Catharsis is a Greek word which means cleansing, but in the context of the arts is regarded as the purifying or purging of depressing emotions like pity and fear by creating art that is tragic. This is what Viegas’s writing and painting attempts to achieve in Song Sung Blue, the life-story of a Goan Catholic woman named Divina
Life is not a passage of random events; it’s the constant and conscious creating and culling of culture, and in that cull, how do we retain parts of ourselves? Love ‘n Share It (2018) by Bennet Paes is, on the face of it, a fictional love story set in Paes’s beloved Sashti (roughly south) Goa, but within its many folds is the memory of a Goa lost or at any rate fading. Paes is not unique in being preoccupied with the past.
This book is an anecdotal compilation of Edwin’s vast collection of three hundred blogs, showcasing the vicissitudes of life. The cherry-picked stories document his variegated experiences and are woven by a common theme – life and its phases
Of immediate interest is the etymology of the term ‘East Indian’ ironically coined for a community which lives on the west coast of India. The popularly accepted explanation for this term is that they comprised of people either allied with or working for the East India Company. Brenda, quotes respected sources, challenging this notion.
Musings is by the Mumbai-born journalist Ashlesha Athavale, who has lived in Panjim, Goa from 1980 to 1990. Those early formative and impressionable years have provided her the raw material to craft the book
A biography titled, Sita Valles: A Revolutionary Until Death, (Goa 1556, 2018) by Leonor Figueiredo and translated from the Portuguese by D. A. Smith, pieces together the life of this firebrand rebel, and the controversies that surround it. Despite the lacunae of source material, the book has been extensively researched, and builds a lucid and unbiased narrative of Valles.
Curiously, a road in Nairobi is named after Pio Gama Pinto. Curious, because it’s named after a Goan. But Pio was foremost a Kenyan, deeply involved in Kenya’s nationalist struggle, and whose assassination, in 1965, made him Kenya’s first martyr.
Unfortunately, Chakravarti has all Goans, educated or not, speaking mongrel English. In his attempt at providing local colour, Chakravarti only succeeds in producing a pathetic facetiousness that would irritate any Goan.
Potkar’s new collection of poetry is a celebration of the small and the not so small, where even the soul-grinding monotony of secretarial work has the propensity to be graced with the willing hand of karma.
The facts of the case are these: It is a crime thriller set in Goa. The dead body of 19 year-old student Namita Kulkarni has washed ashore on Morjim beach. Almost immediately, in Guy Maupassant style, a cast of characters present themselves on stage. There is the protagonist and upright small-town policeman, Inspector Cajetan (Caji) Pinto, and his bumbling side-kick Joao.
With the short story as their weapon, Goan writers delighted in exposing the affectations, privilege and biases of the society they lived in. Frequently using satire, they took aim at personalities and peccadillos with brutal honesty ...