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 permanently disfigured by third-rate concrete designs, the kind you see all over India today. The march of progress necessitates change, true, but it did not have to be this version of change. What has been lost is irretrievable. Whatever worthwhile that has managed to escape the philistinism of the past two decades should be nurtured through judicious public policy. Here’s hoping for the best.
All the posts dealing with the heritage of Panjim are consolidated here.
Vaz Mansion, Avenida Pe. Agnelo 5D, 70-200L f/2.8 IS
Historic Mhamai Kamat House (19th C) 5D Mark II, TS-E 24L II
Barbearia Indiana (1926), near Municipal Garden 5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP
Sales de Andrade House, Cortin 5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP
Sales de Andrade House - wide 5D Mark II, TS-E 24L II
Navdurga Tailors (1955), 18th June Road 5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP
Singbal's Book House, Church Square 5D Mark II, TS-E 24L II
I am a GSB with roots in Goa.It is depressing to see depredation of this state in all spheres. Unrestricted influx from elsewhere, callous attitude of local themselves in preserving whatever they have, and the sickening destruction of the environment.
Yes, this is happening everywhere. But for God’s sake I hate it when it happens in Goa.
Very good set of pictures. Really proud of you for fantastic set of pictures. Thanks a ton.
Hi Rajan Bab – the artistic linking between the wall to roof using perhaps the local clay tiles fabricated by the potters (called ‘Nada Henchu’ in Kannada)is one of the distinctive architectural style of Goa and down south in coastal Karnataka/ Western Ghats. Wondering whether we still have masons with such skills?
Lovely images, Rajan! The intensity of your sentiment is palpable there. I have longed to relive those years of my childhood. Very nostalgic indeed!
Thank you so very much for sharing these.
Thank you for the series of pictures of Panjim which brought memories flooding back.
I am talking about times during the Portuguese era ( the 40’s 50’s ) for instance the ‘Clube Nacional’ in its heyday….when the Panjim elite enjoyed the functions and danced till dawn during the Christmas, New Year and other festivities.
It appears the owners or occupiers of these properties do not maintain these rundown architectural ‘gems’, which could be lost, to us oldies.
Singbal’s Book House! That’s where I bought my Enid Blytons from – often walking down from my home in Altinho. Thanks for the memories.