ESCAPE INTO THE TREASURE TROVE THAT IS LEAPING WINDOWS
Leaping Windows is a library and café in Andheri that has an extensive graphic novel, comics, and manga collection. You can take either a monthly membership or read from their collection at the library itself.
Leaping Windows, 3 Corner View, Dr. Ashok Chopra Marg, Off Yari Road, Versova, Andheri (w), Mumbai 400 061. Phone: 097699 98972
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This time I was in the desert, watching the story of Dodola and Zam unfold from a distance. I saw fate tear apart the lives of these child slaves, their changing relationship and perpetual struggle to build a world for themselves. A few months earlier I was in the US, battling snow and religious dogma enforced in churches. Before that? Well, it's a little hazy, but I was flying with Iron Man, wondering how I could get him to build my own Jarvis.
I'm not hallucinating; it’s easy to forget the outside world when you’re safely seated on cushions in a basement filled with comics and graphic novels. At Leaping Windows in Versova, you simply have to reach out to grab Craig Thompson's Habibi or Neil Gaiman's Sandman series or some manga. If you’re looking for superheroes instead, there’s the whole Marvel and DC universe at this small comic book library/café. For a lighter read, there's Calvin, Asterix, Tintin and the gang.
To access the books, you can take either a monthly membership or head downstairs for an hour or two to read from their collection for less than 100 bucks. And if you get hungry, just walk back upstairs to the café – replete with artwork featuring the likes of Wolverine, Batman and more superheroes – that has plenty of snack options. The menu is designed as a comic book too. I wouldn’t have expected any less.