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Jeet Thayil: ‘Narcopolis’ was wriiten to reclaim Bombay’s history

Jeet Thayil-NarcopolisAuthor Jeet Thayil says he wrote Narcopolis as a way of reclaiming Bombay’s history

Bombay. Mumbai. Bambai. City of secret yearnings, nascent dreams, timorous memory. Steeped in glamour and restless energy. Swathed in timeless magic and fairy lights. Beneath it all, her heart of darkness. Bollywood and brothels, paucity and opulence, despair and sanguinity, grime and purity—everything is allowed to exist, everyone is allowed to be and therein lies her beauty. Like a woman of the night who paints her face, sheds her skin and shrouds her soul as she flits from lover to lover, Bombay belongs to everyone because she is owned by no one at all.

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