Folk tales, Liberation, birds, women, Gomes….

Some Goa-related books which I picked up from the Golden Heart Emporium (near GPO, Margao) just last evening, for my collection:

  •  Konkani Folk Tales, Retold by Olivinho Gomes.  NBT, 2007, reprint 2008. ISBN 978-81-237-5083-5. Great VFM (value for money) at Rs 75 only for a 232 page book. (Today, books in India, paperback ones, are roughly priced at one rupee a page.) Grab it if you can. Not easily available, perhaps because NBT commissions work out very low on their low-priced books!
  • Landmarks of Goa’s Liberation. A Goan Observer Tribute.  ISBN 978-81-89837-08-2. Rs 150 . Pp 82. 2010. Somehow I had not seen this book earlier, or did not know where to find it. 
  • World of Birds. By Anthony Carvalho. By Anthony Carvalho. 78pp. Rs 45. nd. Interesting listing of birds of Goa. Originally in Romi Konkani, translated. Probably have a copy of this book, but no problem in having an extra one, specially since it is a self-published book and these can soon turn hard to locate.
  • Kaleidoscope of Women in Goa. Fatima da Silva Gracias. Pp 166. ISBN 81-7022-591-4. Rs 250. “This study provides a picture of the life styles of women both Christian and non-Christian in Goa (a tiny state in the west coast of India) during Portuguese rule.” This is for a member of the Goa Book Club who requested a copy!
  • Francisco Luis Gomes. By Olivinho JF Gomes. Rs 90. ISBN 978-81-237-5801-5. Pp 260. Another interesting NBT book! Published posthumously after the untimely death of former acting Goa University vice chancellor and prolific writer Dr Olivinho Gomes. I have another reason for reading this book currently!

MEANWHILE, just to say that Goa,1556’s latest publication THE LAST PRABHU is now available at Broadway (Panjim), Varsha (Panjim), Golden Heart Emporium (Margao) and the Other India Bookstore (Mapusa). Also by mail-order via

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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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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.

Launching of e-granthalay (library) in Margao by you.
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