Lost and Found in a Mumbai Koliwada is part of the City Mosaic Series brought out by the People Place Project and published in partnership with Penguin Random House. The series is named so because "each book is a mosaic that will come together to build the collective story of the city we live in." Lost and Found in a Mumbai Koliwada is a collaboration between People Place Project studio, the artist Kripa and the author Vinitha.
The stated aim of the series as being "intended to celebrate the city by examining, savouring, reflecting" begins with the intriguing title itself. There are layers to the story, implying a reference to the soul of the city being lost and found as well. The insertion of an article before the place name, a Mumbai Koliwada underlines that the story is about only one such Koliwada. Often, Koliwada is stereotypically referred to as a single, generic location where fisherfolk reside, when in actual fact there are many Koliwadas dotting the city, each with its own local culture.