The Other Shoe (04.26.1989)

When I was growing up in Four Bungalows, Andheri in Bombay, I had a secret but intense crush on a family.

The entire family — who lived in our neighborhood: Mahazabin, Hormaz, Shahrukh, Mehran, and Dinshaw Merchant. The Merchants were like a family of gods to me. Every spare moment after school before coming home, when I wasn’t playing field cricket or practicing math or doing homework, I walked circles around…