Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Byculla to Bangkok by Hussain Zaidi




Book: Byculla to Bangkok
Author: S. Hussain Zaidi
ISBN: 978-93-5136-225-8
Pages: 271
Publishers: Harper Collins India
Rating: 5/5
I was wondering who will be in the next book of S. Hussain Zaidi published, he has well portrayed Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar in Dongri to Dubai. As the writer S Hussain Zaidi is a veteran of investigative, crime and terror reporting one can find very inside operations of Mafias.

Byculla to Bangkog is about the book which describes the hidden life and brutal killings of gangsters or mafias which was occurred in the land of economic capital of India Mumbai. In the beginning when I started the book I thought that the history of Mills is not necessary but on the further stage I came to know that the description was relevant, because  Cotton Mills were the main cause from where jobless youth steps in the fields of Mafia. The titles or chapter of every incident are very precise like Raavan, Dawood’s Killing Machine, and Dance of Death in Dubai etc.

Many a times you feel that you are watching an Indian Bollywood movie where unusual twists and turns are waiting for you. Excellent details of sharpshooters are provided by writer, how they follow their trail when they execute their work, how sharpshooters get training in Dubai and Bangkok. Among all this gang war Mumbai Police were the most benefited as one or the other gang were getting weak and sharpshooters were killed among themselves.

I was curious how this police get information of gangsters but after reading this book I came to know that at the time of 90’s when their were no mobile phones and Pagers, Police force have to relie on human intelligence network i.e. Khabris. From this book one can find the conclusion that ends of every gangster is same with a brutal loss of their life. Their will be many murders in the history of crime which will remain as an unsolved mystery to the general public the reason is many politicians and police heads are involved in it.

Don’t compare the book with Dongri to Dubai because mafias are different. In Dongri to Dubai Dawood Ibrahim was centre point and in Byculla to Bangkok their are Arun Gawli, Amar Naik and Chhota Rajan, if you have purchased this book the reader will never regret. Provided an inside world of crime and Mumbai Mafias. In one word it’s a Must Read Book.  

Only one suggestion to writer that if their was Map of Mumbai in the book then it will be more interesting for the readers. 

This review is written strictly based upon my opinion. I have received this book from bookadorers.com. Thanx a lot for the book.

About the Author


S. Hussain Zaidi is a veteran of investigative, crime and terror reporting. He has worked for The Asian Age, Mumbai Mirror, Mid Day and The Indian Express. His previous books include bestsellers like Black Friday, Mafia Queens of Mumbai and the more recent Dongri to Dubai: Six Decades of the Mumbai Mafia, and Headley and I. Zaidi is also associate producer for the HBO movie, Terror in Mumbai, based on the 26/11 terror strikes. He lives with his family in Mumbai.