The JRLJ 'Best in Fiction 2018' award is sponsored by the Goan Association UK.

The print anthology of the JRLJ 2017/18 will be published by BombayKala Books, India.

Issue NO 8 May-Jun 2018


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Esther, the Rebellious Teenager
By R. Benedito Ferrao
An ekphrasis of the portrait  Esther reclining by
Xavier Trindade

By Jaimala Danait
As translated from the Konkani by Glenis Mendonca

Elsa's Doll
By Alexandre Moniz Barbosa

The Dream
By Brenda Coutinho

Nina Awaits Mrs Kamath's Decision
By Salil Chaturvedi

Two Poems: Keeper of the Shrines
By Marinella Proenca

My First Memory
By Salil Chaturvedi


Art review: The Knight in the Many Lives of Vamona Navelcar
By Jugneeta Sudan

Book discussion: Teresa Albuquerque's Goans of Bombay
By Selma Carvalho

Short Memoir: Growing Up in the Company of Nubile Women
Set in Bombay
By Ahmed Bunglowalla

Short Memoir: Young Under the Apple Boughs
Set in Nairobi, Kenya
By J. Lawrence Nazareth

Book discussion: A House of Many Mansions
Goan literature in Portuguese
By Selma Carvalho

Book Review
The Secret of the Sea
A review of Tanya Dias's debut crime thriller

Art Gallery
View the beautiful en plein air paintings of Darshan Shetye
capturing Goa's architectural landscape.

The banner photo courtesy of Schulen Fernandes and below is of Margao, South Goa, courtesy of Selma Carvalho.


What is memory? I ask myself. Fragments pieced together to give form to life; an encampment fastened through the eyelets of time. Issue no. 8 bears the light aura of memory about it, starting with poet Salil Chaturvedi’s My First Memory, which captures that first sense of selfhood, that first glimpse of self-awareness where we begin to live outside of our bodies, and become acutely aware of movement as something abstract, hurtling us towards a wide, open expanse of discovery.

So much of this sense of self resides in childhood, and is narrated exquisitely in J. Lawrence Nazareth’s Young Under the Apple Boughs, an extract from his memoir Up and About in Nairobi and Bombay. The JRLJ is host to the full memoir which can be read here. Nazareth is the son of prominent nationalist Kenyan-Goan lawyer J. M. Nazareth and Monica Freitas. Here, he recalls his early years spent on Forest Road in Nairobi, Kenya.

If childhood informs much of what later prevails upon us as a point of reference, then adolescence is the prime instigator of rebellion against all that we hold valid and virtuous up to that point. Ahmed Bunglowala’s nostalgia-swept recounting of his time at St. Xavier’s College Bombay, a tryst with adventure which ultimately paves the way to adulthood, is what makes, Growing Up in the Company of Nubile Women, a compelling read.

Memory resides in art and literature, evoked in the clearing of the mind, by colour or words. R. Benedito Ferrao's ekphrastic short story, Esther, the Rebellious Teenager, examines the emotions Esther, the daughter of classicist portrait painter Xavier Trindad might have felt while sitting for her famous father. The exhibition book, The Many Lives of Vamona Navelcar, also edited by Ferrao has been brilliantly reviewed by Jugneeta Sudan in The Knight in the Many Lives of Vamona NavelcarAnd from memory we move to in memoriam, where JRLJ pays tribute to historian Teresa Albuquerque who passed away in 2017, leaving us saddened but better acquainted with our historical past.

In other news, the spring of 2018, has seen much flowering of Goan writerly creativity. JRLJ co-editor Rochelle Potkar had her poem, Skirt, made into a poetry film by Phillipa Cousins (Visible Poetry Project), JRLJ guest-editor Jessica Faleiro has released her second book, The Delicate Balance of Little Lives, JRLJ contributor Roanna Gonsalves won the prestigious NSW Premier’s Literary Award Multicultural Prize (Australia) for her debut collection of short stories, The Permanent Resident, (published in India by Speaking Tiger under the title Sunita de Souza Goes to Sydney), and I won the Leicester Writes Short Story Prize 2018 for my story, How Do We Die? Such a joy to see the Goan feminine spirit rising collectively, dispersed as we are across the world.

Happy reading.

Selma Carvalho




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