Newsletter. Issue 2004-42. Nov 04, 2004
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Owing to the Diwali holidays, the next issue of this newsletter will be out on Wed. 10 Nov.

Canada: Hector Jacques
Hector Jacques is the co-founder and CEO of Jacques Whitford International Ltd, a Canadian firm of consulting engineers and environmental scientists employing over 1,000. His parents came from Divar and his grandfather was Cosme Mathias Menezes, the founder of the CMM organisation. He visits Goa regularly and comments, “Goan cuisine is the best in the world!” For a profile and more photographs, see

Keys to music
1 Nov: Indian Express. Marialena Fernandes remembers playing the piano even before she learnt how to speak. Music comes to her as naturally as breathing. Currently, a teacher at the University of Music, Vienna and at the Joseph Haydn Conservatory in Eisenstadt, Fernandes is on her annual visit to India. She has played in cities through Europe, America and Asia.
She keeps coming back home to Mumbai once every year to ‘‘bring back the music to students here,’’ as she calls it. Bio at

US Elections: Candidate Sylvester Fernandes cannot count on support from Indian Americans
1 Nov. The Telegraph. Of all the candidates in America’s election fray, Sylvester Fernandes is among the most unhappy. He is an Indian American, but the Indian Americans who are supporting him can be counted on the fingers of both hands. Frustrated, Fernandes has now turned to Chinese, Filipinos and Hispanics. Full text click here. The Sylvester Fernandes website is at:
Election result: Pallone retained his Congress seat winning 45, 461 votes (67.78 per cent) as against 20,290 votes. (30.25 per cent) polled by Sylvester Fernandes.

Raymond D'Silva, former high-flier, banned from road for 2 years
29 Oct: The Sentinel (Stoke, UK). Raymond D'Silva was banned from driving for two years after a breath-alcohol test showed a figure of 93 against a legal limit of 35. Robin Allen, defending, said his client had been under a lot of stress. In the past he had held exceedingly high powered jobs in management and sales, earning about £150,000 a year. But a venture which had failed had left him bankrupt and he had separated from his wife. 256 words. For full text click here.

NRI Dual Nationality.
20 Oct. Indolink. Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) holding British passports can now apply for dual citizenship from November 1. [On 1 Nov., The Indian High Commission, London, claimed that the details will only be available in “10 days time” and will be posted on the website:]

Banned Indian film on riots airs on BBC on Sun 14 Nov.
BBC4 has scooped up the rights to the recently banned Indian film Final Solution, screening it next week on Sunday 14th November. The award-winning documentary looks at the religious rioting between Hindus and Muslims in Gujarat in 2002 which some say left more than 2000 people dead.
BBC4: Sunday 14 November 2004. 9.50pm-11.20pm. Synopsis at


The Goan Association UK, regrets to announce the death of Dr JOSEPH CASSIAN D'CRUZ (Ealing, London; ex-Mombasa), a longstanding member and past office bearer of our Association. Our deepest sympathies to his brother/sister-in-law Cedric/Wilma and nephews, Darryl, Christopher & Colin.
Cassian D'Cruz obtained his doctorate in Nuclear Physics from Queens University London. He was a keen supporter of the Goan Association (UK) and cared passionately about its wellbeing. He will be sadly missed. Condolences to
Funeral: Fri. 5 Nov. at St Thomas Moore Catholic Church, Heacham Avenue, Ruislip, Middlesex HA4 7DW. Nearest station is West Ruislip. The Mass is at 1.00 p.m. followed by the cremation at Breakspear Crematorium, Breakspear Rd, Ruislip, Middlesex HA4 7SJ and then back to the Church Hall for the reception. Please do not bring flowers but donate the money to Cassian’s favourite charity, Cancer Research.

2 Nov. Mitcham, Surrey, UK. MARIA MENEZES D'SA, 88 [ex Mombasa]. Wife of late P J D'Sa. Mother to Daria/Casimiro Dias [Mombasa], Donata/James D'Souza, Ramina/Francis Gomes [UK], Ruth/Rupert DeSouza [Calgary], Albert, Alfred & Isabella. Grandmother to Melvyn/Celine Dias, Cherilyn/Derek Hewins, Phillip/Sharon D'Souza, Zara, Shane, Chantelle, Rudelle & Rucille. Great Grandmother to Maurice, Stuart & Jude. Condolences to
Funeral service at SS Peter & Paul RC Church, Cranmer Road, Mitcham, Surrey. For details telephone 020 8646 4689.

30 Oct. Nairobi, Kenya. MRS MARIA IDA FERNANDES. Wife of the late Romeo Fernandes. Mother of Julie Carvalho, Bevinda Viegas and Xavier Fernandes. Condolences to

25 Oct: Antwerp, Belgium, MAUD PHILIPSE FERRAO (Ex Dar-es-Salaam). Wife of Willem Phillipse. Mother of Ezra, Asher & Ruben. Daughter of Maria Pia/late Sebastian. Sister/sister-in-law of Marilyn/Theodrus Verleum (Holland), Maria Amelia Ferrao/Betty and Henk Krocke (Holland), Funeral was on 3 Nov. in Antwerp.

26 Oct. Blantyre, Malawi. NATALINO XAVIER FERNANDES ( born 1925, ex Margao). Husband of Maria Felicidade. Father of Peter/Fatima, Manuel/Gianella, Clarina/Agnelo, Catarina/Rainer, Gabriel/Sheetal, Joaquim (all in Malawi) and Remedio/Loreen (Calgary). Grandfather of Jason, Caroline, Markus, Samantha, Riya & Ryan ( all Malawi), Kimberly (Surrey, UK), Ashley & Natasha ( Calgary). Condolences to


Daily Telegraph: Win a private, 16-day tour of India’s royal palaces. Enter the online news quiz at;?xml=/portal/exclusions/10years/quiz/10yrquiz.xml


Camillo Antonio Mendes (Cam) who was born in Goa on 6th January 1941 or 42. He is the son of Francis Xavier Mendes and is known to have spent the years between 1961 and 1968 in NW London. If you have any information please get in touch with Anna (Donnithorne) or by post, c/o 48 Crefeld Close London W6 8EL


Goa from £199 rtn.
TravelPack has Gatwick/Goa late deals: dep. 4, 5 or 6 Nov. for 1 or 2 weeks for £199 (+ £10 for ticket on departure). Dep. 11-20 Nov 2 weeks: £239. 21 Dec, 2 weeks for £655. Call Clarence Paes 0208 515 0150 or mob. 0795 742 7482

Flights and packages to Goa from £249
Gatwick to Goa by Charter flights. Departing Gatwick on 4th and 5th Nov for 14 nights. Call Savio Dias at Goaway 0207 258 7800.

eBay has Timeshare. 1 week at Royal Goan Beach Club at Benaulim, Goa for 75 years. Current bid: US $78.24. Auction expires 9 Nov.

Two weeks in Mombasa for £264
Kenya: African Safari Club (0845 345 0014), has two weeks, full-board, Mombasa. Dep. 6 Nov.

Winter Warmers
31 Oct: Sunday Mirror. Goa. Miles of white sands washed by the warm Arabian sea, waving palm trees, strolling know you’re in the tropics when you arrive in Goa. This former Portuguese colony is, for many, the first taste of the wonders of India. It’s easy travelling and the food is fantastic with everything from vindaloos (which originated here) and masalas to king prawns and chips. Have lunch in a beach bar, relax with a leisurely massage, then shop for cotton clothes and jewellery at some of the outdoor markets. You can bargain with traders but prices are so cheap it’s hardly worth the effort. HOLIDAY INFO: Avion Holidays (0870 835 4531; can arrange 14 nights in the two-star Falcon resort hotel from £545pp, including return flights.


3 million pilgrims to come for exposition of St Francis
29 Oct: Times of India. It is once every 10 years that one can see the body of St Francis Xavier, which has survived all theories of organic decomposition for four and a half centuries.
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Get going in the Goa fest
29 Oct: Hindustan Times. There is something about Goa: a distinct allure, a picture-book languor, and a vagabond spirit. The sand, the sun, the fish, the feni, all ingredients for that perfect hangout. If you cannot make it to this dreamy land of beaches and tall coconut trees, you could comfort yourself with a visit to the Goa Sadan in New Delhi.,001500230004.htm

Police move to close down sex joints on beaches
29 Oct: Navhind Times.

UK's Costa Coffee enters India
29 Oct. Rediff. Leading British cafe chain Costa Coffee, a part of the £1.8 billion Whitbread Plc, has entered into a franchise agreement with the RKJ Group for opening 300 outlets in India over the next six years with an investment of Rs 150 crore (Rs 1.5 billion).

Names of 21 roads in city to be changed
30 Oct: Navhind Times.

Fast track immigration counters likely
29 Oct: The Hindu. Fast track immigration clearance counters, are likely to be set up at all international airports in the country.

Bombay: Toymaker inspired by Souza drawings.
30 Oct: Mid-Day (Mumbai). Excerpts: Meerut-based toymaker Brijkul Deepak creates some rather engaging sculptures. His latest exhibition is inspired by his friendship with F N Souza, the modernist maverick artist. Sets of sculpture and drawing are on view and on sale. Priced between Rs 90,000 to Rs 1.25 lakh, each set comes with a sculpted head and a Souza drawing. This might be a worthy investment, with a Souza original and a good head thrown in too.
About Souza: Born in 1924 in Goa, F N Souza founded the Progressive Artist’s Movement along with others in 1947. In 1949, Souza immigrated to England. However, after receiving the Guggenheim International award in 1967, Souza moved to New York where he lived until his death in 2002. His works are in the collections of the Tate Gallery, London and the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. Full text at:

Flying? Pay Rs 500 for airports
30 Oct: Times of India. The Indian government wants air travellers to pay for developing greenfield airports across India (including one in Goa). The ministry of civil aviation is planning to impose a fee of around Rs 500 on all air passengers.

Goa’s ‘fun’ image in no danger
30 Oct. Deccan Herald. An attempt to present the ‘other’ face of Goa did not gather support from the Union Minister of Tourism, Renuka Chowdhary at the Goa Mahotsav held in Delhi. By Devika Sequeira.
Goa’s Minister for Art and Culture, Ramrao Dessai would like to “erase the false image of Goa as a land of fun, feni and frolic” and “westernised” society. However, Union Minister for Tourism Renuka Chowdhary decided to snub the minister for his comments. Goa she said, represented the beautiful beaches, the smell of feni and pork ‘vindaloo’. “There is no better place for Christmas and New Year in the country.” the union minister remarked.

Goa: but who slapped the chapel thief?
31 Oct. Navhind Times. Lingappa Basavraj was found asleep in the Holy Cross chapel, Mapusa, when it was opened at 8.30 a.m. He told the police that as he was robbing the chapel the previous night, someone gave him a stinging slap and he fell into a deep sleep. He has no clue who knocked him out.

IFFI calms down heritage groups
31 Oct. MidDay.

Goa shaking off colonial past
31 Oct. Deccan Herald. Portuguese street names, some of the last vestiges of the colonial rule in Goa, are being given an official burial in the capital, Panjim. Roads here have been rechristened, most in honour of those who fought for Goa’s liberation.

Struggling young model wins Miss Goa title
31 Oct. WebIndia.123. A 19-year-old struggling model from Goa won a prestigious beauty pageant on Saturday. Mellisa T.Fernandes defeated 42 other contestants to be crowned Miss Goa at a glittering ceremony in the state's capital, Panaji.

Syngenta to set up R&D centre in Goa
1 Nov: Economic Times. Syngenta, a global crop science major, plans to set up a research facility in India. The R&D unit will be set up in Goa and may be operational by the end of next year. According to industry sources, Syngenta is likely to shift a major chunk of its development activities to India.

Two from Goa in canonisation list
3 Nov. Times of India. Ten out of the 14 names in the Catholic Bishops Conference of India's list sent to the Vatican for canonisation are from Kerala. The others include two from Goa and one each from West Bengal and Karnataka.

Goa seeks to woo IT industry
3 Nov. Times of India. Desperate to woo IT companies, Goa is promising the industry cheaper land, good infrastructure and other sops.

Goa: Wendell Rodricks
4 Nov. Deccan Herald. Goan fashion designer Wendell Rodricks who had set his heart on a unique heritage museum to showcase costumes and clothes from his home state, has found his plans sidelined by the government’s preoccupation with the International Film Festival of India (IFFI).


The Caste issue in Goa has been the major topic on Goanet this week. Some posters wanted to know how one would go about finding one's caste. Suggestions made include going to your local church and checking the birth record of yourself or your parents. Another indicator is to find out which village you originated from as some villages are/were clustered based on the profession of the inhabitants. Additionally an individual chose to criticize the late Valerian Cardinal Gracias of Bombay as being responsible for assisting Mr. Nehru in liberating Goa from the Portuguese on account of his caste background.

The Dabolim Airport debate moved to center-stage since Mr. Churchill Alemao, Member of Parliament, South Goa is protesting to the Navy’s continued use of Dabolim. Many Goanetters are of the view that the Navy should move to the new naval base south of Karwar and hand the airport over to civilian authorities. It was later disclosed that besides the Navy, the Air Force and Coast Guard also use Dabolim. Another analysis from an Australian Goanetter stated the State Government has been made aware discreetly that the Navy will not vacate Dabolim and so the State Government is pursuing the development of the Mopa airport in North Goa, close to the Maharashtra border.

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Jewels of Shinde: New book and New York lecture on 8 Nov.
Jeweller Ambaji Shinde was born in Goa in 1917 emigrated to New York in 1961 and died there in 2003. The New York Times has called him “a leading figure in design…known only to cognoscenti” and whose creations have decorated everyone from the Queen of England to Madonna.
Reema Keswani has written a book about his work: Oct.2004, Editions Assouline, 80 p., 60 illustrations, $18.95. ISBN: 2843235707. Details at
Lecture and book presentation — The Life And Work Of A.V. Shinde: Jeweler To The Maharajahs and Harry Winston. New York: Mon, Nov 8, 7-8:30 Pm, $20. Details at:
Some articles and obituaries:
International Herald Tribune. 18 Dec. 2001.
New York Times 11 Apr. 2003.
The Guardian 19 Apr. 2003.,3604,939547,00.html

Christobelle gets her chair thanks to appeal
27 Oct. Herald Express. An appeal for a wheelchair for a severely disabled and malnourished young woman in Goa resulted in two child-sized wheelchairs being given to Novi Survat, a charity looking after the street children, disabled children and terminally ill children in Goa. Anyone who would like to know more of their work can telephone (01395 276148) or email or visit the web-site 335 words. For a photograph and background see GVUK 2004-33. For full text click here

NRI marries sister to get Green Card
29 Oct: Indian Express. An Indian man in the US allegedly married his sister while his wife married his brother as part of a "phoney wedding" scheme so that the man's siblings could evade immigration waiting periods, a media report said.

Renaming of streets evokes mixed feelings for Indians
31 Oct. Nashua Telegraph. Last June, activists vandalized signs on cobbled streets in western India’s Goa state to demand the renaming of 14 roads with Portuguese names. In western India, where India's name changing all began, Pramod Navalkar, leader of the right-wing Shiv Sena party that spearheaded the change to Mumbai, says things may be getting out of hand. "It began with cities, then roads, then intersections. Now even street corners are being renamed," Navalkar says. "Everybody gets confused." He adds, chuckling, "Many a time I also say 'Bombay.”

Axed Eastender Adi Ferreira in Race Row
31 Oct. Sunday Mirror. BBC bosses have been accused of institutional racism by a member of sacked EastEnders family the Ferreiras.

1 Nov. L’Express.(France). “We are not Indian, African or Arab, we are Zanzibarites, that is to say the fusion of all these cultures ", says the artist John Da Silva a Goan, who has lived for 47 years in Zanzibar [article in French. For a machine translation, click here.]
See also: An art and architectural tour with John Da Silva, Zanzibar’s only internationally known artist. Click here.

Spice Girl!
1 Nov. The Mirror: Emma Bunton is set to spice up her life by becoming a real-life Bollywood star. The ex-Spice girl is jetting to Bombay this week to star in a Bollywood movie and live the life of a celebrity over there. Her experiences will be filmed for a BBC2 documentary which will explore the differences between celebrity lifestyles in India and the UK.

Street sweepers, security guards and billboards
1 Nov: Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News. By Glenn Mitchell. For me, this second tour of India has been every bit as enjoyable as my first back in 2001. Signs in general in India are a constant source of amusement. One of my favourites was in the history museum in Old Goa. There, hanging on the wall in a beautiful old Portuguese-style building alongside portraits of the past governors of the colony, was a simple sign that read - "No Spitting".

There must be a way to stop windfalls going to waste. Liqueur, anyone?
2 Nov. Sydney Morning Herald. By Willie Simpson. Years ago in Goa I discovered fenni, the local firewater. The Portuguese colonists distilled the raw spirit from the oily, capsicum-like fruit of the cashew tree; diluted with some sugary Indian soft drink, fenni does the job at sundown. In time, I even got to quite enjoy the hint of kerosene in the aroma.

US Elections: Why We Vote
2 Nov. South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Natasha D'Souza, 23, Hollywood, program manager for nonprofit Best Buddies: "I studied abroad and was disappointed with the way that a lot of the world views the country. And when I came back I knew that I either could continue to live here and that stereotype would continue or I could do something to change it and I chose the latter." You can see a clip of her at the link below (second row, centre). For full text click here

It's all Goa as students bid to raise cash
3 Nov. Northwich Guardian. Students at Mid-Cheshire College are on a fast track to raise money for the trip of a lifetime. The students, studying beauty therapy, are hoping to travel to Goa, on the shores of the Indian Ocean, to learn about alternative therapies. Beauty lecturer Sam Milner said: "It is a wonderful opportunity for our students to see how European and Eastern therapies can be combined but it is an expensive trip because it is a long haul destination." Twenty students are taking part and a campaign has been launched to raise £6,000 to fund the trip.

Goa-ing, Goa-ing, Gone!
3 Nov. Manchester Evening News. Steve and Emma Shaw of Bramhall Lane, Davenport, Stockport are hoping to sell the entire contents of their home on TV and move to Goa to open a guest house. A TV crew from the ITV show, Everything Must Go, is filming them. Emma has fallen in love with Goa and after a "few trips" and a bit of convincing, Steve has come around to her way of thinking. Auxiliary nurse Emma, 33, said: "I've been going to Goa for many years and it's a place that I absolutely love. It's like going home.” Viewers can find out exactly how the couple did when the results of the sale and auction is televised next February. 469 words.

Reflecting on aid award win
3 Nov. Edinburgh Evening News. Laura Swan a young fundraiser from Edinburgh has scooped a national award for her work with Mercy Corps an international aid organisation. The prestigious award comes days before she is to travel to India to visit schools and learn about some of the issues facing local disadvantaged children and families in Goa.

Neil Sean's Secrets: TV Soap: EastEnders
3 Nov. The Express. Now that the dull Ferreira family have been given the boot from EastEnders, bosses are on the look-out for a new Asian family to be in the show from next spring. A source tells me: "They will be from Leicester and will be rich, good-looking and add class to the square."

The Spice Of Life
4 Nov: Far Eastern Economic Review (Hong Kong). Excerpts: Well-known chef Manjit Gill of the Maurya Sheraton Hotel in New Delhi explains that chillies are used to enhance the flavour of other ingredients and spices, not to torch the oesophagus. "We have thousands of chillies, each with their own flavour. Traditionally, every village cooked with the chillies it grew," she says. "Today, every recipe that reads 'half a teaspoon of chilli powder' is referring to the Kashmiri chilli. It's one size fits all. As far as I'm concerned, if you aren't using Goan vinegar and Goan chillies, you aren't cooking Goan food."


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sun. 7 Nov. 1 pm G.O.A. MASS FOR DECEASED at the ATC Hall, South Wimbledon followed by a 3-COURSE MEAL (advance booking only). £6.50. Contacts: Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 - 8771 4457 Nina Pinto 020 - 8767 0663 Bernie Gracias 020 - 8723 1322.

Sun. 14 Nov. 2004. TV Programme. 9.50pm-11.20pm. Banned Indian film Final Solution which looks at the religious rioting between Hindus and Muslims in Gujarat in 2002 which some say left more than 2000 people dead. Synopsis at

Sun 14 Nov Union of Navelim. Feast of Our Lady of Holy Rosary at Bishop Thomas Grant RC School, Belltrees Grove, Streatham, London SW16 from 12pm - 8pm, commencing with mass. Music by Breakthru. Tickets from: Sandra Fernandes-Allen 020 8395 5462 Antonetta Fernandes 020 8 298 0804 Selwyn Ferrao 020 8 933 8362 Gabe Menezes 020 8 947 0290. For the flyer see:

Sun. 21 Nov. Ven. Fr. Agnelo's Day 77th Commemoration Mass at 2.30pm, at St George's Cathedral, Westminster Bridge Road, Southwark. Contact: Nina Pinto 020 - 8767 0663.

Sun. 28 Nov. 4.00pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex

Sun. 5 Dec. G.O.A. FEAST OF ST. FRANCIS XAVIER at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon starting with Mass at 12.30 pm. Contacts: Diego Pinto 020 - 8767 0663 Alfred Rebello 020 - 8337 8022 Bernie Gracias 020 - 8723 1322

Sun. 12 Dec. G.O.A. Children's Christmas Party at Archbishop Lanfranc School commencing at 2pm. Members £6, Guests £8. For further details contact: Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 8771 4457, Bernie Gracias 020 8723 1322

Sun. 19 Dec. G.O.A. (UK) Annual/Extraordinary General Meeting at 1pm at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon. Open to members only.

Sun.19 Dec. 4.00pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex.


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