GOA: That pot of gold at the end of the rainbow

By on May 03, 2014
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GOA: That pot of gold at the end of the rainbow

At leading American magazine ‘Newsweek’, PATRICIA J Pereira SETHI, 65, interacted with the who’s who of the international stage. As the United Nations Bureau Chief, she regularly interviewed leading political figures and travelled around the world, but when it was time to retire, she found that there was no place as welcoming as the land of her ancestors, Goa. She shares with VIVA GOA her experiences from her time at Newsweek, some fond memories of her childhood vacations in Goa, and what brought her back here after seeing the world

Goa’s emphatic memory as a vacation spot when Patricia Sethi was a child never left her over her years across continents. Starting out on the bottom rung in the renowned Newsweek’s international edition after she moved to New York to study and work, the young journalist quickly rose through the ranks with her dedicated research, keen learning and crisp writing.

Her hard work found her as United Nations’ Bureau Chief and General Editor, and did she love her job! It was this love for journalism, reporting and writing, that manifested itself in superlative interviews with leading personalities, from former Bangladeshi president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, to former Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi and Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

Sethi is certainly one with friends in high places, holding Bisleri honcho Ramesh J Chauhan as one of her closest, and artists Francis Newton Souza and M F Husain as visitors to her home in the US. Film stars and politicians alike have spent evenings in her living room, but she is as down-to-earth as they come.
Now retired, she recalls her life and times in a candid interview.

Read the full article in 'Viva Goa' magazine copy.
Viva Goa magazine is now on stands. Available at all major book stalls and supermarkets in Goa.

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