Sunday, 30 August 2015

Book Review: Mafia Queens of Mumbai by S. Hussain Zaidi & Jane Borges

Book Review: Mafia Queens of Mumbai by S. Hussain Zaidi & Jane Borges

My View:

Mafia queens of Mumbai is collection of 13 women who made their mark in the world of crime. You will find wives, mistress, lovers and other women attached to the crime of Mumbai Mafia’s. S Hussain Zaidi a veteran journalist has written non-fiction in such a way that it seems we are reading short stories. The book is a master piece of investigative journalism; also the narrative style of the author is mesmerizing. Each and every story is crafted in such a way that it seems like watching a movie.

These are the stories of educated and uneducated women who ruled the underworld at several occasions. Some were forced to this business, some entered without knowing, some to take revenge for their husband’s death, other got into it for their loved ones, many were innocents doesn’t know the outcome, and other were pushed into this business because of poverty or injustice.

Each and every story is real and it is taken from police case reports, official dossier, anecdotes and interviews with people related to these females. The story of Jenabai daruwali and Gangubai of Kamathipura is quite good and captivating. Just think Haji Mastan, Karim lala, Dawood Ibrahim and other gangster sitting in one roof and the meeting was organized by Jenabai Daruwali, how powerful she was that even mafias never gone against the verdict made by her.  

It’s a brilliant tale of strong women of Mumbai mafias. Read it to know the real life and the world of gangster.


Smuggling, gun-running, drugs, terrorism – for many decades, Mumbai has lived under the shadow of the Underworld. Dawood Ibrahim, Karim Lala, Vardarajan Mudaliar: these are names that any Indian would recognize. Analyzed in print, immortalized on film, their lives, their gangs, their ‘businesses’ are out there for anyone who wants the information. But there have been women, too, who have been part of this murky, side of the city, walking along side, sometimes leading and manipulating men in the Underworld to run their own illegal businesses. Here, for the first time, crime journalists S. Hussain Zaidi and Jane Borges explores the lives of some of these women, and how, in cold blood, they were able to make their way up in what was certainly a man’s world.

From Kmathapura to Dongri, from assassins to molls, this is a collection that tells the stories of women who have become legend in Mumbai’s streets, lanes and back-alleys. Absorbingly told, impeccably researched, Mafia Queens of Mumbai reveals a side of Mumbai’s Underworld that has never been seen before.

*Publisher: Tranquebar *ISBN: 978-93-80283-77-7 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Pages: 290 *Genre: Non-Fiction/Crime *Price: 250 *Rating: 5/5

Book Review: Legacy by Mohan Prasad

Book Review: Legacy by Mohan Prasad

My view:

Legacy is an inspiring story written by IITian Mohan Prasad and it is about India after independence. I felt regretted after completing the book, why it’s completed so fast. After completing the book I felt satisfied that I have read very good book so far. The book lightens us to almost every social issues of India; also there is romance, history, sacrifice, learning, politics, etc. The novel keeps the reader engaged till the last page.

I have seen many books are being side lined or not marketed properly by the media even though it’s worth reading; legacy is among such book. Legacy is one of the best book for those who are interested to know about Indian politics. Every patriot should read this book. We can see through the eyes of two protagonist Darshan and Anita, the enchanting history of India.

Jai Prakash Narayan rather JP an inspiring politician which is perfectly intertwined in the novel by the author, also the character of Darshan’s father is one of the best sources of knowledge to the protagonist as well as to the readers. People blame to our current ruling party for riots but after reading this book I came to know what Congress has done after the assassination of Indira Gandhi is more devastating and was very brutal to Sikh community at that time.  

The author has very well combined history with the love story of Darshan and Anita. A lot of hard work and a well researched book, and hats-off to the author for the way he has represented the whole novel to the readers. A must read book.

There are many Interesting facts you will know from the book, but I am providing some which I liked the most:

1.      The forced sterilization done by Congress at the time of Emergency.
2.      Origin of Banya community.
3.      The revolution of Che Guvera.
4.      Origin of Sikh community and difference between Hindu and Sikh.
5.       Life of Indian Prince before Independence.
6.      GDP of India before British ruled India.
7.      Reward to the founder of Chess by Indian king. 


The search is on, not for something concrete but abstract. Anita and Darshan, two teenagers in Love, explore the land they love and the people they live among, driven by their dreams of making an ideal society out of a chaotic India. They learn from their own heroes-thankfully India abounds in great men and women. But fate betrays them. Their ideologies diverge and the road forks.
Darshan ends up an acclaimed healer; Anita becomes a dreaded Naxal strategists. Love, both presence and absence of it, runs through the tale, while Indian history unfolds for a free, but confused generation.

*Publisher: Leadstartcorp *ISBN: 978-93-84027-63-6 *No of Pages: 332 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Historical Fiction *Price: 225 *Rating: 5/5

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Cover revealed: Voicemates by Anamika Mishra


Tulip Hill is an obedient and intelligent daughter to her disciplinarian parents. She has been a topper throughout her school, because her parents wanted her to be. Now, they want her to enroll in one of the best colleges. But Tulip harbors the desire to become a singer, for music is her only passion that helps her see through life’s miseries.

Then there is Sam- witty, easy-going and flirty. Both Tulip and Sam share their love for music. Yet, both dream of a different life.

What are those dreams? What happens when they meet and enter the biggest duet competition together? Will their love blossom during this emotional roller-coaster?

Join the VoiceMates in their musical journey to know more!

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About the Author:

Anamika Mishra is an Indian Author.

Her debut novel Too hard to handle was released in Sept 2013. Her new novel with Jaico is all set to release.

She is also a blogger and occasionally delivers motivational talks. Writing is her first passion. Second is travelling and photography. 

Anamika holds a degree of Masters in Journalism & Mass Communication. She is known for strong opinions and passionate defense for her beliefs. Her witty, cheerful & humorous persona has made her popular amongst the youth. She has a 'think positive & keep patience' perception towards life. Her articles on life and relationships have inspired many people from all across the world.

She is a member of Indian Speakers Bureau and People For Animals NGO.

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