Maximum City, Suketu Mehta
Nostalgic and real, this is the inside story of South Mumbai homes, Jogeshwari slums and bar dancers.
Love and Longing in Bombay, Vikram Chandra
The short stories look at modern Mumbai and the people struggling to reconcile traditional values with it.
Midnights Children, Salman Rushdie
The Booker of Bookers winner isnt entirely set in Mumbai, but the language is local, peppered with Bambaiya slang.
Beautiful Thing, Sonia Faleiro
Faleiro takes us inside the murky world of bar dancers, through the eyes of her young protagonist, Meera.
Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Katherine Boo
Boo lived in and wrote this book about residents of a Sahar slum who make a living selling scrap.
Ravan and Eddie, Kiran Nagarkar
The seminal book about people in the CWD chawls is a classic Mumbai read. Its the coming-of-age story of Ravan and Eddie .
Taj Mahal Foxtrot 2012, Naresh Fernandes
Fernandes tells the story of the Jazz Age in Mumbai, spanning three decades of musicians and patrons.