The House at 43, Hill Road

The House at 43, Hill Road

By Selma Carvalho

Issue no. 11

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.

Sita Valles: A Revolutionary Until Death

Sita Valles: A Revolutionary Until Death

By Savia Viegas

Issue no. 11

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.

Pio Gama Pinto: Kenya's Unsung Martyr, 1927-1965

Pio Gama Pinto: Kenya's Unsung Martyr, 1927-1965

By Selma Carvalho

Issue no. 11

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.

The Secret of the Sea by Tanya Dias

The Secret of the Sea by Tanya Dias

Issue no. 8

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.