Laburnum Road at Gamdevi in South Mumbai, the name evokes not just a sense of the locality’s rich heritage but also its picturesque presence. The street, home to the historic Mani Bhavan where Mahatma Gandhi lived, owes its name to the rows of Golden shower trees or Laburnum trees planted along the road in the British era. Years later, though, it is difficult to decipher the reason, for there are hardly any of the iconic yellow flower-bearing trees along the road.
Dotted with lovely heritage buildings, the road transports visitors to another world as the sounds of traffic at Nana Chowk and Grant Road ebb away, the usual hustle and bustle of Mumbai almost missing along the road that still has a quaint feel to it. The most popular building along the road, of course, is Mani Bhavan, the focal point of Gandhi’s political activities in Mumbai between 1917 and 1979.