The bastion of Maharashtrian Hindus, Girgaum, near Chowpatty, is the heart of middle class Mumbai Here, tiny little gullies wander off the main road into the belly of the city. One of them is Khotachi Wadi, a charming little village, uninvaded by traffic. This nineteenth century settlement actually belongs to Mumbai's East Indian Christians whose forefathers are believed to have worked for the British East India Company. Most of them are a mix of Portuguese and Indian origin, and the quaint old houses with their trellised balconies and latticed windows look like a forgotten pocket of Portugal.