The House at 43, Hill Road chronicles the lives and times of the family of the aristocratic Braz Rodrigues, who, in the mid-1800s, built his bungalow on Bandra’s main road, where he lived in grand style with a retinue of butlers, servants and coachmen. The book recounts interesting foibles, quarrels, pranks, family lore, and tragic happenings spanning five generations, and the story of Lydia, who stamped the address on the international bridal trousseau map.
The book goes on to provide a meticulously documented account of how government authorities actively assisted land-grabbers who were out to take over that property in Bandra’s prime commercial area. For six years, the author, Brenda and her husband, Joe, great grandson of Braz, single-handedly fought over 70 cases, faced assaults and threats — and even had to hide their children in a distant place.
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This companion website holds 5 appendices:
- The Rodrigues Family Tree
- Monica Francesca Gomes-D’Monte-Henriques
- Portuguese and British Influences on Bombay and Bandra
- The Churches of Bandra
- The Villages of Bandra
In addition to the above, the website contains photographs of the house at 43, Hill Road, the Rodrigues Family, and from in and around Bandra, accessible here.