Book Review: Byculla to Bangkok by Hussain Zaidi


Syed Hussain Zaidi’s Byculla to Bangkok is touted as the sequel to Dongri to Dubai but it fails miserably, leaving very few traces of coherence in chronology. It is the first time in my life that I have been disappointed by a Hussain Zaidi book; even Rahul Bhatt’s sob story, Headley & I (co-authored with Zaidi), was far more tolerable.

The book is still an interesting read in the sense that Zaidi helps bring iconic characters to life – a few of which he hasn’t covered too extensively in his previous books – characters like Arun Gawli, Naik, Chhota Rajan, etc. But there was far more coherence in his earlier books; this one simply zigs and zags and reads like the personal blog of a crime reporter at times.

What disappointed me was that the book was neither a sequel nor a prequel – more like a collection of mafia short stories.

Title: Byculla To Bangkok
Authors: S. Hussain Zaidi
Publisher/ Imprint: Harper Collins India
Pages: 277
Genre/ Sub Genre: Non-Fiction/ Crime
Rating: 3.25 of 5.00
Reviewed for: Personal Copy

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