A Shortcut to Tipperary (From Goa)


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Author: Radharao F. Gracias

9789384298999 | PB | pp. 250 | 2022 | Broadway Publishing House

A Shortcut to Tipperary (From Goa) by Radharao F. Gracias brings, through the Konkani drama art form-teatoro, alive life from rural Goa of the past.

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9789384298999 | Paperback | 250 | 2022 | Broadway Publishing House

A Shortcut to Tipperary (From Goa) by Radharao F. Gracias brings, through the Konkani drama art form-teatoro, alive life from rural Goa of the past.

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The book is the author’s attempt at recreating life in rural Goa, in his younger days. The story is fictitious with some actual incidents meshed and merged, but the setting is real. One purpose, among others, is to leave a record of a way of life that is so quickly disappearing. And in doing so, the author has consciously taken recourse to the teatro (Konkani drama) an art form, that is quintessentially Goan.

The teatro emerged among Goan immigrant communities in Bombay in the nineteenth century and continues to be popular entertainment.The unique aspect of the teatro is that the actual narration is interspersed with incidents ostensibly unrelated to the theme, yet highlighting the realities of life. Thus the storyline is clear, but other aspects of life in Goa too butt in, to keep the viewer informed and entertained.

The music and song as in the teatro too are provided as apposite hymns and songs have been integrated into the book. All you have to do is google for the song/hymn and listen, as you read!


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About the Author

The author is a familiar name in Goa. He enjoys an enviable reputation, earned over decades as lawyer, legislator, activist, columnist, debater and orator with an abiding interest in birds and wildlife. He is the ideologue of the United Goans Democratic Party, which was founded to maintain and protect the cultural and linguistic identity of the State of Goa, the identity now being increasingly challenged, by the influx of people from other states. He was in the forefront of the agitations to get recognition for Konkani, as Official Language of the State and the right of parents to choose the medium of instruction for their children. He suffered serious injuries in police baton charge and spent days in hospital leading the agitation for re-alignment of the Konkan Railway route. He defended hundreds of persons who were arrested and prosecuted in the course of these struggles, all pro bono. He is one of the few in this land of shifting political loyalties, who has stuck to his party the UGDP through weather, fair or foul. Above all, Radharao Gracias is known for his vast knowledge, contrarian views, and a dogged determination to stand up, to the high and mighty. He is one of those rare breeds who never cares about being politically correct, which lands him in regular controversies and has consequently suffered assaults, engineered by those who differ with him, but the survivor that he is, has ultimately lived, to tell this tale.


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