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Dongri to Dubai: Six Decades of the Mumbai Mafia is a book by former investigative journalist Hussain Zaidi. The book traces the evolution of the Mumbai mafia. Dongri to Dubai is the first ever attempt to chronicle the history of the Mumbai Dongri to Dubai and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Describing the roots of the Mumbai Mafia and its genesis into what it has become today, the book revolves around the life of Dawood Ibrahim. Some of the other.

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Dongri To Dubai book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Dongri to Dubai is the first ever attempt to chronicle the history. Dongri to Dubai: Six Decades of the Mumbai Mafia It makes me very happy that Hussain has finished his magnum opus, Dongri to Dubai, so Dongri to. Read "Dongri to Dubai Six Decades of Mumbai Mafia" by S. Hussain Zaidi The meticulously researched book provides an in-depth and comprehensive.

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From these old stalwarts, the story moves to the blue eyed wonder boy named Dawood who gave the mafia a fresh new coat of paint. From gang and turf wars that left a trail of corpses behind, Dawood built a business conglomerate that would rival even the most advanced multinationals.

With affiliations,mergers and acquisitions the gang of erstwhile thugs grew into what was known as the D-company. Along the way, Dawood left India for safer haven in Dubai. The game shifts gears here for with intervention from intelligence agencies abroad the gang moves from strictly business deals to trying their hands in logistic support for terrorism.

The results of this have been two of the most devastating terror attacks that India has witnessed. The boy from Dongri who built a sprawling criminal empire had transfomed to something else entirely. This is what the book encompasses. It offers a bird's eye view of the counter culture that has deeply affected the moral fabric of India.

For all the interesting subject material in the book, I did not find the author to be totally unbiased. There was of course the starry eyed wonderment reserved for Dawood and this sometimes made the storyline a bit biased.

Also, it is only towards the end of the book that any real importance is given to the policing system that finally brought the mafia to its knees. Until the final few chapters, they are pretty much sidelined. The pace of the book however makes up for all this and if I were to tell you that the content of this book has already given rise to two movies, you would get the picture. The impact mafia has on popular culture is rather immense.

For instance, a movie named 'Nayagan' which was loosely inspired by the story of Varadarajan Muthaliar aka Vardha bhai has been hailed a masterpiece the World across. It is one of the two movies from India chosen by Time as the World's best with the other being 'Pather Panchali'! A quick read and an above average one at that.

Mar 31, Hyderali rated it it was amazing. Hussain Zaidi is master in detailing the life of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. Really, his hardwork of 6 years definitely made this book worth reading. I read S. I felt that every gangster portray in this book deserve a full 90mins of movie to be made on him.

I'm really looking forward to his other books i. Jul 29, Shipra Trivedi rated it really liked it. Dongri To Dubai is not just a book. The book simply tells you the stories of local mafias and how they operated their networks with the help of some police officials, politicians, celebs and influenced personalities. The author has narrated very interesting stories of almost all the ganglords who indirectly ruled the economic center of India.

As far as storyline is concerned, it is Dongri To Dubai is not just a book. As far as storyline is concerned, it is divided into two parts so that readers can easily understand the difference between two eras. In the end, you just have to admire the efforts of author for doing so much extensive research on this topic, which is obviously not a cup of tea of any other journalist or storyteller.

It is fast paced and builds up an engaging read. Dongri To Dubai is recommended if you love the gangster bang-bangs, and feed your eyes mostly on Mafia diet. Mar 28, Gayatri Sriram rated it it was ok. A book on the Mumbai Mafia was long overdue,I just wish it hadn't come from Mr. He might be the undisputed king of crime reporting, but a storyteller he is not.

The timelines are awry, the characters are developed and scattered in a haphazard manner There are over fifty characters and hundreds are mentioned through the book, tiring to say the least when there is almost always nothing memorable about them. The dialogues sound like some cheesy b grade movie, possibly due to the poor Hi A book on the Mumbai Mafia was long overdue,I just wish it hadn't come from Mr.

The story does not progress in a fluid manner, but choppy and interrupted like a bunch of news clippings glued together. It is disappointing to say the least, because the meteoric rise of Dawood makes for stellar storytelling. I guess with a story so good, you can rarely go wrong.

But Mr. Zaidi gives it his best shot. I would still recommend this book, but only till something better comes along. Full marks for research, though. Dec 14, Vikas Singh rated it it was amazing Shelves: Written by India's ace crime reporter Hussain Zaidi, this is the first ever attempt to chronicle the birth and rise of Mumbai underworld. Combining his decades of experience in crime reporting with network of friends and contacts who gave him access to valuable documents, Zaidi creates a fast paced history of underworld.

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Never shy to mince words he does justice to all that happened in crime scene in Mumbai since Indian independence. One of the rare books on the subject, it is definitely a must r Written by India's ace crime reporter Hussain Zaidi, this is the first ever attempt to chronicle the birth and rise of Mumbai underworld. One of the rare books on the subject, it is definitely a must read Sep 28, Poonam rated it really liked it. Growing up, I had read a great deal about Haji mastan and Jenabai in Mum's magazines, while closeted in a dark, secluded space.

Book was a reminder of tid bits I had picked up then. Dongri to Dubai is his account of rise, growth and fall of underworld history in Mumbai from s. It covers the background and reign of Karim Lala, Haji Mastan, Varadrajan, explains the ever-changing alliances and rivalries of the underworld. Pathan vs. One could easily create a family tree of each gang in Underworld. Hussain Zaidi has already written an accliamed 'Black Friday', further immortalised as eponymous movie.

However, Zaidi maintains that though Dawood funded blasts and funds fundamentalists groups against India in Pakistan, he is not a religious zealot, he is not even a practicising muslim. A startling but actually we have known before piece of info was two innocent, profitable business of Dawood brothers - one of home-grown Gutka helped to established in Pakistan by our own Mainkchand and Joshi businessmen and hndi film pirated CDs.

Money from these businesses are directly funded in jehadi activities against India. Sadaf and King's video are common pirated CDs sold in india, that are directly owned by D-company. So, our citizens in lieu of savinf few rupees for watching cinema actually fund terrorism, of which we ourselves are victims.

Nice ploy. Book also mentions various policemen and IB officials who have achieved soemthing crucial time to time. There are episodes of shootouts at Lokhandwala and Wadala involving Manya Surve , which too have been immortalised as movies. It does state in the murky business of crime, no one, either be police or gangster is straight and it is increasingly one-way street for a gangster.

Writing is journalistic in style, that is storytelling backed by factual narration and book is very well-reasearched. I would recommend, anybody interested in history of crime in Bombay to pick this book for information. Jan 04, Vijai rated it really liked it Shelves: This book has a major identity problem.

On the outset, the book appears to only chronicle the infamous don's life story but then the author gets into this Mario Puzo style of recounting the entire yesteryear Mumbai mafia's transformation from one phase into another not to mention the feeble attempt to make you-know-who be given a Vito Corleone-ish shade.

Seriously, the author t This book has a major identity problem. Seriously, the author talks about how a certain thug liked to spit on his madame and lick it, ugh. Notice the 'Godfather' connection? Also, one has to wonder, how did the author know? Anyways, I am not going to deny the author his 4 stars not for the way he intended his readers would absorb it but for my own preferences.

Allow me to elucidate. Have you ever been to a tea shop in a rural Indian village where there is always that one guy who knew everything about everyone and for a sponsored chai or beedi was willing to make your tea break interesting with some latest village gossip?

That is how I pictured Mr. Hussain Zaidi while going through this book. Excellent narrative style, a not-so-stellar but good enough research work and good proof reading provides for decent quality content. Total time-pass book. Mar 21, Tanika rated it it was amazing. The book starts with a telephonic conversation between a veteran crime journalist and the man himself, post which the plot becomes narrative.

The latter half talks about life and love of Dawood which are intricately woven into a series of incidents which the journalist has very meti The book starts with a telephonic conversation between a veteran crime journalist and the man himself, post which the plot becomes narrative. The latter half talks about life and love of Dawood which are intricately woven into a series of incidents which the journalist has very meticulously time-lined.

Among the sub-plots, sequential events and detailed accounts on the stalwarts of crime, the book also offers interesting trivia about the etymology of the commonly used words in Mumbai mafia, the basis of gang formation, and even naming the first history-sheeter in the Mumbai police records. A great insight into the labyrinth-al world of one of the most feared men in India - Dawood.

Sep 08, Aditya Shobhawat rated it it was amazing Shelves: Once I started reading the book, I had to finish it at the earliest before I could go back to my normal routine. It is a must read book for the readers interested to learn about the clandestine world of Mumbai mafia and boasts to be the most comprehensive account of Mumbai underworld portrayed till date. Author truly deserves kudos for depicting the real life events of ghastly gangsters in a mode of story-telling.

However, reader is sometimes left with the sense of reading something 'filmy' in whi Once I started reading the book, I had to finish it at the earliest before I could go back to my normal routine.

However, reader is sometimes left with the sense of reading something 'filmy' in which author has knowingly or unknowingly lionized the criminals. Also, there were some open ends in the book where reader is rendered wondering why or why not, which is perhaps not the author's fault as here we are dealing with the multi-faceted yet covert world of underworld.

But in the nutshell, you cannot resist reading it. Regards, Aditya Mar 09, Rahul Sharma rated it liked it.

Starts off very well and gives great insights into the history of underworld in Mumbai. The narration is taut and it almost feels like that you are reading the script of a Bollywood film. However, there are way too many characters Dons and the unabashedly sensational writing left me exhausted as I reached the end!

Jan 24, Random rated it really liked it Shelves: Took a bit long to finish this book but almost each chapter in it were like script of some bollywood movies. I simply was having images of Amitabh from Deewar Tum log mujhe dhood rahe ho aur mai tumhara yahan intajar kar raha hun to Imran Hasmi from Once upon a time i Took a bit long to finish this book but almost each chapter in it were like script of some bollywood movies.

I simply was having images of Amitabh from Deewar Tum log mujhe dhood rahe ho aur mai tumhara yahan intajar kar raha hun to Imran Hasmi from Once upon a time in Mumbai.

The list goes on and on. More on this book will follow later Highly recommend especially to Gangster Movie fans from Bollywood Jun 28, Parth Agrawal rated it liked it. Annals of Mumbai crime history. A fascinating topic. It is similar to those history book lessons where we learn about Babur, Humayun, Akbar, how they came to India and went away with their indelible mark on the country.

Same can be said for these gentlemen who scarred Mumbai with their characteristic marks upon the city. All of my friends have been asking me that why did Annals of Mumbai crime history.

All of my friends have been asking me that why did I even pick this book up. I am a guy who gets fascinated by books generally based on finance and economics. Then why this? Ironically the answer was hidden in economics only as it turned out that what intrigued me, why do these people do what they do?

Where do they come from? How do they become larger than life figures? India liberalized in , until then it was a pretty closed economy as the regulaitons were draconian and government used to call the shots in deciding which facilities are required in the country and how much. Imports in the country was heavily regulated and where everyone else saw hopelessness for the economic future of the country, some men saw a window of opportunity for themselves.

I noticed that all the young kids who later turned out to be the kingpins, were unemployed, it was impossible for them to make ends meet without stealing food and only quick ways of making money enticed them. Call it their destiny or not, all of them started their careers in crime through docks ports. The initial capital required to feed themselves off was earned through stealing of imported products and selling them in the grey market.

As the quantum of larceny grew, so did the net worth of these individuals. Haji Mastan was the first among these gangsters to make a fortune out of it. Mumbai and the border cities of Gujarat area have always been rife with smuggling instances and the more organized one's business is there, the more rich he's going to be. As Haji Mastan became a big time smuggler, he realized that he needed clout in the city to exercise his power without dirtying his hands.

Haji Mastan was the financier whereas the other two were the kingpins who could just get any work done in the city be it money through extortion, assassinations and what not. For long time this trio had the strings of the city in their hands and no force could seem to stop them. Mumbai Police was nowhere in the picture until now and to be frank they were no match to the formidable alliance as they always fell prey to the bribes offered to them.

There was one policeman though who refused to bow down before these gangsters, head constable Ibrahim Kaskar. He was one of the most honest officer in the force at that time and such was his honesty that he earned himself three fans, Karim Lala, Haji Mastan and Vardha Bhai.

Even though he lived in the same locatlity as them, he always used to denounce their activities and brought them to the station at every chance. No one could dare to touch Ibrahim Kaskar such was his clout and respect even among the goons. But as they say life is not fair to the person who sacrifices everything for honesty and integrity.

He got implicated in a murder case and was charged with the abetment of crime and in the process lost his job. Feeding the family was getting difficult by the day and 4 boys and 3 girls didn't help the cause.

His children were deprived of the education while the gangsters helped him enough to stay afloat. His eldest son and his little brother then realized that the world is cruel and one needs to snatch one's own share from the others. Thus, Dawood and Sabir Ibrahim Kaskar were born. Dawood was second in age only to Sabir but such was his acumen and fervor to become big even at such a young age that even Sabir chose to play second fiddle to him.

He committed his first crime around age of 15 when he stole a loaf of bread from a passerby. Eventually he was caught by his own father who thrashed him taught him the hard way that life of honesty and integrity only will help one achieve prosperity but Dawood saw no substance in his claim as he saw his father doing so and barely making ends meet. His ingenuity was very helpful to him in the crime world as he was always quick to realize business opportunities and would leave no stone unturned to become a monopoly in that.

Multiple gang wars, broken promises, wounded egos wreaked havoc in Mumbai as through this bloodbath, Dawood was anointed as the undisputed kingpin of Mumbai replacing the trio. He had his firm hand upon everything extortion rackets, bribing of police officers, organized smuggling, land grabbing etc. His never ending hunger to become the most powerful man in the world made him what the world knows of him today.

He always used to compare himself with the US president and evidently he always used to his name as White House whether it was in Mumbai, Dubai or Karachi.

Mumbai police had a big role in creating their own Frankenstein as they saw a twisted logic in supporting Dawood in his initial days. Since the mayhem in the city was at all time high as the Pathan gangs had created a state of anarchy in the city, they came up with a novel idea of using Dawood and his gang to clean up the more established gangs of the city.

Their logic was to support an outlaw Dawood and use to kill all the other outlaws and since at the end, only one outlaw Dawood that they had created will remain, police will easily overpower him. But as it turned out, they created their own arch nemesis who not only eliminated all his arch enemies with the official support, but now had access to the only organization which had the mettle to stop him.

It was a well known fact that Dawood has always been one step ahead of the authorities as his connections in the police force always helped him to flee just in time. Dawood was just a thug till his early thirties who got big by all the activities mentioned above.

His daring assassinations were creating a lot of problems for the Mumbai Police but still he managed to keep himself out of the jails. But what happened in changed everything as the bomb blasts in Mumbai shook the world. The author claims that he saw it only as a business deal and never thought that ISI had an event this big in mind. Indian media had a field day as they salvaged their TRPs by brandishing Dawood as a traitor.

Dawood was really moved by the turn of events.

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He even offered to surrender to the Indian government. His only condition was that he is ready to face the music only if the Indian government drops all the previous charges against him. Government denied it in the name of democracy but there was another version of this story as well which highlighted the potential threats these politicians and top brass of the police faced if Dawood really surrendered and confessed his crimes.

Dawood generally shuttled between Dubai and Karachi. He has been treated like a king in Pakistan more out of necessity than free will. The author clearly outlined the vicious circle which was started by Dawood and how he eventually got himself trapped in it: There are plenty of stories to be read in the book as it highlights the famous personalities influenced by underworld which includes big names of Salman Khan, Rani Mukharjee, Abbas Mastan etc.

It gave me a new perspective as I myself went and stayed the city for 2 months and even though I got all this information after I came back from the city, it still was an adventurous journey.

Apr 03, Nikita rated it really liked it. It is a narrative describing the beginning and growth of the Mumbai mafia and is a detailed account of the rise and fall of many a mafia leaders.

But mainly it's the tale of one man who changed the face of Mumbai in spite of being far away. It is a well researched book, of course, and the fact that the author has been a crime reporter, thereby fully informed of all the events, was an added advantage.

A mere statement of facts 'Dongri to Dubai' is the first non-fiction book that I have ever read. A mere statement of facts regarding the events that transpired between the early fifties until recently would have made the narrative seem more like a newspaper report than anything else. But there are such details about the characteristics, personalities, mannerisms and personal lives of the Mumbai dons that only go to show how meticulous and thorough Zaidi has been.

The author has also managed to slip in a little bit of humour in his descriptions, thus making an otherwise serious story, a little light. To say that I was stunned by what the book revealed, would be an understatement. I was shocked beyond belief to know that a parallel world exists right under our noses, especially when the story reached the nineties because those are the days of my childhood that I remember. The blasts are a blur in my memory, but my blood went cold when the book talked about Gulshan Kumar's murder in broad daylight in Andheri West, especially when I realised that I might have been in school that day, which wasn't that far from where he was shot dead mercilessly.

My memory was jostled again when the story recanted how Rakesh Roshan was shot at and I was able to recall one Award Function immediately after Hrithik Roshan's debut release where he mentioned after his performance, that bad people were after his family, and I somehow couldn't hold back my tears. Ignoring the fact that Hrithik is one of my favourite actors, what brought on the waterworks was how brutal and cold blooded the mafia was, the extent of menace that was created in the city and how the streets of Mumbai were rendered unsafe even for the rich and famous; especially the rich and famous.

The book has made me aware of a large part of the history of Mumbai and to some extent, I can now understand how things became the way they are; not that it has made me any happier.

The book is full of facts and interlaced with stories of many mafia leaders, stories that over-lapped at some places and made it a little confusing for me as it appeared that the chronology wasn't in order. Other than that, it's an informative and interesting read, something that every Mumbaikar should read at least once.

Not for entertainment, but just to be aware of a major part of Mumbai's history. Nov 12, Sagar rated it really liked it. When I was shopping for a new book, I stumbled upon Dongri to Dubai. I'd seen "Black Friday - The Movie" which was based on Hussain Zaidi's book and was really hoping to get my hands on something similar. Hussain Zaidi is a master storyteller. He writes effortlessly. The book starts with one of Mumbai's most notorious Mafia figure "Haji Mastan" and then speaks about the rise of other Mafia's around 's.

The books gets interesting when Mr. Zaidi introduces "Dawood Ibraham Kaskar" and after that the book is pretty much unputdownable. It speaks about his rise from a road side don to the boss of one of the world's biggest mafia syndicate with more than members.

Zaidi makes sures of it through some really interesting story telling and plots.

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I highly recommend this book. Sep 18, Kartik rated it liked it Shelves: The stories, while well researched and very interesting and not widely known , tend to be rushed, especially the ones that don't focus on Dawood Ibrahim. His saga steals the limelight away from the other stories in the book - it gets a little monotonous after a while when every other chapter revolves around Dawood.

The book is also lacking in historical context, a lot of background context with stats, for example would have made the stories easier to appreciate City Adrift: A Short Biography of Bombay comes to mind, it does this masterfully. The pacing is off as well, with a lot of the mafia's early history being fast forwarded through. Mar 12, Srijan Gupta rated it it was amazing Shelves: The ultimate book covering the entire history of Mumbai mafia and its most notorious export to the world Based on cold, hard facts gathered from a selection of sources, including retired top brass of Mumbai Police, dossiers and incident reports from MP, CBI, Interpol etc.Dawood was raised in a poor family and always dreamed of being rich and powerful.

While most people cannot or do not want to grow rich in this fashion, they relish watching from the sidelines as a small section of their society does things by their own rules. Soon information just rolls page after page shifting from one place to other, from one influential person to another in Mumbai shaping the 60 years of Mafia. He writes effortlessly. As the quantum of larceny grew, so did the net worth of these individuals.

The police used to use him against various Pathan gangsters. Hussain Zaidi's third much talked about book and i was really fascinated by this book. It is said the tip off was from someone who worked for the government. However, it is the connection between Bollywood and mafia that has been given significant attention to make the readers understand why some of the incidents proved to have no substantial results.

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