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Byculla to BangkokByculla to Bangkok by Hussain Zaidi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another good book by Hussain Zaidi.

This book covers three main gangs and one gang partially. It covers the D company partially since many of the other gangs overlap with this one. The first one is the BRA gang of Arun Gawli, Rama Naik from the Dagdi Chawl, and Babu Reshim. The second is the gang of brothers involving Amar Naik and Ashwin Naik from Byculla. The third is the Chotta Rajan Gang from Tilak Nagar area.

There are mention of other gangs, but they are not as elaborate as these three or even as elaborate as the D Company.

After reading the book it saddens the heart to see so much violence and so much corruption in our country which is supposed to be one of the peaceful ones. One shudders how a violent country would be if this is the state of affairs.

It will be great to see a book of his in chronological order combining all his books about the Mumbai Mafia.

A good read for the fans of Hussain Zaidi and for those who wish to understand the Mumbai Mafia.

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Dongri To Dubai: Six Decades of The Mumbai Mafia Dongri To Dubai: Six Decades of The Mumbai Mafia by S. Hussain Zaidi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An honest book to say the least. A very interesting account of the mafia in Mumbai. Starting from the post independence era, the book traces the history of how the Pathans ruled roost and when their menace was going beyond control Dawood was hoisted by the police themselves to oust the Pathans. In process the police did not realise that they were giving rise to a mafia worse than the one they were trying to dislodge.

Kudos to Hussain Zaidi for writing this book and more importantly the manner in which it has been written makes the book unputdownable. It offers a deep insight of the other side of the law. It provides the motives which drive the mafia to pickup the gun. It underplays the role of corrupt police officials and politicians in the nurturing of these gangs. One only finds references to these underhand dealings. It is but natural as these are the people in power and can do anything they wish and get away with it.

The book ends with details of how Dawood continues to be under the protection of the ISI in Pakistan and how duplicitous the US is in its dealings with India. On the one hand they bring out a notice saying that Dawood has assisted the Al-Queda and hence needs to be punished, but nothing needs to be done, now that Al Queda has been emasculated. It does not matter that the ISI and Dawood continue their activities in India. It is an internal matter between the two countries and US is thankful to Pakistan for their assistance in helping them quell the Al Queda which both of them put together setup in the first place.

A goodread for all lovers of Mumbai.

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