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Susegad is a concept associated with the culture of Goa, India. Derived from the Portuguese word sossegado ('quiet'), it is often viewed as the relaxed, laid-back attitude towards life that is said to have existed historically in the former Portuguese territory. Footprint Travel Guides describes it as "a relaxed attitude and enjoyment of life to the fullest".[1] What Susegad actually means, according to most experts, is a contented form of joie de vivre existent in the state. As described by one Sunday Times writer, Goa is "South Asia's Latin Quarter: indulgent, tolerant, capricious, steeped in a tropical lassitude and wedded to the sea".[2]

The concept may also carry negative connotations such as "indolence"[2] and in recent years it has been suggested that the relaxed Goan culture of susegad has given way in the face of modern stresses.[3][4] In addition, it is an example of what some ethnographers point out[weasel words]—i.e., "tourism representations of the Orient as the west's exotic, timeless and authentic pleasure periphery are embedded with a colonial discourse that perpetuates the west's hegemonic exploitation of the Orient".[5][page needed][6]


  1. ^ Victoria McCulloch; David Stott (2013). Goa (with Mumbai) Footprint Focus Guide. Footprint Travel Guides. p. 5. ISBN 9781909268425.
  2. ^ a b Stanley Stewart, "Goa's not gone – It’s just hiding", The Sunday Times, 11 September 2005.
  3. ^ Aditi Pai, "Dark side of the sun", India Today, 7 April 2008.
  4. ^ Sadhvi Sharma, "The party’s over in India’s capital of fun", Spiked, 3 April 2008.
  5. ^ Bandyopadhyay, Ranjan (2010). Burns, Peter M.; Lester, Jo-Anne; Bibbing, Lyn (eds.). Tourism and Visual Culture Methods and cases. CAB International. p. 201. ISBN 9781845936129.
  6. ^ "Goa party leader hopes to swing the siesta vote". 6 December 2020.