Mangaluru: Renowned Konkani writer Herolpius passes away at 67


Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (SB)

Mangaluru, Feb 22: Well-known Konkani writer Gratian Pius D’Silva (nom de plume Herolpius) has passed away at the age of 67 in his residence on Monday, February 22.

He worked in the Government of India’s central department at various positions and retired as the immigration director of Mangaluru International Airport. 

He was the recipient of the prestigious 'Daiji Dubai Literary Puroskar' for the year 2012.

Herolpius was born on August 14, 1954, at Cordel in Mangaluru. Born to the late John D’Silva and the late Marceline Fernandes, he was the third of seven children in his family. His first story was published in 1970 in Jhelo Monthly. That was the foundation for a string of literary success. To date, he has written about 170 short stories, 10 novels, 272 articles, over 200 poems, 1200-plus jokes, numerous stage plays and skits. His novel ‘Don Thembe Dukam’ bagged the Goa Konkani Basha Mandal award in 1972. His popular novels such as ‘Ragat Ani Udak’, ‘Ek Adurem Pintur’, ‘Moja Sapnachi Raani’, ‘Sister Shobha’, ‘Mog Ani Thyag’, ‘Tum Mojens-bha’, ‘Lagnachim Paili Raat’, ‘Pusun Ghallo Polo’ and ‘Shimti Pale Vankdi, have received a lot of appreciation from the by readers.

His four decades of assiduous and constant work makes him the ‘hidden giant’ of Konkani literature. He is one among the rare breed of Konkani writers whose work has been found worthwhile for translation into Kannada and Hindi languages.

Herolpius is survived by his wife and two children.

  

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  • Chandran C, Calicut, Kerala

    Thu, Feb 25 2021

    Shri G.P.D Silva's untimely death is a shocking news. I had worked with him at Udupi during 2003-04 and our association was very strong . He used to call me occasionally, after his transfer from Udupi. He was workaholic and very simple. He acquired very good experience during his service both in India and outside. I can not forget my association with him. May his Soul Rest in Peace.

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  • Anthony Quadras, Neerude, Doha Qatar

    Thu, Feb 25 2021

    Sad to hear the news of untimely demise of Konkani writer Herolpius. Great Konkani writer. May the Lord grant great strength to his bereaved family. May his departed soul Rest In Peace!

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  • Donald Roche, Mangalore/Ruzai

    Wed, Feb 24 2021

    We lost our loving cousin and a great writer. I am having his novel Don Thembe Dukam. Heart felt condolences to the bereaved family members. May his departed soul attain eternal bliss.

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  • Joe Lobo, Kulshekar, Bangalore

    Wed, Feb 24 2021

    Heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. I have lost a good friend and relative. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Ron Rroche cascia, Cascia Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 24 2021

    Heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members.His name and fame will be remembered for ever in our hearts and the Konkanni world.May his soul rest in peace .

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  • Richard Fernandes, Paldane

    Wed, Feb 24 2021

    Very sad news. May his soul rest in peace

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  • William Nazareth, Bahrain

    Wed, Feb 24 2021

    Dear Gracy and family, sorry to learn about the sudden demise of Pius. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. May Almighty God grant you and the children the strength to bear this loss. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Manjunath, Abuja

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    We will miss you sir

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  • Roshan D'Silva, Vamanjoor/UAE

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    This news is very sad, we have lost a great Konkani writer, may Pius Uncles soul RIP, Amen.

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  • Dr Gerald Pinto, Kallianpur

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    GReat loss to KOnkani. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Gerald Dsouza, Riyadh

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    Very sad. .Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and perpetual light shine upon him. May her soul rest in peace. Amen

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  • STANY PINTO, NEERUDE/DUBAI

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    Very sad news, a dedicated & renowned Konkani writer! Heartfelt condolences to his family. May his soul rest in eternal peace!

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  • Raknno Weekly, Mangaluru.

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    Sad Konkni Sahitya yet lost a stalwart! Rest in Peace. deep condolences to his family.

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  • Gerry and Audrey, Bejai/Abu dhabi

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    Dear family members, kindly accept our heartfelt condolences on the sad demise of Herolpius. May his soul Rest In Peace

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  • VALERIAN FERNANDES, Kulshekar/Bangalore

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    Heartfelt sympathys to the bereaved family,we studied together at st Joseph's hr.primary,Padua high school,st .Aloysoious College. Mangalore.May his soul rest in peace

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  • EULALIA DSOUZA, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    That is really sad and shocking news. May his soul rest in peace we pray. Heartfelt Condolences to the family.

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  • Francis Lewis, Sastan

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE

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  • LEENA FERNANDES, Vamanjoor

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    Voni & family members very sad news. Heartfelt condolences to you all. May his soul rest in Peace.

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  • Henry & Bela D'Almeida, Shirva/ Bahrain

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    Sad to hear that we lost a Renowned Konkani writer Herolpius. Condolences to his family members. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • CGS & Family, Valencia

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    We lost a good freind and a great writer. Herolpius was very jovial and witty , above all a good human being and a genuine person. Heartfelt condolences to Gracy, Glanish and the bereaved family members. May his departed soul attain eternal bliss.

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  • Dolphy Cascia with Clara, Vamanjoor, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Clifford Dsouza, Niddel/Dubai

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    Dear Family, Heartfelt condolences, may his soul rest in peace

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  • Prakash D' Cunha, Bajpe/Abudhabi

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Alwyn Pinto, Derebail / Dubai

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    Heartfelt condolences to all members of the bereaved family. May the departed soul rest in peace.

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  • Sunny/Jessy D'Silva & fly., Cordel/Sydney

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    Heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Anil, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    ಹೆರೊಲ್ಪಿಯುಸ್ ಹಾಂಚ್ಯಾ ಮೊರ್ನಾ ವರ್ವಿಂ ಕೊಂಕ್ಣಿ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯಕ್ ಆನಿಂ ತಾಂಚಾ ಕುಟ್ಮಾಂಕ್ ವ್ಹಡ್ಲೊ ನಷ್ಟ್ ಜಾಲಾ ಮ್ಹಣ್ಯೆತ್. ಸರ್ಗಿಂಚೊ ಬಾಪ್ ಹೊ ನಷ್ಟ್ ಭರ್ತಿ ಕರುಂದಿ ಮ್ಹಣ್ ಮಾಗ್ಯಾಂ.

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  • Valerian D Souza, Hassan

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    I offer you my thoughts, prayers and well-wishes during this dark time in your life. My deepest condolences to the entire family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. May God keep you strong and united through this tough time. May his soul rest in peace

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  • John E dsilva, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    Dear Gracy bai, Glanish ,Glaston and all the family members, Extremely sorry to hear the sudden and untimely demise of our dear pius dattu.my heartfelt condolences to you and all the members of the bereaved family. May the Almighty bless you with the inner strength to bear the loss of dear departed. May the noble soul rest in peace.

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  • Aloysius Pinto, Kudupu/Mumbai

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    Heartfelt condolences to his family May his soul rest in peace

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  • Cynthia Miranda, Kulshekar, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    May his soul rest in peace 🙏 Heartfelt condolences to the family...

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  • Vincent Praveen Castelino, Pernal/Mumbai

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    Mother Konkani has lost her great worker/son who made headlines for Konkani Literature and won the (laurels) hearts of Common Konkani Folks(lovers). You would be remembered dear 'herolpius' for your noble deeds(contribution for Konkani language). May his soul departed rest in peace eternal and we pray with Almighty Lord to give courage

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  • Rita, Germany

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    Sad to know he is no more.I used to read his stories or other writings with interest.They had their own class ,taste .Heartfelt sympathies to his family.May his soul rest in Peace.

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  • Francis, Shirva/UK

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    Sad to hear the news, May his soul rest in peace. Herolpius’s articles were well knowledge of current affairs with accurate information.

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  • Anthony D'Silva, Udyavara/ Fujariah UAE

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    May his soul rest in Eternal peace AMEN. Read many of his writings. His passing away is loss to Konkani literature. Condolences to his wife and children.

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  • Patrick D Souza, Kinnikambla, Mangalore.

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    Heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Joseph D'mello, Australia

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    Sad to hear, Herolpius's passing away. He was a childhood friend and the friendship continued through out our literary journey together. Our Condolences to his family. God bless you all.

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  • Pranitha Priya Monteiro, Nagori/kudupu

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    Heartfelt Condolences to the Family members. May his Soul rest in peace.

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  • Alban Dias, Brahmavar / Bahrain

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    Condolences to all family members. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Anish Owin Dsouza, Moodubelle

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    May his soul rest in peace

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  • Clayton, Mangalore, Dubai

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    Heartfelt condolences to the family members. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Ida Miranda, Urwa/Dubai

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    Very sad to hear, please accept our heartfelt condolences, May Lord give you all strength to bear this loss. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Vincent Fernandes, Moodubelle/Kuwait

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    Heartfelt condolences to all family members. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Eddie Sequeira, Bendore, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    Heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. I had met him for the first time at Late Sirivont's place in 1976. A prolific writer, and a true gentleman. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Ignatius Dsouza, Kanajar

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    Heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members. May the departed soul rest in eternal peace.

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  • M.P. Rodrigues, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    Very sad news. We have lost a good konkanni writer and a noble human being. Condolences to his immediate and extended family. May he enjoy eternal peace and rest in the heavenly abode. - Paul and Jacintha Rodrigues & fly

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  • Alwyn Crasta, Mangaluru/Bengaluru

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    Very sad to hear of the untimely demise of my classmate, the highly talented/accclaimed/awarded Konkani writer/poet, Herolpius (Gratian Pius D'Silva). May his soul rest in peace and may God give his family members the strength and courage to bear their irreparable loss.

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  • Lancelot D’Costa, Bijey / Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    Gratian Pius was my classmate during my B.Com days at St. Aloysius College. I remember him as a very friendly person and a wonderful human being ever ready to offer help. Being a prolific Konkani writer his death is a great loss to Konkani litereature. Heartfelt condolences to his family and May his soul Rest in Eternal Peace.

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  • Lawrence Alvares, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    Ek bhov boro konknni lekhok konknni sahiya shetak adevs magon apnnak toear kellea anieka sounsarak gelo tem dhuk amkam bhogta. Tachea dhukest kutmak dev bholl dinvdi sosunk tachem unneponn mhonn magtanv. Herolpiusachea otmeak sasann sukh labom.

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  • Eugene D'Souza, Moodubelle

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    Great loss to Konkani literary world. May his soul rest in peace

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  • Cyril Richard Fernandes, Shivabagh Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences.May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Cyprian Pinto, Kudupu/kadri/Mangalorr

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    Heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to the bereaving family members. May his soul rest in peace

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  • Father Joseph Vas SVD, Indore/uppinkotte

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    May he rest in peace Our heartfelt condolence to family relatives friends

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  • Richard L D Souza, Kulshekar/Bangalore

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    Deep Sympathies and heartfelt condolences to bereaved family. May his soul rest in peace

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  • Dr. Edward Nazareth, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    We lost a good writer and friend. He was suffering from kidney failure due to diabetes. May his soul rest in peace and his family get strength to bear the loss.

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  • Fr. Cyril Roshan Menezes, Capuchin, Agrar/Perampally

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    May the soul of Herolpius rest in peace. Hearty condolences and prayers for the bereaved family. May his contribution to Konkani language and community continue to benefit from his service.

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  • Ivan & Lydwin Lobo, Barebail\Canada

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    We are stunned to hear the sad demise of Herolpius. Our heartfelt condolences to the bereaving family. May Lord give strength to his family to bear this loss. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • JOY CASTELINO, MOODUBELLE/DUBAI

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Edward Machado, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    Heartfelt Condolences to the Family members. May his Soul rest in peace.

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  • Ivan Pinto Pinto, mangalore

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    very sad news. may his soul rest in peace

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  • Solomon Salins, Brahmavar

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    My heart felt condolences to his bereaved family may his soul rest in peace.

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  • Sharan, Kiran, Shaun & Sarah, Neerude/Dubai

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    Dear family members, Please accept our heartfelt condolences. May Lord Almighty grant you all strength and courage to bear the loss and overcome grief. May his soul Rest In Peace.

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  • Prem Moras, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    Well known Konkani Writer, who received life time achievement award from Karnataka Konkani sahitya academy. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Fredrick Sequeira, Kallianpur

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    Indeed a renowned Konkani Writer n a big promotetr of Konkani.An irreparable loss to the Konkani Maatha .Heartfelt condolences to his bereaved spouse n the two children. May the soul of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.

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  • Fr Richard Lasrado, Derebai

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    Dear family members of PIUS Herlopiues my heart felt condolences to you.He was very good friend of me,we met at kuleshkar church in 1975 during his 2 brothers ordination time.He was very wonderful person, May his soul rest in peace praying for his family.

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  • J.F.D SOUZA, Attavar, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    Really very sad news. Condolences to the bereaved family. May his soul Rest In Peace.

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  • Fr. Robert Richard D'Souza, Basrikatte. West Bengal.

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    Great Konkani writer. Heartfelt condolences to the family. Jesus grant his soul life eternal.

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  • Gerry D’Mello, Bendur / Canada

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    Sad to hear the news of untimely demise of Konkani writer Herolpius. May the Lord grant great strength to his bereaved family. May his departed soul Rest In Peace!

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  • Chetan, Capuchin, Udupi

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    Hearty Condolences to the bereaved family. May the person of Herolpius attain eternal bliss.

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  • Vishal, Puttur

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    Condolences to the family. Rest in Peace, Sir.

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  • Paul dsouza, balakunje

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    QUITE CRISPY AND INTERESTING TO READ HIS MEANINGFUL POETRY'S. MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE.

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  • Paul D Souza, Bondel/Sharjah

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    Very sad news.Heartfelt condolences to his family. May soul rest in Peace. Ivan D Souza and family Cordel/Bondel/Sharjah

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