It is as quaint as the name of the quiet street on which it stands, Laburnum Road in South Mumbai, but once upon a time, it was the residence of the Mahatma. It is a pretty, two-storey building which has a small library of around 2,000 books and some exhibits of memorabilia that he once used, including an old spinning wheel. Today, its main visitors are old Gandhians and the occasional school group or a tourist. For Mumbai, while we love it and would hate to see anything happen to it, it is a symbol of a time long past, an anachronism in the new Mumbai for which “money, money, money’ is both mantra and way of life.


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