Dancing with Rita


  • Jessica Faleiro Independent Scholar




Luso-Indian, Goan-Portuguese culture, Gothic, cultural identity


Post-colonial literature from India needs to move away from the tendency to focus on just a British Indian framework and broaden its perspective to include wider frameworks including the Luso-Indian framework. This original ‘ghost story’ is just one example of Goan Gothic literature that has emerged from the influence of four hundred and fifty-one years of the Portuguese colonial experience in Goa, South India. The author is a Goan migrant and Adult Third Culture Kid, currently living in Goa. This story has been adapted and embellished, based on one that was told to the author by her aunt in Goa over a decade ago. 

Author Biography

Jessica Faleiro, Independent Scholar

Jessica Faleiro’s fiction, poetry, essays and travel pieces have been published in Asia Literary Review, Forbes, Indian Quarterly, IndiaCurrents, Coldnoon, Joao Roque Literary Journal, Mascara Literary Review, Muse India and The Times of India as well as in various anthologies. Her first novel ‘Afterlife: Ghost stories from Goa’ (2012) is about a Goan family and their ‘ghostly’ encounters, and her second, ‘The Delicate Balance of Little Lives’ (2018), is a collection of interlinked stories about five middle-class Goan women trying to cope with loss. She won the Joao Roque Literary Award ‘Best in Fiction 2017 for her short story ‘Unmatched.’

Jessica is currently the Commissioning Editor for the Joao Roque Literary Journal.  She previously worked for Kingston University Press as a sub-editor and co-edited the March 2018 editor of the Joao Roque Literary Journal’s edition on Writing from the Goan Diaspora.  She has an MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University, UK, talks about creativity, and runs creative writing workshops.




How to Cite

Faleiro, J. (2019). Dancing with Rita. ETropic: Electronic Journal of Studies in the Tropics, 18(2). https://doi.org/10.25120/etropic.18.2.2019.3703