mammoth exodus from Kenya had begun. In 1965 Tim left for the U.K.
He realised it was time to get away to where the grass was greener.
This was becoming increasingly evident with emergence of the policy
of ruthless "Black Africanization" - in blatant disregard for the
provisions of Kenya's new constitution that prohibited racial
discrimination. Asians were given the option to adopt Kenya
citizenship or else leave the country. It was heart-rending to the
many who had always looked on Kenya as home.
Pascoal and Esmeralda would have liked the boy to stay with them.
But Tim was adamant. So his father could only din into his head the
advice: "England has a lot to offer, take what is good and reject
the rest!" Tim stayed with his older brother until he found a
permanent job for himself.
course of time he fell in love with an English girl named Jennifer
Hopkins. He was very diffident about how his parents would react to
a non-Goan, so he did not muster courage to introduce her to them
when they both visited him in England. They only met her in 1971
when he brought her, as his wife, to Kenya on a visit. It is very
significant that "at a time when most Goan families insisted that
their children married Goans" Pascoal and Esmeralda were
liberal-minded. It was a great relief and joy to their son to see
how spontaneously they took their foreign daughter-in-law into the
bosom of their family.
meantime Raymond, the third boy, had also left Kenya and graduated
from Luton Polytechnic in London. Joe had migrated to Canada and as
soon as he established himself there, he promptly invited his
youngest brother Stan to come over too.
Already, feeling finally free of responsibility now that all
their four sons were grown-up, Pascoal and Esmeralda decided to see
more of the vast continent of Africa itself: they went on cruises to
Beira, Mozambique and Lourenco Marques. Bitten by the travel bug
they did a little more of globe-trotting and went to England to see
their boys. They even went on a motor coach across Britain and
finally Pascoal seriously took up his long-cherished dream of
returning for good to Goa, his mother-land.
in Kenya was getting to be insecure, even risky. Esmeralda was not
very inclined to leave her "nest". She had very deep emotional ties
with Kenya - her birth-place, her earliest home! She wanted to
remain in her Nairobi house which was very comfortable and built
exactly to her wishes. To go to Goa now made her sad. Besides, she
preferred to be closer to her boys. They had invited their parents
to their homes in the U.K. and Canada; but Pascoal was very firm. He
was not prepared to live again in someone else's land anymore. He
had done his stint in Kenya and was now bent on going home. So back
to his beloved Goa. Esmeralda eventually agreed to his
sold their car and their house at a good profit to some local
Africans. For both of them it was a painful wrench, but it just had
to be, even before Stan actually departed for Canada, Pascoal and
Esmeralda left their beloved Kenya forever.