Aart by Jayanti Naik

Aart by Jayanti Naik

By Augusto Pinto

Issue no. 13

Her latest collection of short stories in Konkani is Aart which means ‘afflicted’ or ‘distressed’. This is Jayanti Naik’s third collection of short stories after Garjan (1989); and her 2004 Sahitya Award winning collection Athang. It contains 17 short stories written between 2005 and 2018. Incidentally some of these like ‘Uma’, ‘Naman’, ‘Itsapurti’, ‘Khyast’ and ‘Jait’ are available elsewhere to the reader in English translation in The Salt of the Earth, (Goa1556, 2017).

Song Sung Blue by Savia Viegas

Song Sung Blue by Savia Viegas

By Augusto Pinto

Issue no. 12

Catharsis is a Greek word which means cleansing, but in the context of the arts is regarded as the purifying or purging of depressing emotions like pity and fear by creating art that is tragic. This is what Viegas’s writing and painting attempts to achieve in Song Sung Blue, the life-story of a Goan Catholic woman named Divina

Love 'n Share it by Bennet Paes

Love 'n Share it by Bennet Paes

By Selma Carvalho

Issue no. 12

Life is not a passage of random events; it’s the constant and conscious creating and culling of culture, and in that cull, how do we retain parts of ourselves? Love ‘n Share It (2018) by Bennet Paes is, on the face of it, a fictional love story set in Paes’s beloved Sashti (roughly south) Goa, but within its many folds is the memory of a Goa lost or at any rate fading. Paes is not unique in being preoccupied with the past.

The House at 43, Hill Road by Brenda Rodrigues

The House at 43, Hill Road by Brenda Rodrigues

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 by Leonor Figueiredo

Sita Valles: A Revolutionary Until Death by Leonor Figueiredo

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 by Shiraz Durrani

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

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.