About the Author
The jounery of the fomerly named Bombay to Mumbai, hold many stories in it. Mumbai named after the Goddess (Kuladevata) Mumbadevi of the native Koli community. In the novel by Gregory David Roberts has beautifully and boldly decribed about Mumbai in his second book “The Mountain Shadow”. Gregory David Roberts (Gregory John Peter Smith) is an Australian author best known for his novel Shantaram. He is a former heroin addict and convicted bank robber who escaped from Pentridge Prison in 1980 and fled to India, where he lived for ten years.
The rise and fall of Mumbai has made her more strong and vigilant year after years. Mumbai has been named for many thing lets talk about them.
Mumbai The City of Dreams
Mumbai is the synonymous with “Mayanagri” or the “City of Dreams” not just for the people of India, but for many well beyond the billion of strong country’s border. As Mumbai is the wealthiest city in the country, but among the wealthiest globally.
Its the financial capital for Bombay Stock Exchange, Reserve Bank of India etc, business giants such as Tata Group, Aditya Birla Group and Reliance Industries. Many people from all around India and even other countries resides in Mumbai. She welcome everyone with an open arms.
People come here for many reasons, some for better lifestyles for their family, some to fulfill their dreams, some just come here only to have a glance of their favourite Moviestar and the tourist visit Mumbai for the love of the beaches and to visit the historial cultures and architectures such as the Elephanta Caves, Jahangir Art Gallery, the attractive Queen’s necklace and many more.
Hence, the name “City of Dreams” was coined. In spite of the many slums and alarming extreme wealth distribution, it seems as a city Mumbai will reward anyone who is willing to work hard.
Mumbai Never Sleeps
As the day in Mumbai is the busiest of all, so is the beautiful nightlife too. The tag that Mumbai is given that “Mumbai Never Sleeps” its because their are many people who has more attractive and glamorous life in the night.
Many couples who work and struggle the whole week because of their stressful work profile, set out to pubs to have a chill out and enjoyable time with their friends. Some group of rich youths and their friends go for pubs for their entertaiment, party and enjoyment.
There are many pubs that even offers Ladies Night too. Its time for rich housewife or single ladies who would relax and have a time just for themself. Away from all the household problems or away from the stressfull office worries and they indulge themself in the world of gossip.
This is just one side of the night, there are other group of people who start their work early in the night. People like the newspaper seller so that people like us would get their newspaper early in the morning who would update themself with the latest news.
Breakfast sellers start the preparation early so that some people would grab their breakfast on the way to their offices so that they reach on time.
The milkmans to would supplies the milk early in the morning so that we would energizes ourself for the stressful day of work.
The waste collectors who keeps our enviroment clean; he or she does the dirty work so that we can stay clean and healthy.
Policemans to protects us from all the dangerous that comes in the darkness.
The watchmans stays awake so that we can sleep peacefully.
These two sides of the coin makes Mumbai.
Melancholy of Mumbai
As every place has its own sad and pensive side. So does Mumbai. As many people and youth migrate to Mumbai from many cities and countries in search of a good livelihood or to fulfilling their dream. Some beautiful souls are crush by the bad influences around them, that changes their life forever. If lady luck is happy some gets saved. For their faith are sealed in the pits of darkness and are tortured by the vultures who are always ready to get a piece of you.
But in this fight who is most affected? Its your Parents.
Recklessness of today’s generation
Some youths and adults in their race to achieve their ambitions, don’t realise the path they choose. It’s easy to get influenced by bad people, but its on us to fight or to give up. One bad move by us, our parents are the who suffers alot. They are many Parent who kids die in other cities and they don’t even know the reason of it.
Though with all the good and bad points I still love our Mumbai.
This city has provided me and family a shelter, friends, hope to fullfill my dreams to live; strenght to fight for it.
Teens should avoid reading this book. There are contents which could be misunderstood by the youths and teens. The author has boldly discussed about the lifestyle and dark side of Mumbai. There are many good things in life, don’t waste it on wrong or false dreams and hope.
About the Novel
As said above ‘The Mountain Shadow’ is the sequel to his first novel ‘Shantaram’ who actual name is Lin and he is a passport Forger working in Mumbai for many years. Lin must find his way in the city run by different generations of mafia dons, playing by different rules. In the past two years since the event of Shantaram, Lin has lost his soul mate Karla, who has married a media typoon. After returning from the smuggling trip he finds out that his girlfriend has died due to drugs overdose and police suspects Lin for her murder.
Meanwhile he encounters a fabled holy man, that challenges everything he thought he’d learned about love and life. He wants to leave Mumbai, as he feels that he has lost everything in Mumbai, but still he cant leave the Island City, Karla, and a fatal promise, wont let him go.
I sincerly thank Dolly Pillay a goreous hearted friend of mine who helped and shared her views and suggestions for writing this post. Thank you so much for your support.
Recommend Reading : Tell me your Dreams – Sidney Sheldon, Sidney Sheldon’s After the Darkness – Tilly Bragshawe,