Lucia Rodrigues – A Short Biography
Lucio Rodrigues (1916-73) was a great Konkani essayist. He wrote several articles in English and Konkani to various periodicals and magazines. He served as a visiting professor of Folklore at many universities and also as a professor of English in Mumbai and Goa. His essays were posthumously published under the title ‘Of Soil and Soul’ and Konkani Folk Tales’. Subtle humour and informal narration are the essential features of his writings.
This is a pen-portrait of a traditional Goan village baker who still has an important place in the society. What changes take place in the life of the baker with the passage of time a glimpse is presented in this extract.
The writer presents a pen-portrait of a traditional Goan village baker who still has an important place in its society. Elders still think fondly of the famous Portuguese loaves of bread. The family tradition is still carried on even today by the new generation of bakers or pads in Goa. Even today, marriage gifts are meaningless without the sweet bread or the bol, just as a party or a feast loses its charm without Goan bread.
Traditional = conventional (परम्परागत; baker = one who bakes bread (पावरोटी आदि बनाने वाला); reminiscing = remembering (याद करना); nostalgically = fondly (स्नेह से ); loaves = pieces of bread (पावरोटी); vanished = disappeared (गायब हो गया); moulders = those who mould (फफूंद बनाने वाले); exist= being still there (मौजूद होना); furnaces = ovens (भट्टियाँ); extinguished = put out (बुझा देना); thud and jingle = falling sound along with musical sound (गिरने की संगीतमय आवाज़ के साथ ); Heralding = announcing (घोषणा करना); carries on = continues (जारी रखना ); profession = occupation (व्यवसाय); pader = a kind of baker (एक प्रकार का बेकर); longed = wished (इच्छा की); staff = a long stick (लम्बी छड़ी); supported = helped (सहारा देना); banged = beat with (ठक-ठक करना); greet = welcome (स्वागत करना); vertical = straight (सीधी); mild = light (हल्का); rebuke = chide (डाँटना); parapet = wall on the edge of root (मुंडेर); peep = see (देखना; fragrance = smell (सुगन्ध) Feast = grand party (प्रीतिभोज,दावत); absolutely = completely (पूरी तरह); peculiar = strange (विचित्र); starved = die of hunger (भूख से मरना); prosperous = well to do (खुशहाल); plump = having a soft round body (गोल मटोल); testimony = statement (कथन,सबूत); jackfruit = a kind of vegetable (कटहल)