Reflected in Water

Reflected in Water

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Author: Jerry Pinto
Translator(s)/Editor: Jerry Pinto
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2006
Language: English
Pages: 295
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0143100815


Described variously as the Kashi of the South, the Rome of the East and the pearl of the Orient, Goa, located on the west coast of India, is renowned for its scenic charm, its beaches, and the architectural splendor of its temples, churches and old houses. With its sun-sand-surf leitmotif it is also the land of the lotus-eater, a tourist's paradise of fun and frolic, raves and revelry. But Goa is more than just the world's favorite holiday destination. Its unique history, shaped by the various dynasties that ruled it-the Rashtrakutas, the Kadambas and the Bahmani Muslims, before its 450-year-long occupation by the Portuguese from 1510-has given it a distinctive flavor, a different rhythm, an easy cosmopolitanism.

Reflected in Water is a collection of essays, poems, stories and extracts from published works that bring to life both the natural beauty and the changing social and political ethos of India's smallest state. From Mario Cabral e Sa's delightful take on the earliest Portuguese women to come to India to Gita Mehta's description of hippies at Calangute, from Alexander Frater's mesmerizing account of Goa in the monsoon to Manohar Malgonkar's ode to the Mangeshi temple, this anthology celebrates the irreverent and the sacred in equal measure.

Teotonia R de Souza's profile of the little-known ‘opium smuggler who tried to liberate Goa' is as captivating as Frederick Noronha's portrait of Abbé Faria, eighteenth-century priest, mesmerist and revolutionary, and one of the region's most famous sons. While Antoine Lewis fleshes out Goa's culinary delights, Frank Simoes pays a tribute to feni, the quintessential spirit of the place. Naresh Fernandes's obsessive search for the elusive humerus of St Francis Xavier echoes Vivek Menezes's quest for a painting by F.N. Souza, arguably the greatest painter the state has produced. And various aspects of Goa's history and society, arts and architecture engage the interest of writers as diverse as William Dalrymple and Graham Greene, Maria Couto and Armando Menezes.

Insightful essays, intense poetry and evocative fiction, as alluring as the place they describe, make Reflected in Water redolent of the very essence of Goa.



Konkani Folk Songs
At Donna Georgina’s Fort Aguada, Goa, 1993
Misunderstanding Goa
The Goa Action
The Freedom to Choose
Goa the Unique
Three Lives
The Chaishop Years
From The Voyage of John Huyghen van Linschoten
From Goa and the Blue Mountains
Tomb Raider-Looking for St Francis Xavier
At the Ferry Wharf
The Old Crone Says-Three Goan Death Stories
The Inner and Outer Life of Goa
From Karma Cola
First Season in Goa
Outkast D’Souza
Several Views of a Visit to Goa
For Goa and Opium
On the Abbe’s Trail
From Skin
Tiatr-An Unlimited Engagement
Our Fate? Why There Isn’t a Konkani Cinema
Old Women
The Man Who Swallowed Goa Whole
Virtual Goa
From Chasing the Monsoon
The Villagers
Season’s Greetings
Summertime in Malkauns
Where Has All the Culture gone?
Rosie’s Theme
Estado da India
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Feni but Were Too Drunk to Ask
No blood in the Snake Oil
The Goan Bread Vendor
Luis De Camoens
Old Wall
Catarina and Her Followers
Stills from Baga Beach
The Temples in the Valley
When as Ass Mounts a Cow
Keeping the Faith