While Hindustani music hasn't burst onto the American consciousness yet, Indian fiction has, and Chandra has thought about why. The Indian economic boom, the offshoring trend - both have captured lots of attention in the United States. "Reading fiction, or in any sense interacting with people from another place, is broadening and educational," he says. "I think this interest in Indian writing and art is all connected to the economics and politics that have suddenly brought India into the American perspective as it's never been before."

Around the corner from Banganga Tank and also on top of Malabar Hill are the Hanging Gardens and Kamala Nehru Park. There's a view of the city from each place. Stretching out below, the entire Backbay area is visible, from Chowpatty Beach to Nariman Point and beyond, to Colaba. Off to the north, Chandra's home in Bandra and Sartaj Singh's fictional home can be seen. All of it, as far as the eye can see, has been sculpted and folded into Chandra's book and is available on a bookstore shelf.

If You Go

How to get there

American Airlines flies daily from Chicago O'Hare to Delhi; Air Sahara flies from Delhi to Mumbai. For more information, visit www.aa.com.


Apoorva, Seafood, Noble Chambers, S.A.
Brelvi Road, Fort,

Banganga Tank, Kamala Nehru Park, and Mumbai Hanging Gardens, Malabar Hill

Bayview Bar 
The Oberoi, Nariman Point 

China Gate, Indian-style Chinese 
155 Waterfield Road, Bandra West

Chor Bazaar, Mohammed Ali Road
Crawford Market, wholesale food market 
D. Naoroji Road at L. Tilak Road

Film City.
Advance permission needed to visit; ask your concierge.

Harbour Bar
Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Apollo Bunder, 011-91-22-666-533-66

Lohar Chawl, outdoor bazaar, across from Crawford Market’s west entrance

Mahesh Lunch Home, seafood
8-B Cawasji Patel Street, 011-91-22-228-709-38

Mangaldas Market, wholesale cloth market
Sheikh Memon Street near Crawford Market

Olive Bar & Kitchen, Mediterranean
14 Union Park Khar, Bandra

Trishna, seafood
7 Sai Bab Marg, Birla Mansion