Kolkata may be the literary capital of India, but that doesn’t mean Mumbai lacks a rich literary heritage and legacy as well. While on one hand Mumbai has been the subject of various award-winning and historic literary works, on the other, the city has served as home to many emerging authors and given them the supportive space needed to create their works. Here we round up a list of some of the most prominent literary landmarks that you can visit in the city!
Housed within the J.J. Institute of Applied Art campus in South Mumbai is a historic bungalow adjacent to where celebrated writer Rudyard Kipling is said to have been born in 1865. Bearing a metal plaque with the engraving ‘Rudyard Kipling, son of Lockwood Kipling, first principal of Sir J. J. School of Art, was born here on 30.12.1865’ and a bust of Kipling, the Kipling Bungalow serves as an attraction to numerous Kipling enthusiasts from around the world. Surrounded by dense greenery, the blue-green cottage is a aesthetically pleasing landmark worth visiting. Tour-guides also offer tours of places frequented by Kipling in the city.
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Perhaps one of the most popular books to have been written about modern Mumbai in recent times, Shantaram has a global cult following. The 2003 novel by Gregory David Roberts about a convicted Australian bank robber and heroin addict who escapes prison, flees to India and temporarily finds home in Mumbai looks at the city’s underworld and expat community’s endeavors unlike any other book set in the city. A variety of tours of all the Mumbai landmarks mentioned and frequented by the protagonist in the novel are offered by the city’s tour guides.