Batata, Pao and All Things Portuguese


Author: Vaishali Shroff
Illustrator: Suha Riyaz Khopatkar

9789384439155 | PB | pp. 157 | 2022 | The People Place Project

Batata, Pao and All Things Portuguese by Vaishali Shroff is an illustrated graphic book on History of Goa which has exciting and grand voyage from Portugal to India.

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The Portuguese had no idea they would stay in India for over four centuries after arriving at India’s west coast on 20 May 1498. But what exactly happened during that time?

Watch places, monuments, ruins, and random objects come to life as you read this book. A caravel recounts Vasco da Gama’s first trip from Lisbon to India. A hidden temple shares how Da Gama met the Zamorin of Calicut. A printing press reminisces how the Portuguese made Goa its headquarters. A cannon describes everything from bloody battles to pristine beaches. A memorial narrates the story of how the Portuguese left India.

But wait! What do batata and pav have to do with their history? What can one see in this bird’s eye view of Estado da India?

Experience and understand history from very different perspectives only to form your own. Join us on this exciting and grand voyage from Portugal to India.

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Vaishali Shroff
Illustrator: Suha Riyaz Khopatkar







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About the Author

Once upon a time, there was a girl who believed that authors were mythical creatures living between the pages of a book until she realised they were real people and she could also be one! Meet Vaishali Shroff, an award-winning author, script writer, and columnist based in Mumbai. She has published over 250 stories, both fiction and non-fiction, in books, textbooks, magazines, newspapers, and digital media, across Indian and international publishing houses, across age groups. She loves to write stories about unexplored places, untold histories, and issues that need a voice but have none.

Shroff has been invited as a speaker at various literature festivals across the country. She prefers speaking to children over adults, chocolate over anything else, and wants to be a baobab tree in her next life.


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