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Mel D’Souza

Mel D’Souza was born in Dar es Salaam, when Tanganyika (now Tanzania) was a U.N Trust Territory governed by the British. At the age of ten, Mel’s mother brought him to Goa where he went to school in Saligao for five years until he matriculated in 1952. He then returned to Africa and worked for an oil company in Dar es Salaam before emigrating to Canada with his wife and two daughters in 1971.

The stories in this section are reminiscences of Mel’s schooldays in Saligao when Goa was Portuguese territory, and they reflect a unique way of life that had endured for 450 years until 1961 when Goa became part of the Indian Republic.

Chapters

CHAPTER 47 : PRINCIPAL LOBO
CHAPTER 46 : CINEMA
CHAPTER 45 : FROG LEGS
CHAPTER 44 : BEANS AND SWEET POTATOES
CHAPTER 43 : RUCKUS OVER A RAT
CHAPTER 42 : THE SCHOOL CONCERT
CHAPTER 41 : THE HARVEST FEAST
CHAPTER 40 : SIGNS OF THE TIMES
CHAPTER 39 : LIGHTING THE WAY
CHAPTER 38 : CLOTHES MAKETH THE MAN
CHAPTER 37 : ANIMAL TALK
CHAPTER 36 : GOAN NAMES
CHAPTER 35 : THE VIOLIN
CHAPTER 34: CHURCH BELLS AND FIRECRACKERS
CHAPTER 33: FOOTBALL AND FIGHTING BULLS
CHAPTER 32 : GOAN THEATRE
CHAPTER 31: CALANGUTE BEACH
CHAPTER 30: TROPICAL TREES AND TARZAN
CHAPTER 29 : MOCIDADE PORTUGUESA
CHAPTER 28 : THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
CHAPTER 27 : THE NOCTI
CHAPTER 26 : VILLAGE GAMES
CHAPTER 25 : THE FEAST OF SAN JOAO
CHAPTER 24 : EVIL EYE
CHAPTER 23 : MARRIAGE PROPOSALS AND WEDDINGS
CHAPTER 22: STORMING THE HEAVENS
CHAPTER 21: SAIBIN
CHAPTER 20 : FEAST AND FAIRS
CHAPTER 19 : THE HOLY MASS
CHAPTER 18: THE CHURCH OF MAE DE DEUS
CHAPTER 17 : SNAKES
CHAPTER 16 : THE CITY FATHERS
CHAPTER 15 : PANDU AND ‘INTERNATIONAL FREIGHT’
CHAPTER 14 : POOR, PRICELESS PIG
CHAPTER 13 : FENI AND TAVERNAS
CHAPTER 12 : PADDY FIELDS
CHAPTER 11 : VILLAGE CRAFTSMEN
CHAPTER 10 : OUR DAILY BREAD
CHAPTER 9: VILLAGE ODDBALLS
CHAPTER 8: VILLAGE BEGGARS
CHAPTER 7 : VILLAGE DOCTORS
CHAPTER 6 : BICYCLES
CHAPTER 5 : VILLAGE TRANSPORTATION
CHAPTER 4 : FAMILY NICKNAMES
CHAPTER 3 : THE VILLAGE OF SALIGAO
CHAPTER 2 : MY HOME
CHAPTER 1 : A VILLAGE BOY