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Short Takes Long Memories in Parliament House Library
Short Takes Long Memories by Prabhakar Kamat and Sharmila Kamat ( available in the Library of the Parliament of India, New Delhi under Social History / Biographies

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Lost in Translation: Short Takes Long Memories
When multiple tongues wag, messages are lost in translation.

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, independent India’s first Prime Minister, was a better-known victim of this malaise. In the late 1930s, Nehru, then a leader of India’s freedom struggle, made an unscheduled stop at the Mangor Hill aerodrome of Goa in the port town of Mormugão, while flying to a meeting in South India.

The news spread like bushfire that Panditji had arrived. A huge crowd congregated at the aerodrome to hear him speak. The impromptu assembly drew the attention of the authorities. The Administrador of Mormugão went to Mangor Hill to monitor the proceedings and ensure that Nehru did not address the masses.

As Nehru stood surrounded by his admirers, who kept urging him to address the gathering, the Administrador rushed up to him.

‘You cannot speak!’ he cried frantically. ‘You cannot speak!’ What he had meant to say was, ‘You are not permitted to speak.’

‘Oh, but I can speak,’ countered an annoyed Nehru. ‘There is nothing wrong with my voice.’

Read more about such mangled offerings from the Tower of Bable in Goa as it prepared to rejoin India after 451 years under the Portuguese 50 years after the Liberation of Goa in

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after reading some of the reviews like

and elsewhere in this blog and

India Pakistan and the elusive quest for peace

Gather around, for he will tell us all that is wrong with the country

Danse Macabre by Sharmila Kamat - The Times of India

The Doctor is In - Times of India by Sharmila Kamat

Most of us love Goa for its golden beaches - Review of Sharmila Kamat's Short Takes in Times Crest


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