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Mafia Queens of Mumbai: Women Who Ruled the Ganglands

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She was allegedly involved in several kidnappings of builders and extortion cases in various cities. When I read the book, I sensed the sad undertone because these women appeared to come from humble backgrounds with humble expectations from life.

She controlled several brothels and implemented her will in that area most effectively and ruthlessly. For some of these women, this kind of life was circumstantial, while for others, it was their choice. These women have proved that their gender never stopped them from achieving what they wanted to achieve. Mahalaxmi Papamani was “the wealthiest drug baroness in Mumbai” and monopolised the drug trade in Central Mumbai till the late 90s. It also appears from their stories that once they chose that path, there was absolutely no turning back.There is the story of Gangubhai, a girl who ran away from a small village and ended up in Mumbai streets and eventually became the powerful matriarch of Kamathipura, Mumbai’s red light area. Not much, just that it looked like he tried to cram a few uninteresting ones in the end to fatten the book which he shouldn't have at all. What a wonderful book, Staying in Mumbai especially in the 80s - 90s era and hearing a lord about the Dons and underworld Mafia etc, this book was also so refreshing to read from the perspective of the Mafia Queens aka the Women in the industry of Mafiagiri. Go ahead, pick this up to get your quota of these hardened women who chose to have their way in a world that is not yet ready to accept them.

By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Hussain Zaidi and Jane Borges explore the lives of some of these women, and how, in cold blood, they were able to make their way up in what was certainly a man's world. It should be noted that none came from under any male dominants, they created history in their own terms which was fascinating and devastating to read at the same time.Story of Jenabai was really impressive, Gangubai-the sex worker or 'Kamathipura Ki Amma' and her connection with the gangster Karima Lala as brother-sister and in later days her social works were also good, somewhat like Nalini Jameela (the first sex-worker who wrote her autobiography), but the most awful and heart-rending story in the collection was of Ashraf aka Sapna Didi, a widow whose husband was murdered by Dawood Ibrahim because he wanted to leave his Comapany. The co-author Jane Broges who interviewed her is just all of 24 years, after having started her journalistic career at a ripe age of 11!

Except one, all the remaining children were residing outside this red light area free from the trade and ugly side of life.To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. I personally felt so much empathy towards Monica Bedi for falling in love with Aby Salem and how her journey of changing religions got her closer to God.

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