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City of Gold: The Biography of Bombay

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Gillian Tindall is a historian and novelist. Among her many acclaimed books are City of Gold: The Biography of Bombay and Countries of the Mind: The Meaning of Place to Writers that are being reissued in Faber Finds. Her latest book is Footprints in Paris: A Few Streets, a Few Lives.

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Engaging story of the development of the city of Bombay 13 Oct. 1998
By kwilson6@ix.netcom.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
For anyone who has been to India and Bombay, and for those who have not but would like to explore the nooks and crannies, the unique character and the history of one of the world's most significant cities, City of Gold grabs your attention in print much as it does in "person." Ms. Tindall paints picture after picture of views of Bombay at various periods of history as she weaves the story of its development with the different colors of the diverse ethnic groups that contributed to its fabric.
The city rises against the backdrop of the history of the European and particularly the English presence throughout India. Ms. Tindall peels back the layers of dirt and grime to reveal the significance of landmarks -- Bombay is an archeological treasure but one that is contemporaneous with the history of the United States.
The author develops the story of the history through exploring a number of themes: arriving in Bombay, the physical characteristics and development of the land, the presence of women, the industrial age. City of Gold is variously a social history, a city planning/history study and a watercolor portrait that is sometime entertaining and amusing, and at other times wrenching.
Unfortunately City of Gold is out of print in the Western world, but can be bought in Bombay itself from Penguin Books India.
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