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Eunice de Souza talks about Bloodline Bandra in Mumbai Mirror

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in Bloodline Bandra Blog | 0 comments

Pali Hill, New York, Pali Hill
Godfrey Joseph Pereira’s book mirrors the romance of his vibrant roots. His language is a
delicious marinade of the Indianness and the Catholicism that gives Bandra its bloodline

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Deccan Herald (Bangalore) – covers Bloodline Bandra

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Bloodline Bandra Blog | 0 comments

Deccan Herald cover Bloodline Bandra

Deccan Herald covers Bloodline Bandra

Rotary Club and Bloodline Bandra

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Bloodline Bandra Blog | 0 comments

Was invited by the Rotary Club of Bombay, Bandra last night, 9th December, 2014 to talk about Bloodline Bandra. Thank You, Sudhir Widge and Monica Grover for organizing the event. We had a great conversation about what constitutes “Legal Slavery.” A fantastic back and forth. About India, about America, about Legal Slavery in these modern times of ours. I hope this conversation continues. I also got a chance to listen to the tireless social work that The Rotary organization does and their plans for the near future. The personal time its members give up to work for the poor and needy and sick is truly commendable. It is all so good.

 

Big News Live Covers Bloodline Bandra

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Bloodline Bandra Blog | 0 comments

The book of Godfrey Joseph Pereira, Bloodline Bandra, tells the story of how a boy from Bandra, Bombay is trapped in Legal Slavery by his own people, the Indians, in New York City and this brutality of the story will shock the readers. The book is an engrossing tale of love and loss, of home and homelessness.
The protagonist, David Cabral, a journalist and also one of the originals, an East Indian from Pali, manages to move from his village and head to New York to chase the big American dream. But after reaching there, his dream crashes as he isn’t able to make both ends meet.
This is his story narrated by the soul of David Cabral. Bloodline Bandra Part I describe and interpret the complex rustic life style of the East Indians in Pali Village where its inhabitants speak a vibrant, funny and thoroughly entertaining form of English.
What is more difficult was that he couldn’t collect enough money to head back to India. In between, he finds solace in a Japanese cello student, with whom he falls in love. But that too isn’t promising because of their cultural differences.
This book captures with flair and humours favourable language of the East Indians, life in the tight-knit community of Pali village and a way of life that is dying. This is the truth of what many Indians do to their fellow Indians abroad.

 

Read the review here.

Times of India reviews Bloodline Bandra

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Bloodline Bandra Blog | 0 comments

Painting a vivid portrait of life in the Pali village, the book is an engrossing tale of love and loss, of home and homelessness.

The protagonist, David Cabral, a journalist and also one of the originals – an East Indian from Pali – manages to move from his village and head to New York to chase the big American dream. But after reaching there, his dream crashes as he isn’t able to make both ends meet.

What is more difficult was that he couldn’t collect enough money to head back to India. In between, he finds solace in a Japanese cello student, with whom he falls in love. But that too isn’t promising because of their cultural differences.

This book captures with flair and wit the flavourable language of the East Indians, life in the tight-knit community of Pali village and a way of life that is dying.

Read the review here.

 

Red Elephant covers Godfrey J Pereira

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Bloodline Bandra Blog | 0 comments

 

Written by Godfrey Pereira, the author of Bloodline Bandra, for the International Day of Abolition of Slavery.

The numbers have been crunched, studies by experts published, smart talking heads with impeccable credentials on  television spout their in depth knowledge on slavery every other week and international bodies with good intentions make bad decisions on how to go about tackling slavery. Social media prophets, sitting in the dark, shine a light on what they think are remedies, and international names lend their stardust  “For The Cause”. The data on modern day slavery is there, for all to see, all over the world. To repeat it here would be another impotent boring lecture given to the deaf. Great organizations like A 21 Campaign, Anti-Slavery International, and the Dalit Freedom Network U.K. are all fighting a losing battle.

Read the full article at the following link http://www.redelephantfoundation.org/2014/12/slavery-begins-at-home.html.

 

The Red Elephant Foundation is an initiative that is built on the foundations of story-telling, civilian peacebuilding and activism for gender sensitivity.

Lecture At Saint Andrew’s College This Week

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in Bloodline Bandra Blog | 0 comments

This is a great honor. I have been invited by the Department of English to lecture at Saint Andrew’s College this Week. I finished my schooling from Saint Andrews School. I was a back bencher, rowdy and always in trouble. Once, my then Principal Father Rufus {Hey Andreans, remember him} said to me: “You live in Pali, your beja must be khali.” Then he slapped me twice. Ha! I wish he was around today. He would smile and probably say: : “Those slaps worked.” God bless him.

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Godfrey interviewed by Bandra Buzz

Posted by on Nov 28, 2014 in Bloodline Bandra Blog | 0 comments

Godfrey was recently interviewed by Bandra’s premier local newspaper – Bandra Buzz. Read his full interview here.

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Bloodline Bandra featured in Kolkata’s – The Telegraph

Posted by on Nov 28, 2014 in Bloodline Bandra Blog | 0 comments

The novel Bloodline Bandra featured in Kolkata’s – The Telegraph newspaper on November 28, 2014 in the Paperback Pickings section.

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The-Telegraph – Kolkata – November 28, 2014

Coming Home…

Posted by on Nov 27, 2014 in Bloodline Bandra Blog | 0 comments

Visited Pali Village. Very emotional. This is where Bloodline Bandra started and ended.

This is where I was born. This is where all my changes happened, good and bad.

This is where my sister died. I am still trying to find out how and why. Someday, someone will tell me, I hope…

The by lanes here, where I used to play have no names, but my memories have tagged them all. I stood at the place where the murder that is described in Bloodline Bandra happened. I talked to some old women who remembered the way it used to be here. The strolling pigs have gone, the drunks are all dead. New faces flash by, unaware of the vibrant history of this little village. The house that I was born in, stands, ravaged, but it is still there, barely… empty, alone with its memories.

‘My old home is still standing, though the paint is cracked and dry and there’s that old oak tree that I used to play on’… these are the lines of a song…. which continues….. ‘then I realized that I was only dreaming…’

But I was there yesterday, in Pali Village, the by lanes, which only the villagers know remember me. Yes, The Green Green Grass Of Home.

I need to wake up to a new reality. Pali Village, that I once knew is gone. I am humbled and thankful that the Gods let me write Bloodline Bandra, now people will know, the way it used to be.

But the Concrete cross on the junction still stands. I touched it yesterday. That old cross has some stories to tell, of heaven, hell and life in Pali Village, a long, long time ago. They once tied a man to that cross and beat him till he bled. All he did was ask the wrong question. If you read Bloodline Bandra you will know what I am talking about.