Onward with the recommendations! Normally I’m taking subjects off the top of my head and then going after the information yet there are times when I enjoy wandering around the net to see what pops up or catches my eye. Anything Brazilian catches my eye, of course….and visually speaking, this is true too as I find Brazil to be a very colorfully rich country. Perhaps it is merely the presence of color contrasting against the earthy colors that abound that makes everything pop out. The only other country I know of that has the same spark is India, although color is more connected to religion there than in Brazil.
One after the other, I came into contact with three links that reference Brazil, Brazilians and/or the Portuguese language. It began with a curiousity to know which smaller countries or states worldwide have a Portuguese-speaking community and this led me to Goa, India (pictured below).
Next, I was led to find an audio of video example of how Portuguese-speaking Indians would sound, yet I had no luck although I did come across an “Eyes On India”, if you will, called Indi(a)gestão which boasts itself as the “best and biggest India blog out there written in Portuguese” by Professor Sandra Bose. Now, I haven’t been privy to many India blogs but I’ll gladly take her word for it as it seems like a great introduction (it is available in English too via a built-in Babelfish translation button).
Third, while trying to respond to a question she posed on her site about why an Indian festival called Ratha Yarta is celebrated in June/July in India and January in São Paulo, I found this 3rd site called Festival of India (available in English & Portuguese). Their festival takes place all over Brazil and they cover other Brazilian-Indian related things too. The web design is spot-on and quite inviting. By the way, I have to give them props for the trilha sonora (soundtrack) which is really addictive.
Some Info on Goa, India
Goa is India’s smallest state in terms of area and the fourth smallest in terms of population. Located on the west coast of India in the region known as the Konkan, it is bounded by the state of Maharashtra to the north, and by Karnataka to the east and south, while the Arabian Sea forms its western coast.
Panaji (also referred to as Panjim) is the state’s capital. Vasco da Gama (sometimes shortened to Vasco) is the largest city. The historic city of Margao still exhibits the influence of Portuguese culture. The Portuguese (led by Vasco da Gama) first landed in Goa as merchants, in the early 16th century, and conquered it soon after. The Portuguese colony existed for about 450 years (one of the longest held colonial possessions in the world), until it was taken over by India in 1961.
Renowned for its beaches, temples and world heritage architecture, Goa is visited by hundreds of thousands of international and domestic tourists each year. It also has rich flora and fauna, owing to its location on the Western Ghats range, which is classified as a biodiversity hotspot. One of the most developed states in India, Goa enjoys a high standard of living.