Adjacent to the subway at Churchgate station, the colonial-era Flora Fountain has become a hub for second-hand book sellers. Browsing the towering columns of books is a bibliophile’s fantasy. As you walk through the narrow alleys, you can thumb through everything from Indian classics to thrillers, romances and comics. Look out for fascinating local tomes on Mumbai’s Jewish past, the culture of the city’s chawls (tenements) and the murky underworld inhabited by crime kingpins such as Dawood Ibrahim.

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