Edited By Irene Maria F. Blayer and Dulce Maria Scott
Chapter Four: Goa: From the Local to the Global and Back Again
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From the Local to the Global and Back Again
CIELO G. FESTINO
In the village of Khotalli, in the sunny state of Goa, A warm and friendly province, where life’s a wee bit slower, There lived a farmer Damu, who had fields of fruit and grain, Bananas and pineapple, nachnim and sugarcane (From “The Scarecrow in the Woods” by Mario Coelho)
Place is constituted by the way in which its inhabitants or those who are somehow connected to it by ancestry, sympathy, work, or scholarly interest interact with it or, as Benedict Anderson (6) would point out, “imagine it.”1 This way of thinking the community, as Anderson adds, is neither false nor genuine but has to do with the way in which its inhabitants experience it. Tim Cresswell makes the following observations about place: “Place is a way of seeing, knowing and understanding the world. When we look at the world as a world of places we see different things. We see attachments and connections between people. We see worlds of experience” (11).
Many times, this world of experiences takes the form of narratives that problematize the relationship of a community with a certain place. This is the case of the anthology by the Goa Writers Group, titled Inside/Out: New Writing from Goa (Menezes and Lourenço, 2011), which is a composite of short stories, sketches, life-narratives, poems,...
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