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Issue No.2 Journeys

“Everything is a journey,” was a reaction to my choice of the theme ‘Journeys’ for this issue of Tambdi Mati. Inevitably so, since life is a moving-on. And since Joseph Campbell reminds us of the Hero’s Journey, we may for a moment believe, immodestly, that we are in congenial company.

People in Goa are used to comings and goings. They have frequently left home in search of employment, or ideological freedom, or the higher reaches of education. A standard greeting among people in Goa was the affectionate “Chitt ailia?” i.e. “Have you received a letter (from your folks who are away)?” Goa’s history talks journeys, those of visitors to her land like van Linschoten as also those of her own migrating gaon-bhau/bhoinni such as Dharmanand Kosambi. And among the big fish there are countless quiet names, the unnamed, unseen presence, of men and women who have braved fearful journeys, and have woven into the culture of the land rich textures and joyful or sorrowful patterns. Some of these stories keep pace here with us.

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Travelling in the Goa of the yesteryears was slow-paced, full of stories. The train from Londa crossed the border to a foreign country called British India. Ships carried brides away from their families to Africa to marry arranged bridegrooms, and young men to Europe on strange quests. The first little aircraft landed in Mormugão on 19th November 1930. It was named Marão and the flight reached Goa in a mere 19 days! An accidental collision on a road between a car and a horse-carriage? A rare occurrence, recorded on camera, fortunately in black and white.

So journey, people did, to and from their tambdi mati. A distant call? We, here, think nothing of hiring a ‘pilot’ to fly us from the tintto to the nearby bus-stand.

When do we arrive at Ithaca? Who can tell? Ask our poet-in-residence, Salil Chaturvedi, and he will quote the Chinese maxim at us “If we don’t change our direction, we’ll end up where we are headed.” Perhaps numerous Ithacas beckon to us, journeys within journeys, Chinese boxes yet to be freed open. Yete mi. Punha lavkarach bhetu. Haun ietam.

- Isabel de Santa Rita Vás, Guest Editor

(Cover image for issue, courtesy Vivek Menezes)

Issue No.2 Journeys

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Editorial: Journeys

“Everything is a journey,” was a reaction to my choice of the theme ‘Journeys’ for this issue of Tambdi Mati. Inevitably so, since life is a moving-on. And since Joseph Campbell reminds us of the Hero’s Journey, we may for a moment believe, immodestly, that we are in congenial company. People in Goa are used [...]

Quest for my lost Ithacas

Not all those who wander are lost. ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring During my childhood days in paradisiacal Goa, I had no toys to play with, nor were there any children’s books to quench my thirst for stories, but there were imaginary journeys while walking from Carona to the Portuguese primary school [...]

The child is father of the man

Papa, what’s the shape of a journey? Shape? Yes, is a journey straight? Yes, it could be. Like a line. But a journey starts at one place and ends at another, right? Yes, son. In Maths class they told us a line has no beginning and no end. It extends infinitely in both directions. Alright, [...]

The dogs catch their first sight of the sea.

Wagging tales, memorable journeys

Man's best friend also makes for an interesting travel companion ... just don't forget the leashes!

Face-to-face after 38 years

“You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” That was A.A. Milne writing in one of his Winnie-the-Pooh books in the late 1920s. Well, after almost four decades of exchanging hundreds of letters and scores of greeting cards via airmail and then with [...]

Journeys in my life

A life’s journey through scientific research, academia, poetry and art.

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Wetting new sands

The journey to being an 'ocean artist.'

Burning bridges … a simple task?

Guns, bibles and gold

I knew nothing about American Indians except the little I had gauged from watching John Wayne Westerns and Disney’s Pocahontas, where the American Indian is portrayed as a villain or as a vessel of some spiritual charm.

Map us a market!

The Mario Miranda Chair Visiting Research Professor at Goa University turns his incredible eye on the Mapusa Market.

No choice but this

A road accident crashes into the world of a family -- a play in three Acts.

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Stepping into the world of photography – foolhardy or courageous?

As a toddler I was so fascinated with photography that the camera even smelt good! A cousin from Canada would regularly visit my family in Goa with a lovely SLR camera. He noticed my keen interest in his camera, and let me hold it in my unsteady hands. Through this viewfinder I caught my first [...]

Travel to Chimbel with books

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In science-fiction mode

The youngest science-fiction writer in India talks about his flights of fancy.

The chosen race

Bernadette Gomes, Willy Goes, Daegal Godinho at work and play.

Fiction

The curator of cans

Lobster pâté. It was only a small tin. But that was the first thing Vit took from the grocery store. It wasn’t really stealing...

Poetry

Passion

Waiting for daybreak

I take a train into my brain

Ecology

Flowers of Firmiana Colorata

Sterculia — the vendor of saris

A spectacular weaving of finery.

Tree Memories

I collect so many seeds for my stories, and they are somewhere in the subconscious, but when the cuckoo gives a call I get inspired to write.

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GPS Trees

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Art

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Earth and heaven in conversation

A look at the life and times of artist-scholar, Dr. Jose Pereira.

Interview

Of melodies and journeys

In conversation with singers who see themselves as ‘PortuGoesas’.

Books

Mirrored reflections

Filomena’s journeys

Excerpts from the recently released book.

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An inappropriate suitcase enters the garden of eden

Traveling to the largest river island doesn't require the largest suitcase, Vivek discovers.