Want to buy books from Goa?

Goa,1556 can help you at a reasonable price

(while you support the cause  of promoting the written word in Goa.)

We can mail-order you any in-print book from Goa. Rates reasonable, service prompt, and safe-delivery (via registered post). We charge in Indian Rupees. Write to us for a free quotation.
Books are sent by registered, second-class airmail (book post) internationally. By registered-mail within India. We can also despatch by SPEEDPOST or courier within India at extra rates
Payment can be made via local cheque (payable to Goa,1556 at Goa), by money-order (suitable within India), or collected via VPP (value-payee post/parcel). International payments via cheque on Goa or Paypal. Delivery usually within 10-15 days. Ideal as gifts.
Write to goa1556@gmail.com for details.
Our rates:
  • Cover (rupee) price of the book
  • Plus actual postage in rupees
  • Plus a small packaging fee
  • A sourcing fee, only if the book is not easily available
October 2009, some books we recommend:
  • Gerard da Cunha-published ‘Mario de Miranda’, a bulky book costing approx Rs 2700. Coffeetable, large-sized and hardbound … on the cartoonist’s life works. Including work from his boyhood! Available at http://mariodemiranda.com/
  • The Goa Migration Study 2008, NRI Commission. Unpriced. Also available freely in PDF. Contact me via goa1556@gmail.com if you’d like a free copy.
  • Teotonio R de Souza’s Medieval Goa. Rs 495 hb Rs 395 pb Focussing on Goan lives in the 17th century. Available via goa1556@gmail.com
  • Lambert Mascarenhas’ new novel (though not set in Goa). Heartbreak Passage. Available at Broadway.
  • Aureliano Fernandes (GU, political sc dept) Panchayatantra, on panchayats in Goa. Hb. Available at bookshops in Goa, Broadway and Varsha, etc. auby@rediffmail.com
  •  Francis Rodrigues’ Greatest Konkani Song Hits. In Goa, Rs 850. Available via mail-order at http://www.konkanisongbook.com/
  • AK Priolkar’s The Goa Inquisition (new edition). A book that has shaped the understanding of the Goa Inquisition, specially within South Asia, though I do not agree with its portrayal. Available in bookshops, including at Rajhauns (Daulat Bldg, St Inez) or Broadway, etc.
  •  Architect Gerard da Cunha’s “Museum Houses of Goa Monograph Series”. Easily recommendable. Approx Rs 100 each, two separate thickish booklets. One on Hindu houses of Goa. One of the two ‘monograph’ titles I came across was titled ‘Study of Hindu Domestic Architecture in Goa’. What was more surprising is that this study was done way back in 1947, and that too by a Tanzanian architect of Goan origin. Anthony Almeida (b. 1921). Om V. Prabhugaonkar’s ‘Houses of Canacona’ looks at the socio-cultural factors there. The author is himself from Canacona, and that part of Goa is “geographically very rich and with a long coastline, khazan lands and forests which extend upto the Western Ghats,” says D’Cunha. “The inhabitants too come from different communities — shepherds, tribal, agriculturists, fishermen and the priestly class.” Available at Porvorim (Torda) at Architect Gerard’s Houses of Goa Museum. http://www.archgoa.org/
  • Rochelle Pinto’s Between Empires: Press and Politics in Goa… 20th century history/sociology. Worth a read. Available in Goa at Broadway’s and Literati.
  •  Panteleão Fernandes’ “100 Goan Experiences” Rs 395 In keeping with what one would expect from his book, Fernandes tells a visitor to Goa — or even the potential local reader, since we barely know our own state well enough — what are the possible things one could spend time doing while here. Email pantaleaof@gmail.com
  •  Jose Lourenco Amazing Goa infocards Interesting tidbits about Goa. Like a quiz game. Contact the compiler/publisher joselourenco@rediffmail.com
  •  ‘Roteiro dos Aquuivos da India Portuguesa’ In Portuguese, about the holdings of the Goa Archives. 2009 reprint. Rs 220. Available at the Goa Archives, Rua de Ourem, Panjim during office (cash) hours.
  •  Archdiocese of Goa Directory 2009-10 Rs 50. A very thorough listing of almost every church-related institution (religious, educational and social work oriented) in Goa and Daman. Available at the Diocesan Centre for Social Communication Media, c/o Archbishop’s Palace, Panjim and at some other church outlets. dcscmgoa@gmail.com or pxgoa1@gmail.com
  •  Sarasvati’s Children, on the Mangalore Christians and their connections with Goa. By Alan Machado Prabhu alan.machado3@gmail.com

Note while ordering books: It makes more sense to order multiple books at a time, rather than one. International book posts allows for a max of 2 kgs in a single package. Check with us first to ensure that the book is available in Goa. We can also send new releases regularly if you’d like to place standing orders to do so.