Newsletter. Issue 2005-42. Nov. 03, 2005
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My late wife Olympia, a Goan from Kenya. By Vince Cable, MP
30 Oct. The Sunday Times. Headline: Married to the multiculture. Excerpts: I grew up in York, a city which was then almost entirely white … Then in the 1960s came the university bringing overseas students of which the first (literally) was my late wife Olympia, a Goan from Kenya whose arrival in the city, wearing a salwar kameez, merited front-page coverage in the local press. We met and fell in love and then married in her home town of Nairobi…

We initially faced rejection by Olympia's father whose judgment of suitable boys did not include Englishmen, although feelings soon mellowed … My father’s reaction to Olympia progressed from puzzled politeness to anger once it became apparent that he was to have an Asian daughter-in-law. When we came home as a married couple his rage and her pride fuelled a row of epic proportions. We did not communicate again for many years. Much later, when our children were growing up, he wrote and asked to see us again … He came to love our children and found a deep and genuine friendship with his daughter-in-law, who shared his love of music and belief in discipline. This engagement co-existed with his lingering distaste for foreigners in general and coloured immigrants in particular …

Olympia had to endure rejection or patronising banter from middle-class women who could not cope with an articulate, argumentative, educated Asian in their midst … About a decade ago Olympia at last acknowledged, without disowning her Indian origins, that she felt a British identity … While she was alive Olympia embodied that search for a positive, multiple identity that included Britishness …
My late wife was British, Indian, Goan, Kenyan, a Catholic by upbringing and a Brahmin by distant caste. Full text, 1263 words at,,2092-1848868,00.html

Vince Cable married Olympia Rebelo, now deceased, in 1968. They have two sons, one daughter. She died in May 2001. The Peaceful Garden at the Shooting Star Trust Hospice for Children, Hampton, Middlesex, is dedicated to the memory of Olympia Cable. In recent years a memorial concert for Olympia Cable has been held at All Hallows Church Twickenham in January. The Vince Cable website is at

Abandon multiculturalism to foster 'Britishness'
UK immigration should be managed by 'Green Card' system, says Vincent Cable and Demos Click here.

Title: Multiple Identities: Living with the new politics of identity
Authors: Vincent Cable
Publication Date:2005
Cost:£10.00. Download the full text as a PDF (462 KB) from

Laura D’Souza, a 'Miss India UK -2005' Finalist
[Alert by]. Laura D’Souza, 24, of Southampton is one of the 24 Miss India UK 2005 finalists. She was born in Bedford, graduated in Marketing and won the Chartered Institute of Marketing award for the highest grade in her subject area at the University. In the future she would like to own her own event management company. Her favourite food is cheese and her hobbies include keeping fit and travelling. For more info & photographs check out her page at
The MissIndiaUK contest takes place on Sat: 5 Nov. in Leicester. For full details see Tickets available – from £20. Get to it!
Laura’s grandfather, Robert D’Souza emigrated to Kenya in 1947. He was with ICI at the Magadi Soda Company and later in Nairobi and then Mombasa. Laura’s father Rio came to the UK from Nairobi in 1965 at the age of 18 and married Susan from Dorset, England.

Leoncie relocates to UK
14 Oct: Evening Echo (Essex). Headline: Leoncie can't afford to live in Leigh-on-Sea. Excerpts: An Icelandic singer who dreamed of living in the town which sounds like her name, moved hundreds of miles only to find she couldn't afford Leigh-on-Sea's property prices! Leoncie, who sings in five different languages and has produced several CDs, has been fascinated with the south Essex fishing town since she heard about it a few years ago. But trendy Leigh has seen property prices boom and when she packed her bags to come to Essex, Leoncie found neighbouring Westcliff more within her budget. For full text click here.

From her website, Her father taught her to play classical and jazz music. She started playing the electric organ and singing in the Catholic church choir in Goa for masses and weddings. etc. Leoncie likes the Fiery Sauce of Ripe Goan Chillies and the Exciting kick of Strong -Goan- Cashew Feni.

Leoncie appeared on UK TV – Channel 4 – Eurotrash Series 16, Show 2, which was repeated in July 2005. She was billed as “Iceland's answer to Shirley Bassey.”

For more photos of Leoncie, click here.
To listen to tracks from her latest (2005) CD, Invisible Girl, click here.
Do get in touch with her, if you know of any agents, contacts or events to get her started in the UK.

Sybil Braganza: Good nutrition habits important at any age
27 Oct: Calgary Herald. Excerpts: Exercise and proper nutrition are two important ways to maintain good health … Two special events on Nov. 2 and 22 will cover the same ground, although the second event will also involve a number of Calgary's ethnic communities, says Sybil Braganza, a community social worker with the City's Community & Neighbourhood Services. "Our main focus is to get people to eat well, live well, and take care of themselves," she says. Click here.
Sybil Braganza immigrated to Canada from Karachi, Pakistan in 1981. She graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelors of Social Work (1997) and Masters in Social Worker (1998). For her bio click here. Select the link at the bottom of the page for her moving account of her experiences immigrating to Canada. Click here.
For more info on Sybil Braganza click here.

UK: Patricia Rozario
28 Oct: Herald Express (Devon, UK). Four Songs for the Virgin of Guadalupe will be sung by soprano Patricia Rozario, who critics rate as one of the great sopranos in the world today. Click here.

Keith Vaz: Leicester flair.
29 Oct: Estates Gazette Supplement. Excerpts: Keith Vaz is front-bench calibre but must, for now, wait for another chance to shine … Vaz explains that he is suffering from ear problems and cannot hear very well … Four years on, and ear condition notwithstanding, the MP for Leicester East is looking decidedly healthy … his website is…The happily married father-of-two, who turns 49 next month, is keen to convey that he is content with his lot … His parents were from Goa, India, and the family arrived in London, from Aden in 1965… Vaz was re-elected as MP for Leicester East for the fifth time in May this year, achieving a 2.69% swing in his favour -- one of the largest in the country … Vaz's wife is named Maria, and they have two children -- Luke, aged 10, and Anjali, aged 8. Full text 1,766 words.

Laila Rouass for new James Bond film?
30 Oct: The News of the World. Laila Rouass, 30, who plays Amber Gates in the Footballers Wives has had three screen tests for the part of one of James Bond's sultry bedroom conquests. It will be Daniel Craig's first outing as Bond in the movie Casino Royale.

Edinburgh: Herman Rodrigues: Determined to break barriers. By Michael Klimes.
31 Oct: The Hindu. Photographer, cook, history teacher... Meet Herman Rodrigues, who was in the city to showcase his works at the British Council. Excerpts: Rodrigues is a photographer with a deep passion for the camera and the `Asian community' in Scotland … he makes his living as a chef … Herman also observes the unique position of the `Asian community' in Scotland. France, Britain and the United States Rodrigues, apart from being a cook and owning two restaurants in Scotland's capital. 585 words. For photo and full text click here.
For Herman Rodrigues’ restaurant website see

GOA (UK) Doubles Carrom Tournament
From Richard Fernandes: Once again this tournament proved to be a popular event with over 25 players turning up. The finals proved to be an exciting affair. It was between Proto Carvalho and Viju Desouza who triumphed over Marciano Desouza & Vivian Coutinho. The GOA Sports Director Lazarus Rato proposed a vote of thanks and the trophies were presented by Yvonne Coutinho, a former GOA Ladies Champion. A special praise goes to 7 year old Chandon D’Mello for participating and putting up an excellent performance. A big thank you to Vivian DeSouza for handling the score sheets and to Viju for organising this well supported event. For a detailed report click here.


30 Oct. Toronto. EUSTAQUIO (EUSTACE) De SOUZA (age 73, ex-Nachinola /Goa; Jinja/Uganda & Montreal/Canada). Husband of Laura (nee Cota). Father of Edwiges /Frazer, Elsa /Robert, Vincent /Louisa, Judith /Placido, Venat /Elizabeth and June. Grandfather of Robyn, Jamie, Alexandra, Megan, Tyler, Andrew and Lucas. Condolences:
Viewing at: Simple Alternative Center, (Tel: 416-441-1580), 275 Lesmill Road, Toronto on Thu Nov 3, from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm. This will be followed by a short service. [Info from Felix D’Sa, Montreal] For full details click here.

13 Oct: Wimbledon, London, UK. MOLLIE DE SOUZA (nee Ferrao, age 83, ex-Uganda & Nairobi). Wife of the late Vincent De Souza. Mother of Iris, Marian and Alfred.
Funeral Service was on 28 October at the Sacred Heart Church, Edge Hill, Wimbledon followed by burial service at Sutton Cemetery. Condolences to


Tony Braganza, of New York, is trying to locate an old friend, Joe Lobo who is originally from Saligao but lived in Dharwar and Bombay before moving to England He had a brother called Freddy Lobo who may have passed away.


Somak – Goa: all Dormhouse Accom. & 14 nights return
ex GATWICK. 18Nov: £239; 25Nov: £259; 02Dec: £229
ex MANCHESTER.04Nov: £199; 11& 18 Nov: £239; 25Nov: £259; 02Dec. £229.
No surcharges. Book online or call 020 8423 3000.

Mumbai & Goa offers visitors stay-with-family option.
27 Oct: Gulf News (UAE). Stay with an Indian Family Concept is being introduced for domestic and international tourists said Renuka Choudhary, Union Minister of State for Tourism. Sprawling old guest houses will be revived, traditional home owners will be invited to participate in the home stay concept, they will be trained in modern etiquette and housekeeping, their homes spruced and their cultural background highlighted, she said. "The idea has already picked up in Goa where banks are giving loans to home owners to renovate their properties." While Goa and Sindhudurg district in the picturesque Konkan coast have already caught up with this idea of letting out homes to visitors, Mumbai will test the idea at this festival. Click here.

Hot pursuit
29 Oct: The Daily Telegraph (UK). Goa: Great value, fantastic white sand, reliable weather and excellent service make Goa hard to beat for winter sun. How hot? Very hot (29C), very dry (9mm rain) and very sunny (nine hours). Few one-week packages remain in December, though there is availability for two-week breaks. Click here.

Feature Travel article: Give it a Goa. By Lara Kilner.
30 Oct: Sunday Mirror. Excerpts: Follow the old hippie trail for some winter sunshine.. and the prices are cool too … retaining the spirit of laid-back, traditional Goa … Ayurvedic doctors also have stalls in the village, to restore your sense of wellbeing … For breakfast, try the German Bakery, which serves healthy morning fare and Western-style cakes … 1155 words. Click here.

Locals oppose shifting of bazaar to Assagao hill
31 Oct: Navhind Times. Strong objections were raised by the villagers of Assagao to the proposal to move Ingo’s Saturday Night Bazaar from Arpora. Click here.

Goa Holiday flight delayed 48 hours
31 Oct: Manchester Evening News. Excerpts: More than 350 holidaymakers were stranded at Manchester Airport for nearly 48 hours when their inbound jet was hit by engine trouble. They were due to fly to Goa in India with Monarch on Saturday night, but did not take off until 8pm yesterday. It meant dozens of Hindu passengers were a day late for their Diwali celebrations. Others were left furious after missing two days of their trip - some had booked for a week and will be jetting back in five days. Click here.

Silly season and the selfish south. By Cecil Pinto
3 Nov: Gomantak Times. Silly season, as a certain newspaper editor calls it, is upon us. People on the beach belt and in the cities can see it. The non-tourist villages can read the newspapers. Every year we see the cycle. First come the reports about how many charters are booked for the season. Then the statistics of Indian versus overseas tourists. Following this, the debates: whether miserly plumbers from UK are preferable to Trax full of alcohol imbibing Biharis or big spending Russian mafia brutes with their sexy molls. A minor false scare or two for the foreign tourists - stray dog bites, contaminated water, molestation, planting of drugs...this year we can add 'garbage' to the list. The River Princess has become so entrenched in our collective memory, that it is no longer considered a threat. Next the advertisements by hotels for Continental and Tandoori cooks, musicians, waiters, activities coordinators, vegetable and poultry suppliers and masseurs. (Summary from Joel’s Newsclips)


Free Competition: Win A Trip To Paradise
30 Oct: October. Sunday Mirror (UK). The Sunday Mirror and Goaway have teamed up to give two people the holiday of a lifetime in beautiful Goa … all you need to do is answer this simple question: What continent is Goa in? a. Europe. b. Africa. c. Asia. Lines close midnight Saturday November 5, 2005. For full details and enter online click here.


Goanet has launched a new mailing list Goanet-careers which is intended to be a platform where Goans can reach out to assist other Goans by way of career guidance, counselling, job searches, posting jobs, job placement assistance, immigration, accommodation, settling anew... and more. For further details check the link below.


Goa: Eleven Dainty Dames Do the Catwalk for 'Miss Goa' Crown. By Sanjay Borkar.
28 Oct Daijiworld News Network. The third Miss Goa contest, to be held on October 29, at Colva. Eleven girls will be vying for the crown. They are Cristabel Rocha, Flet Dias, Amanda Pereira, Janice Sobti, Steffi Alvares, Aakriti Bisaria, Karene Dias, Miriam Gracias, Jammie Gonsalves, Jesina Pereira and Sneha Desai. Pic Sagun Gawade Click here.

Goa: Janice Sobti Crowned Miss Goa 2005. By Sanjay Borkar.
30 Oct: Daijiworld. On 29 Oct. Janice Sobti, an 18-year-old profession singer from Vasco, was crowned Miss Goa, while Steffi Alvares was chosen as 1st runner up … the contestants showcased themselves in the 'Ghagra choli', then in formal wear and swimming suits … It was followed by a Question & Answer segment, “God was with me, that’s why I could win the Miss Goa- 2005 crown. The best always wins and that’s me who is the best. I would like to make my career in modeling,” said Miss Goa 2005 Janice Sobti … the jury consisted of Vivek Singh (MD of Proclaim Sports), Corina Ferns, Ruchika Chowgule (MD of Chowgule Real Estate), Ranjit Thakur (Trend TV) and Simple Caul. 7 photos and 648 words. Pic Sagun Gawade.

Goa: Football: The ZeeBras
26 Oct: Hindustan Times. Zee TV are sponsoring India’s premier football tournament, the Federation Cup, which is currently under way in Goa. They have seven sexy babes — The ZeeBras — take the field and hope their short skirts and pom-poms draw spectators to the desi football scene. The girls dance to music whenever a goal is scored and entertain the crowd at half time. They’re such a hit in Goa that a scuffle broke out during a match, when the crowd demanded more ZeeBra action … Two out of the seven girls are from abroad (Tel Aviv and London). Click here.

Zee Sports ropes in John Helm & Russell Osman as commentators
14 Oct: Zee Sports has signed one of England's top football voices John Helm and former England international football player Russell Osman as commentators Federation Cup to be played in Goa. Click here.

FA Cup, but not as we know it! By John Helm.
27 Oct: Huddersfield Daily Examiner. Excerpts: I'm out here for 12 days commentating on the Federation Cup - the Indian equivalent of the FA Cup … there are just 16 clubs involved and every match is played in the 30,000-capacity Nehru Stadium here in Goa … The weather is fantastic … the people pleasantly hospitable … One of my colleagues here, Noel da Lima Leitao, who studied accountancy at Huddersfield University, told me: "The referees don't like to give penalties or send players off for fear of upsetting the players and the fans!" One of Zee Sports presenters looks like Catherine Zeta-Jones - but calls me sir! 805 words. Click here.

One for the waves: Goa lifts bars on beaches
28 Oct: Daily News & Analysis. Lounging in a shack beside the sea along Goa’s 105km coastline guzzling pints of beer – the image of the perfect holiday that brings thousands of tourists from all over the world to Goa. This season, the idyll will get better with the government deciding to grant hard liquor licences to the 262 shacks along the seashore. Click here.

Congress rules out replacing Chief Minister in Goa
29 Oct: The Hindu. Agriculture Minister Francisco alias Micky Pacheco, the disgruntled Nationalist Congress Party Minister in the Pratapsinh Rane Ministry, who had launched a tirade against him, ended up consolidating Mr. Rane's position. Click here.

Security beefed up in Goa
29 OCT: PTI. Security has been tightened and high alert has been sounded in Goa after a series of bomb explosions rocked New Delhi today, police said. Click here.

Cricket: England to play India in Goa (subject to BCCI approval).
30 Oct: Daily Telegraph (UK). England is scheduled to play seven one-dayers in April 2006. Goa depends on the local association being exonerated from a charge of alleged malpractices. Click here.

Rane plans to make panchayats e-savvy
30 Oct: Chief Minister Pratapsing Rane said that panchayats in the State should be the nuclei for e governance and for that purpose the government would provide to all panchayats to usher direct link with the government and people staying in villages.
Under another programme TV sets will be given to all panchayats, registered clubs, old age homes and charitable organizations

Locals oppose shifting of bazaar to Assagao hill
31 Oct: Navhind Times. Strong objections were raised by the villagers of Assagao to the proposal to move Ingo’s Saturday Night Bazaar from Arpora. Click here.

Cricket: England ask India to rethink gruelling schedule
1 Nov: The Guardian. England are seeking an urgent rethink by the Indian cricket board of the itinerary for next spring's tour amid fears it will prove too gruelling for players and supporters … Goa is the only city with a reputation for tourism among the seven one-day international venues … The first one-day international will be staged in Goa only if the venue is cleared after an investigation into duplicate ticket selling at a one-day match between India and Australia in 2001. Click here.

"Goa warned about possible terror attack"
1 Nov: The Hindu. An international intelligence agency has sounded Goa's Tourism Minister Wilfred de Souza about a possible terrorist strike in Goa. Refusing to name the agency, Mr. Wilfred de Souza said some intelligence agencies were doing "routine scouting" in Goa. Click here.

Goa village bans Biharis following rift
2 Nov. The Hindu. Click here.

Government of Goa to get rid of stranded ship
3 Nov: The Hindu.


As a weekly volunteer to Goan Voice (UK), I have often wondered if there was much interest in this specific material. Last Sunday however, at a Goan gathering, I was pleasantly surprised to hear from several people that they do read the Goan Voice avidly and that they were keen for more material on Goanet. Well, this is welcome encouragement and I intend to contribute a little more than I have done recently.

Rahul Goswami provides an explanation for the continuing shortages of water and electricity in Goa. While those on holiday in hotels may not be unduly inconvenienced, we should spare a thought for those permanently at the receiving end of this major problem, and where possible, help to bring pressure to bear on the authorities.

The bomb attacks in Delhi have been widely publicised and Goanet posts have expressed concern as well as commentary. As Goa receives holidaymakers from all over the world, a Bali style attack is a possibility. However, do read about the safety assurances provided by the police authorities on this matter.

The issue of whether the teaching of English is widely available in schools in Goa gets renewed consideration. Many parents are clearly concerned about the inadequacy of available provision and Goan Voice (UK) readers are encouraged to express their views on this important theme on Goanet and elsewhere.

The adoption of babies in Goa, and elsewhere in India, is a cause for concern when so many rackets operate to 'steal' children. An informative article titled Cradle Snatchers provides readers a clear understanding of this complex issue. The legal issues are also well spelt out for those who may wish to adopt a child.

Autism as a wide spectrum in children, is much better understood today worldwide. In Goa, this issue is of concern too and offers of help, of all kinds, are welcomed through Goanet, for a new project aiming to help many children in real need.

Finally, readers of the Goan Voice (UK) who intend to go to Goa in the new holiday season will be able to find out where live entertainment and other festivities will take place. Goanet News Bytes can be especially helpful for this and for an abundance of other details provided clearly and succinctly.

More details can be found at the Goanet archives at Or to subscribe to Goanet, send an email to


Uganda’s Vice President in Goa
Oct. 05. Hotels Magazine. The vice president of Uganda, Prof. Gilbert B. Bukenya enjoyed his brief stay in Goa and upon his departure wrote a word of thanks in the hotel's VIP book: "What a wonderful paradise and hospitality you offer here …

UK: Where is the Asian outrage over a racist murder?
27 Oct: Asians in Media. On Monday, Asian Network's Sonia Deol held a lively debate on the Birmingham riots. One after the other community leaders said they had the situation under control. Fat chance. The BBC Asian Network has always had a soft spot for community leaders. Click here.

2046: A boomer odyssey. By Marco R. della Cava.
27 Oct: USA Today. Cover Story: 2046: A boomer odyssey. Excerpts: In 2046, 79 million baby boomers will be 82 to 100 years old … So just what kind of America will be forged by this crowd of geriatric goliaths? … There are ways to diffuse this "social dynamite," says Paul Saffo, director of the think tank Institute for the Future … Some boomers might simply leave the country, making room for the next generation to blossom … "I'm waiting for the first retirement cities to pop up in places like Goa, India," he says. "The weather's great, people speak English, and it's cheap. What more do you want?" Full text, 1,959 words at

Low Calorie Tips on Festive Indian Food.
28 Oct: Festivals are a time for celebration. It can be a trying occasion for the health conscious, as they battle between indulging and abstaining from the array of festive treats. The good news is, there is no need to feel deprived. For tips by Rohini Cardoso Diniz, a consultant dietician, is based in Goa, click here.

DPP savaged in London court
28 Oct: The West Australian (Perth). Director of Public Prosecutions Robert Cock has been accused of misleading London's Bow Street Magistrate's Court in order to cover blunders he made over an English backpacker suspected of bashing Paul de Souza in Broome, Perth … The court heard details of the brawl which left Mr de Souza needing 23 screws and seven plates in his skull … The case was adjourned and a decision on extradition of the suspect will be made on November 17.

Savio D'Souza: Mumbai’s International Marathon Winner.
28 Oct: MidDay. Before the Mumbai Marathon movement gained momentum, Savio D’Souza, Mumbai’s first international marathon winner, was a forgotten hero - without a proper home, struggling to make ends meet. Post marathon, he owns a flat in Borivali allotted to him by the Government of Maharashtra; is a well-known figure with a flourishing coaching career. Photo and text at

UK: Wandsworth: Asian cancer patients needs met
28 Oct: Ealing Times. A programme designed to help and meet the needs of Wandsworth's Asian residents living with cancer starts on Monday, November 7. Click here.

The new colour of British racism
30 Oct: The Observer. Behind the riots lies vicious hostility between the Asian and African-Caribbean communities in Birmingham. Click here.

Clare Davies: writing for the BBC
31 Oct: Asians in Media. The BBC's Clare Davies provides advice on how to get into and ahead in the media industry. 508 words. Click here.

Canada opens door for 700,000.
31 Oct: Globe and Mail. Ottawa to unveil revamped immigration rules to cut backlogs. Ottawa plans to unveil sweeping changes to immigration, starting today with an increase in the annual intake of new Canadians, and a promise to increase much-needed temporary workers and tackle the enormous backlog of 700,000 prospective immigrants. Click here.
31 Oct: The Ottawa Citizen. Poll finds nearly two-thirds of Canadians think our peaceable country is increasingly threatened by ethnic problems imported by immigrant groups. Click here.

British Citizenship test
31 Oct: BBC News. Britain now has a compulsory citizenship test. For text click here. Follow the link on the page for a video clip.

How Canada' s heart beats for India
31 Oct. Hindustan Times. Considering that Canada had imposed sanctions on India after the May 1998 nuclear blasts which now the nation sits pretty high on the antenna in Ottawa. Look how many top Canadian leaders and delegations have visited India this year alone. Seems like every Canadian heart beats for India. Click here.

UK: Hindus criticise Christmas stamp

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1 Nov: BBC. A Christmas stamp depicting a Hindu couple worshipping baby Jesus has been criticised as "disrespectful" but Royal Mail has refused to withdraw it.

Asian doctors in Britain face daily discrimination
1 Nov: Navhind Times. Doctors from the Indian sub-continent working in Britain’s National Health Service faced discrimination on a daily basis, according to the Commission of Racial Equality. Click here.

Meet diversity targets or risk cut in bonuses, civil servants warned
1 Nov. The Guardian. The annual bonuses of top civil servants could suffer if they fail to meet targets for hiring and promoting women and people from ethnic minorities, the government's chief diversity adviser, Waqar Azmi, announced yesterday. Britain's only Asian permanent secretary, Suma Chakrabarti, and a former minister, Keith Vaz, welcomed the announcement. Click here.

Goa: Jumbo at Couple's Exotic Wedding
1 Nov: Herald Express (Devon, UK). A spectacular wedding with a difference was enjoyed by Emma Smith and Simon Curtis when they were married on an exotic beach in Goa. The bride chose to travel on an elephant to the ceremony which was held at the stunning Taj Exotica Hotel. The hotel constructed a flower bedecked altar on the beach and the ceremony took place with a backdrop of the sea, the elephant and the setting sun. The 36 guests from South Devon and Australia enjoyed a superb banquet. For a photograph and full text click here.

Indian men go tall, fair and handsome
2 Nov: BBC News. Excerpts: An Indian cosmetics company that has launched a new skin-lightening cream exclusively for men … Editor of men's magazine, Man's World, Jerry Pinto, says most dark-skinned men are as insecure as women and go to equal lengths, albeit secretly, to achieve lighter skin. "I don't think men share this notion of tall dark and handsome," he says. "In India, it's tall, fair and handsome. A look at the matrimonial section, which is a very good way of seeing how men look at themselves, they just say we are wheatish and fair. So there is just not one dark-skinned person in this country, they are all rolling wheat fields of masculinity." Photograph of Jerry Pinto and full text at

Qatar: Goan family asked to pay QR50,000 fine
3 Nov: The Peninsula (Doha). Excerpts: An Indian family of five has been asked to pay QR50,000 [approx £7,700] as fine for visa rule violation … The family which comes from Goa, has been facing financial hardship for sometime as its head lost a government job and began running a small eatery. The venture did not do well and at the same time his wife took ill. At 57, he has been busy looking for a job and has not succeeded so far … The community is now thinking of ways to help the family raise the amount. Click here.

UK: TV HIGHLIGHTS By Mafalda de’Sa


Sat. 5/11: BBC 2: 7.25pm (65mins) Who Do You Think You Are?
Actor and writer Meera Syal travels to India seeking answers to her parents’ unconventional ideas. It’s a quest that leads straight to her grandfather’s part in the struggle for independence. Repeat.

Tues. 8/11: BBC 2: 9.00pm (60mins) Arena: The Princess and Panorama
Ten years on from the seminal interview of Diana by Martin Bashir, the tension, secrecy and the impact it had on the House of Windsor are revealed. The interview itself can be seen at 11.20pm.

Tues. 8/11: BBC 2: 11.20pm (55mins) Panorama
To tie in with the above documentary another chance to see the landmark interview between Diana Princess of Wales and Martin Bashir from 1995.

Wed. 9/11: Channel 4: 1.00pm (90mins) Raid on Entebbe
Historical drama based on the true story of an Israeli commando mission in Uganda in 1976 to save the passengers of a plane hijacked by Palestinian terrorists.

Wed. 9/11: BBC 2: 8.00pm (50mins) Natural World
The King Cobra and I. The world’s largest venomous snake can rear up to a height of 6ft. and emit enough venom to kill an elephant. To the relief of many the species is on the decline yet Romulus Whitaker is fighting its corner as he tries to set up a sanctuary in India.

Fri. 11/11: Channel 4: 12.55am (210mins) Dil Chahta Hai
Romantic Drama. The romantic escapades of three well-heeled young men in Mumbai show their different attitudes to women, despite their apparent similarities. In Hindi with English subtitles.


Sun. 6/11: BBC Radio 4: 7.45pm (45mins) Tales from Firozha Baag
2/5. Condolence visit part 2. A series of stories based in a Bombay apartment building. A young man comes to call to the consternation of the assembled mourners.

Mon. 7/11: BBC Radio 4: 7.45pm (45mins) Travel Stories.
India-Lite. In 1993 the teenage Sonali was taken on a family holiday to India. Here she joins a local rowdy tour group, to a sanitised ashram, with caucasian devotees drinking café lattes and practicing “Zennis”. Sonali is played by Michelle Lobo: Dad by Nicholas Khan.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sun. 6 Nov. G.O.A. MASS FOR DECEASED MEMBERS at 1pm at ATC Hall, 192 Merton Road, South Wimbledon. Advance booking by 2nd November 2005 for the three course lunch (£6.50). Contacts: Alfred Rebello 020 - 8337 8022, Diego Pinto 020 - 8767 0663

Sun. 6 Nov. Nuvem Feast. White Hart Lane School, White Hart Lane, Wood Green, London N22 (opp the New River Sports Centre). Call Greg Carvalho 01245 261302 or Johnson Carvalho 020 8303 5822.

Sun. 20 Nov. Charity Dance (in aid of Osteoporosis Bone Disease) at Archbishop Lanfranc School from 12.30pm to 8.30pm. Music by: Mustang & Say One Do One. Admission: Adults £12 including food, Children 4 – 10 years £5. Contact: Irene Mendonca 020 - 8767 2762, Derrick Pereira 020 –8 952 8899, Cornelius Monteiro 020 – 8681 8716.

SOLD OUT! Sun. 20 Nov. Navelim Union Feast of Lady of Rosary - 25th Anniversary. The Silver Jubilee SOLD OUT!

Sun 20 Nov. 2.30p.m. 78th Commemoration Mass for Ven. Fr. Agnelo De Souza at St. George's Cathedral, Westminster Bridge Road, Southwark. For details please contact Nina Pinto on 020 8767 0663.

Sun. 27 Nov. 5.00pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex

Sun. 4 Dec. G.O.A. FEAST OF ST FRANCIS XAVIER. Our Lady of the Visitation Church, Greenford Road, Greenford, Middlesex. Mass at 1.30pm, followed by a social in the Parish Centre. Tickets for social only £3 single £5 couple. Contacts: Diego Pinto 020 - 8767 0663 Alfred Rebello 020 - 8337 8022. A coach is being organised from Croydon, with a pick-up in Tooting, cost £5 per person. Contact: Cornelius Monteiro on 020-8681 8716.

Sun. 11 Dec. G.O.A. CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS PARTY at Archbishop Lanfranc School. Further details from - Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 - 8771 4457 Bernie Gracias 020 - 8723 1322


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