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Dongri to Dubai: Six Decades of the Mumbai Mafia is a gripping novel narrating the journey of a simple boy from Mumbai becoming a don in Dubai. S. Hussain Zaidi, the author of the book, presents the blood-soaked history of Mumbai mafia, where a notorious Dawood Ibrahim takes the centre stage. Published on 29th May, 2012 by Roli Books, the novel is available on online shopping sites across India. A scholar, writer, professor and social worker, S. Hussain Zaidi took to writing for The Asian Age at first and later switched to other Indian newspapers like the Mid-Day, Mumbai-Mirror and Indian Express. Being a Mumbai based journalist and also a veteran in crime and terror reporting, all Hussain Zaidi books reflect his profound experience in dealing with hardened criminals. Two of his other novels - Mafia Queens of Mumbai and Black Friday, are also best-sellers. For Hussain, writing books on Mumbai underworld is natural and spontaneous, given his two decades of experience in observing and researching the mafia world in the city. This makes it easy to understand why he took to penning the life story of Dawood Ibrahim and related facts about the mafia, which ultimately culminated in Dongri to Dubai. In Dongri to Dubai, Readers are taken to the alleys of Mumbai where a young man hailing from a police family turns into the police's own nemesis. The story embarks on a thrilling ride capturing the ambitions, cunningness and bravado of Dawood and how he turns into the most feared don in Dubai. There is an in-depth account of the rise of Pathans, the shaping of the Dawood gang, the mafia's role in Bollywood and Dawood's nefarious role in spreading terror among the common people. Someone eager to learn the minute details of Indian history of crime and the story of Dawood's rise to power would love to indulge in Dongri to Dubai. Many of those who have read the book feel that Hussain has done a brilliant job of bringing out real stories about the lifestyles of gangsters in Mumbai. While Dawood takes the centre stage, the author also talks about other gangsters related to the don and what happens to them too. Indisputably, the book is a good read with 408 page count available in English language. This paperback has an ISBN-10 number of 8174368949.
Features: Dongri to Dubai
category : Miscellaneous
March 1, 2012
S. Hussain Zaidi
Dimensions and Weight
0.6 cm x 0.8 cm
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.
Fast, dramatic, well researched and unputdownable
10 July, 2012
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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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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