The Best in Fiction 2019 award
sponsored by Braz Menezes author of Matata Books.

The Best in Non-Fiction 2019 award
sponsored by anonymous donor in memory of poet Eunice d’Souza

Editor’s Choice Award
sponsored by Bennet Paes author of ‘Love n’ Share it’.

Issue no. 11 mar 2019
homelands far away


Two poems: The Oral Lyric of Life by Chandramohan S

Three Poems: The Lost Mango Tree by Sonnet Mondal

Three Poems: Father Vaskode’s Lesson by Pitambar Naik

Me and Meena at the Marsh by Salil Chaturvedi

Book Review

The House at 43, Hill Road by Selma Carvalho

Musings by Ben Antao

Sita Valles: A Revolutionary Until Death by Savia Viegas

Pio Gama Pinto: Kenya’s Unsung Martyr, 1927-1965 by Selma Carvalho


A Set of Glass Bangles retold by Heta Pandit
Oviyos translated from the Marathi to English

In Search of Shakespeare’s Bookshop by Ben Antao

Birds by Cordelia B Francis

The Metamorphosis of Hunger by Bina Datwani


Song Sung Blue: Caste, Culture and Consent
In conversation with Savia Viegas about her new book

Luso-Indians: A Mandarin Class by Selma Carvalho

Finding Father: A Norwegian-Goan Story by Selma Carvalho

F N Souza: Rethinking Representation by Jugneeta Sudan

Understanding Loretti Pinto: An Artist At Work by Jugneeta Sudan

Dear readers,

It is hard to believe that we are already into our third year of publishing the journal. My deepest gratitude to Rochelle Potkar who has been with the journal since its inception in 2017, and Jessica Faleiro who joined in 2018. We now welcome Jugneeta Sudan as Art Review Editor, but Jugneeta has already contributed substantially to the journal. The journal takes many collective hours of sourcing, planning and editing to come to fruition. Without my fellow editors’ input, commissioning and support, the journal would not have been sustained. Writing is always a solitary affair but we must do all we can to build community, and create social and intellectual capital. That is what drives us at the JRLJ, and as such we are committed to featuring new, aspiring literary voices and artists, but also reviewing or showcasing the work of established writers.

The issue is titled, ‘Homelands Far Away,’ as yet again we focus on the contributions of Goans in the diaspora, political activists such as Pio Gama Pinto in Kenya and Sita Valles in Angola, and the mandarin class of doctors, empire created in Bombay. In Finding Father: A Norwegian-Goan Story, we look at what it means to be a biracial Goan. There are wonderful short stories and poems to enjoy, an interview with author Savia Viegas and an art review which focus on the new literary and artistic work coming out of Goa.

Happy reading,
Selma Carvalho

Banner image courtesy of poet Salil Chaturvedi. The marshlands of Goa.


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