Dongri To Dubai: A Review


“Truth is stranger than fiction…”- Mark Twain

These are the words that resonated in my mind when I turned through the pages of Dongri to Dubai anticipating how the forthcoming events would unfold. This cracker of a story is written by S Hussain Zaidi. Zaidi through this book has proved that he is much more than a veteran crime journalist; he is skilled story teller too.

The book starts with Dawood Ibrahim’s—Indian organized crime syndicate D-company’s leader—last interview that was conducted by Zaidi himself. Frankly speaking I can’t think of a better way to start a book that narrates Dawood’s story of rising power. Born to a highly respected police officer how an ordinary boy of Dongri to became the uncrowned king of the bloody power rift that sealed the fate of a nation is what Dongri to Dubai is all about.

Zaidi penned his first book Black Friday in the year 2002, which is a thought provoking and detailed analysis of the 1993 Bombay blasts. And now, after researching for seven long years he finally brings to us his magnum opus that gives us a glimpse of the glamorized Mumbai Mafia.

Starting with the rise of small hoodlums to the rise of smugglers like Haji Mastan, Karim Lala, Vardhabhai, the book chronicles the growth, activities, expansion and the massive revenues of the Mumbai Mafia. This book unleashes the saga of ambition, power and bloodshed that can make any fiction writer a run for his money. Apart from relating the important and relevant details about the mafia, the book also provides a deep insight into working of Mumbai police and their special “encounter” tactic. It also reveals the complicated nexus between crime, politics and police. However, it is the connection between Bollywood and mafia that has been given significant attention to make the readers understand why some of the incidents proved to have no substantial results.

The main focus of this chronological epic is undoubtedly Dawood Ibrahim who through  his audacity, astuteness, ambition and lust for power became the most wanted criminal of our country. Zaidi describes his life in majestic details from his birth to his first crime, his romances, and escapades and how he went on to form the world’s biggest crime syndicate.

The best thing about this book is that it keeps you so engaged and immersed in it that you cant stop yourself till you have reached the end. Despite being non-fictional, Dongri To Dubai  makes for an interesting, fascinating and engaging read.

So if you want to know how Dawood Ibrahim was initiated into crime and what made this dreaded gangster invincible for our country, please grab your copies TODAY.

Vishal Sharma

Have you read Black Friday? Which of the two books do you think is more gripping? Write your opinions in the comment box below.

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