Goa is a small region along the west coast of the Indian subcontinent. It was a Portuguese colony for a long period from 1510 to 1961, leading to a rich -- if not always peaceful -- encounter between East and West. Since 1961, it became a part of India. Prior to its encounter with the Portuguese too, it had been a prominent centre of trade in the region.
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- Hospitality is not just a word here -- it's a tradition. -- Anibal da Costa, in A Goan Potpourri (Manila, 1999)
- The azure seas of Goa yield a variety of fresh, tasty seafood and fish. With a pleasant climate and diverse flora and fauna, Goa is a haven of peace and a mix of laziness and nonchalance, a mixture of the past and the future, where beautiful palm-fringed beaches glitter on its shores. Floring plants and trees grow lush, verdant, and fast. Fat ripe fruits like mangoes, papayas, cajus and many others abound. -- Anibal da Costa, in A Goan Potpourri (Manila, 1999)
- With the arrival of the Portuguese in Goa, in the early 16th century, Konkani music was confronted with a new musical style, Western European in origin, employing harmony, where usually three or more sounds combine simultaneously to form a chord... --Musicologist Jose Pereira, Michael Martins and Antonio da Costa in their book 'Folk Songs of Goa: Mando-Dulpods & Deknnis' ISBN-81-7305-281-6
- The Goans were very Victorian. Their girls were expected to be respectable and straightfaced and anti-sensual.The result was that the honest men had to hunt out Damibian women who did nothave the Goan problem (the dishonest ones could find bored housewives, tired of their arranged, loveless marriages to older, respectable men or the more daring ones whose defiant love marriages had dried up all too soon). --Peter Nazareth, in The General Is Up: A Novel Set in Modern Africa. Writer's Workshop, Calcutta, 1984.
- If you follow Goanet, it seems to be a Goan feature to have 10 Goans, 12 opinions, and 16 enemies. -- Patrice Riemens http://www.nettime.org/Lists-Archives/nettime-l-0601/msg00043.html
- Simply stated, the first paradox asks why the majority of international tourists are so enthusiastic about Goa in spite of the fact that there are aspects of the tourism experience which, if found in Europe or other developed countries, would constitute serious grounds for complaint. --David Wilson, in 'Paradoxes of Tourism in Goa" ('The Transforming of Goa', Norman Dantas, ed.1999 OiP. Other India Press. ISBN 81-85569-45-2)