Alan Joseph Machado Prabhu is an Indian writer known for his book Sarasvati's Children : A History of the Mangalorean Christians (1999). He has worked in England, Australia, Europe and the former USSR. Alan belongs to the Machado Prabhu family, who came from Aldona (a village in Bardez, Goa) about the 17th century. They were gaonkars (village community members) of Aldona. The reason for the immigration is not known—epidemics, Inquisition or adventure. He is an engineer by profession. He resides in Bangalore with his wife Zina, and has three children, Akil, Zara, and Alpa; who all work abroad.