Fiction in Progress
The Mango StoneÂ follows three generations of a family through migrations from the Portuguese colonyÂ of Goa, to British East Africa, Britain and finally Canada.Â The storyÂ begins in 1973, reverts toÂ 1933, and then alternates backwards and forwards during a period of great colonial upheaval, countries and citizenships changing at a distance.Â Violence and silencesÂ alter expectations, and result in cultural and generational conflicts.
Goan culture by its history and its nature is diasporatic and adaptive. And with each transplanting, there is gain and loss. This work seeks to capture the oral tradition that was so vital to the culture in this period. The Mango Stone is a taste of a migrant culture in flux.