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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  • Thanks. Your book The Poet, Philosopher and Politician about Allama Dr. Muhammad Iqbal, would be insha Allah, definitely archieved for my personal small library, soon.

    As a fan of Dr. Iqbal, let me share the BBC Urdu tafsera by Shafi Naqee Jameeh, taking interviews during a Seminar (way back before 1992), conducted by a French NGO in Spain, several fans of Dr. Iqbal were interviewed, a Jew Scholar said, he was our Scholar, because he said about Prophet Moses (A.S.), a Japanese Scholar said, he was not Shair-e-Mashreek, but, he was a Universal Scholar. Lastly, Prof. Jagannath Azad was asked by J. Shafi Naqee Jameeh, on aims and objective of Seminar, being conducted by a French NGO in Spain, he wittingly replied, as Islam was ruled in Spain for about more than 800 years, and as Dr. Iqbal contributed through Urdu Poetry for Islamic revivalism (by translating Holly Qur’an and Prophetic Hadeeth). Prof. Azaid, Seminar’s intention could be to study the concept of Islam, which contain, the hidden elements of expansionism.

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