DONGRI TO DUBAI BY S. HUSSAIN ZAIDI
Dawood Ibrahim is one of the most wanted mafia bosses in the world. I first heard this name while browsing either FBI’s or CIA’s most-wanted lists. I couldn’t find much information about this personality on the Internet. The man is very enigmatic and mysterious. Loads of various rumors surround him. Thus, I decided to read a very popular book about Dawood Ibrahim ‘Dongri to Dubai’ by S. Hussain Zaidi.
S. Hussain Zaidi is a journalist based in Dubai. Criminalistic reporting and journalism are his fields of activity. ‘Dongri to Dubai’ is a book about Mumbai’s mafia history. I say Mumbai because Mumbai is the center of India’s criminality. Some might think that this book is a biography of Dawood Ibrahim only. No, the author tells about dozens of different mobsters and their activities. Some of the big mafia names mentioned in the book are Haji Mastan, Karim Lala, Varadarajan Mudaliar, Chhota Rajan, Abu Salem, and of course, Dawood Ibrahim. The goal of the author was to tell about different Indian mafias, gangs, and their activities and histories. The author decided to put Dawood Ibrahim on the book cover because his face is mostly recognized around the world.
Now, let me tell you about my personal reading experience. I picked up this book to learn more about Dawood Ibrahim. His personality and notoriety caught my interest in this book. The book starts with histories of loads of unknown mobsters, hooligans, and criminals. Each chapter starts with a history of another new gangster. Even now, I strongly doubt what the author wanted to accomplish with this book. Did he want to tell the story of Dawood Ibrahim or was he planning to tell a whole history of Indian criminals? This is what I ask myself. Each chapter starts with a new story and a new name, and by the end of a chapter, the author somehow manages to connect this new hero with Dawood Ibrahim. While reading a new chapter, you will already forget about the things told in the previous chapter of the book. This is the first book written by S. Hussain Zaidi, and his amateurish writing style is visible. His skills in storytelling are at a very low level. I read half of the book. No matter how much I forced myself to read this work till the end, I couldn’t do it.
If you are interested in the biography of Dawood Ibrahim, then, I recommend staying away from this book. ‘Dongri to Dubai’ is a compilation of different criminal stories and gangsters. You will be annoyed very soon. This book is badly organized and structured. The amateurish writing style and poor English of the author will irritate you. I wish someone will manage to collect interesting information about Dawood Ibrahim and write a truly professional book.