Author: Anita Pinto Genre:
ISBN: 978-93-80739-56-4 Price (PB) : Rs. 195 Mail Enquiry
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Illustrated. Large size. Large print.

Charming short stories, for 5 to 11 year olds, all set in Goa. A leopard comes to dinner in Bicholim. You meet the delightful Devika Duck. Or you hear about the lovable Espi Mai on her return visit from Mumbai. Stories are also set in the norther Mapusa and the calm, sunny southern region of Canacona. Ride with Anita to a magical land — a land with talking animals, quaint people, sunny beaches and forgotten customs. And don’t forget, the land exists. It’s a land called Goa.

After winning hearts via English, Espi Mai — the lovable, charming but over-eating expat aunty from Mumbai — has found her tongue. Now, she’s into speaking fluent Konkani, with a new translation of her book into the language. Released with support from the Dalgado Konknni Akademi, which works to promote Konkani in the Roman script in Goa. Translated by Isidore Dantas (stories) and Pandarinath Lotlikar (verse). It is written in a very engaging and inclusive style.

When it was first released in 2011, the original English edition of the book did extremely well, selling out nearly 800 copies in under four months. Now in its second English edition. In addition, plans for a Portuguese edition of the same book are at an advanced stage. The stories are aimed at 5-11 year olds, and are set in Mapusa, Palolem, coastal Goa, Raia, Pedem, Fatorda, Panjim, Bicholim, Nuvem, Salvador do Mundo, Ekoshim, and elsewhere in the diverse place that is Goa. Young readers no longer need to believe that the centre of the world is somewhere in Europe or the US!