Beyond The Beach: The Village of Arossim, Goa, in Historical Perspective


Author: Themistocles D’Silva

9789380739106 | PB | pp. 176 | 2011 | Goa1556

Arossim, a region in South Goa, has a a long complex history. Beyond The Beach helps us understand the culture, beliefs and ancient system of governance here.

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Arossim in Mormugao taluka is more than just a scenic beach village. Situated between the river Sal and the Arabian Sea, and dotted with many ponds, this agricultural piece of land has sustained its inhabitants with rice, coconuts and fish. The earlier Hindu and later Christian faiths, nurtured by long standing traditions and beliefs, have molded the character of the people, producing a uniquely Goan culture. Understanding the roots of the village structure allows the viewing in a broader perspective of the tremendous changes of recent years. In this book, an expat son of the village studies the roots of local traditions and structures.


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About the Author

The author studied in a one-room village school in Arossim, attended the local public elementary school in Portuguese, and then Loyola High School, Margao. He graduated from St. Xavier’s College, Bombay, and obtained a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in the US. After post-doctoral research there, he took up a position in industry, and is credited with many patents and scientific publications. He works include The Black Box of Bhopal, Unravelling History: The Village of Arossim.


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