Bombay Balchao

Bombay Balchao

Bombay was the city everyone came to in the early decades of the nineteenth century: among them, the Goans and the Mangaloreans. Looking for safe harbour, livelihood, and a new place to call home. Communities congregated around churches and markets, sharing lord and land with the native East Indians. The young among them were nudged on to the path of marriage, procreation and godliness, though noble intentions were often ambushed by errant love and plain and simple lust. As in the story of Annette and Benji (and Joe) or Michael and Merlyn (and Ellena).

Lovers and haters, friends and family, married men and determined singles, churchgoers and abstainers, Bombay Balchão is a tangled tale of ordinary lives – of a woman who loses her husband to a dockyard explosion and turns to bootlegging, a teen romance that drowns like a paper boat, a social misfit rescued by his addiction to crosswords, a wife who tries to exorcise the spirit of her dead mother-in-law from her husband, a rebellious young woman who spurns true love for the abandonment of dance. Ordinary, except when seen through their own eyes. Then, it’s legend.

Set in Cavel, a tiny Catholic neighbourhood on Bombay’s D’Lima Street, this delightful debut novel is painted with many shades of history and memory, laughter and melancholy, sunshine and silver rain.

Title:Bombay Balchao
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9789388754750
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    Bombay Balchao Reviews

  • Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    "In this game of ignoring and being ignored, the two found a silly comfort. He remained persistent and she adamant."I say these characters are quite weird, interesting and so real!The above lines may ...

  • Vrushali Telang

    Like Pu La Deshpande's Batatya Chi Chaal and Rohinton Mistry's Tales From Firozshah Baugh, Bombay Balchao thrives on a plot of land ( Cavel, a Christian Wadi in South Mumbai) where several destinies i...

  • Madhulika Liddle

    What is a community? A group of people who share something in common? But what could qualify as that ‘commonality’ that a group must share in order for it to be considered a community? A living sp...

  • Chitra Ahanthem

    Bombay Balchao entices readers with its narrative structure, its characters and setting. Set in Caval,a tiny Catholic neighborhood on Bombay’s D’Lima Street, the author effortlessly weaves an inte...

  • Megha

    Maybe Bombay does not have the charms that once caught my attention, but there- I just fell for it again.I have a confession to make. I love Bombay as much as I hate it. I don't like the commute, I do...

  • Ciea?

    193-A, Bosco Mansion in Pope’s Colony on Dr D’Lima Street♥️I would do anything to travel back in time and live there.I went into this little book with honestly no high expectations. It was mea...

  • Shubham Shetty

    A series of interlinked stories all set in the small Catholic enclave of Cavel in Southern Bombay, Bombay Balchao is another great addition to that unique Indian literature subgenre- the Bombay novel....

  • Bhumika

    The lives of ordinary people become extraordinary when seen through the eyes of an author. Bombay Balchao is one such set of stories from a Christian neighborhood of South Bombay. Written in the form ...

  • Viju

    Kindle Unlimited at times has these small little surprises in store for you. I really really enjoyed reading this collection of interlinked short stories about a housing colony in Mumbai. It covers th...

  • Parvathy

    There is love and heartbreak, madness and genius, hatred and reconciliation...and all the flavours of life itself, in this through-the-years exploration of a Goan community in South Mumbai. Borges evo...