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Book Recommendations by Mumbaikars

Book Recommendations by Mumbaikars

This year, with the launch of our new flagship store on Linking Road, Mumbai, we introduced "The Mumbai Recommends" - a hyper-local curation of books suggested by the local residents. Reflecting the city's diverse literary tastes and passions, these recommendations come from a wide range of ages and professions. In an era where reading is often driven by recommendations, book clubs, and social media trends like BookTok, there’s something truly special about getting book suggestions from fellow residents. Here are some of our favourite recommendations made by Mumbaikars and what they have to say about the books!




Books Set in Mumbai

At the top, of course, are books set in Mumbai itself. These stories bring the city to life, showcasing its vibrant culture, rich history, and unique challenges. From historical narratives to contemporary dramas, these books capture the essence of Mumbai and allow readers to experience the city from different perspectives.


1. The Secret of More by Tejaswini Apte-Rahm

Genre: Historical Fiction

Recommended by Shumaila Taher, 30 yrs, a Copywriter

  • Set in the late 19th and early 20th century Bombay, "The Secret of More" explores the limits of unending lust for power—the fine lines and boundaries that cease to exist in the face of morals, and how, after all is said and done, one can achieve more and be more.

The Secret of More by Tejaswini Apte-Rahm


2. A Murder at Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

Genre: Historical Fiction
Recommended by Sakshi Nair, 36 yrs, an Editor and a Blogger

  • The narrative immerses us in the heart of Bombay under the British Raj in the early 1920s, revealing lavish meals, sparkling attire, elegant parties, and a mannered society amidst political unrest, racial discrimination, and systemic sexism. The architecture is portrayed beautifully by the author.

A Murder at Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey



3. Milk Teeth by Amrita Mahale

Genre: Fiction

A popular title recommended by Anuya Jakatdar, 37yrs, Advertising Agency Co-founder and Booktuber, Books on Toast, and Vishakha Naware, 38, German Trainer

  • Anuya: It's a Mumbai book! It's brilliantly written and evokes such nostalgia, you'll feel like a part of the story. It was also shortlisted for the JCB Prize for Literature the year of its release.
  • Vishakha: Mumbai depicted in its glory in the 90s. Relevant themes such as gentrification and redevelopment and also depicts the society of that time.

Milk Teeth by Amrita Mahale



4. The Invisible Life of Addie Laure by V.E. Schwab

Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy
Recommended by Avani Shah, 26, Digital Marketing

  • For those who come to Mumbai to follow their dreams and feel lost, this book is for you. It reminds you that you are not invisible and are remembered. It's also a tribute to South Bombay architecture, though set in Paris, which has a similar vibe.

The Invisible Life of Addie Laure by V.E. Schwab




Books by Indian Authors

It's no surprise that we received many titles written by Indian authors. We’ve come a long way in appreciating our own writers, and this list reflects our pride in their work. These books span various genres and themes, showcasing the richness of Indian literature. We're really proud of this list of recommendations!


1. The Book of Everlasting Things by Aanchal Malhotra

Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
A frequently recommended title by Sanjog Wadhwani, 25, Finance, and Swapnil Thakery, 26, Financial Analyst

  • Sanjog: The way this book has integrated partition and romance is just beautiful. It makes you realize that you should never settle for less.
  • Swapnil: This is an exhilarating novel about two friends—often in love, but never lovers—come together as creative partners in the world of video game design, where success brings them fame, joy, tragedy, duplicity, and, ultimately, a kind of immortality.

The Book of Everlasting Things by Aanchal Malhotra



  2. Fool Me Twice by Nona Uppal

Genre: Romance, Young Adult
Recommended by Sameeksha Manerkar, 23, Student Freelancer

  • A romance book that takes you back to sweet, innocent love. It has everything from drama, friendship, romance, heartbreak, and acceptance. If you love the movie "Jab We Met," this book is a treat!

Fool Me Twice by Nona Uppal



 3. Breaking the Mould - Reimagining India's Economic Future by Raghuram Rajan and Rohit Lamba

Genre: Economics
Recommended by Rishabh Chaddha, 29, An associate- Product Content Writer

  • An excellently structured book that seamlessly weaves theoretical and practical anecdotes to paint the economic landscape of India. It's a thought-provoking read with rational and well-thought-out prescriptions for India's future.

Breaking the Mould



 4. Mad Sisters Of Esi by Tashan Mehta

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction
Recommended by Kalyani Ashok Shisve, 24, a Content Writer

  • A captivating read with intricate world-building and emotional depth. It explores themes like identity, memory, and the nature of reality. The bond between the sisters adds a heartfelt layer to the narrative


5. Her One True Love by Ruchita Misra

Genre: Romance

Recommended by Siddhi Palande, 33, a Book Blogger

  • Showcases two strong women enduring and overcoming challenges in their married lives. It’s also a warm love story with moments that will tickle your funny bones and stay with you long after you finish reading.

Her One True Love by Ruchita Misra


Stories from East Asia

Books set in East Asia are currently very popular reads. These stories offer unique cultural insights and perspectives, making them a trendy choice among readers. Here are some of the favorite recommendations made by Mumbaikars!

1. What You Are Looking For is In The Library by Michiko Aoyama

Genre: Fiction, Japanese Literature
A highly recommended title by Ashwini Sannake, 30, IT Professional/Author, Anujashree Roy, 30, Freelancer, and Meghna Ail, 33, a Writer

  • Ashwini: Quoting from the book, “Readers make their own personal connections to words, irrespective of the writer's intentions, and each reader gains something unique.” This book is like a warm & comforting hug that fills you with hope. It beautifully celebrates the power of reading and emphasises how books become our beacon of hope through every dark night!
  • Anujashree: This book had me in tears.
  • Meghna: It gives a very unique and different take on life.

What You Are Looking For is In The Library



2. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (Translator) 

Genre: Fiction, Japanese Literature, Romance
Recommended by Mhonchumi, 32, A Copy Head, Advertising

  • A straightforward reminder to persevere in life. It emphasises the significance of embracing life and seeking happiness despite adversity.

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami


3. Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami

Genre: Fiction, Japanese Literature, Romance
Recommended by Mannat Jagia, 37, Instructional Designer

  • A book you’ll find yourself eager to return to, even during a busy day. The vivid descriptions and exploration of lucid dreaming are particularly captivating.


4. Almond by Sohn Won-pyung

Genre: Mental Health, Young Adult, Fiction
Recommended by Dimple Ramchandani, 24, A Digital Marketing Manager and a Content Writer

  • This book proves that being human means feeling deeply. Despite being a debut, it's a book everyone should read at least once.

What would you recommend to your fellow city dwellers? Let us know in the comments!

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