Dongri to Dubai  -  Six Decades of The Mumbai Mafia

Dongri to Dubai - Six Decades of The Mumbai Mafia

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Author: S Hussain Zaidi
Foreword/Introduction: Vikram Chandra
Publisher: Roli Books
Year: 2012
Language: English
Pages: 378
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788174368942


Dongri to Dubai is the first ever attempt to chronicle the history of the Mumbai mafia. It is the story of notorious gangsters like Haji Mastan, Karim Lala, Varadarajan Mudaliar, Chhota Rajan, Abu Salem, but above all, it is the story of a young man who went astray despite having a father in the police force. Dawood Ibrahim was initiated into crime as a pawn in the hands of the Mumbai police and went on to wipe out the competition and eventually became the Mumbai police’s own nemesis.

The narrative encompasses several milestones in the history of crime in India, from the rise of the Pathans, formation of the Dawood gang, the first ever supari, mafia’s nefarious role in Bollywood, Dawood’s move to Karachi, and Pakistan’s subsequent alleged role in sheltering one of the most wanted persons in the world.

This story is primarily about how a boy from Dongri became a don in Dubai, and captures his bravado, cunningness, focus, ambition, and lust for power in a gripping narrative. The meticulously researched book provides an in-depth and comprehensive account of the mafia’s games of supremacy and internecine warfare.


“By far the best book on the Mumbai Mafia.”
--- Anil Kapoor

“If it wasn't for this book there would be no Shootout at Wadala.”
--- Sanjay Gupta

“Hussain Zaidi is a master storyteller.”
--- John Abraham



Introduction : Up, Close, and Personal

Part – I

1. The Big D
2. In the Beginning: Bombay 1950-1960
3. Bombay’s Midas
4. Madrasi Mobster
5. Tamil Alliance
6. Pathan Power
7. The Original Don: Baashu
8. The Star called David
9. The Baap of Dons
10. of young Turks
11. David versus Goliath
12. The First Blood
13. A Seed is Sown
14. Beginning of the Bloodshed
15. The Executioner
16. The Emergency
17. Mill Worker-Turned-Don
18. Pathan Menace
19. Mastan’s Masterstroke: The Truce
20. Dawood’s Coronation
21. Mumbai’s Hadley Chase
22. The Fallout
23. Mafia’s Bollywood Debut
24. Pathan in Patharwali Building
25. Typewriter Thief: Rajan Nair
26. Pardesi Kills Pathan
27. Circle of Revenge
28. Rise of Chhota Rajan
29. Enfant Terrible: Samad Khan
30. Dawood’s Better Half
31. Escape to Dubai

Part – 2

1. Making of an Empire
2. Wiping out Rivals
3. Mafia’s Most Daring Operation
4. End of Dawood-Gawli Alliance
5. Shootout at Lokhandwala
6. JJ Shootout
7. Communal Strokes
8. Surrender Offer
9. Maal, Mol, or Mole?
10. Developments in Dubai
11. New D Company-HQ: Karachi, New CEO: Shakeel
12. Rise of the Minions
13. Shocking Bollywood
14. Peanuts that Proved Costly
15. Clandestine Coups
16. Tech That
17. Close Shave
18. The Art of Survival
19. Post 9/11
20. Not so Chori Chori Chupke Chupke
21. ‘Judge’ Dawood
22. Carnival of Spies
23. Detained in Lisbon
24. The White Kaskar
25. Global Terrorist
26. Salem Extradition
27. Boucher’s Botched Attempt
28. The Big D Makes the Forbes Cut