• Book Release | The Wait And Other Stories by Damodar Mauzo | 13 June 2022, 6.00 pm

    Sunaparanta Goa Centre for the Arts invites you to the launch of The Wait And Other Stories by Jnanpith awardee Damodar Mauzo on Monday, 13th June 2022, 6.00 pm, hosted by our patrons, Dipti, Dattaraj and Isheta Salgaocar.

    The Wait is a collection that brings to the anglophone world, one of the doyens of Konkani literature.

    A cab driver, who assumes the identity of whoever his clients want him to be, finds himself in a tricky situation with a passenger. A late-night call leads a doctor down a path of lust and desire, but with unexpected results. A writer acquaints himself with a thief who had broken into his house. A migrant worker falls in love but wonders how he can present himself as a suitor. A young man, having lost the love of his life, takes it upon himself to resolve another couple’s dilemmas.

    Mauzo’s sometimes bizarre, sometimes tender stories, set largely in Goa probe the deepest corners of the human psyche with tongue-in-cheek humour, revealing the many threads that connect us to others and the ease with which they can be broken.

    In conversation with José Lourenço and Xavier Cota, Mauzo will take us through the various stories written in simple prose, yet layered in nuances. This session will be moderated by author & playwright Isabel Santa Rita Vás.

    This event is in collaboration with Penguin Random House India.


    Damodar Mauzo is a short story writer, novelist, critic and scriptwriter who lives in Goa and writes in Konkani. He received India's highest literary honour, the Jnanpith Award, in 2022. He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1983, for his novel Karmelin, and the Vimala V. Pai Vishwa Konkani Sahitya Puraskar in 2011, for his novel Tsunami Simon. His collection of short stories, Teresa's Man and Other Stories from Goa, was nominated for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award in 2015. He has served as a member of the executive board, General Council, Sahitya Akademi, as well as a member of the Sahitya Akademi's Finance Committee.


    Isabel Santa Rita Vás is an author, playwright, theatre director and one of the founder members of the Mustard Seed Art Company, an amateur theatre group which has been doing theatre for the last 35 years. Vás has written more than 40 plays, a few of which are published in the book Frescoes in the Womb: Six Plays from Goa. She taught at Dhempe College of Arts and Science, Miramar for 38 years and was on the Guest Faculty of Goa University, Department of English.


    Xavier Cota translates literature, mainly Konkani stories into English. His translated fiction and other articles have appeared in The Week, Gentleman’s World, Katha Prize Stories, Sahitya Akademi publications. He won the 2005 Katha Award for Translation. His translated publications of Damodar Mauzo’s Konkani works include These Are My Children a collection of stories published by Katha, Tsunami Simon a novel published by Ponytale Books and Teresa’s Man & Other Stories from Goa by Rupa Publications which was for the Frank O’Connor International Short Stories Award. 


    José Lourenço is a writer, editor, and translator, whose short stories, essays, and translations in Konkani and English have appeared in various anthologies and periodicals. He is the author of 'The Parish Churches of Goa - A Study of Façade Architecture', ‘The Fever and other stories’, and ‘The Wit & Wisdom of Ancient Goa’, a collection of Konkani proverbs. He was editor of Goa Streets weekly and has co-edited Peacock, the IFFI festival magazine. He has worked as Vice-President of Goa Konkani Akademi and Konkani Bhasha Mandal, and as secretary of the Museum of Christian Art at Old Goa. He is a practicing civil engineer, based in Margao.