Short Takes, Long Memories


Authors: Sharmila Kamat, Prabhakar Kamat

9788129118219 | PB | pp. 206 | 2011 | Rupa Publications

Short Takes, Long Memories is a ringside view into an eventful period in Goa’s history – its transition from being a Portuguese colony to becoming Indian.

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A ringside view of an eventful period in Goa’s history – its transition from being a Portuguese colony to becoming Indian, this is a tale of a land caught between the irresistible pull of India and the immovable object that was the inflexible colonial regime. The book is based on the reminiscences of I.A.S. officer and diplomat Prabhakar Kamat.

In the late 1940s, Prabhakar Kamat abandons the somnolence of Goa to travel by sea to Europe for higher studies. In Lisbon, his adventures navigating the minefield of culture shocks are tempered by encounters with revolutionaries from the larger Portuguese Empire. He returns to a Goa still under colonial rule, but with India’s patience wearing thin. A blink-and-you-missed-it Army action in 1961 lets Goa join India and plunge into Its hectic, colourful democracy. Goa’s date with self-rule galvanises Portugal to follow suit.

With sharp insight and witty anecdotes, the book showcases life as it was (and in some ways, still is) in Goa.

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Sharmila Kamat, Prabhakar Kamat







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Penguin Random House India


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About the Authors

Sharmila Kamat is an astrophysicist and an established writer. She has a Ph.D from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and a University fellowship from Columbia University in New York. Her work has featured in US News and World Report, Smithsonian, The Times of India, Femina and New Scientist. She has also written for the radio and television and acted in an off-Broadway play. This is her second work after Mango Mood.

Prabhakar Kamat is a retired I.A.S officer and diplomat from Goa. He has held very senior positions in the administration of Portuguese Goa and India. He has worked for the Ministry of Finance of Portugal and has been Director of Economic Services before the Liberation of Goa. He was Director in the office of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Counsellor in the Indian Embassy in Lisbon. He retired as chairman, Mormugao Port Trust.


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