Godfrey Joseph Pereira

The New York Years

the author:

godfrey joseph pereira. born in pali village, bandra, bombay. studied english literature and philosophy. turned to journalism. war correspondent. left for america. was a ‘legal slave’ in new york city for a long time. wrote bloodline bandra. lives in ‘the heights’ in jersey city. works in hoboken.

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Celebrate Bandra Rocks

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Bloodline Bandra Blog | 0 comments

I have been going to the Celebrate Bandra Festival and man, Bandra still rocks! The organizers did not have space in the schedule for a reading of Bloodline Bandra but that’s alright. It is so great to see so many young Bandra musicians grooving to their own sounds.I remember growing up in Bandra, long hair, bristling beard and guitars, it seems like a long time ago, yes, 25 years ago.  It’ s good to be back walking the streets of Bandra; some of the gullies still have no name, but that’s alright, I know where I am going here…… where my Bloodline flows....

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Bloodline Bandra, Next Week In Bombay

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Bloodline Bandra Blog | 0 comments

Just received  news that Bloodline Bandra will be  available in Bombay stores next week. Apparently, the Novel is on its way to Bombay from Delhi.

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Shobhaa De blogs about Bloodline Bandra

Posted by on Nov 23, 2014 in Bloodline Bandra Blog | 0 comments

Shobhaa De, one of India’s most celebrated writers blogs about Bloodline Bandra. Read about it below: “Amrika returned!!! So looking forward to my friend and former colleague, Godfrey Joseph Pereira’s debut novel, ”Bloodline Bandra”. As is the case in most first books, this one too, is drawn from the author’s life as a Bandra Boy, born in Pali Village, speaking that particular East Indian lingo , and making the long journey to New York, after a very successful stint as a journalist in India. What he documents next, will shock you – the life of a ‘legal slave” working for an exploitative desi employer, before freeing himself from further tyranny. It launches across South East Asia on 25th November.” View the original...

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Bloodline Bandra In Stores November 25th

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Bloodline Bandra Blog | 0 comments

Bloodline Bandra, published by Harper Collins will be available in Stores all over India and South East Asia beginning November. Reactions to the Novel, for and against are welcome. The important thing about the Novel, is that the author hopes that it will start a conversation about the way many people treat their hired help; be it at the factory, office or home, in India or abroad. A house maid, or a lowly paid worker  is also a human being that feels mental and physical pain; many people seem to forget that. In the Novel, David Cabral is sold into “Legal Slavery” in New York City by his own people the Indians. Many new immigrants abroad have this unpleasant horrible experience. The author was one of the unfortunate many. Bloodline Bandra will shock you. It is a work of fiction based on facts that happened in New York...

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What Is Legal Slavery?

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in Bloodline Bandra Blog | 0 comments

When a worker comes to the United States {and many other countries} he or she is issued a work visa. Now this Visa forbids him or her from working with anyone but the company that has sponsored him or her. And often, these employers give you the minimum wage, treat you like an animal, and there have been many instances where the poor immigrant is physically tortured. The desperate immigrant has nowhere to turn to. They are scared, have no money and they do not want to be fired because if this happens, he or she becomes an illegal alien. Very, very scary. And they do not have the guts to go to the authorities. And so they carry on, like a bullock with a yoke around its neck. This is happening as we speak, in The United States and all over the world. There are statistics that prove this and unfortunately there are many Indians who are the culprits here. Again, there are many Indians who do not do this. They are successful and follow the laws of the land but there is a  dark flip side to this and that is what is detailed in Bloodline Bandra.  Click on ‘Global Indian Slave Index’ for...

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How Bloodline Bandra Began

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Bloodline Bandra Blog | 0 comments

Bloodline Bandra started five years ago as an endeavor to try and put down on paper, my remembrances of my rustic roots. I was born in Pali Village, Bandra, Bombay, India. I am a Koli by birth, a fisherman, who now lives by a river in America. It’s a long way from Pali Village, Bandra to Hudson County, New Jersey. And now, I wanted to go back and recall those glorious growing years. Predictably, it got confusing, not because of distance, time or a lack of recollection. A character named David Cabral crept in one night from Manhattan and refused to leave. Who is David Cabral? He is the person; who stared at me for five years from a reflection from the cracked glass of an old photo frame, that I eventually titled ‘My New York Years.’ It is not a good photograph. It is a sad picture that needs to be buried. It is a haunting image of a bitter man who has given up on life, beaten, bent and violated by incidents and experiences. The photograph is of a man watching something dying; his life, his heart, his hopes, his soul… I remember, staring at the frame, the reflection of my face superimposed on the bearded figure behind the cracked glass. I remember looking out my window, in The Heights in New Jersey, I could see New York City, across the Hudson river, its concrete glow glinting in the darkness. A friend of mine from India had once listened to my stories of New York City and I remembered what he had said. “That is the Novel that you must write.” Now here was David Cabral, my New York stories flashing in his eyes; telegraphing a message that said, “Do you have the brass cojones to do this? If you do not speak? Who will be your voice?” I did not want to write Bloodline Bandra part II, because it would bring bitter sorrow and anger, that I had placed on a pyre a long time ago. But eventually, I remembered what my friend had said. When research proved that mine was not an isolated incident; and Indians were doing this to Indians all over the world, I tried a few sketches and then it all came gurgling out. And that is how it all began. I began writing; aided by liquid Dutch courage and cigarette smoke. America is my home but my bloodline is Indian. There have been times in my past, when I was ashamed to be an Indian; I hated those Indians for what they had done to me; but the truth is, there can be no transfusion where my bloodline is concerned. Much of that anger has gone now, but sometimes still, the raw bile of bitterness crawls up my throat. I thank God that I can see now, how irrational, illogical, insane and spiritually dead I had become. But this truth will stand as long as I am alive: I was violated, exploited and driven into an existence of what I call a “Legal Slave” by my own people in New York City. Part II of Bloodline Bandra narrates this shocking story. But, I had already begun writing about the East Indians of Pali Village and their unique life style and language...

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Bloodline Bandra – Available late November 2014

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014 in Bloodline Bandra Blog | 0 comments

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  ...

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Book Jacket Text

Posted by on Oct 4, 2014 in BB-Book | 0 comments

‘Ah-Ray baster, wot you mean men? Who bleddy told you dat; your stoo-pid fadder told you dat? Ah-Ray, we are sons of da bleddy soil. We are da original pee-pils of Bombay.’ David Cabral is a journalist, and also one of the original pee-pils: an East Indian from Pali Village. The Village is a world unto itself, and the villagers such notables as Salt Peter, Freddy Fakir, Bosco Big Stomach, Carla Four Eyes, Lorna Leg Spread, Spunkless Joe and Small Tree Big Fruit. It is a world relatively untroubled by the rapid changes around it, mostly because its inhabitants just ask themselves, ‘My fadder wot going?’David, spurred by the sight of childhood friends who have made it big abroad, manages to shake off the stupor of his comfortable life and heads to New York for his piece of the American Dream pie. There, he finds himself a slave: unable to scrape together enough money to return to India, nor able to quit because it would render his stay illegal. There, he also meets and falls in love with Japanese cello student Hatsumi Nakamura – a difficult love, bound by culture and circumstances. All the while, Pali Village beckons David home. Bloodline Bandra captures with flair and wit the flavourful language of the East Indians, life in the tight-knit community of Pali Village and a way of life that’s dying out. It is a riveting tale of love and loss, of home and homelessness that will linger on long after the Novel is read and put...

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Bloodline Bandra – Available November 2014

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in BB-Book | 0 comments

Bloodline Bandra   By Godfrey Joseph Pereira Published by  HarperCollins Publishers India Bloodline Bandra will be hitting the stands at the end 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. What is ‘legal slavery’? In the United States, the H-1B work visa forbids you to work for anybody else. You are chained to the employer who ‘sponsors’ you, and often, these employers throw you a minimum wage meatless dry bone, treat you like an animal, humiliate, threaten and abuse you, demand you work overtime and on holidays with no pay, and in some cases, physically torture you – all this in the Land of the Free! You cannot quit the job because sponsors are near impossible to find and leaving would make you an ‘illegal alien’. There are many Indians who play by the rules. For some strange twisted reason, there are also many successful Indians abroad who deliberately enslave their fellow Indians. The statistics speak of the horrible unbelievable truth. Bloodline Bandra Part II is the shocking story of ‘Legal Slavery.’ The culprits are rich Indians, their victims are powerless fellow Indians in New York City. What’s astounding is, that it’s happening in ‘The Land Of The...

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Godfrey Joseph Pereira

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in GJP Bio | 0 comments

The New York Years    ...

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