Newsletter. Issue 2005-41. Oct. 27, 2005
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UK: Rebecca Mascarenhas (ex-Mombasa) – Saint Rebecca of Barnes
26 Oct: The Evening Standard. By Fay Maschler. Excerpts: Rebecca Mascarenhas, owner of Sonny's in Barnes and The Phoenix in Putney, has brought her successful formula of food with a modern sensibility, served in stylish surroundings, to Kensington. The address 11 Abingdon Road - now doubles as the name … Wine lists at Mascarenhas's restaurants are always a source of excellent bottles … Open daily noon-3pm and 6-11pm. As from next week, also breakfast from 8am and afternoon tea. Set lunch and early-evening supper £12.50 for two courses. A la carte, a meal for two with wine, about £90 including 12.5 per cent service. 11 Abingdon Road, W8 (020 7937 0120). For full text and photo, click here.

From the Independent (UK). “Rebecca Mascarenhas, better known as Saint Rebecca of Barnes for her work in bringing edible food to the good people of SW13 through restaurants such as the long-serving Sonny's, has been a player of some consistency.”

In 1975 Rebecca Mascarenhas played the part of Nurse Chatterjee in BBC’s Play For Today: Through The Night. In 1980 she was Princess Ayallah in Thames Television’s Jukes of Piccadilly.

From Goan Voice UK, 11 May 2001: Rebecca Mascarenhas, who owns four fashionable restaurants was the guest judge on BBC 2 TV Masterchef on 8 May 2001.

Rebecca Mascarenhas was born in Mombasa, daughter of the late Sonny and Carmen (nee Freitas); brother of Vernon (who owns a farm in Surrey and was featured in GVUK 2005-26). The family emigrated to Norwich, Norfolk, in 1967. She named her restaurant chain after her father. For more info about Rebecca Mascarenhas click here.

UK: Robert De Souza, principal research analyst at Gartner
13 Oct: CRM Today. "Companies in Germany, Spain and Portugal plan the largest IT budget increases for 2006 followed by the U.K. and Scandinavia," said Robert De Souza, principal research analyst at Gartner. For full text click here.
Robert is currently based in Egham, Surrey. He was born in Nairobi, Kenya but has lived almost his whole life in the UK. He is the son of Hubert and Carmella De Souza formally of Nairobi; brother of Charmaine De Souza. He traces his Goan roots to Tivim. For a profile of Robert and a list of his recent reports click here.
For links to more information about Robert De Souza click here.

UK: Laila Rouass
16 Oct: The News of the World revealed that Laila Rouass has landed a lead role in Freebird, a new British film opposite Quadrophenia star Phil Daniels. Laila, 30, famous as superbitch Amber Gates in the hit TV series, Footballers Wives, will play Phil's character's fantasy wife.
28 Aug: Mail On Sunday. Feature article, 1,576 words, on Laila Rouass. Excerpts: Laila’s exotic good looks come from her Goan-Moroccan parentage … she grew up in Brick Lane, the eldest of seven children … Her parents and sister still live there and Laila spends a lot of time in the area … “Brick Lane is so cosmopolitan - it has a real buzz about it,” she says. “I still like to spend time there at weekends.”
She lives in Chelsea Harbour, which is something of a celeb enclave. Her neighbours include Robbie Williams and Sir Michael Caine. For a GVUK profile of Laila Rouass see

Canada: Melville D’Souza
20 Oct: St. John's Telegram (Newfoundland). By Bernard Adey. Excerpt: While in Francois, we met an amazing character, Mel D'Souza. He is originally from Africa but now lives in Brampton, Ont. Mel bought a house in Francois and spends a number of months there each year. He writes for the Downhomer and does all he can to promote the community and the southwest coast.
Writer/cartoonist Mel D’Souza, was born in Dar es Salaam in 1937 and worked in Caltex 1953-71. He is married to Lineth and they have two children, Helen and Gillian. He had been in Canada since 1971 and traces his Goan roots to Saligao. Fred Noronha has written about him and provided links to some of his illustrations – click here.

UK: Rudy Lobo: Chief Operating Officer, Regus
21 Oct: The Daily Telegraph (UK). Rudy Lobo has been named as Chief Operating Officer of Regus.
Rudy joined Regus fourteen years ago and re-assumed the role of Group Finance Director in Oct. 2003 prior to his latest appointment. As well as driving Group performance, Rudy's new role will see him responsible for commercial operations, human resources and for directing Regus’ IT and e-business strategy.
Rudy is also a Director and Trustee of the Charity Great Causes Limited. Previously he was Finance Manager and Group Company Secretary of Medicom International Ltd, a publisher of medical journals. For more information about him, click here.

Acclaimed soprano Patricia Rozario
21 Oct: Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Excerpts: This weekend, the presence of noted soprano Patricia Rozario will change the reputation of Cappella Romana … Rozario lives in London but was born in Bombay … she was awarded an OBE four years ago … she has made more than 30 recordings of his music … A descendant of a family long connected to Goa, Rozario grew up in a highly Westernized family. For full text, 539 words, click here.
21 Oct: The Oregonian. The stratospheric soprano. 539 words. Click here.
24 Oct: Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Rozario's voice made the evening. Excerpts: Rozario has a voice of exceptional beauty: creamy and crystalline in timbre and a wonderfully even register … singing with verve and accuracy, Rozario traversed Tavener's score with seeming ease and dramatic emphasis. 397 words. Click here. For a GVUK profile of Rozario see

Steve D’Souza: Book Review: Made in Britain
21 Oct: Black Britain, UK. Made in Britain is a new inspirational book written by Steven D’Souza and Patrick Clarke; two professionals who are successors of the community … Steven D’Souza is an accomplished speaker and writer on diversity issues … Made in Britain has now sold an estimated 7,000 copies and is now in all good book shops. Click here.
For details of the book and photograph of D’Souza see GVUK issue 2005-37. You can contact him at tel. 0791 560 2039, e-mail -

Dr Joel Almeida: From Mainstream Jazz To Beyond
21 Oct: Bath Chronicle. On Sunday night we have a rare treat – the Guardian jazz critic has called Dr JSM "breathtaking," describing the music as "virtuoso displays sometimes difficult to credit to mortal beings" … Dr JSM is comprised of three musicians: Goan songwriter and performer Dr Joel Almeida; Selvaganesh, hand percussionist from John McLaughlin's Shakti; and vocalist Manesh, who trained with India's most revered singer, MS Subbulakshmi. Click here.
24 Oct: The Huddersfield Daily Examiner. Dr Joel Almeida: Music treat and a personal tsunami battle. For Dr Joel Almeida who brings his Asian musicians to the Holmfirth High School on Monday, November 7, the fight against the tsunami is personal. The doctor/musician who lives in this country has just returned from tsunami relief work in India. Click here.

Francis Newton Souza
22 Oct: The Spectator (UK). FN Souza is an interesting case in point. Indian-born, he came to England in 1949, subsequently living in New York and India. His particular brand of spiky and distorted figuration has its admirers, but its appeal has remained fairly restricted until now. In the new hang at Tate Britain, Souza is designated an 'important artist' and accorded a whole room, and the NPG, ever ready to follow the Tate's lead, has included him in this show. A shame that Souza didn't live to see his promotion: for one of his political interests it would have been highly amusing.
The photograph showing Souza with his daughter, Anya, was taken in Souza’s former apartment in Hampstead, London.

Keith Vaz: Anger at Asylum Policies
24 Oct: Leicester Mercury. Keith Vaz has presented a petition signed by 2,500 people to the House of Commons protesting at plans to abolish the right of appeal to visitors, including foreign students and workers, after their applications to stay in Britain have been rejected. Click here.

Dr Joaquim Goes: Dead fish pile up on Omani coast.
25 Oct. Gulf News (UAE). Huge quantities of dead fish have washed ashore on the eastern coast of Oman … Dr Joaquim Goes, a scientist at the US-based Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, feels the phenomenon could be due to anoxic waters or waters that promote blooms of toxic algae. Goes and his team have carried out research on global warming and its effects on marine life in the Arabian Sea. The Bigelow Laboratory is working with Sultan Qaboos University. For full text click here.
Dr Joaquim Goes was born in Nairobi, his parents being the late Octaviano Goes and Idalina dos Merces Goes. He is married to Helga Gomes. For the GVUK profile on Dr Goes click here.
For more info about Dr Goes click here.


26 Oct: Toronto. NELSON D'SOUZA Husband to Dolly. Father to Glenn (Sharon), Derrick (Sandra), Audrey (late Vincent), Debbie (Hubert), Karyn (Chris), Bert and Joe (Monica).

Visitation: Fri Oct 28 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm: Simple Alternative Funeral Home, 1057 Brock Road, Pickering. Funeral Mass on Sat at 12 p.m. from St. Dunstan Roman Catholic Church, 3152 Danforth Avenue. For photo and full details click here.

20 Oct: Wembley, Middlesex, HA9 8EQ. FRANCISCO DIONISIO FERNANDES (Aged 85, Ex Nairobi, Kenya, born in Benaulim, Goa). Husband of Carmelina Fernandes. Father of Berta/Mariano, Joaquim/Conceicão, Anthony/Rosy. Grandfather of Giuliano and Jarzinho, Baby Jussara, Antonia and Carla.
Funeral Arrangements: Reception into Church: Thu. 27 Oct. at 7.00pm.
Funeral Mass: Fri. 28th Oct at 12.00 noon. Reception into Church and Funeral Mass at St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, 339 High Road, Wembley, Middlesex HA9 6AG. Burial at Alperton Cemetery, Clifford Road, Wembley, Middlesex HA0 1AF.

Thank You from the Pereira Family
Re the Death on 18 Sept. 2005 of MARIA BERTHA PEREIRA (nee ALFONSO, ex-Uganda & Mombasa): Gustav Pereira, Rowena/Robin, Edgar, Sabina Alphonso and family would like to express our sincere appreciation for thoughts, kindness and sympathy shown at our time of sorrow. They mean a great deal to us.


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


Monsoons and Tattoos in Goa. By Robin Esrock
22 Oct: Vancouver Sun. Excerpts: The Goan government, a banana republic on the verge of ripening, is shutting down parties and shifting the tourist scene from modern trance hippies to charter tours. The result: No music in the beachfront cafes past 11 p.m., high-level corruption, more organized crime and a feeling of paradise lost among the expats … A doctor from the Israeli Special Forces arrived to "escort" an Israeli home after he lost his mind on LSD, running around naked and making a general nuisance of himself. There are hundreds of Israelis in town … Indians here have names like Angela Rodriguez and Carlos Gracias … On $10 a day I lived like a king … For a 422 words summary click here.
For the full report, 2,476 words, and 30 photographs, click here.
For the account of Bombay and the train journey to Goa click here.

Slow train to Goa
23 Oct: Sunday Telegraph (UK). One way to get to know India is by taking a luxury train tour. Linsey Wynton is enchanted by the glamorous Deccan Odyssey. Click here.

Internal Indian flights to Goa Peaks
26 Oct: Economic Times. One of the busiest destinations this Diwali, going right up to the New Year, is Goa. “Goa is very hot and tickets are sold out from mid-December right up to the first week of January,” said Manoj Chacko, who heads sales at Kingfisher Airlines. Fares may go up further if demand keeps increasing at the current rate, sources said. Click here.

Chartered flight arrivals in Goa rising
27 Oct. Economic Times. Goa tourism industry is expecting a big jump in chartered flight arrivals this season. Dabolim airport will be allowing night operations from this season. Click here.

Frommers Goa Website:
Excerpts: Anjuna Beach became a rocking venue for party demons and naturalists who would sell their last piece of clothing at the local flea market for just enough cash to buy more dope and extend their stay … A living museum of colonization, Goa is a rich amalgam of Portuguese and Indian influences … Dotted among the palm groves and rice fields are dainty villas bearing European coats of arms … Goa is colonized every winter by white-skinned tourists here to indulge in the rather commercialized trance culture … Come for at least 3 days, and you may end up staying for a lifetime… Check out the many sections of the Goa Guide. Click here.


India: Panel set up for airspace management
21 Oct: A panel, headed by Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel, has been constituted to resolve issues between the civilian and military aviation operators and streamline management of the Indian airspace. There are several airports in the country, where civilian air traffic is on the rise, but restrictions on air operations for civilian purposes exist … The airport at Panaji in Goa is operated by the Indian Navy … Problems faced by the civilian operators include the timing of operations, the air corridor through which the aircraft should fly, parking areas, air traffic control and management and night landing, sources said…

Goa bites the pharma pill
21 Oct: Business Standard. The Goa government after the much-publicised campaign to attract the IT sector is now eyeing pharma industries. But the condition of small-scale industries which have already ventured into the pharma sector in the state is pathetic. Flooding of spurious drugs from other states has dogged the pharma business in the Goa for a long time. Click here.

The Goa Garbage crises
22 Oct: WorldChanging (Weblog). We hear a story from Goa, where human waste was traditionally disposed of in "pig toilets", open-sided outhouses where human waste became pig food. Unfortunately, this environmentally friendly model doesn't work in five-star hotels, and there's insufficient space in Goa to bury this human waste. So the waste is transported by trucks into rural areas, and dropped in villages. But villagers have started stoning these trucks as they arrive, and the garbagemen now need to be protected by armed guards. [A rather implausible view - Ed,]

Goa Film Festival: Iffy about it
23 Oct: Indian Express. After Locarno, Toronto and London, it’s IFFI in Goa. The location is different but the films won’t be. Click here.

Goa: Two students drown off Colva beach and four others hospitalised
24 Oct: Herald. Tragedy struck a group of medical college students when two of their colleagues drowned off Colva beach and four of their colleagues are battling for their lives.

Goa: Pollution board chief favours advanced disposal methods
25 Oct: The Hindu. Goa turning into a dumping ground for hazardous waste. The State produces 9,000 tonnes of industrial waste a year Local bodies just spend 5 per cent on waste management … Goa, which is regarded as a paradise on the west coast, is becoming a dumping ground for hazardous waste. Click here.

Goa: IFFI: Raring To Go
25 Oct: Hindustan Times. The International Film Festival of India promises a cinematic feast to whet the appetite of film lovers. Click here.

Goa: St Cruz folks take to streets
25 Oct: Herald. Thousands of people, cutting across all boundaries of religion, caste, creed, politics, age and sex, marched through the streets of Panjim to protest against the decision of the State government to include areas from Santa Cruz Constituency and other villages in the PDA.

Fashion show to rock Goa soon. By Pamela D’Mello
27 Oct: Asian Age. Charmaine Shackelton gets her second all-Goa fashion show ready to roll this weekend. Her event "L’affaire Xtraordinaire" combines fashion, music and dance. Click here.

Tension runs high at Parra prayer meet
27 Oct: Herald. Over 2000 people were denied the opportunity to attend a three-day evangelistic prayer meeting at Parra, after police surrounded the venue and prevented them from entering … some Hindu organisations, including the members of Sanathan Prabhat, had strongly opposed the event … The Hindu groups threatened to take law into their hands and stall the event.


Two substantial articles have appeared recently on Goanet. Both are fascinating and informative in distinct ways. Firstly, read Ramnath G. Naik's article about "Social damage done by Goa's language controversy and the conspiracy behind it." Secondly, read Domnic Fernandes's insightful article on the theme of how entertainment revolved around Mother Nature in the past. This is followed by a shorter article on the Munz (Girdle). As always, Domnic excels in generating interest in quite unusual topics.

Have we heard about the Konkani plays and films by Prince Jacob? If not, an account of his work, and indeed, of other Goan celebrities in the world of entertainment are featured well on Goanet.

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


Exploring India's complex cuisine
18 Oct: Orlando Sentinel. Chef Desmond D'Souza, 49, a native of Mumbai, India, has lived in the United States for 25 years. As president of the Central Florida chapter of the American Culinary Federation, he is an important influence on the local culinary scene, but he has a particular affection for his native cuisine. He is the new owner of Clay Oven restaurant, 1275 S. U.S. Highway 17-92 in Longwood. For photo and full text click here.

Life after Pi
20 Oct: Jerusalem Post. Yann Martel has won the Booker Prize for his bestselling novel Life of Pi which not only won Britain's top literary honor, but it's been translated successfully into over 30 languages. "I wrote Pi at a point of crisis," he relates. " I went to India planning to concentrate on my next novel, which was to be set in Portugal. Unfortunately, the novel died in my imagination. I thought of returning to Canada, but stayed instead to enjoy Goa, and soon opened my mind and my heart to where I was.” Click here.

Our Sparkling Passion
21 Oct: The Express (London). Christina Bowden, 40, a press officer for John Lewis, lives with her daughter Grace, eight, in south London. She has collected rings for years and has more than a hundred. She says, “My favourite rings are the ones that remind me of special occasions. For my 40th birthday last year, I went to Goa and bought some beautiful rings. One has little purple stones set in a chunky silver base - it's very modern. Another is a big purple flower made from amethyst.”

Is Christ Visiting India's Oppressed Untouchables?
21 Oct:, VA, USA. 1610 words. Click here.

HIV shame brings spike in suicides
23 Oct: The Toronto Star. The deaths of a 34-year-old taxi driver and his 22-year-old wife in the coastal town of Vasco da Gama in Goa baffled relatives and neighbours and made newspaper headlines as police failed to find a motive. The truth emerged when forensic specialists at Goa Medical College sent blood samples from the couple and the six-month-old fetus of their daughter for HIV tests … all three samples turned out to be HIV-positive - the couple had committed suicide. Click here.

UK: Afro-Caribbean and South Asian communities rage war against each other
24 Oct: The Guardian. How tension in a Birmingham suburb erupted. Excerpt: It began as a whisper, an inflammatory rumour that gained horror and currency each time it was told. It was said that after being caught shoplifting, a [black] girl of 13 or 14 had pleaded for leniency, but had been raped by between three and 25 Pakistani men in a suburban beauty store. Click here.
For the current developments, click here.

Plastic bags are a scourge of the environment
26 Oct: The Guardian, Excerpts: the plastic bag's days may be numbered. … in March 2002 Bangladesh became the first country to ban them outright … restrictions now apply in Goa and some other Indian states … Kenya is expected to ban them, after Wangari Mathaai, the 2004 Nobel peace prize winner, linked plastic bag litter with malaria. Last week, France said that the bags would be completely banished after 2010 … The UK, however, stands firmly in the "do nothing" camp. Full text 1.624 words at,,1600179,00.html

Leos on a mission of mercy
26 Oct: Evening Herald (UK). Two young men from Saltash are planning a charity trip to Goa in India next February - and they need your help. Saltash Leos Club member Matthew Coot, 17, and club president Kevin Stephens, 23, plan to start up a news Leos club with one of the Goa Lions clubs which are twinned with Saltash Lions … The duo will be joining Saltash couple Sue and Colin Russell, who flew out to India yesterday, and will be spending up to seven months there. For more details of Kevin and Matthew's trip, or to sponsor them, contact Kevin on 01752 846597 or Matthew on 01752 847542. 307 words. Click here.

UK: TV HIGHLIGHTS By Mafalda de’Sa


Sat. 29/10: BBC 2: 10.00am (90mins) Saturday Kitchen
Antony Worrall Thompson is joined by Reza Mahammad, Manju Malhi and Vicky Bhogal for a morning of delicious Indian food. Madhur Jaffrey pays a visit to the home of an amateur chef to help plan a dinner party menu.

Sat. 29/10: UKTV Food: 9.30pm (30mins) The Naked Chef
Home made chicken & fish curries with lemon pickle, coriander dip and lemon rice.

Sat. 29/10: UKTV Drama: 10.10pm (110mins) Film: White Mischief
Film drawn from real events, about a group of British aristocrats living in Kenya's Happy Valley during World War II.

Tues. 1/11: BBC 1: 11.50pm (30mins) Karma Lives
As the UK's Hindus celebrate Diwali, a cross section of the community reveal how their faith has helped them make sense of modern life.

Fri. 4/11: Channel 4: 12.00am (65mins) Documentary: Kumbh Mela:
A look at the Hindu festival through the eyes of Glaswegian Nell Keay

Fri. 4/11: Channel 4: 1.15am (165mins) Film. Ab Tak Chhappan
A pacey crime drama. A maverick Mumbai policeman makes almost as many enemies among his colleagues as he does in the criminal world. In Hindi with English subtitles.

Sat. 5/11: Channel 4: 1.45am (160mins) Film. Saathiya
Polished romantic drama. A young couple's hopes of a happy marriage are dashed when their parents argue about issues of class. In Hindi with English subtitles.


Sat. 29/10: BBC Radio 3: 11.20pm (100mins) Hear and Now
Tom Service presents the City of London Sinfonia's special Hear and Now Studio Concert recorded at Cadogan Hall. With Patricia Rozario (soprano). Conducted by Sian Edwards.

Sun. 30/10: BBC Radio 4: 7.45pm (45mins) Tales from Firozsha Baag
1/5: Condolence Visit. A series of stories based in a Bombay apartment building. Daulat is determined to grieve for her husband in her own way without the interference of family and friends.

Wed. 2/11: BBC Radio 4: 2.15pm (45mins) Afternoon Play
Mixed Blood. A young British Asian woman whose life begins to unravel when she is faced with the possibility that her real father may actually be white.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

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

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 at 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.


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