The following entries have been shortlisted for the Joao Roque Literary Journal award 2017. In no particular order:
Sisters by Linken Fernandes
Unmatched by Jessica Faleiro
Pink Fliers by Rohan Govenkar
Humus or Hummus by Ahmed Bunglowala
The Menino will come Tonight by Fatima M. Noronha
A Goan in Macau by Jessica Faleiro
Dockside Farewells by Clifford J. Pereira
Vamona Navelcar, Uma Pessoa: The Poet in the Painter by Vishvesh Kandolkar
The shortlist has been arrived at through a consultative process among Rochelle Potkar, Selma Carvalho and Victor Rangel-Ribeiro. The winning entry in both categories will be adjudicated by artist, writer and film-maker Gautam Benegal. You can find the fiction and narrative non-fiction pieces in the relevant sections of the journal.
The narrative non-fiction category was incredibly difficult to judge as we had some spectacularly insightful and evocative writing produced specifically for the Joao Roque Literary Journal.
Issue no. 5 Sept 2017
Play: Voices After Me by Isabel Santa Rita Vas
A hysterical woman; imagined companions.
Mankurad by Ivan Arthur
The rotted soul of a corruptible world.
New Voice: Steven Wants to Dance by Alisha Souza
The conflicted life of Steven.
Chaos by Sandeep B. Doifode
Zen Poems by R. B. Veluskar
Translated from the Konkani by Augusto Pinto
Book discussion: Goan Tailors, Excluded Lives by S. Carvalho
Travelogue: Dockside Farewells by Clifford J. Pereira
Travelogue: A Goan in Macau by Jessica Faleiro
Travelogue: Status Unknowable by R. Benedito Ferrao
Travelogue: Dublin's subversive literature by S. Carvalho
Art Essay: Souza Painted Hell by Jugneeta Sudan
Interview with Gautam Benegal: A Husk called Mumbai
On preserving Bombay's cultural legacy.
The Strange Death of Europe by S. Carvalho
Neo-conservative Douglas Murray's new book on identity, immigration and Islam.
Featuring Sanjay Harmalkar
Photo above: Tiracol, Goa. Below: Altinho Panjim.
JOURNEYS: Our intrepid selves
We cannot overstate the complex and composite nature of human identities. We are at once a myriad of beings haunting a single body; we are a myriad of roles, conflicting emotions, sexualities, perhaps even genders. But until the twentieth century, human beings have been comforted by the thought that we occupy geographical spaces conforming to homogenised religious-cultural identities.
History contests that assumption. Our memories are too stunted to remember that religions and cultures themselves are in a constant state of flux. And so even when we are being the substance of one ideology – Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism – we are transforming both ourselves and the ideology. But what about our sense of nationhood? Those identities too are ever transforming. And perhaps nowhere are they more evident than in the hybrid and syncretic cultures that inhabit the spaces of the Goan.
In this issue, the travels of historical researcher Clifford J. Pereira and novelist Jessica Faleiro shed light on a much neglected aspect of our history – Goa’s links with the Far East. Beyond being cultural cousins and appropriating cuisine, it was not unknown for Goans to emigrate to the Far East, where they are now assimilated into an Indo-European community commonly known as the Macanese. Pereira delves into his family history whose trajectory skirts the globe from Mombasa to London, Canada and now Hong Kong, where he currently resides, to find answers to questions of identity. So varied and richly filigreed is our cultural hybridity that it escapes definition, and is best summed up by a term coined by Faleiro as ‘Third Culture Kids’.
In keeping with JRLJ's commitment to giving new voices a platform this issue features two emerging writers, Alisha Souza and Sandeep B. Doifode.
The views expressed by contributors do not necessarily reflect those of the Joao Roque Literary Journal. They are here in the spirit of free speech to evoke discussion.
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