2005-09-01 10:21:25 UTC
THE SPIRIT OF GOA
It fills me with pride to know about the existence of
the day call 'World Goa Day'. Yes of course, I am
proud to be a part of this land of sun, surf, FISH
and most important, people who are hospitable enough
to spare a cat, a fish!
I didn't know about the 'World Goa Day' until Cosme
showed me the Top Story that he had written for this
week. I was so happy to read it because, I never liked
the way the people from other parts of India
interpreted the word 'sussegad'. I for one, surely
don't agree that our Goans are lazy! Maybe, you could
say that of Goan cats. Of course, I suppose every race
has some exceptions. There maybe some Goans who laze
around, alternately some cats work really hard!
But there is something, Cosme told me that the Editor
pointed out to him but he didn't have place to put it
down. When he told me about it, I felt that I should
write about it. Goans are wrongly portrayed as
drunkards, waiters and cooks!
Many of the smugglers and drunks in Hindi movies are
portrayed as Goans, complete with names typical of our
tiny state. However, the fact is that alcoholics can
be found in any part of the world. So there is no need
to point out to any particular state. There are Goans
who may like a 'spirited' drink but then they don't
lose their spirit to work. In fact, as the Editor
pointed out, many Goans were employed by Top hotels in
Mumbai, for their "balanced" personalities. In fact
one of the owners once commented to him thus: "Goans
don't drink on the job, they are very trustworthy,
hospitable, polite and speak good English".
The spirit of Goa lies in its unbreakable spirit of
enjoying life with its fair share of joys and sorrows.
If Bollywood authorities were to attend Goans
funerals and not just the festivals, they would know
how the Goans take everything in their stride.
I was surprised to note that one of my ancestors,
Bilasao de Caton, who was among the first of our
family to land in Goa has written about the spirit of
this land. He writes thus: "I can compare the Goan
spirit to the phenomena of the sun shining through the
showers! For amidst the tears I found laughter amongs
the human race of this beautiful land."
Your Pal Always,
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