Windows to the City’s Soul – 15

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

Vaz Mansion, Avenida Pe. Agnelo
5D, 70-200L f/2.8 IS

 

Historic Mhamai Kamat House (19th C)

Historic Mhamai Kamat House (19th C)
5D Mark II, TS-E 24L II

 
Barbearia Indiana (1926), near Municipal Garden

Barbearia Indiana (1926), near Municipal Garden
5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

 
Sales de Andrade House - up close

Sales de Andrade House, Cortin
5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

 
Sales de Andrade House - wide

Sales de Andrade House - wide
5D Mark II, TS-E 24L II

 
Navadurga Tailors (1955), 18th June Road

Navdurga Tailors (1955), 18th June Road
5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

 
Singbal's Book House, Church Square

Singbal's Book House, Church Square
5D Mark II, TS-E 24L II

 
Latin Quarter

Latin Quarter
5D Mark II, TS-E 24L II

 
Grungy, central Panjim

Grungy, central Panjim
5D Mark II, TS-E 24L II

 
Ladies Specialists

Ladies Specialists
5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

 
Tatty, Latin Quarter

Tatty, Latin Quarter
5D Mark II, TS-E 24L II

 
Fugue in β Major

Fugue in β Major
5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

 
 
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  • Arun Prabhu - October 27, 2012 - 12:50 am

    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.ReplyCancel

  • Samir Shirvaiker - June 21, 2012 - 2:47 pm

    Very good set of pictures. Really proud of you for fantastic set of pictures. Thanks a ton.
    Samir ShirvaikerReplyCancel

  • Srikantha Shenoy TV - June 18, 2012 - 11:42 am

    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?ReplyCancel

  • Charudatta Ram Prabhudesai - April 15, 2012 - 1:25 pm

    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.ReplyCancel

  • Con - April 7, 2012 - 11:56 pm

    Dear Rajan,
    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.
    ConReplyCancel

  • Murari Venkataraman - April 4, 2012 - 3:02 am

    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.ReplyCancel

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