghosh’s perfect characterisation enabled any director to shoot the film with ease. He had the rare ability to pen the pulse of a character.’ (Dilip Kumar)In this collection - ranging from stories of love found and lost to tales of the supernatural - Ghosh masterfully traces the inscrutable ways of the human heart. The reigning queen of Bombay cinema allows a younger leading man to fall in love with her to spite her husband. A schoolmaster’s ravishing wife joins him in the small town where he works, inspires him to build a garden for her and sets about wrecking his life. An impoverished student sits across a purdah from a nawab’s begum; she dictates letters to her husband, and, as the student takes down her words, he falls into forbidden love with the voice from across the screen. And an unbending priest from Noakhali finds all the principles of his life upended after Muslim rioters kidnap his daughter. Marked by psychological insight, keen observation and vivid prose, That Bird Called Happiness brings to listeners the work of one of the greats - not only of Bengali literature but of the Indian literary canon. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Zubin Balaporia. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/050695/bk_adbl_050695_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Introducing an extraordinary female lawyer-sleuth in a new historical series set in 1920s Bombay! Bombay, 1921: Perveen Mistry, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family, has just joined her father´s law firm, becoming one of the first female lawyers in India. Armed with a law degree from Oxford, Perveen also has a tragic personal history that makes her especially devoted to championing and protecting women´s legal rights. Mistry Law has been appointed to execute the will of Mr. Omar Farid, a wealthy Muslim mill owner who has left three widows behind. But as Perveen is going through the paperwork, she notices something strange: all three of the wives have signed over their full inheritance to a charity. What will they live on if they forfeit what their husband left them? Perveen is suspicious, especially since one of the widows has signed her form with an X - meaning she probably couldn´t even read the document. The Farid widows live in full purdah - in strict seclusion, never leaving the women´s quarters or speaking to any men. Are they being taken advantage of by an unscrupulous guardian? Perveen tries to investigate, and realizes her instincts about the will were correct when tensions escalate to murder. Now it is her responsibility to figure out what really happened on Malabar Hill, and to ensure that no innocent women or children are in further danger. Inspired in part by a real woman who made history by becoming India´s first female lawyer, The Widows of Malabar Hill is a richly wrought story of multicultural 1920s Bombay as well as the debut of a sharp and promising new sleuth, Perveen Mistry. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Soneela Nankani. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/010600/bk_reco_010600_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.