Maria Aurora Couto

Maria Aurora Couto is an Indian writer, historian and educationalist from Goa. Her novel Goa: A Daughter’s Story has received particularly wide attention.

Her family hails from the Goan Catholic community, a Christian community in Goa. She taught English literature in colleges in India (particularly New Delhi) and has contributed to periodicals in India and the United Kingdom.

She lives in the North Goa village of Aldona, from where she has played an important role in the literary and cultural life of Goa. Her late husband Alban Couto was a senior civil servant with the Government of Goa and other governments, and worked in many parts of India. After the end of Portuguese rule in Goa in 1961, Alban Couto was a senior member of the civil service in Goa.

In 2010, she received the Padma Shri award.


The works of Couto include:

  • Graham Greene: On the Frontier, Politics and Religion in the Novels (Macmillan, London 1986)
  • Goa: A Daughter’s Story (Viking/Penguin 2004).
  • Ethnography of Goa, Daman and Diu (Viking, Penguin, 2008) (a translation of Etnografia da India Portuguesa by A.B. Braganza Pereira from Portuguese)
  • Filomena’s Journeys: Portrait of a marriage, a family and a culture]] (Aleph Book Company 2013)


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