"The Indian photographer Raghubir Singh, internationally regarded by critics as one of the finest colour photographers working today, has chronicled the vibrant diversity of life in his homeland with unparalleled mastery and depth of vision. In his tenth book, Singh turns his lens to Bombay, the city that has been called the Gateway of India." "In a conversation with the photographer that opens Bombay, the distinguished writer V.S. Naipaul discusses the methods and motivation behind Singh's work - from the photographer's eye for the telling detail, to his insider's perspective on the great Indian metropolis. Naipaul comments, "One can't just look at this work about Bombay and say: 'Good, I have looked at these pictures.' They need attention. The pictures have to be read.""--Jacket.
Through a multi-sited ethnography in an online-offline community, Parmesh Shahani examines how Internet technologies, the media industry, audiences and broader socio-historical contexts shape gay identity in contemporary urban India. He realizes that the identity of a gay man in the community is negotiated on the stability of the idea of Indianness. For readers across the world focused on India, Gay Bombay will serve as a memorable journey through various transitions in urban India.
This was the first ethnography of gay life in contemporary India. It talked about the early age of the internet in the country and the creation of online-offline gay communities from the mid-1990s to the mid 2000s. The anniversary edition has chapters from leading global scholars about the continuing importance of the book, as well as an updated preface from the author. It has an interview as an afterword that talks about the path ahead for queer rights in India, in the context of the recent Supreme Court judgement decriminalizing homosexuality.
Mumbai is an ever-evolving city, bustling and brimming, never sleeping for a wink. But the past four decades brought upheavals of great magnitude that shaped the city as we know today. Marred by communal riots, gang wars and terrorism, the spirit of Mumbai has emerged indomitable every single time. Born and raised in the lanes of Bombay 3, this is the story of Jagan Kumar who dreams of being a television journalist and changing the world. But once he achieves this, he realises that television journalism has lost its path, now afflicted with sensationalism, corruption and bias. As a crime reporter, he comes across various unscrupulous means that law enforcement agencies adopt to combat organi...
"The Parsis of India" examines a much-neglected area of Asian Studies. In tracing keypoints in the development of the Parsi community, it depicts the Parsis' history, and accounts for their ability to preserve, maintain and construct a distinct identity. For a great part the story is told in the colonial setting of Bombay city. Ample attention is given to the Parsis' evolution from an insular minority group to a modern community of pluralistic outlook. Filling the obvious lacunae in the literature on British "colonialism," Indian society and history, and, last but not least, "Zoroastrianism," this book broadens our knowledge of the interaction of colonialism and colonial groups, and elucidates the significant role of the Parsis in the commercial, educational, and civic milieu of Bombay colonial society.