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Review Of ‘My Name is Abu Salem’ by S. Hussain Zaidi

Book Name- My Name is Abu Salem

Author- Hussain Zaidi

Publisher- Penguin India

MRP- Rs. 299

Pages- 288

Format- Paperback

Genre- Crime, Account, Biography

ISBN- 978-0143423591

Release Date- 16th November 2014

My Rating- 4.5/5


From The Back Cover-

Mumbai has produced many dons-but perhaps none so colourful as Abu Salem. The flamboyant ex-aide of Dawood Ibrahim is best known for his involvement in the Mumbai blasts of 1993 and for the murder of music composer Gulshan Kumar. But he became equally famous for his relationship with actress Monica Bedi and his close connection to Bollywood, leading to a number of attempted murders of the film industry’s biggest names.

Now comes the ultimate telling of his life from the writer who knows the Mumbai underworld better than anyone else. Gripping, full of unknown details and first-hand accounts, My Name Is Abu Salem is another unputdownable book from S. Hussain Zaidi.


It is a biography cum story of the once-dreaded don of Mumbai, the one and only Abu Salem. The journey of Salem from an ordinary person from a small village of Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh to becoming an international don, with his empire spread over India and UAE, is not easy.

Abu Salem may consider himself a Handsome and Robinhood of poor but his life is full of violence, crime and pure evil. From the murder of a builder Pradeep Jain to the shocking murder of the T-Series chief Gulshan Kumar, all are the infamous deeds of the Salem.

Abu Salem (Center)

His life is full of twists and turns. His story in no way inspiring but yet it is a lot interesting.


First of all, I want to clear it that it is not a story but a narration from the point of view of the author (3rd Person). It is narrated by the author with the inclusion of facts collected from various resources and presumptions by the author. It includes the full story from his childhood to becoming a don and after that until the writing of the book.

If you think that the book will reveal a lot of secrets, then I think you will be disappointed as the only matters which are fully explained with every detail and revealing the names of the real institutions/persons involved in it are already known as they are run by most of the news channels. Those matters which are yet to be uncovered are left by the author with a mere indication, For Example-‘a big businessman’ or ‘a famous actor’, etc. That was the only thing I did not like in this book. I wanted the specific names which the book did not reveal.

The writing style of the author is well-acclaimed and really good. The way in which he describes everything, even a small incident/point, is fantastic. I love his books very much and have read a few already.

Overall, it is a nice book if you want to dig deep into the dark secrets of the once infamous Mumbai Underworld.

Details About The Author-


S. Hussain Zaidi is a Mumbai-based journalist, a veteran of investigative, crime and terror reporting. He has worked for the Asian Age, Mumbai Mirror, Mid-Day and Indian Express. His previous books include bestsellers such as Black Friday, Mafia Queens of Mumbai, Dongri to Dubai and Byculla to Bangkok. Black Friday and Dongri to Dubai have been adapted into the Bollywood films Black Friday and Shootout at Wadala respectively. He lives with his family in Mumbai.

The blockbuster film ‘Phantom’ starring Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif was adapted from one of Zaidi’s book- Mumbai Avengers.

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