This book is a revelation of the society and culture in Goa during the twentieth century. The book is a tribute to the mother who held herself and her children together during times of hardship and insecurity.
Summary of the Book
Filomena’s Journeys is a moving tale about Filomena Borges, a woman who had married for love at the age of twenty-six. She moved to Margao after marriage and her life was about to change forever. Filomena realized that her husband was a very troubled man who lacked the discipline required to survive among Goa’s Catholic elite. His decline was becoming a threat to his family and Filomena was forced to move to Dharwar with her children. She did everything she could to bring up her children in this new and unfamiliar land and protected them from any unhappiness. Once they had gained the courage to face the world on their own, she chose to live alone till the end. She made it through with the help of faith, love from her family and ancient Goan traditions.
About Maria Aurora Couto
Maria Aurora Couto hails from a Goan Catholic community. She is a writer, historian and educationalist who has taught English literature in colleges in India. Maria lives in Aldona, a village in North Goa, and received the Padma Shri award in 2010. Her works include: Graham Greene: On the Frontier. Politics and Religion in the Novels, Goa: A Daughter's Story and Ethnography of Goa, Daman and Diu.