This one is a rather peculiar post and I’m very curious to receive every last bit of critique and feedback for it. I believe that the following images wouldn’t be half as enjoyable without my ramblings of reminiscence.
The following series of photos were made in the narrow by-lanes of Bandra, Mumbai. Not the bustling shopping and nightlife destination but a Bandra that is now hard to believe exists. I’m talking about the remnants of the original gaothans (villages) that formed the fishing community of Bandra.
My Sunday morning stroll down this part of town was a trip down memory lane in more than one way. I spent a good part of my childhood studying at a school in this part of town. Back then I didn’t care about history, quaint by-lanes and urban exploration. When the school bell rang I ran straight home.
My interest in these gaothans, especially one called Ranwar, was stoked by an article in the National Geographic Traveller about urban renewal. For years I’d seen or been close to the places mentioned but never recalled seeing any of them. When the opportunity to do a little photowalk in the area with arose I decided to join in.
I started at St. Andrews Church, built in 1575, at about 8am as Sunday mass in session. Another landmark I once crossed daily but never bothered to stop and visit.
The crucifix is a common sight along Waroda road. This scene embodies the saying that the Lord harbours all creatures, both great and small (and scaly tooJ). Could someone ID this curious creature for me?
The area has been a canvas for various graffiti artists since I last visited. But more than the graffiti, Ipomoea creepers artistically growing along ancient and exotic looking homes caught my attention.
Ranwar village appears to be a heaven for cats. It’s not that surprising considering this was once a fishing village, meaning the feline inhabitants fed to their hearts content.
Mount Mary’s Church, a well known landmark of Bandra old and new.
Mary’s Clan is a home for destitute alcoholics and this is Billu who seems to have made it herself at home too.
Co-Ordinates : 19°3’12″N 72°49’38″E