About the author: Godfrey Joseph Pereira was born in Pali Village, Bandra, Bombay, studied at Saint Andrew’s High School and graduated in English Literature and Philosophy from National College, Bandra. Turning to journalism, he worked for a number of Indian publications like ‘Sunday’ and ‘India Today’ and then became a War Correspondent. Chasing The American Dream he migrated to the United States; and that is when the nightmare began. Godfrey Joseph Pereira was a “Legal Slave” in New York City for many years.
Blurb:This is his story narrated by the soul of David Cabral. Bloodline Bandra Part I describes and deciphers 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. David Cabral, Bloodline Bandra’s main character is one of these people. Expressing obscenity or talking about sex without sounding “dirty” was classic Pali Village doublespeak. David Cabral, the protagonist of Bloodline Bandra is offered a job in New York City, and that is when he is sold into slavery by his own people, the Indians. Bloodline Bandra Part II documents his “Legal Slavery” in excruciating detail.
Review: Bloodline Bandra, by Godfrey Joseph Pereira is an engrossing tale of love and loss, of home and homelessness about David Cabral, a journalist and an East Indian from Pali, the protagonist, manages to move from his village and head to New York to chase the big American dream. But his dream crashes as he isn’t able to make both ends meet. He could not 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.
The book is carved into distinct parts.
- In the first part David thinks of society is deep and probing, the varied humanity that surrounds it in a world which is basically useless.
- In the second part, David gets caged and then the first encounter with Japanese student Hatsumi Nakamura as he finds himself as a slave finding loneliness in love, disloyalty, and dullness.
- In the last part comes a trip which transforms the desire to pursue a new dream.
The narration of the story is perfect so it doesn’t fall loose anywhere. None of the part is exaggerated or lengthened. A very compelling, and interesting story! Written with vivid descriptions, and charming, engaging characters. I would recommend this title to readers.
I write a lot, which keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. There is always something to write about, always a new story to craft. Not writing, for me, is like trying to hold back a sneeze. Learning to write was the most powerful influence in my life. I can still remember the awe I felt when I realized I could put real words onto paper and tell out a story. From that first ‘a-ha’ moment I knew I wanted to write.
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