The magical lure of Mumbai
Ajay Kaul is an Engineering Manager who received his degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in Roorkee, and his master’s degree in business administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He loves travel and world history, and in this, his memoir, he has used the substantial time he has spent in Mumbai, to gives his readers the chance to see beneath the surface of this city, the financial capital, and Hollywood of India.
His story begins in February of 1993 when he leaves his home in North India, to accept an internship at Tata Consultancy Services, in the impressive Air India Building, an attraction in the Nariman Point business district of Mumbai. Very quickly he falls in love with the city and so when he graduates the following May as a Chemical Engineer he is happy to return to TCS to work.
Through Ajay the reader is treated to a real glimpse of his life in Mumbai. On his first day he has to forget his mother’s warnings not to eat the food cooked by street vendors, after all he reasons, everyone does so, why shouldn’t he? Just outside his office at his first lunch time he is introduced to Patil, by his mentor Venky. Patil makes pav-bhaji’s at his stall, and Ajay becomes a regular visitor. Patil’s food is delicious, and soon Ajay discovers that the tale he has to tell about how he became a pav-bhaji seller demonstrates the true entrepreneurial spirit which thrives in Mumbai
Throughout the book the importance of family, and the support the network of family members provides is clear. However, with the passing of the years, the world becomes a smaller place, and the restrictions with strict religious beliefs put on the younger generations can begin to cause problems. There is so much more free will in the modern world, and inter religion marriages are becoming less common. This problem, along with death, crime, and others, are prevalent in today’s society, not only in India but other countries throughout the world. In the telling of this memoir they all have a place.
As we journey with Ajay on the adventure which is his life, we travel to other parts of Mumbai and then farther afield, to the USA when he is accepted into Arizona State University. However, even when he lives in America he is still very much in touch with his family and friends in India, and he loves to visit his beloved Mumbai to catch up with them and watch cricket of course!
In this interesting book, Indian culture, taboos, traditions, food, cricket, and many other things are brought alive by the author, and through his writing we celebrate the amazingly vibrant city which is Mumbai.
About the Author:
Ajay Kaul is an engineering manager, writer, and blogger based out of Orange County, California. His work led to him spending a significant amount of time in the city of Mumbai, India, and his stories in Mumbai Matinee show the many different sides of the colorful city.
Kaul received his degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, and his master’s degree in business administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He loves traveling and studying world history.
About the Book:
Ajay doesn’t know what to expect when he moves to the bustling city of Mumbai. He himself hails from North India, and the culture shock of the dynamic city takes a bit of getting used to. He’s captivated, though, and Ajay falls in love with the colorful metropolis and its many inhabitants. In the city, he will find love, friendship, and community—but also danger and the threat of disaster.
It all begins in 1993, when Ajay comes to Mumbai on a short internship assignment. He is caught in the shock wave of the 1993 serial bombings. Despite this brush with death, Ajay is determined to learn the secrets of the city.
After graduation, he comes back and finds new stories in the city’s streets. Ajay meets an interfaith couple who teach him about the power of love, a local labor leader who is more than he seems, and a dynamic acting teacher who could become something more. He also suffers another close call more than a decade after the bombings. Still, for every troubling experience, there’s one that pushes Ajay beyond his comfort zone and spurs him to embrace all his adopted city has to offer.
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