About the Book: Mafia Queens of Mumbai: Stories of Women from the Ganglands
This book tells the little known stories of the women bosses of the Mumbai underworld.
The Mumbai underworld, or the Mumbai Mafia is as much a part of the city as Bollywood is, and as much a stuff of legends. The well known stories from this murky world are all male-centric. Haji Mastan, Dawood Ibrahim, Varadarajan Mudaliar, and Karim Lala, to name a few.
But, there were women who ruled the roost there too, women who remained in the background and pulled the strings, women who acted as mentors and advisers to the famous dons, women who were wives of the dons and then took over when their husbands were killed, women who assumed leadership to try and bring down rival leaders who had harmed their family.
Their stories are varied and just as intriguing, and hitherto untold. But these stories are well known in the ganglands of Mumbai. This book now brings together a set of stories about interesting and powerful female leaders of the Mumbai underworld.
There is the story of Gangubhai, a girl who ran away from a small village and ended up in Mumbai streets and eventually became the powerful matriarch of Kamathipura, Mumbais red light area.
Ashraf, who learnt of her husbands underworld connection only after he was killed, transformed herself into the powerful Sapna Didi, to try and take down her husbands killer.
Mrs. Paul and Rubina Sayyed, associates of Chota Shakeel, Tarannum Khan, a bar dancer who became rich through cricket betting, and more such stories.
But, the most intriguing story is probably about the very powerful Jenabhai, who was closely associated with many underworld dons like Haji Mastan, Varadarajan Mudaliar, Dawood Ibrahim etc, and advised them on various matters and helped in shaping important events in the underworld.
About the Author: Hussain S Zaidi, Jane Borges
S. Hussain Zaidi is a journalist, a veteran crime reporter, and an author.
Other books by Zaidi include Dongri To Dubai: Six Decades of The Mumbai Mafia, and Black Friday: The True Story of The Bombay Bomb Blasts.
His books are mainly about crime and the Mumbai underworld.
S. Hussain Zaidi has worked in various publications like Indian Express, Mid-Day etc. He is currently the editor of Asian Age, Mumbai.
Jane Borges is a journalist.
She has co-authored Mafia Queens of Mumbai with S. Hussain Zaidi.
Jane Borges studied at the SNDT University and is currently a journalist with Asian Age, Mumbai.
|Book:||Mafia Queens of Mumbai: Stories of Women from the Ganglands|
|Author:||Hussain S Zaidi Jane Borges|
|Number of Pages:||308|
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