Saudade: Memory, Place and Unmooring

Saudade: Memory, Place and Unmooring

By Jessica Faleiro

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. Fonseca was very much a man about the house; he liked to tidy-up, iron his clothes, cook – and dance he was a natural dancer.

Newman: Goa's Shamans and the Fictive dream

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’ …

Interview: The Art of Schulen Fernandes

Interview: The Art of Schulen Fernandes

In conversation with Selma Carvalho

Issue no. 9

I was inspired by the work of most Japanese designers. It’s exceptionally tough to take a fabric devoid of any embellishment or print and make it look stunning purely by its construction. That’s the challenge that’s inspiring and worth every minute spent in the design realm. 


The Literary Maladies of Diaspora Goans

The Literary Maladies of Diaspora Goans

By Ben Antao

Issue no. 9

I understand that the place of one’s childhood and early influences leave an indelible stamp on the memory and subconscious, but can it be so profound as to negate all subsequently lived experiences in other lands?  Indeed, this seems to be malady afflicting Goans in the diaspora who at one time in their lives had the luck to sample life in colonial East Africa.