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Mafia Queens Of Mumbai:  Stories Of Women From The GanglandsMafia Queens Of Mumbai: Stories Of Women From The Ganglands by S. Hussain Zaidi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Another fantastic book by Hussain Zaidi. In this book he delves into the Queens of the underworld. He covers Jenabai Daruwali, the empress amongst the queens, the original queen of the underworld. She had Haji Mastan, Dawood and all others coming to her for advice and help.

The second is the burka clad wife of Ashraf Khan who is killed by Dawood and his demure wife takes to arms to avenge her husband’s killing. She almost succeeds in her attempt. How one wishes she had, sigh…

The third is Neeta Naik pushes her husband Ashwin Naik to become a don. She later joins the Shiv Sena to legitamise the ill gained profits, but is eventually hunted down killed by her own husband who suspected her of infidelity.

Then we have the Gangubhai Kothewali, a woman with the soft heart and iron hands who reigned as the queen of the brothels at Kamathipura.

The wife of Chota Rajan, Monica Bedi the muse of Abu Salem and more are covered in the book. A worth read for those wishing to understand the underworld of Mumbai.

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