This biography courses through eight decades - a period covering two World Wars! It spans more than two continents. The data initially came from the memoirs of Mr Pascoal de Mello himself and promptings from his wife. Later their four sons also furnished me with their personal reminiscences. Piecing all these together and using my knowledge of Goan life and culture plus my research for a forthcoming book entitled, "Goans of Kenya", I have tried to set the event in the proper perspective.
This is the story of a man of boundless optimism founded on Faith, a man with a definite purpose motivated by strong family ties.
It is a tribute of love from the four sons to their father; and I hope the story that unfolds will be an inspiration, particularly, to the younger members of the de Mello clan helping them to appreciate their roots and stand up to the challenge of life.
- Teresa Albuquerque
Dr. (Mrs.) Teresa Albuquerque is a Fellow of the Heras Institute of Indian History and Culture, St. Xavier's College, Bombay and an active member of the Bombay Local Society. A regular contributor to historical journals, art magazines and newspapers, she has to her credit three books on Bombay: SANTA CRUZ THAT WAS (Bombay, 1981), URBS PRIMA IN INDIS: An epoch in the History of Bombay (Promilla & Co., Publishers, New Delhi, 1985) and TO LOVE IS TO SERVE: Catholics of Bombay (Heras Institute, Bombay, 1986.)