Who doesn’t want to read stories set in the city of dreams – Mumbai. Apart from the people who are already living there, most of us are curious about how the life is in that city. We want to read stories about people living that life. But at a time, when Indian book reading community is obsessed with reviews and 10-15 classic writers, who is going to tell you about the books you truly want to read? I am.

Top 5 Indian Books Set In Mumbai

indian books set in mumbai

1. Shantaram by Gregory Roberts: I also mentioned this book in my last blog about Indian book series. It’s not written by an Indian author but the author is known for his works set in India. Shantaram is a story about a guy who escapes from a high-security prison and then lands up in Mumbai where he discovers the underground societies of this city and how they typically run the city. (Buy this book)

2. The lost flamingoes of Bombay by Siddharth Dhanvant Sanghvi: The book captures the essence of Bombay and its people and how they burn with ambitions but possess lonely hearts. (Buy this book)

3. Sacred games by Vikram Chandra: It delves into the city’s intricate web of organized crime, corruption, and politics that lies beneath India’s economic renaissance. Netflix is also going to make a show based on this book. The book also fetched the Hutch Crossword Book Award to the author in 2006.  (Buy this book)

4. Selection Day by Aravind Adiga: It’s a book about a boy living in a Mumbai slum and his meeting with a privileged Muslim guy which completely changes his life. (Buy this book)

5. Poor little Rich Slum by Rashmi Bansal: It’s a non-fiction book that tells different stories about entrepreneurs and businesses set up in this highly crowded, suffocated slum area called Dharavi.  (Buy this)

These are the top 5 Indian books set in Mumbai and I hope you enjoyed reading the post. Tell me if you have read any of these books and what are your views about them.


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  1. Hello Manpreet,

    I must say you are doing really great job at youtube by creating awesome book review videos. I had purchased few books on your recommendation. I’m not from mumbai but would check these books.


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