Luso-Indians: A Mandarin Class

Luso-Indians: A Mandarin Class

By Selma Carvalho

Issue no. 11

Shirley L. Gonsalves’s book The Luso-Indian Stethoscope (Goa 1556, 2019), is an extraordinarily incisive look at the mandarin class the empires of Britain and Portugal created in the Indian subcontinent, and how these early transnationals heralded the golden age of intellectualism and public philanthropy.

Understanding Loretti Pinto: An Artist at Work

Understanding Loretti Pinto: An Artist at Work

By Jugneeta Sudan

Issue no. 11

Konknnichea molleant, the artwork by Loretti Pinto, is a significant and powerful metaphor for how weaving transforms conflicting ideas in our minds. The Aztec philosophy calls weaving a cathartic activity, and elaborates that weaving begins with fibre-dried grass stalks, bunched together into two groups, warp and weft.

The Letters of C. E. U. Bremner: Same Old Tired Prejudices

The Letters of C. E. U. Bremner: Same Old Tired Prejudices

By Selma Carvalho

Issue no. 10

Pacing his office, badly served by his predecessor and left in a ‘chaotic condition,’ Lieutenant-Colonel Bremner knew nothing good would come of his posting to Goa. Outside lay a land shorn of adventure, a land whose weather he found to be ‘unbearably sultry,’ whose Southern European colonisers spent their time in ‘cheery inebriation’ …

Interview: The Art of Schulen Fernandes

Interview: The Art of Schulen Fernandes

In conversation with Selma Carvalho

Issue no. 9

I was inspired by the work of most Japanese designers. It’s exceptionally tough to take a fabric devoid of any embellishment or print and make it look stunning purely by its construction. That’s the challenge that’s inspiring and worth every minute spent in the design realm. 


The Literary Maladies of Diaspora Goans

The Literary Maladies of Diaspora Goans

By Ben Antao

Issue no. 9

I understand that the place of one’s childhood and early influences leave an indelible stamp on the memory and subconscious, but can it be so profound as to negate all subsequently lived experiences in other lands?  Indeed, this seems to be malady afflicting Goans in the diaspora who at one time in their lives had the luck to sample life in colonial East Africa.

The Knight in the Many Lives of Vamona Navelcar

The Knight in the Many Lives of Vamona Navelcar

By Jugneeta Sudan

Issue no. 8

Quixotically Vamona read chivalrous texts passionately and then implemented the ethos into his existence. Regrettably, reality had moved away and become inequitable, random and prejudiced. It did not share his faith in codes of chivalry. Every time he was subjected to physical abuse and psychic tortures, he drew courage from his readings …

Short Memoir: Growing up in the company of nubile women

Short Memoir: Growing up in the company of nubile women

By Ahmed Bunglowala

Issue no. 8

For a small town guy, St. Xavier’s was a testing place for the first six months. The young men and women—strutting their designer clothes and attitude in the gargoyle-festooned quadrangle — made me very self-conscious of the two pairs of shirt and trouser my mother had put together from her meagre earnings as a part-time seamstress.

 

Short Memoir: Young Under the Apple Boughs

Short Memoir: Young Under the Apple Boughs

By Lawrence Nazareth

Issue no. 8

Nairobi grew progressively, from a railway station and frontier town into the capital city of a newly-established colony, the forested fringe had given way to segregated, residential suburbs; for example, Parklands and Muthaiga, where only immigrants of European origin were permitted to live.