Category Archives: Architecture

Iberian influences. Panjim, the capital city of Goa and my birthplace – once among the most beautiful towns in the world. It took India less than 50 years to turn it to dreck. Noticing India’s corrosive effect is, of course, crimethink in these parts, and those Goans who do the noticing risk being called “anti-national,” […]

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Mark your calendar. At the intersection of Castro and Mercy streets in downtown Mountain View, my home the past 25 years, is buried a time capsule. It was planted inside a custom-designed manhole in 1990 to be unearthed in 100 years. “Among the contents are menus from a variety of downtown restaurants, a video on […]

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Goa’s bedrock. The Konkani term tambdi maati – lit. red clay – has special meaning to Goans. It refers to the red soil of our land derived from the bedrock laterite that spans Goa‘s demesne. Traditional Goan dwellings – homes, temples and churches – were built with laterite and coated with lime. Post-1961 we saw […]

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