Goa, Dec. 4 -- If you fall asleep on the way to Mumbai and wake up in Matharpacady, you'll believe that you're back in Panjim. This heritage precinct in Mazgaon, South Mumbai, is a mini Fontainhas.

Of late though, it is losing character because of that urban malaise called redevelopment. Up against the formidable builder-politician nexus, its residents are taking a leaf out of Goa's heritage movement which is led by its citizens.

They argue that just like Goan heritage houses are a crucible of its culture, the cottages in Mumbai's 'gaothans', or villages that predate Mumbai's establishment as a city, are a part of its history and heritage.

Besides, these precincts nurture a way of life that is under threat. East Indians and Goans have ...