Queen of the Suburbs
Bloggers, artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers, and trailblazers; Bandra West is a unique hub of creativity. Movies are written over flavoured cups of coffee at Gloria Jean’s, jam sessions rock on old Portuguese cottage rooftops and neighbours graffiti each other’s walls. What is it that makes Bandra this cultural melting pot? Why do places like Azaad Bazaar, The Art Loft and Bombay Underground find their homes in here?
Freedom. This is what characterizes Bandra and its people. Self-expression is key, and it is not restricted, however wacky it might be. Unlike other parts of the city that are relatively more confined by social norms, Bandra is distinct in its laidback, Goa-ish vibe. The tiny villages form a web of social relations and creative fountainheads, where like-minded people can get together. Community events thrive, and interaction with the people and surroundings around are all an important part of the Bandra experience. Poetry slams, board game nights, rooftop supper clubs, block parties and impromptu gatherings at local addas are daily happenings that bring together local Bandra-ites.
Doors are left invitingly open, encouraging involvement and interest in the lives around you. The girl in the cheetah print jumpsuit, off to shop on Hill road will stop and say hello to her local Koli fish seller, while the busy writer’s neighbour will bring him over a deliciously warm bowl of fugiyas as he furiously meets a deadline. Bandra has welcomed us with open arms, and we that hope you will enjoy our exploration of this pulsating suburb that is both stuck in time and rapidly evolving.