Kaiwan Mehta takes the reader for a walk through the streets and past the buildings of colonial Bombay, reading their histories and excavating their memories, while continuing to negotiate their present context.
This historic neighbourhood of Mumbai, fondly referred to as Bhuleshwar, has remained a residential and religious hub as before, while thriving as the city’s essential commercial marketplace today.
It retains a complex history of migration and community, which is evident in the architectural form, motifs and designs of the area. The buildings are literally registers of history; they are maps of a time gone by, and yet they continue to find themselves relevant and alive in the contemporary context.
Alice in Bhuleshwar is also a story of the people who have lived in these buildings, which breath in the salty air of Mumbai and speak to these who care to listen.