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Susegad is a concept associated with the Indian state of Goa. 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 Goa, a 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]


  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.