A schoolboy’s loyalty to a street vendor is tested when the vendor disappears without notice. After a setback that threatens more than just his livelihood, a shopkeeper struggles to make ends meet. Two college classmates reunite and launch a new venture to meet an urgent need.
Like the city’s ubiquitous snack food, Bombay Bhel blends a variety of ingredients to serve up glimpses of life among the Goan and Anglo-Indian communities—minorities in one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. The interlinked stories are set in the late twentieth century, before a wave of anticolonialism crested across India and resulted in the city’s rechristening. Each story in this debut collection offers a taste of the rhythm and verve of Bombay life.
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|Cover photography by Christian Haugen|