The essay explores some colonial and postcolonial reminiscences published in relatively recent times in Goa and in Portugal, for the purpose of analysing their perceptions of the «contemporary processes». Such memoirs need to be examined carefully, without taking them for their face value. They can be aimed at distracting the reader from the reality and the true reading of the processes. They are written from the hindsight, and like most memoirs, often hide the authors personal agenda. The historians need to keep in sight the transitions and continuities implied in the narratives in order to assess correctly the processes involved at any one time. They cannot be insulated in their contemporariness or isolated from their past and consequences.