Fitz de Souza's Memoir: Busting Myths

Fitz de Souza's Memoir: Busting Myths

By Selma Carvalho

Issue no. 13

Fitz must have deliberated long and hard on whether to make public these charges. As a researcher I have no way of verifying them. They might indeed be taken out of context. I too, have wrestled with my conscience whether to draw further attention to them. Nonetheless, the allegations are now part of our public discourse.

Vimala Devi, Monção and Me

Vimala Devi, Monção and Me

By Paul Melo e Castro

Issue no. 12

Had anything been published in Goa in Portuguese? I’d never heard of anything. But after a little rummaging about I discovered in my own university library a copy of Vimala Devi and Manuel de Seabra’s A Literatura Indo-Portuguesa, a two-volume essay and anthology on Goan writing. If Goa’s literary heritage in Portuguese survives, and if it is still an object of study today, it’s in large measure down to Devi and Seabra’s efforts.

Identity, Appropriation and an Interrupted Kind of Absence

Identity, Appropriation and an Interrupted Kind of Absence

In conversation with Michelle D’Souza Cahill

Issue no. 12

It is problematic to harp on about appropriation without some consideration of the severe disproportion in literary representation and the subjective filters that invariably do apply. In other words, who is narrating the stories about cultural difference? Shriver was deplatformed in Brisbane. Her opening speech was insensitive to Aboriginal people and other minorities in Australia …

Early Indians: Deconstructing DNA

Early Indians: Deconstructing DNA

By Selma Carvalho

Issue no. 12

There was one other thing, my DNA results told me. They provided me with a long list of people, I may be related to. My closest cousin was identified as a Fernandes, many 4th cousins were identified as Costa, Figueiredo, Barreto, Marquis, etc, but this is where it gets interesting: among my 6th and 8th cousins were a Shenvi and Pai.

Perspectives on Kashmir: Homefulness

Perspectives on Kashmir: Homefulness

By Jugneeta Sudan

Issue no. 12

‘There is war, there is peace, and then there is ambiguous truth.’..Ashwin Kumar, filmmaker and part-resident at Sangolda, Goa, recently completed his trilogy on Kashmir. His third film No Fathers in Kashmir, which was released on 5th April, mirrors human stories of militants, uniformed men, politicians and the commoner with their multiple truths .

Short Memoir: Footnotes on Kenya

Short Memoir: Footnotes on Kenya

By Gregory R. Patricio

Issue no. 12

We still lived in two rooms no kitchen, cooked, ate and slept in the same rooms. Cooked on a (Makara) char-coal brazier. (Gicho). We had a make shift oven which was a large container, the bottom layer was sand and we put the item to be baked inside on the sand layer, covered it with a metal cover and heaped hot coals on top.

Saudade: Memory, Place and Unmooring

Saudade: Memory, Place and Unmooring

In conversation with Suneeta Peres da Costa

Issue no. 12

Jessica Faleiro in conversation with Suneeta Peres da Costa discusses Costa’s latest book Saudade. This is a coming-of-age story of Maria-Cristina, told from her point of view of growing up against the tumultuous political backdrop of pre-Independence Angola while still under Salazar’s rule. 

Angelo da Fonseca: As recounted by his daughter

Angelo da Fonseca: As recounted by his daughter

By Savia Viegas

Issue no. 12

Back in the car, Yessonda reminisced about her father Angelo da Fonseca.  A Gandhi cap, block-printed shirts and kolhapuris were his signature clothing. The bicycle was his only mode of transport. She followed him in all that he did during the day: shopped for vegetables, fish, cooked, dug around their little garden and painted.

Robert Newman: Goa's Shamans and the Fictive dream

Robert Newman: Goa's Shamans and the Fictive dream

By Selma Carvalho

Issue no. 12

Newman is by no means condescending of those who visit the ashram. He seeks only to understand the fictive abstractions underlying the pan-India consciousness. Long before Yuval N. Harari in Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (Penguin, 2011) popularised the idea that the human ability to create fictions was fundamental to evolution, Newman sought to understand a pan-India consciousness

Luso-Indians: A Mandarin Class

Luso-Indians: A Mandarin Class

By Selma Carvalho

Issue no. 11

Shirley L. Gonsalves’s book The Luso-Indian Stethoscope (Goa 1556, 2019), is an extraordinarily incisive look at the mandarin class the empires of Britain and Portugal created in the Indian subcontinent, and how these early transnationals heralded the golden age of intellectualism and public philanthropy.

Understanding Loretti Pinto: An Artist at Work

Understanding Loretti Pinto: An Artist at Work

By Jugneeta Sudan

Issue no. 11

Konknnichea molleant, the artwork by Loretti Pinto, is a significant and powerful metaphor for how weaving transforms conflicting ideas in our minds. The Aztec philosophy calls weaving a cathartic activity, and elaborates that weaving begins with fibre-dried grass stalks, bunched together into two groups, warp and weft.

The Letters of C. E. U. Bremner: Same Old Tired Prejudices

The Letters of C. E. U. Bremner: Same Old Tired Prejudices

By Selma Carvalho

Issue no. 10

Pacing his office, badly served by his predecessor and left in a ‘chaotic condition,’ Lieutenant-Colonel Bremner knew nothing good would come of his posting to Goa. Outside lay a land shorn of adventure, a land whose weather he found to be ‘unbearably sultry,’ whose Southern European colonisers spent their time in ‘cheery inebriation’ …