“City of Dreams”
Orange County, CA — Fall in love with India and the bustling city of Mumbai in Ajay Kaul’s book of short stories, Mumbai Matinee, truth-based fiction that acts as both memoir and travelogue. Mumbai Matinee portrays the veritable feast of the commerce, people, and danger which make up India’s most populous city and financial capital. Filled with eight interconnected short stories based on Kaul’s life and work there, this charming book is a terrific pleasure read and highly recommended if you plan to visit.
“This is one delightful book – more than just a fine memoir: this book speaks to the oneness of mankind in the finest manner. Ajay Kaul has created a credible contemporary love song to Mumbai and cordially invites us to join him.”
– Grady Harp, Amazon Top 100 Hall of Fame Reviewer
“The events and stories captured in Mumbai Matinee are a reflection of my own experiences in and around the city,” says Kaul. “What stands out about Mumbai is that it is perpetually open for business. Even occasional acts of terrorism have not been able to create a dent in the commercial mindset of the city. People can look for opportunities and count on them. There is huge encouragement everywhere.”
The tenderness of humanity also abounds. “During bomb blasts, people were volunteering their vehicles to get others to the hospital,” says Kaul. “And on a train, men will stand to give children seating. In Mumbai, life gets shared. You are not alone.”
The stories traverse love, danger, and the compassion of strangers in a city that never sleeps. Meet Sawant, a street vendor whose kiosk serves as the area’s gossip and information network; Ashok Pawar, the cop who becomes entangled in bombings and global terrorism, which Kaul experienced first-hand during the 1993 bombings; Rajat and Roohi, the interfaith couple who touch and change Ajay’s life; and Smita, actress extraordinaire, who steals his heart in a tragic love story. And what book on India would be complete without a compelling tale of the sport of cricket?
“One of the true gifts and pleasures of reading is its ability to transport us all over the globe and into new and sometimes very different ways of life. Such is the case with Ajay Kaul’s mesmerizing memoir, MUMBAI MATINEE.”
– John J. Kelly, Detroit Free Press and Cincinnati Beat book reviewer
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Ajay Kaul, an engineer whose role is working on Amazon’s Alexa platform and, weaves his professional experiences into the stories that make up this financial hub where job opportunities abound for all income classes and caste systems. Kaul, who has written extensively on leadership and management, creates characters who take advantage of their talents and skills to “make it” in a city whose population is over 12 million strong. Sketches depicting scenes in the book add to the magic of Mumbai with a visual treat for readers. Mumbai is a city with heart and energy. Once you read Kaul’s stories, you’ll want to book your plane ticket to India.