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[Goanet] Domnic's Goa - Book Review by Margaret Mascarenhas
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Folklore, Festivals, and Floor making in migrant memories of Goa

Margaret Mascarenhas


Domnic's Goa is a mostly delightful collation of reminiscences and nuggets
of information on the Goa of yesteryear from the point of view of what
author Domnic Fernandes refers to as "Gulfees", Goans who migrated to the
Middle East during the 20th century in search of a gainful employment--a
point of view to which he has dedicated a full chapter: "Understanding the
Gulfee".

Originally posted on Goanet, Fernandes' folksy essays and nostalgia pieces
struck a chord with many of the internet list's readers, reviving as they
do, a way of life that has all but disappeared in Goa, as well as
documenting some fascinating bits of information on Goan customs,
traditions, festivals, folklore, and issues of migration. His vivid
descriptions are laced throughout with colloquial Konkani in a manner that
lends them authenticity and evinces an immediacy of time and place no matter
what the subject--monsoon preparations, the succulent fruits of summer, the
preparation of a cow dung floor, the intricate process of local
liquor-making, going on a pilgrimage to Old Goa, the importance of wells and
radio and the Goan tailor, traditional cooking implements and musical
instruments, the elements of pig rearing and pork preparation, money
management.

Overall this is a quick and easy read, packed with details and interesting
information that might otherwise be lost or forgotten. It is written in a
friendly and unpretentious style that captures an era and gives voice to a
point of view not widely available in print. There are, however, a few
irritants. Fernandes is inclined towards facile generalizations
(Pre-liberation Goan landlords, he claims, were all theatrical chaps who
smoked pipes incessantly and roamed about their lands bashing their tenants
with walking sticks) and a point of view that renders invisible non-Catholic
Goa ("No Goan occasion is complete without a pork dish."). He also lapses
periodically into sermons ("We need God's blessings to do anything in life.
Jesus said to Peter.." ), and is generally guilty of using a few too many
cliches and presenting many of his beliefs and opinions as facts. Finally,
though admittedly endowed with an excellent memory for detail, it sometimes
fails him, such as on the subject of the first cars in his ancestral village
of Anjuna: the Mascarenhas family of Mazalwaddo never owned a Volkswagen.
They owned a Chevrolet purchased long before Volkswagens were invented and
indeed before Fernandes was born. It was frequently taken for a spin through
the village by my great-aunt, Julia Mascarenhas, one of the first Goan women
ever to take the wheel of a car and smoke cigarettes, often at the same
time, before stunning her family with the pronouncement that she had decided
to join the convent. The Chevrolet was replaced in the 40s by a Renault, and
later by an Ambassador and a Mercedes.

Domnic's Goa is edited by Frederick Noronha and designed by Cecil Pinto, the
proprietor of Abbe Faria Productions, a recent entrant in the local
publishing arena. The price is a little on the high side compared to most
soft-covers of this length and type, but readers interested in Goan lore
should not and will not be dissuaded by that.

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The above review appeared in the June 7, 2007 edition of the Gomantak Times,
Goa.
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2007-06-08 03:29:28 UTC
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Folklore, Festivals, and Floor making in migrant memories of Goa

Margaret Mascarenhas


Domnic's Goa is a mostly delightful collation of reminiscences and nuggets
of information on the Goa of yesteryear from the point of view of what
author Domnic Fernandes refers to as "Gulfees", Goans who migrated to the
Middle East during the 20th century in search of a gainful employment--a
point of view to which he has dedicated a full chapter: "Understanding the
Gulfee".

Originally posted on Goanet, Fernandes' folksy essays and nostalgia pieces
struck a chord with many of the internet list's readers, reviving as they
do, a way of life that has all but disappeared in Goa, as well as
documenting some fascinating bits of information on Goan customs,
traditions, festivals, folklore, and issues of migration. His vivid
descriptions are laced throughout with colloquial Konkani in a manner that
lends them authenticity and evinces an immediacy of time and place no matter
what the subject--monsoon preparations, the succulent fruits of summer, the
preparation of a cow dung floor, the intricate process of local
liquor-making, going on a pilgrimage to Old Goa, the importance of wells and
radio and the Goan tailor, traditional cooking implements and musical
instruments, the elements of pig rearing and pork preparation, money
management.

Overall this is a quick and easy read, packed with details and interesting
information that might otherwise be lost or forgotten. It is written in a
friendly and unpretentious style that captures an era and gives voice to a
point of view not widely available in print. There are, however, a few
irritants. Fernandes is inclined towards facile generalizations
(Pre-liberation Goan landlords, he claims, were all theatrical chaps who
smoked pipes incessantly and roamed about their lands bashing their tenants
with walking sticks) and a point of view that renders invisible non-Catholic
Goa ("No Goan occasion is complete without a pork dish."). He also lapses
periodically into sermons ("We need God's blessings to do anything in life.
Jesus said to Peter.." ), and is generally guilty of using a few too many
cliches and presenting many of his beliefs and opinions as facts. Finally,
though admittedly endowed with an excellent memory for detail, it sometimes
fails him, such as on the subject of the first cars in his ancestral village
of Anjuna: the Mascarenhas family of Mazalwaddo never owned a Volkswagen.
They owned a Chevrolet purchased long before Volkswagens were invented and
indeed before Fernandes was born. It was frequently taken for a spin through
the village by my great-aunt, Julia Mascarenhas, one of the first Goan women
ever to take the wheel of a car and smoke cigarettes, often at the same
time, before stunning her family with the pronouncement that she had decided
to join the convent. The Chevrolet was replaced in the 40s by a Renault, and
later by an Ambassador and a Mercedes.

Domnic's Goa is edited by Frederick Noronha and designed by Cecil Pinto, the
proprietor of Abbe Faria Productions, a recent entrant in the local
publishing arena. The price is a little on the high side compared to most
soft-covers of this length and type, but readers interested in Goan lore
should not and will not be dissuaded by that.

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The above review appeared in the June 7, 2007 edition of the Gomantak Times,
Goa.
Goanet A&E
2007-06-08 03:29:28 UTC
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Folklore, Festivals, and Floor making in migrant memories of Goa

Margaret Mascarenhas


Domnic's Goa is a mostly delightful collation of reminiscences and nuggets
of information on the Goa of yesteryear from the point of view of what
author Domnic Fernandes refers to as "Gulfees", Goans who migrated to the
Middle East during the 20th century in search of a gainful employment--a
point of view to which he has dedicated a full chapter: "Understanding the
Gulfee".

Originally posted on Goanet, Fernandes' folksy essays and nostalgia pieces
struck a chord with many of the internet list's readers, reviving as they
do, a way of life that has all but disappeared in Goa, as well as
documenting some fascinating bits of information on Goan customs,
traditions, festivals, folklore, and issues of migration. His vivid
descriptions are laced throughout with colloquial Konkani in a manner that
lends them authenticity and evinces an immediacy of time and place no matter
what the subject--monsoon preparations, the succulent fruits of summer, the
preparation of a cow dung floor, the intricate process of local
liquor-making, going on a pilgrimage to Old Goa, the importance of wells and
radio and the Goan tailor, traditional cooking implements and musical
instruments, the elements of pig rearing and pork preparation, money
management.

Overall this is a quick and easy read, packed with details and interesting
information that might otherwise be lost or forgotten. It is written in a
friendly and unpretentious style that captures an era and gives voice to a
point of view not widely available in print. There are, however, a few
irritants. Fernandes is inclined towards facile generalizations
(Pre-liberation Goan landlords, he claims, were all theatrical chaps who
smoked pipes incessantly and roamed about their lands bashing their tenants
with walking sticks) and a point of view that renders invisible non-Catholic
Goa ("No Goan occasion is complete without a pork dish."). He also lapses
periodically into sermons ("We need God's blessings to do anything in life.
Jesus said to Peter.." ), and is generally guilty of using a few too many
cliches and presenting many of his beliefs and opinions as facts. Finally,
though admittedly endowed with an excellent memory for detail, it sometimes
fails him, such as on the subject of the first cars in his ancestral village
of Anjuna: the Mascarenhas family of Mazalwaddo never owned a Volkswagen.
They owned a Chevrolet purchased long before Volkswagens were invented and
indeed before Fernandes was born. It was frequently taken for a spin through
the village by my great-aunt, Julia Mascarenhas, one of the first Goan women
ever to take the wheel of a car and smoke cigarettes, often at the same
time, before stunning her family with the pronouncement that she had decided
to join the convent. The Chevrolet was replaced in the 40s by a Renault, and
later by an Ambassador and a Mercedes.

Domnic's Goa is edited by Frederick Noronha and designed by Cecil Pinto, the
proprietor of Abbe Faria Productions, a recent entrant in the local
publishing arena. The price is a little on the high side compared to most
soft-covers of this length and type, but readers interested in Goan lore
should not and will not be dissuaded by that.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The above review appeared in the June 7, 2007 edition of the Gomantak Times,
Goa.
Goanet A&E
2007-06-08 03:29:28 UTC
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Folklore, Festivals, and Floor making in migrant memories of Goa

Margaret Mascarenhas


Domnic's Goa is a mostly delightful collation of reminiscences and nuggets
of information on the Goa of yesteryear from the point of view of what
author Domnic Fernandes refers to as "Gulfees", Goans who migrated to the
Middle East during the 20th century in search of a gainful employment--a
point of view to which he has dedicated a full chapter: "Understanding the
Gulfee".

Originally posted on Goanet, Fernandes' folksy essays and nostalgia pieces
struck a chord with many of the internet list's readers, reviving as they
do, a way of life that has all but disappeared in Goa, as well as
documenting some fascinating bits of information on Goan customs,
traditions, festivals, folklore, and issues of migration. His vivid
descriptions are laced throughout with colloquial Konkani in a manner that
lends them authenticity and evinces an immediacy of time and place no matter
what the subject--monsoon preparations, the succulent fruits of summer, the
preparation of a cow dung floor, the intricate process of local
liquor-making, going on a pilgrimage to Old Goa, the importance of wells and
radio and the Goan tailor, traditional cooking implements and musical
instruments, the elements of pig rearing and pork preparation, money
management.

Overall this is a quick and easy read, packed with details and interesting
information that might otherwise be lost or forgotten. It is written in a
friendly and unpretentious style that captures an era and gives voice to a
point of view not widely available in print. There are, however, a few
irritants. Fernandes is inclined towards facile generalizations
(Pre-liberation Goan landlords, he claims, were all theatrical chaps who
smoked pipes incessantly and roamed about their lands bashing their tenants
with walking sticks) and a point of view that renders invisible non-Catholic
Goa ("No Goan occasion is complete without a pork dish."). He also lapses
periodically into sermons ("We need God's blessings to do anything in life.
Jesus said to Peter.." ), and is generally guilty of using a few too many
cliches and presenting many of his beliefs and opinions as facts. Finally,
though admittedly endowed with an excellent memory for detail, it sometimes
fails him, such as on the subject of the first cars in his ancestral village
of Anjuna: the Mascarenhas family of Mazalwaddo never owned a Volkswagen.
They owned a Chevrolet purchased long before Volkswagens were invented and
indeed before Fernandes was born. It was frequently taken for a spin through
the village by my great-aunt, Julia Mascarenhas, one of the first Goan women
ever to take the wheel of a car and smoke cigarettes, often at the same
time, before stunning her family with the pronouncement that she had decided
to join the convent. The Chevrolet was replaced in the 40s by a Renault, and
later by an Ambassador and a Mercedes.

Domnic's Goa is edited by Frederick Noronha and designed by Cecil Pinto, the
proprietor of Abbe Faria Productions, a recent entrant in the local
publishing arena. The price is a little on the high side compared to most
soft-covers of this length and type, but readers interested in Goan lore
should not and will not be dissuaded by that.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The above review appeared in the June 7, 2007 edition of the Gomantak Times,
Goa.
Goanet A&E
2007-06-08 03:29:28 UTC
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Folklore, Festivals, and Floor making in migrant memories of Goa

Margaret Mascarenhas


Domnic's Goa is a mostly delightful collation of reminiscences and nuggets
of information on the Goa of yesteryear from the point of view of what
author Domnic Fernandes refers to as "Gulfees", Goans who migrated to the
Middle East during the 20th century in search of a gainful employment--a
point of view to which he has dedicated a full chapter: "Understanding the
Gulfee".

Originally posted on Goanet, Fernandes' folksy essays and nostalgia pieces
struck a chord with many of the internet list's readers, reviving as they
do, a way of life that has all but disappeared in Goa, as well as
documenting some fascinating bits of information on Goan customs,
traditions, festivals, folklore, and issues of migration. His vivid
descriptions are laced throughout with colloquial Konkani in a manner that
lends them authenticity and evinces an immediacy of time and place no matter
what the subject--monsoon preparations, the succulent fruits of summer, the
preparation of a cow dung floor, the intricate process of local
liquor-making, going on a pilgrimage to Old Goa, the importance of wells and
radio and the Goan tailor, traditional cooking implements and musical
instruments, the elements of pig rearing and pork preparation, money
management.

Overall this is a quick and easy read, packed with details and interesting
information that might otherwise be lost or forgotten. It is written in a
friendly and unpretentious style that captures an era and gives voice to a
point of view not widely available in print. There are, however, a few
irritants. Fernandes is inclined towards facile generalizations
(Pre-liberation Goan landlords, he claims, were all theatrical chaps who
smoked pipes incessantly and roamed about their lands bashing their tenants
with walking sticks) and a point of view that renders invisible non-Catholic
Goa ("No Goan occasion is complete without a pork dish."). He also lapses
periodically into sermons ("We need God's blessings to do anything in life.
Jesus said to Peter.." ), and is generally guilty of using a few too many
cliches and presenting many of his beliefs and opinions as facts. Finally,
though admittedly endowed with an excellent memory for detail, it sometimes
fails him, such as on the subject of the first cars in his ancestral village
of Anjuna: the Mascarenhas family of Mazalwaddo never owned a Volkswagen.
They owned a Chevrolet purchased long before Volkswagens were invented and
indeed before Fernandes was born. It was frequently taken for a spin through
the village by my great-aunt, Julia Mascarenhas, one of the first Goan women
ever to take the wheel of a car and smoke cigarettes, often at the same
time, before stunning her family with the pronouncement that she had decided
to join the convent. The Chevrolet was replaced in the 40s by a Renault, and
later by an Ambassador and a Mercedes.

Domnic's Goa is edited by Frederick Noronha and designed by Cecil Pinto, the
proprietor of Abbe Faria Productions, a recent entrant in the local
publishing arena. The price is a little on the high side compared to most
soft-covers of this length and type, but readers interested in Goan lore
should not and will not be dissuaded by that.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The above review appeared in the June 7, 2007 edition of the Gomantak Times,
Goa.
Goanet A&E
2007-06-08 03:29:28 UTC
Permalink
Folklore, Festivals, and Floor making in migrant memories of Goa

Margaret Mascarenhas


Domnic's Goa is a mostly delightful collation of reminiscences and nuggets
of information on the Goa of yesteryear from the point of view of what
author Domnic Fernandes refers to as "Gulfees", Goans who migrated to the
Middle East during the 20th century in search of a gainful employment--a
point of view to which he has dedicated a full chapter: "Understanding the
Gulfee".

Originally posted on Goanet, Fernandes' folksy essays and nostalgia pieces
struck a chord with many of the internet list's readers, reviving as they
do, a way of life that has all but disappeared in Goa, as well as
documenting some fascinating bits of information on Goan customs,
traditions, festivals, folklore, and issues of migration. His vivid
descriptions are laced throughout with colloquial Konkani in a manner that
lends them authenticity and evinces an immediacy of time and place no matter
what the subject--monsoon preparations, the succulent fruits of summer, the
preparation of a cow dung floor, the intricate process of local
liquor-making, going on a pilgrimage to Old Goa, the importance of wells and
radio and the Goan tailor, traditional cooking implements and musical
instruments, the elements of pig rearing and pork preparation, money
management.

Overall this is a quick and easy read, packed with details and interesting
information that might otherwise be lost or forgotten. It is written in a
friendly and unpretentious style that captures an era and gives voice to a
point of view not widely available in print. There are, however, a few
irritants. Fernandes is inclined towards facile generalizations
(Pre-liberation Goan landlords, he claims, were all theatrical chaps who
smoked pipes incessantly and roamed about their lands bashing their tenants
with walking sticks) and a point of view that renders invisible non-Catholic
Goa ("No Goan occasion is complete without a pork dish."). He also lapses
periodically into sermons ("We need God's blessings to do anything in life.
Jesus said to Peter.." ), and is generally guilty of using a few too many
cliches and presenting many of his beliefs and opinions as facts. Finally,
though admittedly endowed with an excellent memory for detail, it sometimes
fails him, such as on the subject of the first cars in his ancestral village
of Anjuna: the Mascarenhas family of Mazalwaddo never owned a Volkswagen.
They owned a Chevrolet purchased long before Volkswagens were invented and
indeed before Fernandes was born. It was frequently taken for a spin through
the village by my great-aunt, Julia Mascarenhas, one of the first Goan women
ever to take the wheel of a car and smoke cigarettes, often at the same
time, before stunning her family with the pronouncement that she had decided
to join the convent. The Chevrolet was replaced in the 40s by a Renault, and
later by an Ambassador and a Mercedes.

Domnic's Goa is edited by Frederick Noronha and designed by Cecil Pinto, the
proprietor of Abbe Faria Productions, a recent entrant in the local
publishing arena. The price is a little on the high side compared to most
soft-covers of this length and type, but readers interested in Goan lore
should not and will not be dissuaded by that.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The above review appeared in the June 7, 2007 edition of the Gomantak Times,
Goa.
Goanet A&E
2007-06-08 03:29:28 UTC
Permalink
Folklore, Festivals, and Floor making in migrant memories of Goa

Margaret Mascarenhas


Domnic's Goa is a mostly delightful collation of reminiscences and nuggets
of information on the Goa of yesteryear from the point of view of what
author Domnic Fernandes refers to as "Gulfees", Goans who migrated to the
Middle East during the 20th century in search of a gainful employment--a
point of view to which he has dedicated a full chapter: "Understanding the
Gulfee".

Originally posted on Goanet, Fernandes' folksy essays and nostalgia pieces
struck a chord with many of the internet list's readers, reviving as they
do, a way of life that has all but disappeared in Goa, as well as
documenting some fascinating bits of information on Goan customs,
traditions, festivals, folklore, and issues of migration. His vivid
descriptions are laced throughout with colloquial Konkani in a manner that
lends them authenticity and evinces an immediacy of time and place no matter
what the subject--monsoon preparations, the succulent fruits of summer, the
preparation of a cow dung floor, the intricate process of local
liquor-making, going on a pilgrimage to Old Goa, the importance of wells and
radio and the Goan tailor, traditional cooking implements and musical
instruments, the elements of pig rearing and pork preparation, money
management.

Overall this is a quick and easy read, packed with details and interesting
information that might otherwise be lost or forgotten. It is written in a
friendly and unpretentious style that captures an era and gives voice to a
point of view not widely available in print. There are, however, a few
irritants. Fernandes is inclined towards facile generalizations
(Pre-liberation Goan landlords, he claims, were all theatrical chaps who
smoked pipes incessantly and roamed about their lands bashing their tenants
with walking sticks) and a point of view that renders invisible non-Catholic
Goa ("No Goan occasion is complete without a pork dish."). He also lapses
periodically into sermons ("We need God's blessings to do anything in life.
Jesus said to Peter.." ), and is generally guilty of using a few too many
cliches and presenting many of his beliefs and opinions as facts. Finally,
though admittedly endowed with an excellent memory for detail, it sometimes
fails him, such as on the subject of the first cars in his ancestral village
of Anjuna: the Mascarenhas family of Mazalwaddo never owned a Volkswagen.
They owned a Chevrolet purchased long before Volkswagens were invented and
indeed before Fernandes was born. It was frequently taken for a spin through
the village by my great-aunt, Julia Mascarenhas, one of the first Goan women
ever to take the wheel of a car and smoke cigarettes, often at the same
time, before stunning her family with the pronouncement that she had decided
to join the convent. The Chevrolet was replaced in the 40s by a Renault, and
later by an Ambassador and a Mercedes.

Domnic's Goa is edited by Frederick Noronha and designed by Cecil Pinto, the
proprietor of Abbe Faria Productions, a recent entrant in the local
publishing arena. The price is a little on the high side compared to most
soft-covers of this length and type, but readers interested in Goan lore
should not and will not be dissuaded by that.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The above review appeared in the June 7, 2007 edition of the Gomantak Times,
Goa.

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