Picture-postcard Poverty


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Authors: Kumar Kalanand Mani, Frederick Noronha

9788190568289 | PB | pp. 126 | 2008 | Goa 1556

Goa is famous for its beaches. In Picture-Postcard Poverty by Kumar Kalanand Mani and Frederick Noronha focuses on the less visible stories of the people of Goa, especially the rural areas.

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Goa easily gets subsumed in the cliche of beach-sun-and-fun. The dominant image of this state is one that is on a permanent holidy, and comprises of Westernised, middle-class inhabitants.While this face of Goa does indeed exist, its dominance in the media sidetracks a whole lot of other issues. Social activist Kalaland Mani and journalist Frederick Noronha look at the issues emerging from the farm and field. For this task, they zoom in on the work of the Madkai (Ponda)-based Peaceful Society in the 25 years that this organisation has been in a close connect with the issues from the heartland.


Kumar Kalanand Mani, Frederick Noronha







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About the Author

Frederick Noronha joined the Herald (Goa) at the age of 19, wrote for Sunday Mid-Day (Bombay), covered Goa for Deccan Herald (Bangalore) and then wrote for the Indo-Asian News Service. He bagged scholarships in Germany (West Berlin) and Sweden (Kalmar), topping the former's 1990 G57 batch. Noronha has an M.A. degree and was awarded fellowships from Sarai (New Delhi) and Panos (South Asia). He is an active photographer, and is also into editing and book publishing. His pro-blogging stints have taken him to Africa (Uganda), Malaysia (Penang), Australia (Sydney) and Bangladesh (Dhaka). He is an admin team member of Goanet, an international online venture, and co-founder of BytesForAll, a South Asian initiative awarded with a 2001 Prix Ars Electronica award (Austria). He also runs the Docuwallahs2 documentary film network. His by-line has appeared in many publications -- including The Economic Times, The Financial Express, AP (Photos), Dawn and Spider internet mag (Karachi), BBC website and Outlook. He has been India correspondent for Radio World International (US) and Environment News Service (US). Noronha has co-edited a book on environmental journalism in South Asia (The Green Pen, Sage-India). His interests in Free Software took him to icy Finland to join a study on FOSS in the 'developing' countries (2003-04). Among other things, he has been a member of the panel deciding on the global FSF Award for the Advancement of Free Software and The Manthan-AIF Award 2006 (New Delhi). Kalanand Mani is a social activist.


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