Ten of the best: novels about Goa

The Guardian of the UK recently published a listing of “10 of the best books set in Mumbai”. See Taking the cue from that listing, here’s a compilation of my own favourite ten novels set in Goa or her people. * * * Lambert Mascarenhas, Sorrowing Lies My Land Undoubtedly one of the most neatly-crafted novels written in colonial times, whose story still resonates. My edition dates back to the 1970 Goa Publications reprint (“Price Rs 15”). “The mountain far away, wearing a cloak of muddy brown, stood there against the azure sky, ragged as a tramp drowsing in the … Continue reading Ten of the best: novels about Goa

A hundred years young… almost!

Originally posted on The Goa Review of Books:
The young Jesuit Kelwin Monteiro promptly agreed and shared a copy of the latest issue of Dor Mhoineachi Rotti. It is now online and free to access here. Kelwin wrote: As assured, kindly find attached to this mail the January issue of the Dor Mhoineachi Rotti.  Feel free to put it on any website or  blog, so that it reaches to the maximum number of people!  I will send you the issues every month! This is the 99th year of its publication.  The year 2015-16 would be the Centenary Year of publication!… Continue reading A hundred years young… almost!

Rare, antiquarian, second-hand, and “loanable” Goa books

Originally posted on The Goa Review of Books:
Do you have any Goa books falling in the above categories that you might be willing to share and/or sell with other Goa Book Club members? If so, please list them. I have quite a few Goa-related book which can be referred to at my home (or borrowed, if duplicates are available). The single-copies of these books I’m reluctant to share for obvious purposes. Older Goa books tend to be hard to find and, often, impossible to replace. Continue reading Rare, antiquarian, second-hand, and “loanable” Goa books

Translations, typesetting… Konkani

Originally posted on The Goa Review of Books:
Just to put you in touch with a young lady (who did her graduation in Konkani and is now doing her Master’s in History), who’s open to doing translations (English-Konkani) and also typesetting in Devanagari:neelamtatkar499 at gmail.com Neelam, feel free to join the Goa Book Club. There are authors here who might need translation services. It could also whet your appetite for books related to Goa. ADDENDA: Anwesha Singbal write: Hi. even i would be interested in translation jobs. I have been already empanelled on the government list too. Thanks. Email: asingbal@gmail.com.… Continue reading Translations, typesetting… Konkani

The Wikipedia… Making it Happen in Konkani

As you might be aware, the Dalgado Konkani Akademi and the Centre for Internet and Society Access to Knowledge Programme (Bangalore) are jointly organising a two-day Konkani Wikipedia Workshop to promote Romi Konkani in cyberspace, and on the Wikipedia in particular. The workshop will be held on November 16/17, 2013 at the Krishnadas Shama Central Library, Pato, Panjim. But even if you’re far from Goa, you can help take this initiative forward. What you can do to help: Get in touch, pick up suitable articles to translate into Romi Konkani. Work to locate sharable articles suitable for Romi readers. Share … Continue reading The Wikipedia… Making it Happen in Konkani

Makeover in a village hamlet — passion provides the punch

by GOANOLIMITS on September 20, 2013 By Frederick Noronha MUDDAVADDI, Saligao: From a demure salwar-khamiz to a gym suit in one minute. That’s the time taken for the transformation of Kanika, a young lady who entered a newly-renovated first storey in this residential hamlet of narrow lanes on a Tuesday afternoon. In one monsoon, meanwhile, Ramesh Ghadi has converted a significant part of the mind-set of his village of Saligao (Goa) into a surprisingly fitness-conscious one. Ghadi returned after 16 years from the Gulf, and spent some time managing health-clubs in five-starred deluxe hotels back in Goa. But, quickly enough, he shed the … Continue reading Makeover in a village hamlet — passion provides the punch

Understanding Indian diaspora’s complexities

Understanding Indian diaspora’s complexities

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Book: Indian Diaspora and Transnationalism
Ajaya Kumar Sahoo, Michiel Baas, Thomas Faist
Publisher: Rawat Publications, Jaipur rawatbooks.com
Pages: 442+xiv
Price: Rs.1,150

Like the parable of the Elephant of Hindoosthan, the Indian diaspora is indeed a strange animal; difficult to map, complex to comprehend and wide in its scale. “Migrants,” says this book, “no longer simply cross borders to live elsewhere but regularly turn this ‘crossing borders’ into a lifestyle of its own”.”

“Indian Diaspora and Transnationalism” sets out to “present not only an important overview of the state of the study on Indian transnationalism but also act as an important source of inspiration to think beyond the concept and the way it has been studied so far”.

Seventeen essays, three editors, and over 400 pages go into this effort. The range of approaches and diverse themes chosen make this an easy and fairly interesting read, even for one not directly connected with the subject itself. Some essays have been compiled from other sources, as the acknowledgements page makes clear, but the choice is interesting nonetheless.

Early on in the hard-bound volume, its three editors raise issues of “theoretical developments and practical implications” of Indian transnationalism. They point out that, with over 25 million people, India’s “is now one of the largest diasporas in the world”. Continue reading “Understanding Indian diaspora’s complexities”

Backstage Battles… and the Sometimes Harsh Realities of Goa

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By Frederick Noronha


In the midst of the monsoons, when Goa’s fair-weather friends and tourists have quite deserted the place, collegians and other youngsters reclaim the dance-floor. If you’re past a certain age, you might have never ever heard of this event, but in fact the Battle of the Bands has going great guns for the better part of the last decade.

The duo behind this event are artist-designer Bina Nayak (now based in Mumbai) and Keith Fernandes (an ex-Bombay Goan, now based squarely in Goa).


Each year, on August 15, convenient because of the national holiday, the day-long Battle of the Bands draws hundreds of young people, from Bardez and beyond. It is usually held in the Parra-Arpora area. Its aim? “To get back the lost glory of live music. To fight to be heard amongst all the DJs!” explains Bina Nayak.

In 2003, Keith Fernandes came up with the idea of the Battle of the Bands (BTB, for short) because there were then hardly any live music shows, especially in the Rock music space in Goa.

But at that time there were plenty of DJ shows happening in Goa and elsewhere. Like, for instance, the War of the DJs, which was huge then. The Battle of The Bands aimed to give a similar push to Rock bands, its founders suggest.

At that time, there was also a Rock band competition in the open air auditorium at the Kala Academy, which somehow had stopped in the 1990s. Incidentally, that was a college band competition and Keith and his group had even won it one year. Also, the popular entertainment-music space called the Haystack in Arpora (run by the late musician August Braganza of Mapusa), had been discontinued somewhere around that time.

Being a musician himself and the son of a Jazz musician, Keith felt the need to “do something” for the Live music scene. Things fell in place.


The Bands rocked the event from 2003 to 2006. “We got the best bands from Goa, Pune, Bangalore and even Mumbai. Bands like Infra Red and Mogh. But [over time] the quality seems to be deteriorating. We started getting DJs and dance groups from the first show itself. They wanted to play for free during the breaks or while the bands got ready. We never turn away talent. But once these guys got a foot in — they just got better and better!” says Keith. Continue reading “Backstage Battles… and the Sometimes Harsh Realities of Goa”

Good gosh!

This is embarassing! I’ve not made a post here for months, and Goa Streets calls this one of the ten best in Goa. Fredericknoronha.wordpress.com One of the first journalists to exploit the power of the Internet, Frederick Noronha blogs about Goa and books, and issues that concern both. The books that he publishes under Goa 1556 are profiled here, along with vintage Goa photos, videos of events in Goa, lists of useful links on Goa and loads of photos of everything under the Goan sun. Frankly undeserved! To be fair to myself though, I keep sharing content via cyberspace… but … Continue reading Good gosh!

A rich tapestry of history, clothing and passionate prose

Book Cover:  http://bit.ly/ModaGoa A stunning collection of photographs and illustrations, interwoven with the stories of people and events that shaped Goa, this book documents, for the very first time, the unique history of Goan costume. In this, his tribute to Goa, Wendell Rodricks studies the factors that shaped Goa’s distinct garment style. From Buddhist drapes that carried forward the elaborate style of later Hindu costume, to the fine brocade coats of the Muslim Tughlaq rulers; from the Portuguese invaders who had to improvise their traditional Renaissance dress to suit the hot Konkan climate to the Western-style dresses of the newly converted Goan Catholics, Goans are what … Continue reading A rich tapestry of history, clothing and passionate prose

Writing, for children…

THE PRINTED WORD | Frederick Noronha Anita Pinto’s ‘Tales from Golden Goa’ was something I first came across when my now-teenage daughter Riza needed some reading material. Rather, material to-be-read-to. The fascination with which she lapped up the Goa-based stories was really heart-warming. Our own generation grew up with a scarcity of books for children. We would badger mum to pick up the few available at Varsha’s, the bookstall in Panjim then run by the father of Waman and Santosh Bhate who currently tend to it. There was another near the Shakuntala fountain in Mapusa, that mostly disappointed us and … Continue reading Writing, for children…

Goa -Old Photos… the diaspora in Africa

Goa -Old Photos… the diaspora in Africa Originally uploaded by fredericknoronha. See some age-old historic photos online at the Goa Old Photos group. http://bit.ly/ieNVmY Via Flickr: Dr. Euclid de Souza, vice-president of Goan Overseas Association, Joseph Anthony Zuzarte Murumbi, Foreign Minister, Kenya, Luis de AssisCorreia, Pio Gama Pinto MP Kenya and Rosario Gama Pinto at a Barclays Bank, Nairobi sundowner in 1964. Photo from the collection of Luis Assis Correia. Continue reading Goa -Old Photos… the diaspora in Africa

Goa sports links in cyberspace….

OFFICIAL Sports Authority of Goa http://tsag.org/?pg=visstat FOOTBALL Goa Football Association http://www.goa-fa.com/ GFA-links http://www.goa-fa.com/?q=node/5 Sporting Clube de Goa http://www.sportingclubedegoa.com/ Salcaocar Sports Club http://salgaocarsc.com/ Dempo Sports Club (Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dempo_SC Churchill Brothers http://www.churchill-brothers.com/main.php Sesa Goa Football Academy http://www.sesagoa.com/aboutscdf.htm#football CRICKET Goa Cricket Association http://goacricketassociation.com/ CHESS Goa State Chess Association http://goachess.com/ Goan chess blog http://goanchess.blogspot.com/ BODYBUILDING Goa Body Building and Fitness Association (Facebook) http://www.facebook.com/pages/GOA-BODY-BUILDING-FITNESS-ASSOCIATION/95798352958?v=info CYCLING Goa Cycle Club http://www.cyclists.in/group/goacycleclub Goa Cycles: Rides, advocacy and more with the Goa Cycle Club http://goacycles.wordpress.com/ BADMINTON Goa’s ‘Professional Badminton League’ http://www.facebook.com/notes/sandeep-heble/goas-professional-badminton-league/181738157211 TREKKING YHAI National Trekking Expedition GOA http://yhaindia.org/files/adv_programs/description/Goatrekking.htm WATERSPORTS National Institute of Watersports-Goa http://niws.nic.in/ Barracuda Diving India http://groups.yahoo.com/group/barracuda-diving/ Goa … Continue reading Goa sports links in cyberspace….

POP — the Panjim Open Philharmonic

It’s no big name, but this is a bold experiment. It’s open, and it’s in Panjim (the tiny capital of Goa, India). Anyone can join in. All you need is an instrument, and the ability to read music. Rui Lobo, an IIT-ian whose main trade would have been hardware design, is the conductor, and it’s a baby nurtured by him and Rocky Lazarus. Very innovative! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YIu0eWXGFA And a whole set of photographs here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fn-goa/sets/72157622726357296/ Continue reading POP — the Panjim Open Philharmonic

Goa, shrines, photography and controversy

There is still scope for discussion about what should be the rules for photography within a religious shrine, and outside a religious shrine (but within its property). I can understand the ire of those who feel they are being reduced to a spectacle when their intention might be to run a house for prayer. Besides, there can be a far detailed discussion on principles of photographing persons, as I realised while searching for some other views on this subject. Centre for Media Literacy has this page “Photo Ethics: Aim High When You Shoot” which raises issues about how people should … Continue reading Goa, shrines, photography and controversy

Remembering yesterday’s Goa… via Benaulim

PHOTOFEATURE :: By Frederick Noronha Victor Hugo Gomes had been bugging me to visit Benaulim, and, as usual, I kept postponing. A man of few words (except when he’s writing detailed articles on themes like Goan music!), he just kept telling me, “You come and see for yourself.” Finally, we did make it there. His collection was the most amazing set of objects of the Goa of the yesteryears that I’ve seen at one place. That this artist and former curator of the Museum of Christian Art had done it all by himself, no state funding, and in his own … Continue reading Remembering yesterday’s Goa… via Benaulim