I am Portuguese. I am German. I am Goan. I am also an OCI, an Overseas Citizen of India.
Today, I live and study in the USA. Before that, I lived and studied in New Delhi. Previously, I have also lived in Paris and my hometown, Lisbon.
It is true that I have never “lived” in Goa, but I have spent so many monsoon and winter months on the Rua de Natal, in my grandparent’s home in Fontainhas, and more recently also in Verna. Over the last two decades, since 1990, I have criss-crossed Goa by foot, bus, bike and car, from Tiracol to Polem, and from Vasco to Colem.
I edited the Portuguese website Supergoa.com for many years, and was also involved in bringing together all associations and sections of the Goan community in Portugal (believe me, there are many!), to celebrate the World Goa Day until 2005.
I now live in Washington DC, USA, where I study for a PhD in International Politics, at the Johns Hopkins University. Life goes on and the passionate Goamania that kept me going then, now seems slightly naive and distant.
But I continue to believe that tiny Goa has a tremendous role to play in world politics and I want to contribute to realize that potential. This is why I became one of the first members of our team at tambdimati: the Goa review, and will blog regularly in this space about Goa & Geopolitics.