The Salt of the Earth: Stories from Rustic Goa


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Author: Jayanti Naik
Translated by Augusto Pinto

9789380739854 | PB | pp. 200 | 2017 | Goa1556

The Salt of the Earth gives us a glimpse into an often invisible side of Goa. The non-elite who have helped build and create Goa’s material culture and heritage.

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Goa boasts of much material culture embodied in among other things monumental piles of stones in the form of forts and temples and churches as well as its distinctive traditional domestic architecture. Although these could not have been constructed without the skill and muscle and surplus labour of the lower castes, both Christian or Hindu, who made up the bulk of the people, books about Goa tend to ignore this fact and emphasize instead that it was the elite who ‘built’ them.

This collection takes you to a Goa that is not often visible. This is writing infused with a concern for the cultures of those who belong to the Bahujan Sama -a concept in Goa that connotes the non-elite and often disempowered majority, a loose alliance of Hindu lower castes such as Bhandaris (toddy tappers), Gawdas (tribals), Kharvis:(fisherpersons) and so on.


Jayanti Naik
Translator: Augusto Pinto







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About the Author

The author is one of the most prolific, respected and interesting Konkani writers of today. Since 1989, when her first collection of short stories Garjan was published, she has authored more than 32 books, either scholarly works related to folklore or works of creative literature. Her creative writing comes in an array of genres ranging from the short Story and drama to poetry and children’s literature. She is a compiler of Konkani folk tales and she translates books from other languages into Konkani.


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