Dongri to Dubai: Six Decades of the Mumbai Mafia

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Overview: Dongri to Dubai

Mumbai was under a powerful mafia surge for almost six decades until it was brought under control in the late 90's. Dongri to Dubai encompasses the rise and fall of the underworld regime in Mumbai. It also enlists a few famous names that shook the city of dreams to its lowest point in the maintenance of law and order. The story includes instances of some very infamous and notorious gangsters such as Haji Mastan, Chhota Rajan, Karim Lala, Abu Salem and Varadarajan Mudaliar. However, the biggest and most feared of all was Dawood Ibrahim. The plot narrates the story of Dawood from his early days when he was not the horrific Dawood Bhai. He started off as a small-time crook in the by lanes of Mumbai's densely populated ghetto called Dongri.

The Story of how a cop's son turned against the very law and order authority that his father swore to uphold is quite captivating and enticing to read. The book has centred primary focus on Dawood, but it includes several other elements that have fuelled the underworld firepower in Mumbai. The book will also give you details about the first ever supari murder executed in Mumbai. The book captures everything from petty crimes, Bollywood and political involvement to famous police encounters. The author of Dongri to Dubai is Hussain Zaidi. Zaidi is an investigative journalist who has worked with leading newspaper organisations such as Indian Express, Asian Age, Mumbai Mirror and Mid-Day. Over the years, Zaidi, through his ardent journalistic practice, has established many authentic sources of information. The books and movies he has worked on give actual glimpses of what occurred in Mumbai during those years.

Other Books authored by Zaidi on terrorism and mafia are Headley and I, Black Friday and Mafia Queens of Mumbai. Terror in Mumbai is a feature film co-produced by Zaidi. The book arouses much interest as the episodes narrated involve a vast account of criminal tactics and internecine warfare that was going on between gang members to overpower the rival and outsmart the police. Until now there were many legends about Dawood's rise; however, Dongri to Dubai gives a detailed account on Mumbai's most dreaded gangster of all time. Roli Books is the publisher of Dongri to Dubai, which is available in Paperback as well as Kindle edition. You can purchase a hard copy or a digital copy of this book from Amazon using the ISBN numbers provided. The ISBN-10 number is 8174368949, and the ISBN-13 number is 978-8174368942.

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Product Details
Language English
Publication Date March 1, 2012
Publisher Roli Books
Contributor(s) S. Hussain Zaidi
Binding Paperback
Edition 2012
Page Count 408
ISBN 10 8174368949
ISBN 13 9788174368942
Dimensions and Weight
Product Dimensions 16.7 cm x 2.9 cm x 21.6 cm

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About the Author

About the Author: S. Hussain Zaidi is a well-known Indian author, who is also a crime reporter. He has worked for many leading newspapers like Asian Age, Indian Express, Mumbai Mirror and Mid-day. He is famous for his work as a journalist for 20 years, covering the Mumbai mafia. He's married to Velly Thevar, who is a crime reporter as well. Apart from this book, he has authored other books like Headley And I, Black Friday: The True Story of The Bombay Bomb Blasts and Mafia Queens of Mumbai: Stories of Women From The Ganglands.
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  1. 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
     Fast, dramatic, well researched and unputdownable 10 July, 2012 On
    Dongri to Dubai presents a feature expose of Dawood Hasan Ibrahim Kaskar, the charismatic and suave boss of the dreaded D Company. In this masterpiece, with Dawood as protagonist, the author has re-created sixty years of Indian underworld right from it's inception. And that too in gripping detail.

    The book starts with stories of genuinly good people turning into small time crooks in turn metamorphising into some of the most feared and powerful mafia lords in Mumbai. From small central Mumbai neighbourhoods to far flung suburban satellite areas like Bhandup, Ghatkopar, Virar, Thane, etc the mafia loops in everyone and everything that reeks of money or power. The meticulously researched book provides a comprehensive account of the mafia's dark games of supremacy and fratricidal warfare. It successfully exposes the underbelly of the Indian and South Asian politico criminal conglomerate. These sixty years seem like the dark ages from Lord of the Rings when the world is engulfed by the evil's darkness. The details on misuse of the system and government machinary along with the intermingling of the black economy with the white in developing countries is nauseating.

    But most importantly, the book gives a first rate description of Dawood's rise from a minion to a global power icon (he was ranked 57th in Forbes list of powerful people in November 2011). It is intriguing to read how a smalltime fake watch peddler turned into the fearsome Bhai due to his sheer daring and a scheming brain. He survives in the gruesome landscape pockmarked by gangs led by stalwarts such as Haji Mastan, Karim Lala, Varadarajan Mudaliar, and Pathan don Ahmed Khan aka Baashu Dada. He outsmarts all of them with his wit and guts, deccimates and amalgamates their empires, and they fade away into the far recesses of popular memory while he assumes mythic proportions.

    Zaidi portrays that it was the police who created this David to boot out the Goliath (pathan mafia) from mumbai. Little would they have known, not even in their wildest dreams, that their protege would later become their worst nemesis.

    In this book, Dawood is shown to be as unforgiving as Michael Corleone, as ruthless as the Solntsevskaya Bratva and as sly as Vito Corleone.

    The book also showcases the might of the Indian Intelligence agencies which force Dawood to flee to Dubai. His linkages with the ISI, subsequent role in the 1993 Mumbai blasts, fallout with Chota Rajan, final shift of base to Pakistan and globalization of operations have been described in sordid details.

    The research seems exhaustive and thorough, the narration is dramatic and the pace is fast which makes the book unputdownable. Just make sure that when you read it, be open for surprises.

    I would rate this book a 4/5. A good read
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  2.  AWESOME 18 February, 2013 On
    some one in deep has actually let you know who Dawood was and how his schooling had not been stop due to his father not having money for his studies, a
    Dawood never been in the making, little more effort could have been made to know in depth details more of Dawood, but a fantastic book t o read, it takes you to the place where each and everything is happening.
    a must buy (5) stars *****
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  3.  Great Insight into Mumbai Mafia 5 June, 2013 On
    was never fond of reading books, but when i came across this particular book it grabbed my attention.

    Hussain Zaidi has a tremendous job in telling us how Mumbai ( earlier known as Bombay) was with various gnagster, their lifestyle, their stories and gang wars. Must say a very well researched book.
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