Newsletter. Issue 2005-38. Oct. 06, 2005
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Designer activism
6 Oct: NewIndPress: Wendell Rodricks is a busy man these days and it’s not just his next collection that’s giving him sleepless nights. The Goan designer, who is known for his eclectic and versatile work, is on a new mission —that of cleaning up Goa … “Goa is my life, it is paradise on earth but corrupt politicians have ruined it completely” he said angrily while handing out CDs about Goa’s garbage problem and urging people to stop visiting the place. “When the tourism department is hit the government will start doing something”. 376 words. Click here.

Eddie D’Sa Interviewed
28 Sep: Borsen Dagblad. Advertising executive Eddie D’Sa interviewed. For text, 950 words, in Norwegian, click here.
Eddie D’Sa, is a founding partner, Naked Nordic He was born in 1970 in Rotherham, Yorkshire, UK, the son of Robert & Shanti. His grandfather was Anthony D’Sa, a tiatr actor and musician from Cuncolim in Goa. For a brief GVUK profile of him see

Dinesh D'Souza gets an angry response
29 Sep: San Antonio Express (USA). Passions flared during a speech by conservative pundit Dinesh D'Souza, who staunchly defended the U.S. war in Iraq on historical, moral and political grounds. "We are trying to see if the alien seed of democracy can take root in a part of the world that has never known it," he said … D'Souza came to the U.S. from India in 1970 on an exchange program. He became a citizen in 1990 and has developed a reputation as an iconoclastic speaker …
The author of several books, D'Souza is a former speechwriter for President Reagan. Students waited at the entrance to the event and handed out fliers that read "Racist, get off our campus!!" and called D'Souza "nothing more than a well-polished tool of the corporate elite and its racist imperialist war machine." For full text, 534 words, click here.
From Biography Research Center: “Dinesh D'Souza was born on April 25, 1961, in Bombay, India, into a family of Catholics, a minority religion in India. His father was an executive at Johnson and Johnson Pharmaceuticals, and his mother worked in the home. Dinesh was educated in private Jesuit schools that stressed a traditional, heavily Western, mostly British curriculum.”
The Dinesh D’Souza website has links to his bio, books, articles etc. and is at
See also: D’Souza Draws Passionate Crowd. 6 Oct: The Ithacan. Click here.

Montreal: Galleries and Exhibitions: Cheryl Braganza
29 Sep: Montreal Gazette. The Kirkland Library, 17100 Hymus Blvd. in Kirkland presents multi media works by Kirkland artist Cheryl Braganza starting Sunday and continuing to Oct. 31. Call (514) 630-2726.
Cheryl Braganza is a Goan artist who has lived and exhibited in Montreal, Quebec since 1966. She is self-taught. Her subjects range from florals, landscapes, still-lifes to her poignant paintings of Indian women. For a selection of her work see

Dr Joel Almeida: Stars arrive for tsunami concert
30 Sep: Wiltshire Times. Dr Joel Almeida, a Trowbridge doctor and musician who worked on the tsunami frontlines in India, has organised a concert in Bradford on Avon next week. The musicians start the charity tour with a concert in St Laurence School hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday and tickets are available on (01225) 309500. For details click here.
Dr. JSM (Dr. Joel, Selvaganesh & Mahesh) play a concert at the BRIT School Theatre, Croydon at 7 pm on 6th October. Joel hopes to include a dulpod or two in the programme. For tickets ring 0208 665 5242.
UK-wide tour details are at (choose "listen" then "calendar"). Venues include Bristol, Northampton, Leicester, Ealing, Birmingham Leeds, Liverpool and Hounslow.

Alex Martins: an old-fashioned fixer for New York's new immigrants.
2 Oct: The New York Times. Excerpts: Alex Martins is a slim, dark lawyer of 40 who fixes - visas, jobs, business permits. "Within this week I will solve your problem" is one of his favorite phrases … every New York politician seeking citywide office needs the support of the Jains, the Catholics from Goa, the Sikhs … a doctor arranged for a free checkup for a friend of Martins's - a priest from Goa who lacked health insurance … Martins grew up in Mumbai, the son of an officer in the merchant marine …
He ran a nightclub, and when his father, a devout Catholic, found out, he threw Alex out of his house and that is why he left India … Martins has a keen sense of the hurdles that Indian immigrants faces … “there is always discrimination in the high-level offices. It's how the British and the Portuguese ruled us". Renee Lobo is one of the candidates for City Council that Martins is backing. His wife is Maureen Martins, D.D.S., of Bright Smile Dental Care. 3120 words. Click here.

Patricia Rozario: Big talent in Little Missenden
4 Oct: Bucks Free Press (UK). The Little Missenden Festival returns for its 46th year this month … this year it welcomes soprano Patricia Rozario, who will be performing a Tribute to John Tavener in the festival's first event next Friday. Rozario was born in Bombay, and studied in London at The Guildhall School of Music, before embarking on a very successful career … She will sing Tavener's Schuon Lieder, and performs with The Schubert Ensemble, which has numerous critically acclaimed CDs and over 30 commissions to its credit … The Little Missenden Festival runs from October 7 to 16. Tickets: 01494 862426. For photo and full text click here.

UK: Les Lobo: The pluses and minuses of joining an IT services company
4 Oct: Computer Weekly (UK). Excerpts: Les Lobo was initially unhappy about joining services group Capgemini from RHM Foods, but he now sees it as a good career move. After looking for other jobs, he joined as a network technician and is now operations manager at the network service management centre. He saw the benefits of working for an IT company quickly: three pay rises in a year and five promotions. 1,292 words. Click here.
Les Lobo, was born in Kampala, Uganda and is the son of Alcantra (Parra) & the late Sylvia (Calangute) Lobo; brother of Joe and Marjorie. The family later moved to Nairobi and came to the UK in 1969 from there. His parents moved back to Goa in 1986. His mother died in 1992. His father remarried some years later and lives in Umtavaddo, Calangute. Les is married to Samantha and they have 3 children, Kayleigh(12), Kieran(10) and Kyra(4). Les is passionate about spending time with his children and about football - he and his children are Tottenham season ticket holders.

One of Sven Goran Eriksson’s favourite restaurants
6 Oct: The Mirror (UK). A few months ago, in happier times, Sven Goran Eriksson took a group of journalists to one of his favourite Soho restaurants for lunch. The Palms of Goa was a pleasant little place on a side street. It was quiet and understated. Not unlike the England manager, in fact … Click here.
Palms of Goa. Prop. Eugene Dias. Address: 4 Meard Street (off Dean Street), Soho, London, W1F 0EF Tel: 020 7439 3509. Branch at 12 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 2LU Tel: 020 7636 1668. Eugene offers Goan Voice UK readers a 10% discount valid for October 2005. Bon Apetit!


2 Oct: London. CAITAN FERRAO (ex-Santa Cruz, Goa). Husband of Carmin. Father of Sheryl and Clinton.

28th September, Sydenham IDA ALMEIDA (ex Nairobi, Kenya). Sister of the late Stanley, the late Lydia, the late Nolasco, the late Rosana, Eva, Bella, the late Abe, Zia and John. Condolences to
Funeral on Friday 7 Oct. at 9.30am at the Church of Our Lady & St Philip Neri, 208 Sydenham Road, Sydenham, London SE26, followed by Cremation at 11am at Lewisham Crematorium, Hither Green Lane, London SE13. Family flowers only. If desired, donations can be made to 'The D'Almeida Charitable Trust' (Charity Registration No. 1058480) and sent to: 26 The Avenue, Coulsdon, Surrey CR5 2BN. Please consider making your donation under the Gift Aid Scheme. If you require information on this, please contact Chris Moniz on 020 8660 6063. This Charitable Trust was set up for medical research purposes, by Ida's late brother Abe Francis Almeida.

16 Sep: Thornton Heath, Surrey, UK. LILY PAES (nee Soares, ex-Nairobi). Wife of late Diogo Paes. Mother of Pelina/Mathew Andrades, Edwin/Maisie, Cedric/Julia, Royce, Elvina/Mario and Susan/Conrad. Sister of Eleuterio/Theresa Soares. Funeral was on Oct 3. Condolences to


Goa: Holiday Apartment for Rent
One bedroom S/C air-conditioned Holiday Apartment. Superb location overlooking the sea, between Miramar and Dona Paula. Car with or without driver available if required. Tel. (London): 079 3088 0584 or 020 8841 1280 or e-mail

Goa Property by Acron at UK Exhibitions.
DUBLIN : Fri, 7th Oct. to Sun, 9th Oct.
BIRMINGHAM : Fri, 18th Nov. to Sun, 20th Nov.
For Full details of these shows, stand nos., directions to the venues, complimentary passes, etc. click here.
Acron: : E-mail :


Air India: Goa-London: approx £249 return
30 Sep: Air India. Special fares have been introduced from all Air India online stations in India as follows:
To: London/Paris/Frankfurt: INR 18990
To: New York/Chicago/Los Angeles: INR 37990
These fares are valid for ticketing up to 31st October 2005 and for travel between 1st October 2005 till 31st March 2006. These fares, however, will not be valid for travel between 1st to 31st January 2006. [It is reported elsewhere that the fares are valid for travel from Goa and many other Indian cities].


1st Young Goans International Essay Contest (2005)
From Constantino Xavier, (Coordinator, Young Goans International). Young Goans International Essay Contest is an opportunity for young (15-21 years) Goans living in or outside Goa, to write on the theme: "What I Can Do For Goa". A jury composed of well-known Goans are donating attractive prizes (worth over 600 USD). Essays, max 1000 words, by 20th Oct. Full details at


Goa Research Net
From Dr Teotonio de Souza. Goa Research Net is network for those interested in researching Goa. The network is primarily intended for researchers and was initiated in April 1997. To join you need to introduce yourself and let us know your involvement in this field. Go to to check it out. Join the Group by selecting the link from the site.

New York Goans celebrate World Goa Day
Friends of Goa celebrated World Goa Day at Manorhaven Beach Park in Long Island, NY. This inaugural event was attended by about 250 adults and children. The highlights of the day were the selection of "Goan American Idol" and "Best Chef". To view the Winners (9 pics) click here.
For a photographic review of the celebrations (63 pics) click here.


Time-Out: Goan sojourn
2 Oct: The Hindu. Uma Mahadevan-Dasgupta waxes lyrical on her holiday in Goa. 1557 words. Click here.

Goa: Police stress survey of senior citizens
2 Oct: Herald. The Police have underlined the need for a fresh survey of lonely senior citizens in Goa to beef up their safety and security. It is suggested that the elders deposit their valuables in the banks. The Police have been directed to identify elders staying alone in their houses to increase security.

Goa: The Garbage Crisis
2 Oct. MidDay. Excerpt of letter from Wendell Rodricks: The city of Panjim is foul with the stench of garbage. National Highway 17 has become a dumping site. The beaches are repositories of garbage and plastic bottles … Goa is on the brink of a garbage mismanagement disaster created by successive governments and corrupt politicians. The risk of epidemic and unsightly garbage will ensure the end of tourism for Goa.
Excerpt of reply by Goa’s Chief Minister: I do agree that there is garbage problem in our state … Tourism will be affected in our state as garbage paints a sorry picture for us. Click here.

IFFI to screen films on major Goa beaches
2 Oct: The Hindu. The 36th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) beginning from November 24 here will have open screening of films for public in Goa's major cities and prominent beaches. Click here.

Goa to proceed with Mopa international airport project
2 Oct. The Hindu. The Government will go ahead with the Mopa international airport project in Goa. It accepted the techno-feasibility report, prepared by the Canada-based consultants, International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) …It is estimated that by 2035, traffic will touch 10 million … The cost of the project is now estimated at $200 million. Click here.

Goa IT policy lays emphasis on local employment
3 Oct: Economic Times. The Goa government is offering an incentive to entrepreneurs employing Goans in the information technology (IT) industry and its enabled service at the rate of Rs 15,000 per employee per annum. For full text click here.

Goa To Host Global Trade, Tourism Meet
3 Oct: Asia Pulse. The High Commissioners of Latin America and Caribbean countries, Spain and Portugal would meet in Goa on October 7 to discuss trade, tourism and cultural exchange between the participating nations … Being a former Portuguese colony, Goa occupies an exquisite place with Latin America … Besides trade and tourism, the conference would also focus on academic exchange.

Goa Dairy milk found to be adulterated
5 Oct: Navhind Times. The chemical analysis report of the milk samples collected by the Food and Drug Administration during a raid on the Goa Dairy premises at Ponda, on September 26, confirms adulteration of the milk. Click here.

International seminar on coconut in Goa
5 Oct: Manorama Online. A two-day international seminar on coconut will be held in Goa from December 10.

Suspected Kenyan Kingpin in International Drug Trafficking Arrested
6 Oct. NewIndPress. Police have arrested a Kenyan, Mweeria Stephen Kiatira Ilula alias Steve when he was trying to sell cocaine. The Narcotics Control Bureau in Chennai suspected him to be the kingpin of an international drug racket. Stephen was in the leather and garment business in the name of Maua Leathers, Nyan Traden, Roxin Computers and Mirra Traders in Nairobi. He would visit Goa and other places in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and other countries under the pretext of business trips to establish contacts to procure cocaine and other Narcotics. He stayed in India for the past two to three years with his girlfriend Ruth Wangui Kuria, a Kenyan Law student, and they had a son together. He allegedly used his girlfriend, other Kenyan and Nigerian nationals and a few locals for drug peddling. Click here.


If technological change is so rapid these days, the pace of social change is perhaps not too far behind. For example, what do we know about the reality of married priests in the Catholic Church? Have we met any? Find out more on this theme on Goanet which includes at least one personal account titled "The married priest : I'm married to one." Discussion has also centred on the Vatican's stance on a rapidly changing situation. Also, do have a say in the on-going discussion on Goanet.

Following GoaNet’s 11th anniversary, an exciting recent development has taken place called Goanet wiki. This is basically an encyclopaedia on Goa. The wiki is an open online collaboration among individuals. This new venture really sounds fascinating, and hopefully, readers of the Goan Voice (UK) will want to find out much more about this promising new development.

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


Karisma Kapoor to marry her estranged husband
29 Sep: Pravda (Moscow). Indian actress Karisma Kapoor and her estranged husband are in western Indian's palm-fringed beach resort of Goa to attempt a reconciliation on their second wedding anniversary, media reports said Thursday.

Goan Art, going global
30 Sep: Herald. By V. M. de Malar. The action took place in New York last week; it was a record-breaking, trend-setting, couple of hectic days. First Sotheby’s, and then Christie’s the next day, two gala auctions of Indian art to test depth and staying power in the Indian art boom that has seen prices soar many hundredfold in just over a decade. 740 words.

Brightwell switched to the dark side
30 Sep: Hendon & Finchley Times (London). Excerpts: Eclipse chaser: Jim Brightwell has witnessed more than 11 eclipses all over the world. In 1980, he wanted to head out for a place called Ankola, not too far from Goa. He landed in Delhi, but was told a connecting flight to Goa was impossible so he hopped on the train but there was no room anywhere so he had to sit in the luggage rack for more than 24 hours. When he arrived in Goa, he needed to get across a river. "I had to jump on this really primitive ferry it was held together with rope," he said. When he arrived in his room, he found it was already occupied by rats. "I didn't mind them that much, but they were all over my room," he added. For full text click here.

Huge river diversion 'a success'
1 Oct. BBC. A massive project to divert almost two miles of the River Nith in Scotland has not had an adverse affect on fish stocks, the area's fishery board has said. Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of rocks and clay were shifted to make the new channel for the river. It is estimated that 450,000 coconuts were used in the production of matting that was brought from Goa to line the new river banks.

Living a Dream
3 Oct: The Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY). Nicole Sottung is a 24-year-old American who is heading off to live in the beach community of Goa and schedule art exhibitions around the world as the representative of 36-year-old Indian artist, Ajay Gulati. She has lived in India and describes some of her experiences when working there. 748 words. For full text click here.

"Xapai": English Film To Be Shot In Goa.
3 Oct: Female First. (UK). Filmmaker Sai Paranjape is planning an English film to be shot in a crumbling mansion in Goa. "Xapai", which in Portuguese means grandfather, is the story of an old patriarch who lives alone in the mansion, deserted by his large family and looked after by his chauffeur and retainer Maria. On his 90th birthday, Xapai, the patriarch, has his family - complete with nearly 10 children, their wives and grandchildren - descend on him and thereby unfolds a story of inter-relationships with family intrigues and an unexpected twist. One son, who was the black sheep, had been thrown out of the family home and comes back a millionaire. 472 words. Click here.

British woman gets her smile back in India
3 Oct: Independent Online (South Africa). After doing the rounds of dentists in Britain, the United States and Denmark and spending more than $90 000, forty-five-year-old Julie Pharro had her teeth successfully restored by a doctor in India. For full text click here.

Manpower Inc. powering up in India
3 Oct: Minnesota Public Radio. Marketplace 6:30 AM EST. Manpower Inc. is powering up in India. J.D. SAMANT on call centres. Transcript: My problem is their names. When first the phenomenon of Indians on the phone began, they were all Michaels and Alices and Steves. And I commented to my wife that the outsourcing companies in India were, for some reason, hiring only Goan Catholics. Goans are from Goa in India and are mostly Catholics with Christian names. My wife laughed, `Those aren't their real names, stupid.'

India readies for shopping mall boom
4 Oct: BBC News. Once you are inside, you forget about the city's potholed roads, utterly rowdy traffic and in-your-face poverty. Instead, Inorbit, the biggest shopping mall in India's commercial city Mumbai (Bombay), is buzzing with customers. It is a rich man's world too, with multi-screen cinemas, restaurants, games and branded shops - well out of the reach of many of the country's one billion people.

EDC plans multi-storey complex in Panaji
5 Oct: Project Monitor. EDC Ltd, the financial and investment corporation of Goa government, is planning to develop a multistoried building that will have an IT park, shopping mall, entertainment centre, restaurant, health club, office area, exhibition halls, multiplex and apartment hotel and adequate parking facility. The project will be developed on 18,120 sq. metre land located at Patto Plaza, Panaji. Click here.

No dearth of platform for Goa filmmakers
4 Oct: Business Standard. The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa is slowly but surely spurring a new film culture in the state allowing budding filmmakers to present their work to the people. For full text click here.

British firm scouts for healthcare packages in India
5 Oct: Hindustan Times. Indian healthcare facilities are attracting several leading British companies to study possible tie-ups to help patients in Britain get access to good medical packages in India.,0008.htm

US Navy community relations project in Panjim
5 Oct: Department of Defense U.S. Navy Releases. USS Higgins, USS Chaffey and USS Santa Fe pulled into port in Goa Oct. 2, and participated in an international sports day called the "Malabar Cup." with games of volleyball, soccer and basketball. Some of the crew went to a children's art and culture center to repaint the theater. The children, dressed in traditional Indian clothes, performed songs and dances both Indian and Goan. Having been ruled as a Portuguese colony for more than 450 years, Goa has a culture distinctly different from most of India. 440 words. Click here.

Italian naval officer nostalgic about his Indian connection
6 Oct. Times of Oman. Rear Admiral Rinaldo Cherubino Veri, of the Italian Navy visited Oman on board the ship ITS Libeccio. He has strong Indian connections. His mother was originally from Margao, he was born and brought up in Mumbai and attended Campion School in the Fort area. While working there in Mumbai, he fell in love with a Goan lady Leena Pinto, married her and had three children. Click here.

UK: TV HIGHLIGHTS By Mafalda de’Sa


Mon. 10/10: Travel Channel: 6.00pm (60mins) Globe Trekker
Tanzania and Zanzibar. Ian Wright begins his journey on the island of Zanzibar samples the lighter side of life, wandering the food markets of Jamituri Gardens and tasting the foods of the 'Spice Island'. In Arusha, he meets the Masai and finishes his journey by climbing to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Tues. 11/10: Channel: Living: 12.00pm (30mins) Special Interest: Arresting Design
No Accounting for Taste. Living TV's home improvement team help an East Indian couple balance the books in the bedroom.

Thurs. 13/10: BBC 2: 8.30pm (30mins) Around the World in 80 Treasures
India to Sri Lanka. Matters of fertility and sex get the blood pumping as we meet the naked ten-armed goddess in Calcutta, the triple-breasted goddess Menakshi and visit the Taj Mahal, the greatest temple of love. Our reporter then heads off to Jaipur, where he finds enlightenment in the celestial city and is blessed by an elephant.

Sat.15/10: Channel 4: 2.00am (90mins) Dance of the Wind
Emotional drama. A singer loses her voice and self confidence when her mother dies. With the aid of a strange young girl, she discovers a dramatic secret from the past. In Hindi with English subtitles.


Sun. 9/10: BBC Radio 4: 1.30pm (30mins) Plain Tales from the Commonwealth.
Never the Twain. When the British in India packed their bags in 1947, not everybody cheered. Among those left behind were 300,000 people of mixed European and Indian descent. Aidan Hartley visits the once prosperous Anglo-Indian community of Kolkata. He goes to McCluskieganj, a remote hill station founded in the 1930s as an Anglo-Indian utopia, and finds that even here a unique way of life has all but vanished.

Thurs. 13/10: BBC Radio 4: 8.00pm (30mins) Hindu Lives
Confidence, Culture and Caste. Last in the personal stories of three generations of British Hindus. Tonight the third generation exhibits a confidence about challenging the status quo in a way that would have been unthinkable for their parents and grandparents.

Fri. 14/10: BBC Radio 4: 3.45pm (45mims) This Sceptred Isle: Empire
1600 - The East India Company: When a group of English merchants petitioned the Queen to grant them a charter for the spice trade, they couldn’t have known that they were laying the foundations of what would become the British Raj.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sat 8 Oct. Ballroom Dancing Bow Tie Charity Ball at Polish White Eagle Club, Balham, London SW17. Contact: Jacinto Fernandes 020 – 8542 5427

Sun 16 Oct. Uganda Reunion. 32nd Anniversary Uganda Reunion from noon to 7.00pm at Bishop Thomas Grant School, Belltrees, Grove, Streatham, SW16. Music by Maz N Co & fantasy Disco. Children's Magic Show, Raffle &Novelty Dances. Contact Christine De Souza Tel no: 0208 310 2332.

Sun 16 Oct. G.O.A. DOUBLES CARROM TOURNAMENT. (Ladies, Men & Children) Venue to be advised. Contacts: Richard Fernandes 020 - 8300 5347, Viju De Souza, 01784 430547, Lazarus Rato 020 – 8767 0342.

Sun 23 Oct: Colva Union, 32nd Anniversary of the Feast of Infant Jesus. Mass at 12.30pm. Bishop Thomas Grant School, Belltrees Grove, Streatham, London SW16. Tickets: Adults £12.00; Children 12 and under £4.00. Contact: Bento Fernandes (020) 8672 0283; Arlene Fernandes (020) 8930 7679; Fiona Fernandes (01279) 432325 (after 9.00pm)

Sun 23 Oct. Amche Historr Children’s Workshop at Archbishop Lanfranc School. 12 noon to 6pm. For further details Contact: Shirley Gonsalves 01634 – 843510

Sun 23 Oct. G.O.A. Snooker Singles Knockout Tournament. Entries by email to: Lazarus Rato 020 – 8767 0342

Sun. 30 Oct G.O.A. EGM/AGM commencing at 1pm at Archbishop Lanfranc School. Open to fully paid up members only.

Sun. 30 Oct. 5.00pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex

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


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