Edwin Thumboo Opens Goa Arts and Literature Fest


edwinthambooRenowned author Edwin Thumboo got nostalgic during his Goa visit when he opened the fifth edition of the Goa Arts and Literature Festival (GALF) here.

Speaking after the opening ceremony, Thumboo, 81, recalled his childhood teachers, a Goan couple, who shaped his growing years here.

“I also recall when I was eleven-year-old, we had two Goan families living in the city. They were the example of what a person should be,” said the Singaporean poet, who is regarded as one of the pioneers of English literature in his country.

The writer said coming to Goa was a learning experience.

“I didn’t realize that the name Goa came before the Portuguese colonization. I learnt few new things after coming down here (to open the festival),” he said.

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