Novels That Best Capture Mumbai
Whether you’re wanting an insider’s perspective of The City of Dreams
or seeking to view your city from a fresh angle – or perhaps you’re just feeling a bit homesick – we have rounded up some of the finest books that capture life in the ever-changing hub of Mumbai
. From colonial-era Bombay
to the contemporary, dynamic metropolis it is today, these books do a great job of preserving the spirit of the city.
No God In Sight by Altaf Tyrewala
Tales from Firozsha Baag by Rohinton Mistry
Love and Longing In Mumbai by Vikram Chandra
Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil
Set in 1970s-Bombay, this Man Booker Prize Shortlisted novel follows its narrator’s arrival in the city and subsequent entry into its opium underground. The debut novel of established poet and songwriter Jeet Thayil, Narcopolis (2012) draws on the author’s own experiences as a drug addict in Mumbai.
Lost Flamingoes of Bombay by Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts