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Author: Duarte Barbosa
Anthony Monserrate/Several Contributors
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Manohar Shetty
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788129129260
Centuries before Goa became the epicenter of the counterculture of the hippie and ‘flower power’ generation in the sixties and seventies, it was known as the Eldorado, the City of Gold, the prized possession of the Portuguese empire in the East. From the early 16th century onwards, its magnetic appeal drew scores of travelers and adventurers to its gleaming shores.
Driven by ambition, wanderlust, proselytism, and its fabled wealth and beauty, these travelers came from across Europe—from Holland, England, Germany, France, Italy and other nations. Many of them left behind vivid and riveting accounts of their journeys and sojourn in the ‘Rome of the East’. This anthology encapsulates the best of these writings spread over 450 years of Portuguese rule as well as accounts by the contemporary traveller.
Goa Travels is an essential guide and companion for the curious visitor as well as resident Goans who have forgotten the land’s rich, eventful and colorful heritage. It goes far beyond the glossy tourist brochure and will enable both historian and holidaymaker to turn back the pages and dwell on Goa’s extraordinary past. The writings also reflect its fading luster in the 18th and 19th century and its resurrection in contemporary times.
About the Editor:
Manohar Shetty has published seven books of poems including Domestic Creatures (Oxford University Press, New Delhi) and Living Room (HarperCollins, New Delhi). Several anthologies feature his work, notably, The Oxford India Anthology of Twelve Modern Indian Poets (ed. Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, Oxford University Press, New Delhi), and in anthologies edited by Eunice de Souza and Vilas Sarang. Shetty has been a Homi Bhabha Fellow and a Senior Sahitya Akademi Fellow. He has also edited Ferry Crossing: Short Stories from Goa(Penguin India) and has lived in Goa since 1985.
THE EARLY TRAVELLER
When the King dies four or five hundred women burn themselves
A magnificent Christian spectacle
King Akbar most devoutly kissed the Bible
Worshipful and bountiful houses
A great trade in spices, drugs, silk...
They eat everything from porcelain plates
Lady Mary is worthy of great veneration
Singing, laughing, and performing a thousand antics
A Kingdom lying in the middle of Barbarians
Remember me in your prayers
Chastity is so strange a virtue in those parts
They all become Fidalgos or gentlemen
Some of them worship Apes
A thousand insults and indignities
The sharp dart of excommunication
Reduced to a miserable condition
Great lovers of fine titles
My object all the time was the Inquisition
Most regular and exemplary in their manners...
Intolerably dirty and disagreeable
A flourishing city… gradually swept away
THE INQUISITION IN GOA
I was seized with an universal and violent trembling
THE CONTEMPQRARY TRAVELLER
Meagre presence of the Portuguese language
A certain bitterness remains after “liberation”
Like no other place on earth
Sex on the beach
The shady invasion of the beach umbrella