Vanity Bagh is the story of Little Pakistan, a mohalla that one can place anywhere on the map of India. As also Mehendi, a Hindu- majority neighbourhood that offers foil and balance to Vanity Bagh.
The title has exquisite connotations. It opens the ‘vanity bag’ of such lives that the urban ‘us’ never think about; it speaks of the ‘mango’ people we hear about but never know. It explores the vanities of some big and small people in a dimension of literary exploration.