FOCUS: Goan Literature in Portuguese

Cielo G Festino and Paul Melo e Castro, the Guest Editors of this Special Feature on Goan Literature in Portuguese, have meticulously selected translations of a literature that is not very well known outside its particular frame of reference, culling rich material from the ongoing FAPESP thematic project "Pensando Goa." In the ‘plurilingual’ tradition of Indian literatures, they have focussed on the translation of primary texts, with critical interventions, wherever possible, with the hope that it opens up some of the rich body of Goan literature in the Portuguese language to a wider public and make it a part of the continuing narrative of Indian literatures, while linking it with Goan literature in other languages like Konkani, Marathi and English. >>>


This Issue of Muse India is sponsored by Dr Ashok Patwari in fond memory of his parents late Pandit Prem Nath Patwari ‘Masroor Kashmiri’ (1909-1996) and late Smt. Somawati Patwari (1916-2002).


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Three scholarly Conversations with renowned writers – Bill Ashcroft, Shanta Gokhale and Shashi Deshpande by Sayan Dey (in pic) and Ananya Sarkar explore aspects of postcolonial theory, theatre and the art of fiction. Charanjeet Kaur, the Editor, picks up a variety of articles on Svetlana Alexievich, Ruskin Bond, Amandeep Sandhu and the folklore of Kashmir and Nagaland. >>>

You have reviews of five interesting books (three novels; one collection of poems & short stories; and one non-fiction Kalidasa’s “Syamala Dandakam” in English translation). Ananya Sarkar (in pic) reviews Chitra Banerjee Devakaruni’s “Before We Visit the Goddess,” a multigenerational novel with an Indian-cum-American setting. Other reviewers are Shruti Md, Kalyanee Rajan, Smitha Madanan, and U Atreya Sarma. >>>

Feast on as many as nine engaging stories revolving around the course of love, the ways of lust, challenges in tending differently abled kids, harsh realities of life, communal harmony, and daydreaming peccadillos. Sushant Dhar (in pic) captures the agony of the pitiable lot who are driven to be refugees in their own land. The other writers are Bhanumati Mishra, Bosco Propócio Afonso (Trans: Carmen N V Peres), Enakshi Biswas, Md Faizan Fuzail, Shweta Tiwari, Shyamasri Maji, Suyash Sahu, and Tuhin Harit. >>>

Senior poet Vihang Naik (in pic) writes evocatively about Devadars, “They stand./ Tall./ Mute./ Now/ since hundred years/ bearing witness with silent hills/ that will not speak.” Matching him in poetic flight are a dozen other poets, many young, and being featured for the first time. Commenting on the poetry on offer, Ambika Ananth, the editor says, “These inspired lucid outpourings are sure to stir gently the soul and spirit of the readers; they are sure to strengthen their aesthetic mental fabric.” >>>

Alpana in Bengal and Assam, pakhamba in Manipur, jinnuti in Orissa, sathia in Gujarat, aripana in Bihar, rangoli in Maharashtra, mandana in Rajasthan, chowkpurana or sona rakhna and rangoli in Uttar Pradesh, likhnu in Himachal Pradesh, apna in Almora and Nainital region, kolam in Tamil Nadu, and muggulu in Andhra Pradesh… Guest Editor, Sougata Das, for the festive Diwali season, focuses on Alpana in it myriad hues and patterns. >>>


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