Bombay Smiles

Bombay Smiles

The Trip that Changed My Destiny

By: Jaume Sanllorente

208 pages


Rights sold to: US (Paul Dry Books), Portugal (Sextante), Germany (Heyne), Italy (Rizzoli), France (Robert Laffont, with a prologue by Dominique Lapierre), Brazil (Larousse), Poland (Swiatksiazki), The Netherlands (Gottmer), China (Bookzone), Spanish Book Club (Círculo de Lectores) and Graphic Novel (Norma).

  • Over 50.000 copies sold in Spain
  • With 16 editions—and counting—readers have left hundreds of comments and messages of encouragement
  • Prologue by Alex Rovira, author of the bestseller Good luck
  • Sanllorente is the first non-Indian world ambassador of the Bombay Leprosy Project.


Sanllorente is a young journalist with a comfortable, successful career in Barcelona. One day, a travel agency persuades him to take his vacation in India. Jaume is shaken by that first voyage, especially by the heinous poverty he saw in the streets. He was never quite the same man after that. In Bombay Smiles. The trip that changed my destiny Jaume shows us, through his delicate storytelling and a loving glance, the realities of a country with massive contrasts, and sets out to teach us how to be happier by looking after our fellow human being. Bombay Smiles is a story of solitude and community, danger and justice, setbacks and breakthroughs.


Jaume Sanllorente

About Jaume Sanllorente

Jaume Sanllorente Trepat (Barcelona, 1976) studied journalism at the Ramon Llull University, in Barcelona. After living in London for a year, he started working for various media in Barcelona. During several years he was Spain’s correspondent for various international publications. Since 2004, Sanllorente is leading the NGO Bombay Smiles, and lives in this Indian city, where he fights the everyday, peaceful fight against poverty.

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