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Goa merges fully with India. Yesterday I briefly attended a symposium in Panjim on the “Smart City” initiative. It was like walking into a parallel universe. The main thing I learnt was that Indians have gotten better at buzzwords and PowerPoint. “Smart Cities” is the conceit du jour of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Not […]

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Three’s company. This is the next installment of Panjim Promenade, our series on the heritage of Panjim. The concrete span across River Mandovi seen in the first two photos below is really two bridges. The original bridge, built in the 1970s, collapsed in 1986. The main reason for failure was determined to be “corrosion of […]

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Survey of the city’s old barber shops. The few surviving barbearias (Portuguese for barber shops) of Panjim are reminders of a zeitgeist in which the simple pleasures of life could be enjoyed in a placid, languid setting. It was a civilized Goa. (No, this is not romanticization of an imaginary, distant past. There are photographs […]

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This is the final edition of this series. The photographs in this project are an attempt at conveying a sense of the character of Panjim. I wish I could have undertaken this exercise some 25-30 years ago when much of the city of my childhood was intact and before a good portion of it was […]

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