Book Talk: 'Bombay Before Mumbai' edited by Prashant Kidambi, Manjiri Kamat, Rachel Dwyer

Kitab Khana

We're super stoked to invite you to a discussion about the book Bombay Before Mumbau: Essays in Honour of Jim Masselos edited by Prashant Kidambi, Manjiri Kamat, and Rachel Dwyer on Thursday, 2nd January 2020 at 5.30PM.

The editors of the celebrated book will be in conversation with Jim Masselos and Siddharth Bhatia, moderated by Naresh Fernandes

'City of Gold', 'Urbs Prima in Indis', 'Maximum City': no Indian metropolis has captivated the public imagination quite like Mumbai. The past decade has seen an explosion of historical writing on the city that was once Bombay. This book, featuring new essays by its finest historians, presents a rich sample of Bombay's palimpsestic pasts. It considers the making of urban communities and spaces, the workings of power and the nationalist makeover of the colonial city. 

In addressing these themes, the contributors to this volume engage critically with the scholarship of a distinguished historian of this frenetic metropolis. For over five decades, Jim Masselos has brought to life with skill and empathy Bombay's hidden histories. His books and essays have traversed an extraordinary diverse range of subjects, from the actions of the city's elites to the struggles of its most humble denizens. His pioneering research has opened up new perspectives and inspired those who have followed in his wake. Bombay Before Mumbai is a fitting tribute to Masselos' enduring contribution to South Asian urban history. 


The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep... -Robert Frost