‘Chronicler of Siolim’ passes away

From today’s Gomantak Times

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‘Chronicler of Siolim’ passes away

GT NEWSROOM: Sebastian D’Cruz, popularly known as the ‘Chronicler of Siolim’, died early Monday morning, September 7.

The researcher-writer-musician brought out his first publication ‘Know The Parish and Village of Siolim’ in 1982.

Sebastian, fondly remembered as ‘Club Uncle’ for having worked as a caretaker of the famed Football Club of Siolim for two decades, also published ‘The History of the Siolim Church’, ‘Parish and Village of Siolim’, ‘The Churches of Bardez’, ‘The Life of St Anthony and Siolim’ and other publications, which included two highlighting the celebrations of the Sao Joao feast in the village. Continue reading

Images from the release of the Medieval Goa

Images from the release of the Medieval Goa book: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fn-goa/sets/72157621978256223/

Medieval Goa release by fredericknoronha.

153 photos | 728 views Above, the audience

Medieval Goa book release function by fredericknoronha.

Above, part of the panel of historians: Dr Fatima Gracias, Dr Charles Borges, Dr Ms Maria Aurora Couto and author Dr Teotonio R de Souza (partly visible)

Medieval Goa book release function by fredericknoronha.

The author and Dr Couto. Others partly seen are Sushila Sawant-Mendes (right) and Dr/Fr Charles Borges sj (left)

Medieval Goa book release by fredericknoronha.

The author with Goa University VC Dr Dileep Deobagkar.

PS: Don’t believe all I have to say (or click) on this. Goa,1556 — which I am associated with — has co-published this book!

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Goa books… a (belated) 2007 or 2008 listing

This is a 2008 or 2007 listing of Goa books then available. FN

Latest 10 Goa-related books on the stands
[List as made available by Broadways Book Centre, Sant Inez]

* Tales from the Attic (Savia Viegas)
 Xaxtti Foundation, 2007 Rs 200

* The Mahmai’s and Goa’s Neighbours: Commercial LInks and
 Allied Interests (Dr S K Mhamai, ed).
 191 pp. Rs 300. 2007

* Domnic’s Goa (Domnic Fernandes)
 Pp 247. Rs 350, April 2007

* My Journey (Tomazinho Cardozo)
 Pp 261. Rs 200. 2007

* Fragments (Darren Christopher Pereira)
 Poetry. Pp 56. 2007.

* Careers: The Complete Guide (Plus Publications)
 Rs 150, pp 178, 2e 2007

* The Goan Catholic Wedding Guide
 Pp 84 Rs 100.

* Snapshots of Indo-Portuguese History 1: Pangim
 (Vasco Pinho)  Rs 350, pp 132. Hb

* Guardian of The Dawn (Richard Zimlers)
 UKP 5.95 (Rs 450) Pp 371
 Fiction, set in Goa and the Inquisition
 2005, recently received in Goa

* Walking with Angels (Heta Pandit, photography Tushar Rao)
 Pp 152, Hb, large size. Rs 2400

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Rare books on display at Directorate of Archives (2008, Herald, Panjim)


Historie Der Inquisite Tot Goa by Pieter Mortier (1697) is amongst the oldest books at the exhibition of rare books by the Directorate of Archives and Archaeology as part of the National Book Week that ends on November 20.

The books on display are from the reference library of the archives department and Historie is one amongst its collection of approximately 55,000 books and date back to the 18th, 19 and 20th centuries. Majority of the books are in Portuguese, French, English, Hindi, Marathi and Konkani. Historie gives the narration of the Portuguese inquisition in Goa.

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Goa’s claim: India’s first e-law library opens

From the Herald (probably 2008)

India’s first e-law library opens

PANJIM, SEPT 20 — The first ever IT/e-law library in the country was inaugurated by Chief Minister Digambar Kamat on Saturday in the presence of luminaries from the judiciary in the conference hall at the High Court of Bombay at Goa, here.   

The distinction of opening of the said library goes to the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa, which is the biggest among all bar councils in the nation.
Kamat, who was the chief guest, said the e-library would serve as a model for other bar councils in the country to follow suit. Justice has to reach the common man and if this concept succeeds in giving justice then only we can say it is working, he mentioned.

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ESG promises library…

A Herald report:

The Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) today approved creation of a film archive and a film library that would be an added attraction at IFFI 2008.The archives will have 100 world classics for viewing and a well stocked cine book library.
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Herald, on a library at Mapusa

It may look ramshackled, but this library has given intellectual nourishment to many from the area. Me too!

Athaide Municipal Library to complete 125 years in Nov


PORVORIM, SEPT 3- Athaide Municipal Library situated in the Mapusa Municipal Council (MMC) will complete 125 years of its existence in November.
It may be recalled that when Goa was under the Portuguese regime, Dr Joaquim B Azavedo constituted a committee under which Athaide library was established on November 12, 1883.

Fr Francis Athaide had devoted his life in imparting education to thousands of youth in Bardez and in his memory a library was named as Athaide Bibliotheca (Athaide Library).

On April 9, 1897, the library was handed over to Camra de Bardez. After the liberation, Municipality Act came into force in 1968 and the library was taken over by MMC.

Speaking to Herald, Librarian Dyaneshwar Parsekar said that Athaide Library is the oldest Library in Mapusa, which subscribes 24 newspapers and 56 magazines, national and international covering politics, social science, health, information technology, entertainment, cookery, automobiles, economics and sports.

“Library serves about 5,700 members with a membership fee of Rs 10 for students and Rs 25 for adults. We have done the digitalization of old documents such as Government gazettes,” said Mr Parsekar.

On November 14, 2007, the children’s corner was opened in the library with the assistance of Raja Ram Mohan Roy Library Foundation, Kolkata, where educational CDs and computers have been kept for the children.

“Library has also set up separate reference section for the benefit of students of schools, colleges, universities and other readers who are doing research work and preparing projects,” he added.

Library is automated with e-granthalaya, a digital agenda for library automation and networking form National Informatics Centre.
MMC has earmarked Rs 1,15,000 for purchase of books, newspapers and magazines for 2008-09.

“Existing space is not sufficient for the library. Since library is completing 125 years on November 12, we will get Rs 1,50,000 from the Central Government for the purchase of computers, books and organize competitions,” said MMC Chairperson Sneha Bhobe.

“However, library does not receive any grant from the State Government,” she added.

Mohan Tendulkar, a library member, said that since 1980 he has been coming to the library regularly.

“This is a unique library where all types of books and journals are available and with the setting up of the children’s corner, this library has fulfilled the demands of children,” he added.

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Francesca Trivellato’s book… which could have some relevance to Goa

  • Jun 08, 2009
    488 p., 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
    19 b/w illus.
    ISBN: 9780300136838
    ISBN-10: 0300136838
  • Cloth: $50.00 tx
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The Familiarity of Strangers

The Sephardic Diaspora, Livorno, and Cross-Cultural Trade in the Early Modern Period

  • Francesca Trivellato

Taking a new approach to the study of cross-cultural trade, this book blends archival research with historical narrative and economic analysis to understand how the Sephardic Jews of Livorno, Tuscany, traded in regions near and far in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Francesca Trivellato tests assumptions about ethnic and religious trading diasporas and networks of exchange and trust. Her extensive research in international archives—including a vast cache of merchants’ letters written between 1704 and 1746—reveals a more nuanced view of the business relations between Jews and non-Jews across the Mediterranean, Atlantic Europe, and the Indian Ocean than ever before.


The book argues that cross-cultural trade was predicated on and generated familiarity among strangers, but could coexist easily with religious prejudice. It analyzes instances in which business cooperation among coreligionists and between strangers relied on language, customary norms, and social networks more than the progressive rise of state and legal institutions.

Francesca Trivellato is professor of history at Yale University. She lives in Cranston, RI.

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It’s on it’s way, but when will it reach?

This seems to be getting promised for a long time now… but is apparently facing delays in getting launched. A report from the Herald, Panjim:

Modern central library in Panjim soon: CM  HERALD REPORTER

Library movement in the state is set for a big boost with Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat announcing on Saturday that a modern central library will finally take shape in Panjim in the next 4-5 months, besides the ultra modern library under construction at Navelim.

Addressing newsmen after inaugurating e-library at the Margao Municipality on Saturday, Kamat said “one of the best and modern central library will materialize at Patto, Panjim in 4-5 months. Similarly, an ultra modern library is slowing taking shape in Navelim”.

Emphasising on the need to strengthen the library movement in the state, Kamat said people should be made aware of the library facilities so that the infrastructure is used by students, children and adults to enrich their knowledge. 

“There’s a need to inculcate reading habits amongst the younger generation, who are switching over to watching TV serials”, he said, adding that he takes time off even today to go through books to enrich my knowledge.

Complimenting the Margao Municipal Council for computerizing the library records, Kamat said reading is the most important factor to acquire knowledge, saying “knowledge remains with you if one looses any position”. 

“Now, the MMC library section really looks like a library. The government intends to support the library movement in the state”, he added.
MMC Chairperson Savio Coutinho the e-library concept will help the readers, especially children and students in a big way.

 “A lot needs to be done for the Municipal library. We want to increase the membership. There are reference books which should be taken advantage of by adults, teachers and even students”, he said, promising to procure the latest books from time to time.

Coutinho also made a mention of the Portuguese books, besides books in Hindi, Marathi and English available in the Municipal library. 

The Margao Municipal library has around 21,000 books of which details of 3000 books have already been fed in the computer as part of e-grantalaya project.

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Dr Teotonio de Souza’s interview… in The Navhind Times

Goans lived in misery under Portuguese: Teotonio
Friday, 21 August 2009 01:16

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Well-known Goan historian and head of the department of history, at Universidade Lusofona, Lisbon, TEOTONIO R DE SOUZA speaks in an exclusive interview with RAMNATH N PAI RAIKAR about the second edition of his book ‘Medieval Goa: A Socio-Economic History’, which will be released in the city on August 21.

What made you write ‘Medieval Goa’ three decades ago?

The story, as historians would say, begins during my childhood. I got to hear lot of village stories from my grandfather, who though illiterate was a man of village and popularly known as ‘Lamb Jaco’ (Tall Jaco), as well as my grandmother. My grandfather, who hailed from the village of Moira would be immaculately dressed in a suit when he visited Mapusa town, but always wore a loin cloth once he returned to his village. He would even abundantly use his vocabulary of bad words in Portuguese language to denounce the colonial rule. He, like many others in the village nursed anti-colonial feeling. All these things stayed with me. Continue reading

Diverse flavours of Portuguese food….f

QUOTE To their credit, contemporary Portuguese cooks have readily incorporated the spices and hot peppers of the former colonies into their food. David Leite, creator of the influential Web site http://www.leitesculinaria.com, tells the story of this evolving cuisine in his first book, The New Portuguese Table. UNQUOTE
Source: http://www.philly.com/inquirer/food/20090903_Diverse_flavors_of_Portuguese_food.html

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What the heck does the Goa gazette contain?

Here is an official explanation:

About the Official Gazette:

The main activity of the Department is the printing and publication of the offical Gazette — the official organ of the Government — brought out weekly on every Thursday. wherein the Central an Local Acts enacted by the Parliament and the State Assembly from time to time are published, for general information and guidance of the public and for their enforcement by the Departments concerned.

The Official Gazette is published in there Series, namely Series I, Series II, Series III. In addition, Extraordinary and Supplementary Gazettes are brought out as and when requested for by the Department concerned depending upon the urgency and the public interest.
The contents of each of the Series are as given below:

a) Series I which is the principal part of the Gazette, being of Legislative nature, contains Stationary Acts and Rules, Regulations, Bye-Laws, Notifications and Orders issued in pursuance thereto. In addition, the recruitment rules which are framed under Article 309 of the Constitution of India to determine the mode of recruitment to posts in Group ‘A’. ‘B’, ‘C’ and ‘D’ categories in various Departments of the Government from time to time, are also notified. Continue reading

Tony Disney’s A History of Portugal and the Portuguese Empire

From http://www.cambridge.org/us/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521409087

A History of Portugal and the Portuguese Empire
From Beginnings to 1807
Volume 2, The Portuguese Empire
A. R. Disney
La Trobe University, Victoria

(ISBN-13: 9780521409087)

* Also available in Paperback
* | eBook formatPublished April 2009

Temporarily unavailable – no date available
$90.00 (C)

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Reliving Konkani’s greatest hits (a ToI report)

Here’s what the Times of India wrote on the recently-released Francis Rodrigues compiled/authored The Greatest Konkani Song Hits book:

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PANAJI: Goans can now sing along with their preferred singers as all time Konkani favourites like Cathrina’, Claudia’, Bandra Festak’, and other hit songs of the yesteryears have been put together in one book.

Original hits of the last 50 years are available, in Konkani, besides some popular Portuguese and Swahili songs too, have been compiled by non resident Goans from Toronto, Canada, Francis Rodrigues. Unavailable music of the likes of Chris Perry, Frank Fernand, M Boyer, Alfred Rose and others is now available – transcribed note-for-note.

The songs include Adeus Korchea Vellar’, Lisboa’, Kampala’, Sacrament Zoddlo’, Mollbailo Dou’, Malaika,’ Maria Isabel,’ Encosta Tua Cabecinha’, Cecilia’, Mogacho Divo’, Proud to be a Goan’, and others. Continue reading

William “Lord of the Flies” Golding’s slender Goa connection?

Check this post from the Guardian Books.  It is a review of “a biography that deals sensitively with William Golding’s private life” and says Golding “once refrained from wind-surfing on holiday in Goa because he thought £3.50 an hour too expensive. As Carey says, over-generosity wasn’t among his faults.” Wonder which year that could have been in! 

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Books in Goa: promises and perils of publishing

By Frederick Noronha

Selma Carvalho spent part of her Goa holiday trying to finish a book dealing with stories of Goan migration. The UK-based mother of a three-year-old believes her work has inputs that could help Goans better understand their own complex reality.

Carvalho is one of a growing trend of writers bringing Goa-centric work to the fore. An increasing number of books on Goa is getting into print, here and elsewhere. Goa, the size of an average Indian district, has an amazing set of numbers on its side. Outside of the metros, it is probably the most intensely published region nationwide, given its size.

“Each year, between 200 to 250 books are being published in Goa alone. Out of these, about 70% are in Konkani,” notes Central Library curator Carlos Fernandes.

Fernandes, a soft-spoken man with a reputation for his quiet efficiency, sits at the helm of the oldest public library in South Asia. The Central Library was set up as the Publica Livraria in 1832, but has been overtaken by the metros across India. Formerly with the Goa Engineering College, Fernandes believes that good writers can help sell books in a world where a market exists and technology has made things simple — you can layout a book on your desktop computer at home.

The trickle is turning into a flood. Old-timers remember the situation in the 1980s, when there would be just a handful of Goa-related books visible at exhibitions and sales. Today, there are literally dozens, if not a few hundred books on Goa in print. That is, if you know where to find them.

“Goa is in a unique situation,” avers Vivek Menezes, a Goan expat who returned home while in his 30s. He has published two books, that offer overviews of music and art in Goa. “Yet the market is ridiculed. People make false assumptions about Goa.” His suggestion is that much more is possible.

Miramar-based Menezes, who can be often found in the mornings working hard at writing from his office near Panjim’s municipal garden, sees Goa as a “potentially large and lucrative market”. He points to the tourist purchases of local books. Besides, “Goa is on top of the national food-chain in terms of interest and visibility.”

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GoaWriters meeting underway. Photo: from left, Rahul Shrivastav, Willy Goes, Victor Rangel-Ribeiro, Jose Lourence and Vivek Menezes. More GoaWriters below, from left, Xavier Cota, Cecil Pinto, Alito Sequeira, Damodar Mouzo, Jose Lourenco and Augusto Pinto. Women members are absent from photos for some reason!

Goa Writers March 2008 by you.

Menezes argues: “You have all the ingredients in place for huge growth; but we’re told that Goa is too small and cannot sustain! We have a huge captive audience. In the last two to three years, due to the presence of (top national writers like) Amitav Ghosh (who have homes in Goa), the writing community is also getting built up.” Continue reading

Goa Konkani Akademi directory…

From Joel D’Souza’s news clips:

Directory by GKA: Goa Konkani Akademi is publishing a directory regarding information of Konkani writers, writing both in Devnagari and Roman Script, Konkani journalists, activissits, institutions working for the cause of Konkani language and culture, teachers. The last date to receive the information is September 15. Contact Goa Konkani Akademi, 2437385, 2437920. [GT September 2, 2009]
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Some of my favourite… Goa books

A slightly-edited note of what I recently posted to the GoaWriters group, in response to a question of some of my favourite Goa-related books.

  • Goan Literature: A Modern Reader. Peter Nazareth (ed)
  • Of umbrellas, goddesses & dreams. Essays on Goa by Robert S. Newman
  • Between Empires, Rochelle Pinto
  • A History Of Konkani Literature: Manoharrai Sardessai
  • Domnic’s Goa by Domnic Fernandes
  • Tivolem by Victor Rangel-Ribeiro
  • Goa a Daughter’s Story by Maria Aurora Couto
  • Parmal, past and present issues. Prava Rai, ed.
  • Ethnography of Goa, Daman and Diu Tr: MA Couto. AB De Braganca Pereira
  • Fish, Curry and Rice. Claude Alvares (ed)
  • Profile of Eminent Goans. J. Clement Vaz
  • Sorrowing Lies My Land. Lambert Mascarenhas.
  • The Transforming of Goa. Norman Dantas (ed)
  • Sinners and Saints: The successors of Vasco Da Gama. Sanjay Subrahmanyam
  • The General is Up. Peter Nazareth
  • Goa Remembered: Vignettes of Fading Traditions. Agnelo Pereira
  • Reflected in Water: Writings on Goa.  Jerry Pinto (ed)
  • Goa in the 20th Century. Pius Malekandathil (ed)/Remy Dias

Check the Goa-books sections at http://www.goabooks.com (Broadway) or http://www.otherindiabookstore.com (OIBS, Mapusa). They have fairly elaborate lists of Goa-related (mostly English focussed) books-in-print available with them. For obvious reasons, books are more affordable if purchased (in Rupee prices) in Goa itself.

And some more additional details:

Manoharrai Sardessai’s Sahitya Akademi-published book is a steal at Rs 160. You can find part of the book free for an online read at Google books:

The General is Up is one of the Goa-related books hidden away at the P. Lal-run Writer’s Workshop of Kolkata. Waiting to be bought and stocked for sale in Goa itself! Available at 25% discount, cash down for wholesalers, but the freight has to be borne by the buyer, Lal told me recently. I think the OIBS at Mapusa also has Peter Nazareth.

When Agnelo Pereira’s hb book was published nearly a decade ago, I thought it was a bit overpriced at Rs 300. Now it’s good value for money. Fascinating illustrations of the Goa that was in the yesteryears. It’s available at the OIBS too.

Goa in the 20th century, another good book (has essays on Emissora de Goa and even the student movement of the 1970s-1990s) can be got from the Institute Menezes Braganza. I don’t know why institutions simply hand over the job of book-selling… to booksellers!

PS: This list is incomplete. Looking for the list of other people’s favourites too…. I have also kept out of the list some of the books which I have been involved with (except Domnic’s Goa and Jerry Pinto’s) for obvious reasons….

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Mando book… in early September 2009

There seems to be some confusion in the date of this announcement, with the date being rendered both as Sept 5 and 6. –FN

Sept. 4, 2009: A well documented prestigious Mando book , a compilation of rare engravings depicting “Ancient Goa’s” cultural aspect and historic journey, coupled with poetic songs composed and harmonised by our ansestors and compiled by Shri C. M. Estibeiro will be released at the hands of Shri Tomazinho Cardozo, President of Tiatr Academy, Goa in the presence of Fr. Domnic Alvares, Nephew of late C. Alvares at Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa on September 6, 2009 at 12.00 noon.
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E-granthalay (library) at Margao, Goa

An official press note from the Department of Information and Publicity (Government of Goa) says:

Chief Minister,  Digamber Kamat is seen inaugurating E-Granthalaya at Margao Municipal Library,on Saturday, September 5, 2009. Also seen are Margao Municipal Council, Chairperson Shri Savio Coutinho, Chief Officer, Shri Y B Tawde and other councilors.

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Absence: what a Goan writer finds when he embarks on a journey (Review by Eusebio L. Rodrigues)

Eusebio L. Rodrigues, who has been at Georgetown University’s English Department, takes a closer look at Joao da Veiga Coutinho’s “A Kind of Absence: Life in the Shadows of History” (Yuganta Press, Connecticut, 1997), and finds the author’s  search has taught him many things. Including the lesson that there is no single way of being a Goan. And that Goans were among the first to experience a dislocating sense of exile that is modern; and that Goans must learn to live without roots, and replace roots with horizons in order to see a world of infinite possibility. Says the reviewer: “I hope this review will trigger questions about what it means to be a Goan.”

Eusebio L. Rodrigues

Joao da Veiga Coutinho, a Goan whose inner depths have been disturbed by mysterious eruptions, writes ‘A Kind of Absence: Life in the Shadows of History’ to understand what is happening to him. He undertakes a painful return to the self he was, so that the act of writing becomes an invitation to a voyage of discovery. A shy sensitive seeker he will exhume his buried self, not to tell all, but to toss out bits and pieces that his reader has to put together before meanings can emerge.

These emerge reluctantly in spurts of meditations, comments, musings. They erupt out of a life that is deliberately not channeled into autobiography — that would be just a construct — but as an erratic, bubbling flow, a random quest crowded with questions.

It is a two fold quest. That of a writer who begins a search for he knows not what, one who sets forth to understand his Goanness, and who insists also that his reader come along with him on a parallel quest. He talks to his reader, but keeps him at the distance proper to art. He offers the reader insights but no explanations, compels him to experience his own hesitancies, his broodings, his speculations. Treats the reader as a kinsman, a Goan frPre, capable of sharing the experience and of understanding its meaning.

The journey opens with a meditation on history in general and on Goan history in particular. No generalizations on history are offered, for the writer will not trap himself in a definition. History, an ongoing process, involves time, and time never stops, it flows. Our writer is a Bakhtinian with a dialogical imagination. Continue reading