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Review of the Book “The House at 43, Hill Road” by Brenda Rodrigues

 The Housing society is a micro democracy and corruption starts here. This Book is a tale of the fight between the writers family and the owners of the Select Corner.  Braz Rodrigues who built one of the first bungalows on Hill Road in the mid 1800’s. The book begins with the tale of the family tree. Braz Rodrigues belonged to …

Why Bandra Catholics are indifferent to their Bollywood neighbours?

I am not pleased with murals and chowks dedicated to bolllywood personalities. I love Bollywood, but I think all these stars are immortalised in their performances. They don’t need to have chowks named after them. Of-course the government has to do something for publicity. Naming a chowk after a famous Bollywood person is a no-brainer and cheap publicity. Ideally I …

Notes from the Launch of The house at 43, Hill Road.

The story of the house Joe’s grand father Braz Rodrigues built the palatial house at 43, Hill Road. Braz his children even his grandchildren were fluent in Portuguese and were very westernised. Braz married twice and inherited property of his first wife and got Rs 300 ( a tidy sum) dowry in his second marriage to Lydia. He had several …

Bandra Boy Dinesh D’souza an alumni of St. Stanislaus making news over Florida shooting tweet.

Dinesh D’souza was in news recently for mocking the florida school surviors. Though he has apologised on the tweet below. It is interesting to see a journey of a person from Bandra to being a former advisor to Reagan. So let us look at Dinesh D’souza past to know him better.   As per his school website Dinesh graduated from …

Meet Nerjis Shakir the 6 year old street photographer from Bandra.

The best thing for a parent to do is to teach your children a skill. But sometimes to our wonder our children don’t want to learn the skill we can give impart to them. This isn’t the case with Nerjis Asif Shakir, she is the grand daughter of Firoze Shakir, A prolific street photographer himself. Nerjis watching her grand father …

A tribute to Fr. Joe Pareira founder of Kripa Foundation, Mt Carmel Church.

By Andrea Rangnekar A walk into the dark streets of Bandra in the 1980s….. Amongst the bright lights and Glitterati of the Queen of Suburbs also lurked the dark shadowy bylanes of Bandra… where the onset of darkness brought out the Hyde in man. Bylanes of Bazaar road, Chapel road and Bandra villages sold home-made liquor cheap. They were affordable …

Ranvir Singh explains why Bandra is so special for him

Ranveer Singh Bhavnani (born 6 July 1985) is an Indian film actor who appears in Hindi films. After completing a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University Bloomington, Singh returned to India to pursue a career in film. He made his acting debut in 2010 with a leading role in Yash Raj Films’ romantic comedy Band Baaja Baaraat. The film emerged as …

BMC denies Road digging charge and claims Genesia Time Travelled to WW II to imitate the picture.

Genesia Alves has made history by cloning the WW II picture to feature the powerlessness of an Bandraite. The rationale for the pits in Bandra is an enigma, so I used my connections in BMC to gain information. Following are the responses and I call upon the readers to draw on their good sense to scoop out the fact. The …

Interview with Aftab Siddique

Aftab Siddique am born and brought up in Khar. She did her schooling from Duruelo Convent High School and R.D.National College. Aftab is a teacher by profession from last 27 years. She says about her job as a teacher As a teacher, we impart a specific syllabus but when kids face practical difficulties in real life, they are unaware of …

Interview with Alishka M Anand from @Bylanes_ofbandra

There are quite a few Bandra handles on social media. One of the most delightful handles on Instagram focusing on the bungalows of Bandra is @bylanes_ofbandra Alishka Anand runs the account and posts her interpretation on the names of these homes along with the pictures, which makes her Instagram account feel like a blog with some interesting stories to tell. …

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