This website is about the GOAN Christian Community of Pakistan. Every Goan has ancestral roots in Goa, India, formerly a Portuguese colony. All Goans of Pakistan are predominantly Catholic. Although the 'Christian Community of Pakistan' has contributed immensely to nation-building; this endeavor is solely dedicated to researching, highlighting and archiving the GOAN community's historical background, cultural heritage, significant achievements and contribution to Pakistan, before and after independence.

 
Trends & Lifestyle


The magnificent sandstone-building of the Karachi Goan Association (1886) requisitioned for two years as a Senior Officers Club during World War II and which also played host to the Duke of Windsor then Prince of Wales and the First Governor of the Province of Sind; the legendary portals of St. Patrick's High School (1861) and St. Joseph's Convent (1862) and the elite mansions, palatial houses, clubs, pubs, discotheques, gourmets, bakeries, theatres, 'koors' and gymkhanas in upscale Saddar; were the epicenters of all music, cultural and sporting activities of Goan-life.

This is where Karachi's fashion trends and lifestyle originated. Remember the 'Club' scenes in early Pakistani movies - the disoriented 'western' dances and clothing, the quintessential saxophonist, trumpeter and drummer, the drinks and sexy damsels - all a plagiarized version of the 'real thing' at our clubs in those days.

The gentry who are now in the age group of 50s, 60s and 70s will probably recall names like Jack Braganza, Raphael DeSouza, Colin DeSouza and Dominic Fernandes as tailors and outfitters of exceptional quality. Jack in particular was tremendously popular and his large, trendy and welcoming store on the intersection of Sommerset Street in Saddar was forever busy with the glitterati and the who's who's of Karachi, all clamoring to get into suits made by Jack's cut. It has been penned somewhere in my notes that Raphael DeSouza was one of Jinnah's (The Quaid-e-Azam, Founder of Pakistan) official tailors.

As far as fashion statements were concerned tall, sleek and beautiful Goan damsels, notably Marilyn Pereira (whose father was the Trade Commissioner for Portugal in Pakistan) sported everything from the mini, midi and maxi skirts of the 70s, including various combinations of jeans and tops. They were also the first set of local models that did Pakistan's first black-n-white TV commercials.

When it came to formal wear, glamorous gowns were a hit at the numerous Balls held at the KGA, the Beach Luxury, the Loco, Metropole, Boat Club and at the residences of the Ambassadors and later Consuls-General. Ballroom dancing, including the Waltzes, Fox Trot, Tango, Rock & Roll, Cha-Cha-Cha, the Twist and later the Hustle, were a fad and every Goan boy and girl did it with grace and in style!

I am told most of Karachi's historical moments were captured through the lens of that famous and prominent Karachi photographer, the late I. Sequeira who would probably have a treasure trove of pictures. It would be appreciated if anyone in possession of some old pictures would like to share it with me for archiving them as part of Pakistan/Karachi's history.

And when it came to going back to your Master - it were the stately funeral services offered by the renowned Goan undertaker - Anthony Coutinho & Co. Some of the masterpiece tomb-stones ( www.karachigoraqabristan.org ) carved by the craftsmen of AC & Coy., still survive in the Gora Qabristan (The Christian Cemetery), though many have been vandalized and broken. It is believed that the casket for the burial of Pakistan's slain Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan was made by Anthony Coutinho & Co.

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