At times wacky, at times full of whimse and at other times serious, this anthology of folk tales reflects the cultural ethos and underpinnings of a community that speaks the Konkani language. The social and religious customs, beliefs and superstitions, food habits and mode of dress of its people as well as their ever-green and fertile nature in all its exuberance are unwittingly depicted here. Also showcased is the complex tranquility and dormant cultural energy which hides in its variegated folds a veritable melting-pot of cultures. What binds these stories together is the underlining moralistic tone upholding human values, the intuitive appreciation of various social processes and the promise for graceful progress. Some of the tales may have parallels in other regional language speaking areas as well which enables one to easily relate to them. In short, this book is an interesting collection of tales for the general reader.
Prof. Olivinho JF Gomes (b. 1943) is a well known poet, historian and a sociologist of repute. He was formerly with the Indian Administrative Services and also served as Professor of Konkani; Dean, Faculty of Languages and Literature; and the Vice-Chancellor of Goa University.