Marriage: The Art of Living


Author: Jerome Mendes

9788189837075 | PB | pp. 152 | 2009 | Goan Observer

Marriage: The Art of Living by Jerome Mendes blends personal experience with that of experts. He reiterates that marriage is much more than merely a union of people.

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Marriage: The Art of Living by Jerome Mendes seamlessly integrates his personal experience of marriage and the timeless wisdom of experts on matrimony. He goes on to describe the different types and facets of marriage and its ups and downs. He repeatedly reiterates that marriage is all about sharing and caring. That marriage is not just about a union of two people but a union of two families. That marriage means helping ‘the significant other’ to develop and grow. That marriage means total and absolute surrender to the other.


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About the Author

The author was born in Goa in 1940 and lived in Nairobi from 1945 to 1973. Thereafter, he emigrated to the United Kingdom, where he now lives. Jerome went to school at St. Theresa’s School, Nairobi and, later, Dr. Rideiro’s. He could not complete his education due to family reasons and joined James Finlay as a junior clerk, rising t6 the position of personal assistant to the general manager. He was transferred to the London offices of the company in 1973. Five years later, he decided to set up his own business because he felt that there were no prospects within the firm.

After 25 years in business, he now owns retail shops in South East, South West and North West London, employing more than 40 staff. Besides this, he also runs a wholesale company supplying products like Salonpas, Dentemp and false fingernails to the retail trade. For the ethnic market, his company supplies human hair, human hair wigs and synthetic wigs.

His wife, Anastasia Leonora, was born in Nairobi and studied at St. Theresa’s School. She met Jerome when she was working for DT Dobbie, the Mercedes company, and incidentally handed over the keys of his first Mercedes to President Jome Kenyatta when she was 16. She has supported Jerome in all his ventures. When they moved to the UK in 1973, she joined a shop called Partytime as an assistant. The shop specialised in supplying party equipment. Later she bought the shop and ran it till she was struck down with cancer.

His heart has always been in Goa though Anastasia and he now live in London for most of the year. Anastasia and Jerome have not only been concerned about their extended families, but have also been keen on sharing with their home land the blessings that the good Lord has showered on them. Among their most significant contributions to Goa are a medical trust to take care of victims of road accidents, the setting up of a retirement home for senior citizens and extending patronage to their mother tongue, Konkani. Indeed, Anastasia and Jerome have made it their lifetime mission to promote Konkani and are associated with several charitable causes in Goa.


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