Ben Antao's sixth novel Money and Politics looks at the turbulent times following the Liberation of Goa. It focusses on two principal protagonists, Dayanand Bandodkar and Jack de Sequeira and their newly formed political parties--- Maharashtrawadi Gomantak and United Goans respectively, spanning the time frame from December 1961 to January 1967. The author draws upon his intimate knowledge of the period, as a working journalist, and how money and politics shaped the emergent democracy. It's a work of fiction that conveys a sense of life and truth through the machinations of the two main characters.
About the Author
Ben Antao was born in Goa, India, and has been a journalist, teacher, writer and a certified financial planner now living in Toronto, Canada. He graduated from the University of Bombay (M.A. in English) and worked as a reporter for The Navhind Times, Panjim, Goa (1963-64) and later joined The Indian Express (1965-66) in Bombay as a reporter. In 1966, he was awarded a journalism fellowship by the World Press Institute based at the Macalester College, St. Paul, Minn., for a year’s study and travel in the United States. He has published five novels, two memoirs, two travelogues as well as several short stories. He recently published a collection of sonnets and a novel in verse titled Love Triangle.