The thought of reading ‘Bombay 3’ a book by Jitendra Dixit – a reporter about whom I had heard so much when I began my career as a crime reporter in Mumbai – was exciting in itself.
The book titled ‘Bombay 3’, the pin code for the locality where the protagonist of the book lives – is told from the perspective of three friends, who go on to take different paths. Their paths diverge especially after their lives – and friendship – are impacted by the communal riots in Bombay that took place in 1992 – 93.
It shows how the communal riots could also destroy something as valuable and innocent as friendship between school children coming from different faiths.
Through the eyes of the protagonist Jaggu, one of the three friends who goes onto become a television journalist specialising in crime reporting much like the author, the book gives the readers a sneak – peek into the world of crime reporting and policing in the city. For those not well versed with this world, ‘Bombay 3’ will provide interesting insights.Mohamed Thaver
First person account of 26/11 attacks is will interest the readers:
With his rich and varied experiences, be it conducting a sting operation and helping rescuing women who were trafficked to taking the reader behind the scenes into how ‘encounter specialists’ operated in the city, Dixit has much that will interest the reader. Also, his description of the 26/11 terror attacks as a first person account would interest many who saw the horror unfold in the city nearly a decade back.
What I loved about Bombay 3:
What I found particularly likeable was how Dixit has recreated the world of Bombay 3, a part of south Mumbai where he has grown up and observed with the detail of a journalist’s eye.The bit about the three friends who form the central characters of the book looking at trains, debating which one is the best and making plans to go out someday are also endearing.
Through the book, Jaggu, and his two childhood friends with whom he connects eventually, at times find themselves helping each other while on other occasions, they find themselves at cross purposes, pursuing what they believe to be their duties.
The parallel storylines of the three friends and how it culminates in the end does give the book the feel of thriller.
My take on the Bombay 3:
The only thing where there was scope for the publishers to improve upon the book was to work with bits that impeded the flow of the book. This however is a small blip.
Overall, Dixit has been able to pen down his experiences in a way that readers, especially those not acquainted with the world of crime reporting and policing, should enjoy.Mohamed Thaver
Book Name: Bombay 3
Author: Jitendra Dixit, West India Editor, ABP News
Reviewed By: Mohamed Thaver, Senior Journalist
Publisher: Bloomsbury India
Price: INR 279 (Kindle)| INR 366 (Paperback)
Genre: Amazon bestseller in Crime, Thriller and Mystery
Available on Amazon
“Jitendra Dixit’s two decades experience of covering Mumbai’s underworld & acts of terror is reflected in his writing. This book completes his remarkable metamorphosis from a journalist to a captivating novelist”.Praise from Rakesh Maria, Author & former Mumbai Police Commissioner:
`Bombay-3’ is Jitendra Dixit’s first attempt at writing fiction. The novel is set in a locality of old Mumbai having ZIP code 400003. Once it was one of the most feared neighbourhoods of the city. The area has been a witness of a great amount of bloodshed & has been marred by communal riots, gangwars & terrorism.
This is a story of a Hindu boy & his two Muslim friends. The story depicts how their mutual relationship gets impacted due to events happening in the neighbourhood and the world. After growing up, they choose different paths in life. But soon they get disillusioned from their calling & realise that illusions had dominated their life choices. However, circumstances connect the trio once again for a common goal – to foil an imminent terrorist attack by a lone wolf radicalised by ISIS.
Born and raised in the lanes of Bombay 3, protagonist Jagan Kumar 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 organised crime syndicates. He is shocked to witness interdepartmental rivalry that often jeopardises public security. Disenchanted, in conflict with his conscience and confused about his calling, he is about to quit when something happens that changes the course of his life.
At a time when Mumbai Police is undergoing an upheaval, this book seems prophetic for it delves into murky games played within the force which are getting exposed today. Mumbai’s underworld, the way it was known no longer exists. Its elimination took three decades of a violent campaign by law enforcers which often flouted the laws themselves. This is the story of their unseen struggles, sacrifices and dilemmas.
Mumbai is vast, multicoloured and ever-evolving. Nobody can claim to know it entirely. This book takes you to known-unknown aspects of the city albeit in a fiction form. It attempts to capture the essence of Mumbai’s air which shaped the city from the early 80s till the present time. Bombay 3 begins from the bylanes of old Bombay of the seventies and then takes you to Mosul in ISIS’s Iraq of 2014 and finally to the streets of Bangkok where the underworld of Mumbai has spread its tentacles. A fast-paced thriller, it answers certain questions about life in Mumbai and raises a few new ones.
About the author:
About the Author:
Jitendra Dixit was born and brought up in Bombay-3, which was once one of the most feared Pincode of Mumbai. During his childhood, he has closely experienced the fear and witnessed acts of violence caused due to gang wars and communal clashes. It is this experience led him to pursue his career in journalism and specialise in covering crime and conflicts.
Jitendra Dixit is West India Editor of television channel ABP News. Based in Mumbai, he has been reporting on crime, conflict and politics for more than 20 years. He has earlier been associated with Aaj Tak and Star News Channels.
As a crime journalist, Jitendra has reported widely on the Mumbai underworld. He covered the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks from ground zero for Star News and has filed several ground reports on the Kashmir conflict. He was one of India’s representatives for a brainstorming conference organised by the FBI at New York City in 2011 to combat organised crime syndicates. He has also assisted in investigations on Mumbai’s mafia gangs conducted by Rand Corporation, USA. In 2015, he won the RedInk Award for his documentary on the Kashmir elections.
His previous book was on politics named 35 Days: How Politics in Maharashtra Changed Forever (HarperCollins, 2020).
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The real test of a book review is its ability to convince someone who is completely uninterested in the genre, to buy the book. This review has done just that for me!
Seems to be an interesting book. Usually review matters more for a book and the way you have mentioned everything in detail, it seems to be an interesting read.
Great sypnosis of the book. For me, it’s completely new genre but i am glad to read the post. thankyou!
It would be great to read the story through the person who experienced it himself. I will definitely check out the book.
Sounds like an interesting read. I think written by a person who witnessed those events in reality make this book even more interesting. I will check this out.
Your review is very interesting! It is so thorough. I would love to read this book as it is themed on Amchi Mumbai.
Your review is very interesting! The story if the book also is very intriguing. I would love to read it as it is about amchi Mumbai …
Reading your review is so interesting! The books story is so intriguing! Will try to read it. Specially since it narrates the incidents with Mumbai.
The book actually sounded a non-fiction for me, but later realized that its a fiction. But honestly the positive spirit of Mumbai is one thing that we all should applaud. The review captures this spirit very nicely. Will check out this book sooner
Very thorough and interesting review. The book seems quite an interesting one. Would like to read it soon.
Great review. This books looks interesting especially since it is written by a crime reporter. I generally avoid gory stories but this is something I would like reading.
This looks like an interesting read. The fact that it has been written by a crime reporter/journalist has piqued my interest. There have been so many books about Mumbai and the terror attacks. But each bring something new to the table.
I’m more of a visual person and believe in watching stuff rather than reading it. But the way you’ve described it, I think I should go ahead and read it.
Crime thriller is one of my favourite genres. And the book has talked about two different times of crime events that showed how Mumbai had dealt them with great positive attitude. It looks like an interesting fiction. Let’s give it a read. Thanks for the review.
Lovely review. I love fictions. This one tells a story and I think a lot it is inspired from real life as well. Adding this to my list!
Only people who have gone through the horrors will know what it actually means. In Bangalore, when I was a kid, we have the Cauvery water row which was very very bad. We were living inside the IISc campus so were relatively safe and sheltered. But outside there was just mayhem. Had friends whose vehicles, houses or shops were burnt or destroyed. Even now whenever the issue crops up it gives me jitters.
Initially, I thought it was nonfiction. Later realized it is fiction. Sounds quite interesting and I have an interest in the true crime genre. This book seems to be based on reality.
Two events mentioned here (one 92-93 riots and 26/11) has more or less shaped the Mumbai the way it is today. The storyline has piqued me. The incident directly narrated by the one who witnessed it will be surely interesting.
Mumbai!! City that never sleeps. I have never read a thriller and mystery although, I enjoy watching movies in the same genre. A review coming from a crime reporter himself makes us to think what the book has to offer. Seems to be an interesting one, will check out 🙂