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Mumbai Fables by Gyan Prakash. A place of spectacle and ruin, Mumbai exemplifies the cosmopolitan metropolis. Mumbai Fables explores the mythic inner life of this legendary city as visualized by its inhabitants, journalists, planners, writers, artists, film-makers and political activists. The catastrophic floods and terrorist attacks, sixteenth-century Portuguese conquest, Mumbai's nineteenth-century development under British rule, Nanavati murder trial and the rise and fall of the tabloid Blitz, Mumbai's transformation from the red city of trade unions and communists into the saffron city of the Hindu nationalist ShivSena and more!