By analyzing Loving and Longing in Bombay, it becomes obvious that Vikram Chandra ties his stories together with the common theme of personal identity and family. Dharma focuses on the identity of the self, Jago Antia is able to find himself again and define himself through his past and the interaction with his family members. Shakti describes the bond between a family and the lengths one will go to in order to protect their offspring and attempt to ensure their happiness. Finally, Kama, describes the ties of a family through a murder investigation. Chandra utilizes the intertwining of Hindu terms within the narrative which adds to the reader’s idea of the setting as well as allows one to get a better feel for the characters. Also, Chandra uses the concept of time to increase the family ties. i.e. past, present, and future. This is extremely important and helps tie all aspects of the stories together.