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

Editor’s Choice Award
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Issue no. 13 SEPT 2019
Monsoon magic


Three poems: Day Break
by John Lawrence Nazareth

Three haibun: The Bus to Nuwara Eliya
By Ramesh Gowri Raghavan

Two haibun: Small Moments
by Sanket Mhatre

Love and Longing in the Anthropocene
by Salil Chaturvedi

by Santosh Alex

Three poems: An Evening in Agartala
by Madhu Raghavendra

Haughty NRI
by Michelle D’Costa


Vaastu (Abode of Joy)
by Meena Kakodkar
as translated from the Konkani by Vidya Pai

Lizards and Butterflies
by Krupa Manerka


GIP and the Piano: The Life & Times of Francisco Joao da Costa
By Selma Carvalho

A Grandson Remembers Dr Sarto Esteves
By Anish Esteves

Art Interview: Laxman Pai and the Vibrating Line
by Jugneeta Sudan

Documentary: Vince Costa Talks Saxtiicho Koddo
By Roy Parras

Photo Essay: Krakens and the Road (portrait of a Goan village)
by S. Gaspar D’Souza

Interview: Janet H. Swinney Writes India
by Selma Carvalho

Memoir Review: Fitz D’Souza Busting Myths
by Selma Carvalho

Book Review

Aart by Jayanti Naik
Review by Augusto Pinto

The heavens open, the monsoon arrives, and Joao Roque Literary Journal gives in to the yearning of the heart. Is it just a co-incidence that for two consecutive years the September issue has focused on poetry? Or is there something in the air that makes us want to write poetry and read poetry when our minds are stilled by the sound of rain and when petrichor fills our senses. These poems have been solicited and edited by our Poetry Editor Rochelle Potkar.

We’re also incredibly lucky to have snagged two in-depth interviews with veteran artist Laxman Pai and film-maker Vince Costa. A review of Sandra Ataide Lobo’s sketch biography of Goan writer Francisco Joao da Costa provides an intriguing look into nineteenth-century elite Goan society. Grandson Anish Esteves shares his memories of Dr Sarto Esteves, a prolific mid-twentieth century Goan writer, on his 100th year birth anniversary. Gaspar D’Souza captures for us rather brilliantly through photography and word-portraits the despair of the disappearing Goan village.

Happy reading.
Selma Carvalho


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