While the older ones rolled out the pastry, the “experts” filled and sealed the neureos (pastry stuffed filled with sweetened coconut). The lady of the house then skilfully deep fried them. The sweets were put away in large tins and not touched till Christmas day.
By every definition, elite Goans were what the Portuguese called assimilado. Except for their skin colour, they were bourgeois, metropolitan Portuguese who profoundly believed in the glory of Portugal.
(Under discussion: Poskem; Goans in the Shadows). It is interesting how over time 'crioulos' a word linked to slavery and African heritage, and mired in race miscegenation transformed to mean 'adopted' in the Goan context.
Accustomed as I am to reading widely, I cannot readily bring to mind a contemporary Goan writer who can muster at their fingertips the sort of literary imagery which pours out of Victor Rangel-Ribeiro's pen.
Bazil Mota is a young Goan artist whose primary choice of medium is watercolour. In this interview we find out more about what informs Mota's work, the artists who have influenced him and why he paints in watercolours.
At the gate, as I count down the time to my flight, I shall pull out the book that I always carry with me when I fly. Its title is innocuous, its cover non-descript, its content never actually consumed.
Under discussion: Anatomy of a Colonial Capital: Panjim by Celsa Pinto. All around them, Panjim residents would have seen the flourishing of a city which increasingly mirrored Eurocentric architecture ...
In conversation with Karishma D'Souza exhibiting at Xippas Gallery, Paris. India at the moment is a culmination of desperation, as laws are systematically derailed and lie un-enforced. It's a nation on a disastrous track of homogeneity.
Navelcar is aware of this complexity and therefore remains proud of his multiple experiences of places across continents. He claims to be at once European, African, and Goan, just as many other Goans of his generation might ...
(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’ ...
(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 ...
(Under discussion: A Village Dies by Ivan Arthur). Arthur himself is a Mangalorean, a community he describes as less Portuguese than the Goans and East Indians, the ‘Lusitanian hue of their pre-Tullu days painted over with Tippu's sword and the dark Dravidian tongue’.
(Under discussion: A Passage to Kenya by Lawrence Nazareth). This notion of Asian racial superiority never subsided and it manifested most malignantly in the work place to ensure African grades were at the bottom tier.
The declining fortunes of Portugal and the stagnant Goan economy, made an East African Goan groom a prized catch even amongst the landed gentry. Image of Ezalda Abuquerque and family courtesy Yvonne Dias.
Issue no. 1 The recurrent question that current instances of engaged research present may compel us to ask once again: can we be simply be content with mediating the testimony of subaltern, silenced or suppressed cultural others ... Image credit Frederick Noronha