Book Announcement: The House at 43, Hill Road by Brenda Rodrigues

The House at 43, Hill Road tells of the aristocratic Braz Rodrigues, who built his house in the mid-1800s, on the plot where it all happened, with family vignettes, and how his grand daughter-in-law Lydia made the address known worldwide for the exquisite wedding gowns she designed. It 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, threats to their lives, and even had to hide their children in a distant place.



Brenda Rodrigues is multi-talented: as a teenager she sang with a well-known orchestra; on stage she was a prolific actress and went on to adapt, write and direct plays herself;  her flair for interior decoration got both her homes first in Mumbai, then in Goa, featured in magazines; she actively assists in conducting corporate training programmes all over India; and she writes. Brenda’s talent for writing was honed by a voracious appetite for reading, and a delight in expressing herself in letters. From contributing inspirational pieces to the church bulletin, to having her articles carried in the travel section of The Times of India, The Indian Express and The Delhi Economic Times, she progressed to co-authoring and publishing a coffee-table book Lydia Brides with her husband Joe, and then brought out her travelogue My Journey Through Wonderlands, in June 2012.

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