Mumbai Here We Come by Sonia Mehta

unnamed.pngI received Mumbai Here We Come by Sonia Mehta as a review copy from the publisher, Puffin, and am thankful to them for the same.

About the series:

Did you know that India is one of the oldest civilizations in the world? There are things about India that never show up in our history and geography books.

Every Indian state has its own colourful history and culture. India’s cities are not far behind. Many of them are the largest in the world.

They have their own special vibe, unique neighborhoods and a lifestyle and culture all their own.

So we decided to take you all on a journey into some of India’s main cities, along with three lovable characters – Daadu Dolma, Mishki and Pushka.

Choc-a-block with fun information and engaging activities, the Discover India series takes you on an incredible journey across India.

About Mumbai Here We Come:

Get set to discover Mumbai!

Daadu Dolma, Mishki and Pushka are off to explore Mumbai. They’ve heard so much about its amazing people, its film industry and itsbuzz of activity. They’re going to have some great adventures in the city that never sleeps, so be sure to join them.

Just get your backpack ready and plunge right in!.

My take:

This series of discover India city wise city is a must read for everyone, old and young.

The three main characters of the book are Mishki, her brother Pushka and Daadu Dolma. In this book, the author talks about how the city got its name and how Seven Islands join together to form the big Metropolis that is called Mumbai. As a reader, I got the feel of the city, its history and important landmarks like Elephanta Caves, the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, Crawford Market, Kipling bungalow, Saint Andrews Church to name a few. She has described the nature in and around the city and the stories of the buildings which surround the skyscrapers, she has described them all.

She mentions how two neighbourhoods are alike and how Dharavi is a miracle of Living and how some part of Mumbai is like London and some part is like Goa. There is a mention of the cricketers born from the Shivaji Park, various means of transport line the ladies special train, the double decker bus, the kaali peeli and the Museum of buses called the BEST transport museum.

Things that are very Mumbai are also mentioned like tiffin dabbawalas, the Mills, the chawl system and the cricket crazy Mumbaiakars. When we are talking about Mumbai, Bollywood cannot be far behind.

And the special foods of Mumbai the Vada Pav, Bhelpuri, Misal Pav, the Bombay sandwich, Kutchi dabeli, Zunka bhakri and Koliwada fish and also famous food joints like Frankies, Muchhad panwala, Bade Miyan to name a few. And the various festivals of Mumbai like Ganapati, Govinda Aala and the Nariyal Purnima and events like Mumbai Marathon and Kala Ghoda Festival are also described.

The book has been made interactive with mazes, jumbles, quizzes, and even a treasure hunt. There are beautiful illustrations and photographs.

I came to know certain things which I was not aware of before.  If, while travelling around Mumbai, you take this book along, I am sure it would be very helpful. I really enjoyed reading the book and actually made a list of to do things from the book like the monuments I need to visit, the food I need to try.

This series of discover India city wise city is a must read for everyone, old and young.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher, Puffin, in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

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