GIP and the Piano: The Life and Times of Francisco Joao da Costa

GIP and the Piano: The Life and Times of Francisco Joao da Costa

By Selma Carvalho

Issue no. 13

We exist outside of ourselves. This moment of consciousness is the birth of literature – the ability to perceive ourselves and to give form to perception is what allows us to introspect and immortalise experience. It’s a profound loss to Goans, that we grow up exiled from our own literary legacy.

A Grandson remembers Dr Sarto Esteves

A Grandson remembers Dr Sarto Esteves

By Anish Esteves

Issue no. 13

Sarto Esteves was born in Solvá, Raia, Goa, then a Portuguese colony, on the 28th of August, 1919 to Roque Piedade Felicio Esteves and Argentina Maria Esmeralda Geneciana de Piedade Quadros e Esteves. He was one of nine children in the family. He lost his parents at a very young age and later came to Mumbai for his education.

Art Interview: Laxman Pai and the vibrating line

Art Interview: Laxman Pai and the vibrating line

By Jugneeta Sudan

Issue no. 13

My chat series with him has been slotted between his scheduled work on two huge abstract works. In his red aachakan embellished with golden thread work and matching pyjamas he looks sharp, his silvery white beard and moustache offsetting his profile aglow with the sunrays filtering in through the open window.

Documentary: Vince Costa talks Saxtticho Koddo

Documentary: Vince Costa talks Saxtticho Koddo

By Roy Parras

Issue no. 13

Over a few years, I started to see visual changes occurring in the landscape. Fields that would welcome me into Curtorim with a green lushness to them were now slowly becoming uncultivated. This visual started to create a niggling thought in my head that in a way lead to an apprehension. I was wondering, what would it be for us if one day all of this faded into oblivion?

Krakens and the Road (Photo essay of a Goan village)

Krakens and the Road (Photo essay of a Goan village)

By S Gasper D’Souza

Issue no. 13

The store marks the way to my house. They call it the posro. It’s a small square structure, no bigger than ten paces across; a terracotta tiled roof rises like a pyramid. Rice, rye, and red lentils fill tin cans alongside chickpeas, chillies and cumin seeds, purveyed by a gentle, grey-haired man.

Janet H. Swinney Writes India

Janet H. Swinney Writes India

In conversation with Janet H. Swinney

Issue no. 13

My approach anywhere I go is to be an observer. And I mean observing without any preconceived idea of what it is you’re looking at. Looking and trying to figure out why things are done in a certain way, which may not be your way. Trying to figure out what the rationale is – because there will be one.

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.