Imagine that you come from one of the world’s smallest micro-territories. And that you have a lifelong dislike of crowds.
Now imagine that you wake up one day and find yourself in a subcontinental megalopolis with eighteen million residents and a population density thirty-three times higher than central London.
Imagine the sounds, the smells, the beeping traffic, the overloaded commuter trains, the monsoon rains, the luxury five-star hotels, the extremes of wealth and poverty sitting incongruously side-by-side.
Imagine, too, the kinds of experiences that you will start having in the mega-city – from contracting Dengue Fever and spending twelve days in hospital …. to being chased by an angry mob after a minor traffic accident … to having an unintentionally comical face-off with a gun-carrying Bombay gangster….
In this talk Gibraltarian author M. G. Sanchez will discuss the three years he lived in India’s financial and entertainment capital and how his experiences in the city are reflected in his new autobiographical tome, the incident-packed, but shrewdly observant Bombay Journal.