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We’ve been talking a lot about Mumbai (formerly Bombay), India this week.

In After the Attacks: What You Need to Know About Traveling in India, Divya Srinivasan gives us a solid on-the-ground report from the grief-stricken city. She provides insight on what to expect when visiting, customs to be aware of, and links to valuable resources.

The powerful photo essay Mumbai Calls for Peace gives you an up close view of the unity and solidarity shared across various religions, ethnic backgrounds, and beliefs after the attacks.

Curious about Mumbai? Check out these books.

Picture Mumbai: Landmarks of a New Generation

Put together by the Getty Conservative Institute, this book boasts an impressive collection of black-and-white photographs of Mumbai’s popular landmarks taken by youngsters from the city.

Price: $10.50 | BUY

Inside Mumbai: Conversations with Ten Women by Lisa Elaine Sipes

Discover the real culture behind Mumbai through the eyes and stories of ten women. This book focuses on women from different backgrounds, castes, ages, and religions to bring you a cross sectional view of life in Mumbai as a woman.

Price: $12.99 | BUY

Lonely Planet Best of Mumbai by Joe Bindloss

One of Lonely Planet’s Best Of Series, this guide walks you through the must-see sights, the best local Indian cuisine, and the top shopping havens. It also introduces you to some of Mumbai’s booming nightlife scenes.

Price: $28.80 | BUY



About The Author

Lola (Akinmade) Åkerström

Lola (Akinmade) Åkerström is a MatadorU faculty member and Network contributor. Her work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Vogue, BBC,, and many more. Follow her photoblog at

  • Eva

    Great recs, Lola! I'd add a couple of Mumbai-set novels, A Fine Balance and Such A Long Journey, both by Rohinton Mistry.

  • Geoff

    I have another one to add – Suketu Mehta's incredible "Maximum City: Bombay Lost & Found". Probably the best piece of travel writing I've ever read, giving brilliant insights to the city.

  • Mudra

    Yes Maximum city is just amazing… Also try reading Shantaram

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