‘The Gift’ (Memories of My Grandmother)

  After my grandmother Patsy Sequeira-Pinto passed away a few years ago, I wrote the short story below about the wonderful memories I have of her. It was published in the US journal The Wilderness House Literary Review in 2014. Enjoy!   The Gift They say that my language, like my grandmother, is dying. “Hic!” I…

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Hello there. My name is Melissa De Silva and I’m a writer. I’m also a Eurasian of Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese and Indian descent. My maternal great-grandad, Victor Valentin Sequeira, was a Eurasian from Goa. His job as the superintendent of the MacRitchie reservoir was exciting and rather dangerous – patrolling the thick jungle with his…