Crossword launches 'Mumbaistan'
Crossword, India's leading lifestyle bookstore, launched Bollywood director and ad maker Piyush Jha's book 'Mumbaistan' here on Thursday.
From making commercials for some of the country's largest brands to writing and directing feature films like Chalo America, King of Bollywood and Sikandar, Piyush has expanded his creativity to penning down fiction.
Present with the author at the launch was film and TV producer Ekta Kapoor and actor Arunoday Singh.
The fiction thriller 'Mumbaistan' is a gritty, compelling take on the megalopolis that lives on the edge.
Set against Piyush' beloved city, it is a tale about three fast-paced crime thrillers in Mumbai.
A city of dreams for many but a nightmare for some. Behind the fades of lustre and glamour churns a seething underbelly of squalor, corruption and crime.
Mumbaistan's three explosive crime novellas unravel the subterranean secrets of maximum city from the teeming maw of Dharavi and the wanton streets of Kamathipura to the swank high-rises of Bandra.
A prostitute, her lover and a policeman play for high stakes in Bomb-Day. Injectionwala exposes chilling medical malpractices and a lovelorn vigilante's twisted game plan.
In Coma Man, a man awakens from coma after twenty years, and sets out in search of his wife and himself. Macabre love stories, conniving cops and hard-boiled slumlords form the backdrop of a schizophrenic city that is brooding...dying.
Speaking at the launch, Piyush said, "I have wanted to put down my thoughts and stories in writing for a long time, which makes 'Mumbaistan' very special. It is deep with years of experience, observation and inspiration.
"I hope you all have fun reading it, as much as I have had writing. I thank my fans, Rupa Publishing and Crossword for all their help and support."
Kinjal Shah, COO, Crossword Bookstores said, "Crossword is happy to host the launch of Mumbaistan. From creating ads to making films and now to launching his first book, creativity has no boundaries for Piyush. It is interesting to venture in this avenue."