Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Reflected in Water
The book, incisively edited by Jerry Pinto, is a precious mixture of critical essays, book extracts, commentary, poetry and even a comic strip, ruminating the past, present and future of Goa, how it came into being as a result of the old marriage between Konkani and Portuguese, and how it fought hard to retain its own identity, first at the hands of the Portuguese, and then, the Indian state, and now, the onslaught of globalization.
Among other things, I did love the placement of two contradictory pieces together. First, an extract from William Dalrymple and second, Prabhakar S Angle’s defence of the misrepresentation of Goa.