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Goa is India's smallest state, a prominent tourist destination in South Asia and a place that has been among the meeting points of cultures across centuries of history. Because of its significant diaspora, this former Portuguese colony also has an active presence in cyberspace. Its history is entwined with the Portuguese expansion in Asia, and also with pre-Portuguese trading routes linking South and West Asia and beyond. Its connection to the Portuguese colonies in Africa, Macau, and Brazil has resulted in a wide range of historical records relating to those regions being maintained in its libraries and government buildings.

Goan literature

Goa was the first place in Asia to have a printing press, which was brought by the Portuguese in the 1550s; Goa's Portuguese colonial rulers also believed in meticulous record-keeping.

Goa has had a long love affair with the printed word, although growth has been slow, and punctuated by problems like linguistic breaks and censorship. Goans, with a long history of emigration and foreign rule, have adapted to writing in European languages like Portuguese and English. But there is also literature in Konkani and Marathi.

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Panjim's skyline

Panjim is the name by which the capital of Goa is referred to mostly by speakers of the English language. Since the 'sixties, the official name of the town is Panaji, and in Portuguese times it used to be spelt as Pangim. In the Konkani tongue widely used as the spoken language of Goa, it is simply Pon'nje. Whatever the name, it is still one of the most scenic capitals in India, though high rises are entering the place.

Selected biography

Remo Fernandes (born 8 May 1953) is a pop/rock/Indian fusion artist and playback singer from Goa. His musical work is a fusion of many different cultures and styles including Goan and Portuguese music, Sega music from Mauritius and Seychelles, African music, Latin music from Cuba and Nicaragua, the music of erstwhile European communist states, those of the dancehalls from Jamaica and Soca from Trinidad.His music, reflecting life and socio-political happenings in India which every Indian could identify with, became popular largely with the growing, English educated, Indian middle class. He now writes and sings his songs in five different languages, English, Hindi, French, Portuguese, and Konkani. He has performed with international artists like Jethro Tull and Led Zeppelin.

Selected bibliography

  • Sodh, a Konkani research bulletin. Published by the Thomas Stephens Konknni Kendr, roughly twice in a year. TSKK, B B Borkar Road, Alto Porvorim. Usually focuses on research issues broadly related to Konkani.
  • Delights from Goa, by Aroona Reejhsinghani. Jaico Publishing www.jaicobooks.com ISBN 81-7224-078-3. Ninth impression, 2004. A cookery book.

Did you know...

... that the Frente Popular got just 1.82% of polled votes in the first general elections in Goa because the Catholic church backed the United Goans Party against it.

Goa news

Today is April 22, 2018
  • August 26, 2009: Goa's ten day Ganesh festival begins in Goa this weekend.
  • August 25, 2009: An injection scare haunts South Goa, with some citizens believing unidentified persons are pricking children with unknown substances.
  • August 24, 2009: Citizens' protest held against plans for garbage disposal plant in their vicinity, at Bainguinim.



  • The Jesuits own beautiful buildings and gardens in Salsette. They have got good lands. It is estimated that they own one-third of the land in Salsette. The Padres have a greater grip on the people than the government. -- Celebrated traveller Pietro Della Valle, who visited Goa in 1623-24, quoted in Saraswats: In Goa and Beyond (Murgaon Mutt Sankul Samiti, Vasco da Gama, Goa 1998)
  • Bigamy [in the seventeenth century] invited the death sentence (morte natural). A Christian having sexual intercourse with a Jew or Moor, knowing his or her religion, was liable to the death sentence.... sexual intercourse with an 'infidel' was considered a grave offence. -- Carmo D'Souza, in Concepts of Law: Understanding the Past, Analysing the Present And Visualising the Future (quoting Ordinations, Philippines, Livro 5, Titulo XIX and Livro 5, Titulo XIV) Published in 2004.
  • Having been under Portuguese rule for over 450 years, Goan food is a mixture of both eastern and western influences. Goan hospitality is proverbial and even the unwanted guest is made welcome with a tasty meal, prepared from resources available in the house at that time. -- Aroona Reejhsinghani in Delights From Goa, 2004 ISBN 81-7224-078-3

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General:Goa main entry

Geography:North GoaSouth GoaPanajiOld GoaMargaoMapusaDabolim AirportDudhsagar FallsCotigao Wildlife SanctuarySonsogor, Goa's tallest peakBicholimBenaulimSalceteFarmagudiMadei Wildlife Sanctuary

Media and entertainment:Media in GoaGoa trance musicMario Miranda

Education:Goa UniversityGoa Institute of ManagementMES CollegeGoa Vidyaprasarak MandalLittle Flower of Jesus High School of Calangute

Language, ethnic groups::Konkani languageKonkani peopleKonkani BrahminsGoan Catholics

Politics, personalities:Chief Minister of GoaPratapsing RaneShashikala KakodkarRaj BhavanIndian National Congress-Sheikh Hassan groupDr P D GaitondeShenoi Goembab

Festivals:Shigmo festival in GoaInternational Film Festival of IndiaVindaloo

Sports:Goa cricket teamTilak Maidan StadiumSalgaocar Football ClubSporting Clube de GoaDempo Sports Club

Administration:Goa, Daman and Diu

Transport:Motorcycle taxis in Goa

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