Sem Flores, Nem Coroas: New Flowers, Old Wrangles

Sem Flores, Nem Coroas: New Flowers, Old Wrangles

By R. Benedito Ferrao

(Under discussion: The play No Flowers, No Wreaths by Orlando da Costa). That a Portuguese Prime Minister of Goan origin should come to the land of his father’s origin to release a play about the Indian annexation of once Portuguese Goa reverberates in No Flowers, No Wreaths’ concerns about Goa’s future in the decolonial era. That Goa traded one colonialism for another, making it a colony of a postcolony, is a matter that bears recognition

The Goan Portuguese Novel

The Goan Portuguese Novel

By Cielo G. Festino

(Under discussion: Preia-Mar by Epitacio Pais). This new Goa that Pais illustrates contains traces of the discourses of both worlds not in isolation but deeply intertwined. Leo and Amy reach out to each other across, what seems like insurmountable differences of class, caste and languages at a moment in time when Goan society is trying to accommodate itself to the new social scenario marked by the coming of the hippies and mass tourism

The Fallacy of Vassanji's Goans

The Fallacy of Vassanji's Goans

By Clifford J. Pereira.

(Under Discussion: The In-Between World of Vikram Lall by M. G.  Vassanji). For Vikram Lall’s next encounter with the Goan community, Vassanji chooses Nairobi railway station where a Mr. Eddie Carvalho receives “a couple of slaps” from an African politician for asking his African assistant to wipe the engine in what Vassanji calls “a rather rude and foolish mannerism, reminiscent of arrogant colonial attitudes”. Is there any significance in the choice of ethnicity for this character?