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Goa A Goan Christian's view of being at the helm of affairs when Goa was integrating with India An intensely researched book The insight offered is immensely strong What a waste of a beautiful cover This book is past boring There's no way anyone would read it unless they needed some specific nuggets of some unspeakably mundane trivia It is a very special book to me It leads me back to Goa and forward It is written not merely with the knowledge of someone who knows Goa and Portugal but love both In December 1961 Indian Troops Marched Into Goa Putting An End To Over 450 Years Of Portuguese Rule The Longest Spell Of Colonialism On The Subcontinent And Goa Became Part Of The Indian Union In Popular Imagination However Goa Has Remained A Place Not uite India And Stereotypes About Goa And Goans Abound Maria Aurora Couto S Uniue Blend Of Biography Memoir And Social History Brings Us The Goa Behind The Beaches And Booze Culture That Is Projected For The Tourist And Which Has Unfortunately Come To Define Goa For The Vast Majority Outside The StateStarting With An Account Of The Immediate Aftermath Of Liberation Couto Goes Back And Forth In Time To Examine The Fundamental Transformations In Goan Society From 1510 When Afonso De Albuuerue Conuered Goa Up To The Present Drawing Upon The Experiences Of Her Own Family And Those Of Others Both Hindu And Catholic She Writes Of The Influences That Have Touched All Goans The Luso Indian Culture; Conversion And The Inuisition; Political And Cultural Changes In Europe Such As The French Revolution And The Ideals Of Republicanism; Folk Traditions Music And The Konkani Language; And Ultimately Freedom And Integration With India In The Process She Reveals How Goa Which Combines The Best Of Traditional And Cosmopolitan Lifestyles Has Evolved Into India S Twenty First Century Model Of Economic Development And Communal Harmony Written With Sensitivity Insight And Scholarship Goa A Daughter S Story Is At Once Expansive And Intimate A Moving Narrative About Home The Village And The World In Which The Author Crosses The Boundaries Between History And Memory Truth And Imagination To Evoke Personal And Community Experience It Is As Much An Appraisal Of Goa S Past As It Is An Examination Of Its Present And A Vision For Its Future Insightful delicately threading together the author’s personal story with the state’s sprawling colonial past The narrative however is loose and long winded while the prose too gratuitous for my liking


About the Author: Maria Aurora Couto

Maria Aurora Couto is an Indian writer historian and educationalist from Goa She taught English literature in colleges in India particularly New Delhi and has contributed to periodicals in India and the United Kingdom In 2010 she received the Padma Shri award


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