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.