ISBN 9788190183055,Mario's Bombay

Mario's Bombay



Architecture Autonomous

Publication Year 2011

ISBN 9788190183055

ISBN-10 8190183052

Hard Back

Number of Pages 112 Pages
Language (English)


Mario’s Bombay is a collection of Mario de Miranda’s classic cartoons of the city that he loved so dearly – the city of Mumbai. Summary Of The Book When Mumbai used to be Bombay and humour was more banal in the city, Mario de Miranda drew the city in his signature style. His cartoons depicted the city so well that many confused him to be from Bombay, when he was actually from Goa. The book starts off with ‘Bombay as I see it’ -- an endearing comment that shows Mario de Miranda’s love for the city. His cartoons capture the essence of Bombay in its myriad shades. His work subtly, yet humorously, chronicles the chaotic and sometimes even comical tone of Mumbai’s street life. Mario’s Bombay is filled with a slew of characters from battered, bug-eyed residents, laidback politicians, hoity-toity socialites, overcrowded local trains, potholed roads, packed hutments, ferocious monsoons and stray dogs. A fine comment on the living and working conditions of the city that never sleeps, Mario’s Bombay and its people are perfectly sketched. It takes a dig at everything that is Mumbai: the ‘uber cool’ society, the film industry, politics, office bickerings, Indian names and even customs. Just as the city has an expanse of issues, Mario’s Bombay too has separate chapters on the Monsoons, Sports, and The Railway Station. The Bombay teenager too gets a dedicated chapter. About Mario De Miranda One of India’s most versatile illustrators, Mario de Miranda was known to be a person of a shy demeanour but bespoke work. He has published many books, including Germany in Wintertime, and Laugh it Off. Along with his own books, he has illustrated books like Inside Goa by Manohar Malgaonkar, Legends of Goa by Mario Cabral e Sa's, and A Journey to Goa by Dom Moraes. He has also illustrated several children's books, which include Lumbdoom, The Long-Tailed Langoor and The Adventures of Pilla the Pup. His cartoons appeared regularly in The Times of India and other reputed newspapers of Mumbai, including The Economic Times. He was awarded the the Padma Bhushan in the year 2002, Padma Shri in 1988, and the Padma Vibhushan posthumously in 2012. His work that first appeared in The Illustrated Weekly of India catapulted Mario de Miranda to instant fame. The maverick artist set aside the old school of cartooning that used the brush. Instead, he used the nib pen to create his enthralling realm with a great flourish. His characters gave his readers their daily dose of a smile sans any malice. Mario de Miranda’s paintings adorn the walls of Mumbai’s famous Mondegar Cafe and provide a perfect backdrop for a cosy meal. After a BA from Mumbai’s St Xavier’s College, Mario de Miranda began studying architecture but soon lost interest. He took up cartooning full time following a brief stint in advertising. He was married to artist Habiba Hydari and has two sons, Raul and Rishaad.