Personal Tributes
to Pascoal

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The 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.

Even 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.

In the 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.

In the 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 Europe.

And finally Pascoal seriously took up his long-cherished dream of returning for good to Goa, his mother-land.

Life 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 plans.

They 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.

It was 1972.

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