13 Book Review

posted Sep 19, 2018, 8:56 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Sep 19, 2018, 8:57 AM ]

An Experience Beyond Bandra

Edwin Fernandes 

(published by Fredrick Noronha)

Today, I took a trip down memory lane, or more specifically, down the bylanes of Bandra – those 'gallis' – a labyrinth of little streets, exploring the past, on a bicycle, then on a motorbike, and somewhere beyond Bandra, in a time confined to the realm of the present generation's imagination, I even took a ship. The journey was an enthralling one – encountering moments of sheer hilarity, passion, love, and even death. It was an invigorating experience to say the least, and it was spurred by Edwin Fernandes' latest book – Beyond Bandra.

This book is an anecdotal compilation of Edwin's vast collection of 300 blogs, showcasing the vicissitudes of life. The cherry-picked stories document his variegated experiences, woven by a common theme – life and its phases – youth, adolescence, adulthood etc. But despite Edwin being the central figure throughout the narrative, the reader is not overcome with a sense of isolation. Instead, it evokes a feeling so familiar, almost déjà vu. And for all purposes, it could well be true. For everyone at some stage can recount and reminisce on the time they received their first bicycle – the whirlwind of electrifying emotions that engulf the body and the long standing desire and craving to make one's journey.

What is so unique and special about this book? 'You' become the hidden character – hiding in obscurity, determined not to take the limelight away from the author. And yet, much of Edwin's experiences soon become your own. His past is your past, your story, your journey. Where his story ends, yours continues. The story goes Beyond Bandra, and beyond Edwin's own experiences and extends to you.