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Review: Cutting Chai And Maska Pao

Understanding a vibrant metropolis through popular turns of phrases

books Updated: Jun 01, 2012 17:41 IST

Cutting Chai And Maska Pao

Mithila Mehta, Priya Sheth, Digantika Mitra

collins

Rs 250 pp 103

This book emerged out of an effort made by three 22-year-olds to compile a cultural lexicon of Mumbai. Mithila Mehta, Priya Sheth and Digantika Mehta had started it as a college project but it evolved into a “heartfelt ode to the city we love”. Neat and petite, the book captures the essence of the city through certain turns of phrases synonymous with the metropolis.

Every page has a photograph or illustration, with an accompanying pithy entry introduces the reader to the ‘bhai’ (the notorious bad boys), ‘khau gallis’ (for affordable food), ‘dabbawala’ (the ubiquitous tiffin carrier), ‘local’ (train), and not the least Bollywood. The book provides an enjoyable view of a city pulsating with life.