Every generation has its own Goa. In the late Seventies and the early Eighties, I wearied of professional Goans and Bombay old-timers who talked of the Goa of their youth still ruled by the Portuguese, full of Latin music, happy villagers, grand churches and rivers of alcohol (the rest of India had Prohibition). Somehow, they always left out the failures of the Portuguese, who believed that Goans did not deserve electricity or drains, and managed to make kerosene lanterns and pig toilets seem romantic.
From HT Brunch, January 25, 2015
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