The French connection

The Cercle Franco-Parsi was once the hub of Parsis enthused with the French language and culture
Firdaus Gandavia

Tucked away on the second floor of a beautiful art deco building in a shady and picturesque road in the Kala Ghoda precinct is the Cercle Littéraire — the Dinshaw Petit Library. With a vast and valuable collection of French books, the bibliotheca is scenically situated: from the windows one can see the stately Jewish Synagogue, the magnificent dome of the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India and the iconic Jehangir Art Gallery. Nearby are the stately buildings which house the Elphinstone College and Bombay University. "The library, which is the oldest and probably the only private French library in......

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