ISBN 9789382616412,Vanity Bagh

Vanity Bagh


Anees Salim



Pan Macmillan India

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9789382616412

ISBN-10 9382616411


Number of Pages 248 Pages
Language (English)

Literature & Fiction

Inside every big Indian city, there is a tiny Pakistan.

Inspired by the legend of Abu Hathim, ageing don of Vanity Bagh, Imran Jabbari and his friends form a gang called 5 and 1 / 2 Men in their mohalla of Vanity Bagh. They are hired to dispense a batch of stolen scooters to different corners of the city, not until the city rocks with scooter bombs does Imran realize that they have been involved in a terrorist act.

One of the prime accused in the 11 / 11 serial blasts, Imran is destined to live in captivity for the next fourteen years. He kills time plotting jailbreak until he is assigned to the bookmaking section of the prison. The new job equips him with a new facility-each time he opens a book and stares at its blank pages, he sees them scribbled with tales from Vanity Bagh. Imran thus traces the history of animosity between Vanity Bagh, nicknamed Little Pakistan and Mehendi, a Hindu neighbourhood.

The solitude and reflection that characterize Imrans narrative are undercut by communal tension and a simmering violence. Touched with a wistful small-town feeling in the midst of a teeming city, Vanity Bagh is a darkly comic tale.