Book Highlights Decline of Goa's Traditional Occupations

Book Highlights Decline of Goa's Traditional Occupations
An Indian poetess in Bahrain has become the first woman to release a book of Konkani poetry highlighting the traditional occupations of Goa, a news report has said.

Goenchi Girestkai (The Wealth of Goa), authored by Maria Conceicao Pereira, is an effort to revive the Goan heritage that is fading out.

"Many children born to parents living in Bahrain or abroad have no idea about our traditions in Goa," she told Gulf Daily News.

"Neither do they have a chance to know anything about Goa, so this book is to help them to explain to their children and instill some knowledge about Goan traditions and professions," she said.

According to Pereira, many Goan children have been brought up by their parents through this traditional hard work and it is sad to see that these professions are fading away, becoming a mere tourist attraction in Goa.

The book focuses on the decline of people belonging to 12 traditional occupations in Goa i.e fishermen, carpenters, bakers, coconut pickers, toddy-tappers, barbers, grave-diggers, church helpers, ploughmen, tailors, postmen and potters.

Pereira depicts their daily lives with a vivid use of the Konkani language and more than 100 copies of the book has already been sold, the report said.

Money raised from book sales is being donated to the Sacred Heart Church.

Pereira, who is a secretary with the Bahrain Medical Society, was born in Arossim, Cansaulim, and graduated from Carmel College in Goa.

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