Bloodline Bandra

 

By Godfrey Joseph Pereira

Published by  HarperCollins Publishers India

Bloodline Bandra will be hitting the stands at the end of November.

“I was a ‘Legal Slave’ in New York City for a long time.”

Godfrey Joseph Pereira


 

Bloodline Bandra is a riveting and intense story of love, betrayal, home, homelessness, and identity that draws the reader and never let’s go until the end. It starts off inside the gut of Pali Village in Bandra, Bombay. The story, divided into three parts, starts in India and weaves through the tattered lower middle class fabric of its East Indian people and their lives, painting cacophonic pictures of their everyday social interactions. The East Indians speak a rare form of English that Bloodline Bandra documents; an English that is scorned by outsiders, but the cadence and tone, are a linguistic marvel. This has been documented in a Novel for the first time in the five hundred year history of the East Indians. The language is not fiction and is still spoken by some today in Bandra. Fictitious characters like Salt Peter and Tommy-Eat-Shit-A-Lot reflect the rusted existence and mores of this Village.

The second part of the story sees the protagonist, David Cabral, a journalist emerge from this matrix of guttersnipes, heading for New York City where he is sold into ‘legal slavery’ by his own Indian people. This shatters the universal concept of the supposedly guaranteed American Dream once an immigrant lands in the U.S of A. David’s life and the people he meets in New York and how they change his life forever, is presented with great depth and emotion in the second part of the book. The two happy homeless men, who befriend David, and their relationship with Robert Oppenheimer, father of the American H-Bomb is sublime. So is David’s relationship with the Japanese cello student, Hatsumi Nakamura who he meets in Grand Central Station; both trapped by their culture, circumstances, history and parents. Eventually, both have to leave NYC to go back to their countries in the quest of being happy (ier) or less unhappy. The end of this Novel will astound you. In his debut novel, author, Godfrey Joseph Pereira, has succeeded in telling a story of excruciating human bondage, and nature, seen at its best and at its worst.