Newsletter. Issue 2006-09. Mar. 02, 2006
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Ashank Desai & the London Congestion Charge
CNN-IBN: Fatherless at the age of two, Ashank Desai and his mother fled Goa to escape Portuguese persecution to land up at a place where his education began at a tribal school. He is the founder of Mastek Software the company that developed the software for implementing the London Congestion Charge.
A three-member group in 1982, Mastek now employs over 3000 and its 19 worldwide offices rakes in almost Rs 600 crore a year. Desai today runs one of the 200 best small companies in the world. Click here.
See also Evening Standard (London). Winners with the congestion charge. Click here.

Nadia Carvalho: 2006 Truman Award of Leadership and Innovation
15 Feb: BusinessWire. The Society for International Development has awarded Constella Group employee, Nadia Carvalho, with the Truman Award of Leadership and Innovation … Carvalho is a regional manager for the Mekong1 in the company’s Futures Group business unit. She represents a young professional working in the field of international development…
In addition to her work with Futures Group, Carvalho supported a Nepalese orphanage … For full text, 625 words click here.
Our congratulations to Nadia, the oldest daughter of Anthony and Sylvia Carvalho formally of Uganda, currently residing in Nepal. [Info from Alpoim Andrade of Toronto]

Eduardo Faleiro appointed Commissioner for NRIs
24 Feb: Goa Governor S C Jamir today appointed former Union minister and Member of Parliament Eduardo Faleiro as Commissioner for NRIs with immediate effect. The office would take care of the Goan NRIs interests by building a network, so that they could participate in the all-round development of the state.
For a brief profile of Faleiro click here.

Florida: Goan cuisine blends Indian, Portuguese flavors
24 Feb: Florida Today. It's been five years since Tudor Mazarelo opened Taste of Goa and introduced Cape Canaveral to the many pleasures of the dishes from the vacation capital of India … "Goa is very much a beach place like Cape Canaveral … He says, I was born in Kenya in Africa. My parents are from Goa My sister helps me out here … his signature dishes are Chicken Vindaloo and kingfish cooked in spicy masala sauce … 667 words. Click here.
Tudor and his sister Marlene are ex-Mombasa, their parents are Escolastico and Matilda Mazarelo. Tudor left Mombasa for Florida in 1979. You can contact him at

UK: Hockey: Goan 5 Sanderstead 2
24 Feb: Croydon Advertiser. Sanderstead paid for their poor first-half display as they slumped to defeat at Goan. Gaps in the Sanderstead defence gifted Goan the opener, which was soon followed by a second goal for the home side … the hosts extended their lead through fast breaks that enabled their skilful youngsters to exploit a thin Sanderstead backline …Click here.

Hobart: Dr Melwyn D'Mello: Top medico quits RHH obstetrics
24 Feb. Hobart Mercury. Eminent obstetrician Melwyn D'Mello, the head of obstetrics and gynaecology has resigned from the Royal Hobart Hospital … It is understood Dr D'Mello rejected more than a dozen jobs. They included a position at a major women's hospital that would have paid more than double his salary at the Royal. Dr D'Mello is among the country's best-qualified obstetricians and gynaecologists in a dwindling field. Several staff said Dr D'Mello was a dedicated man who had agonised over the decision to move his family. Trained in the UK, Dr D'Mello moved from Ireland to take the RHH job. He was also a senior lecturer in the School of Medicine … Dr D'Mello has previously confirmed problems in the obstetrics and gynaecology department, saying calls for funding increases had gone unheeded for two years. For full text, 403 words, click here.
Dr Melwyn D'Mello was born and brought up Mumbai. He did most of his training in the UK & Ireland and migrated to Australia four years ago.

Canada: Father Raymond de Souza: This Week in Letters
25 Feb: National Post (Canada). Father Raymond de Souza stirred up days of debate this week with his suggestion that women's hockey be withdrawn from the Olympics, after commenting that Canada's dominance in the event is akin to "poor sportsmanship."
Fr Raymond D'Souza is the son of Greta (ex-Mombasa) and Cedric D'Souza (ex-Uganda and Nairobi).

UK: Amancio D'Silva: Konkan Dance. By Chris May
25 Feb: All About Jazz. After decades of neglect, the work of Goan-born guitarist Amancio D'Silva (1936-96) edged back towards the mic … Konkan Dance and Dream Sequence/Cosmic Eye retained the raga-meets-jazz essence of D'Silva's music … It comes with well researched and informative liner notes by D'Silva's guitarist son, Stephano (who has also put together a great website covering his father's life and music) … For full text, 446 words, click here.
To visit Amancio D'Silva on the web go to

Victor Menezes’ $2.5 million fine.
27 Feb: Mercado (Argentina). Article in Spanish which details the $2.5 million fine imposed by the US on Citibanks’s Victor Menezes (described as “Jewish Portuguese born in Goa”) for insider trading. For text in Spanish click here.
For a machine translation in English click here.

Toronto: Poor John's Cafe could have a rich future
The previous issue of this weekly newsletter referred to an article in the 23 Feb issue of Now (Toronto) on Poor John's Café and carried a photo of John Silva and Denise Moraes. Click here. After the issue was published contact was made with them and the following additional information is available: John Silva is Portuguese from Brazil. Denise (nee Remedios) was born in Kampala and is the daughter of Ruth & Osbert Remedios.


27 Feb: Verna, Goa. CAETANO GONSALVES. (Born 1918, ex-Dar-es-Salaam). Beloved husband of Felicidade(Filsu). Father of Socorrin/Salvador. Brother of late Pulquere/late Rosario Braganza, Manuel/Jasmelia Gonsalves.

26 Feb: Scarborough, Ont., Canada. STANLEY NUNES (aged 82, ex- Eldoret, Kenya). Beloved husband of Lina. Devoted step-father of Iris ( Bernard) and Bel (Melba) . Loving step-grandfather of William, Millicent, Maya (Valentine) and Nolan. Stanley will be missed by his brother, sisters, nieces, nephews, in-laws and his many friends.
Family and friends will be received at the Highland Funeral Home ‘Scarborough Chapel’ ( 3280 Sheppard Ave, East) on Thur, Mar 2nd, 2006 from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m and on Fri, Mar 3rd, from 6-9 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, March 4th , 2006 at 11.15 a.m. at St Aidan's Roman Catholic Church, 3501 Finch Avenue E. Interment to follow at Highland Memory Gardens. Donations to ShareLife would be greatly appreciated by the family. Condolences to

22 Feb. Carshalton, Surrey, (UK). VERONICA MENDONSA, (aged 77 years, ex-Mombasa, Kenya, ex-Panjim, Goa. Widow of late Gorgon Mendonsa (ex Barclays Bank, Mombasa). Mother of Valerie, Ida, Pat (Carshalton) and Susie/Joe Pinto (Goa). Grandmother of Ian, Karen and Shaun.
Funeral Service will be held at 10:00am on Tue. 7 March, 2006 at Holy Cross Church,Carshalton, SM5 2JD followed by a Graveside Service at Bandon Hill Cemetery, Wallington, Surrey, SM6 8JQ at 11:30am.


Real Estate Boom in Panaji
24 Feb: Daily News & Analysis. By Pushpa Iyengar. Enamoured by Goa's beaches, Indian and foreign tourists are buying property in Panaji, Miramar, Caranzalem, Bambolim, Porvorim, Dona Paula and other areas near the state capital … In Panaji, Miramar and Caranzalem, apartment prices are Rs30,000 per sq m. In Miramar, an unobstructed view of the sea could cost Rs40,000 per sq m … In Dona Paula, one has to shell out Rs35,000 per sq m for an unobstructed sea view. 433 words. Click here.

Feature article: Jewish Women Relocate to Goa
20 Feb: The Jerusalem Report. An Israeli immigrant, Maxine Zaritsky Todres from New York, is now living grandly in India is one of many Jewish women relocating to Goa, a beautiful place to grow old … Before moving to India four years ago, Todres was living on her yacht and practicing psychotherapy in the Herzliyah marina … there seem to be more 50-plus-year-old women like Todres, on their own, many of them Jewish and/or Israeli, every day … many, like Todres, are retired professionals, who are looking for a good solution for their golden years … "I talk to two or three older Western women every day," says Mario Lobo, a Goa real-estate agent. "They are looking for nice places, places to grow old." So too are hand-holding retired couples and single men, who are also pouring into Goa in astonishing numbers, helping to push up real-estate prices. 1594 words. Click here.

Goa: Turtles lose out in tourism battle. By Jo Johnson
28 Feb: Financial Times (UK). From the tracks they discovered on the sands of Morjim Bay later that morning, forestry officials in Goa knew the endangered turtle had a traumatic nocturnal homecoming … Just six Olive Ridleys returned to nest at Morjim this season, down from 31 in 2001 … The only species that now arrives en masse at Morjim in the September-March nesting season is the sun-starved northern European tourist. With the tourism season coinciding with the nesting season, Goa no longer provides a safe habitat for turtles. 837 words. Click here.

Carolyn Fry picks the best eco-friendly escapes
25 Feb: The Guardian (UK). Far removed from the international five-stars and the tacky all-inclusives, lies Elsewhere resort on a private spit of land in the far north of Goa. The beach house (sleeps six) and three tents are accessed by a bamboo bridge. Otters nest a few metres upstream from the tents, and if you time your visit right you'll see marine turtle hatchlings making their way down the beach. Elsewhere Beach House from £735 for the whole house per week, tents from £182 per week. For the text of the Guardian article click here.

Videoclip: Goa's Flea Market
25 Feb: CNN-IBN: How to strike a bargain. 2.20mins. Click here.

Goa Does Not Want to Continue to be a Drug Paradise for Tourists
25 Feb: Stuttgarter Zeitung (Germany) … the Goans feel increasingly disturbed by the sounds of the parties, which often last into the early morning hours. 937 words.

Feature Travel Article: Give It A Goa
25 Feb: Sunday Mirror (UK). … In India, nothing quite happens when, where and how you would expect. You have to take a deep breath and relax in the knowledge that everything will eventually work out perfectly, with delightful - and sometimes spectacular – results … Although he died in 1552, the remains of St Francis Xavier has been strangely (and some say miraculously) preserved without mummification … 1120 words. Click here.

Feeling the pinch?
1 Mar: The Herald (Scotland). Opportunists of the week are the chaps at travel firm Goa Way who sent out a press release stating: "Britain's biggest cash robbery is thought to have cleared £50m from a security depot in Kent … The good news, however, is that you don't have to rob anything or anyone to enjoy a luxury break …" Click here.


Win A Week In Goa Worth £1,500
26 Feb: Sunday Mirror (UK. Seven nights at the Intercontinental Grand Resort on Palolem Beach. For a chance to win this fantastic holiday to Goa, answer this question: What is the currency of Goa? Visit competitions and enter online by Mar 4. Click here.


Democratic Management of Common Property in Goa
4 Feb: Economic & Political Weekly. From 'Gaonkarias' and 'Communidades' to Gram Sabhas. By Sharon D'Cruz, Avinash V Raikar. [info from Gabe Menezes via GoaNet]. Click here.

Goa Annual Plan Finalized
24 Feb: Press Information Bureau. The Annual Plan of Goa for the year 2006-07 was approved … the size for Goa was agreed at Rs.1200 crores … initiatives include setting up of modern convention center, cruise terminal mono-rail project, up-gradation of minor ports and improvement in river navigation. Click here.

IT firms queue to Goa, new hi-tech centre inaugurated
24 Feb: Business Standard. Goa has now joined the information technology (IT) arena with a vengeance as many leading IT companies have decided to set up their base in the state. IT giants such as Infosys, Microsoft, Gold Shield, ICICI OneSource, 3G (Hutch), GE, Convergies and many more will be opening their call centres in the state by mid-2007, according to Dayanand Narvekar, IT minister of the state. The state opened a new hi-tech IT centre, Rajiv Gandhi IT Habitat, situated at Dona Paula. 427 words. Click here.

Goa carnival takes off to colourful start
25 Feb: Zee News. The four-day traditional Goan carnival today took-off to a colourful start with floats and people in exquisite costumes and dazzling masks, accompanied by domestic and foreign tourists … There were performances by various popular bands, Corredinho and Dekni dances, fashion shows and belly dancing. Click here.

Goa: Italian murders Swede
25 Feb: Aftonbladet. A 46 year old Italian is accused of stabbing a Swede, aged 26. Text in Swedish. Click here.

Goan sleaze just a click away
26 Feb. Herald The Goa police are investigating an internet scam, by a gang of international crooks originating from the United States, which on various websites provide names and addresses of prominent hotels and Goan celebrities which offer escort services, sex massages, company of exotic girls and where to get drugs … Cost for a Goan girl, on these websites, range between Rs 10,000 to Rs 25,000. A “good” choice would cost about Rs 10,000 for a single day and for “premium girls” Rs 25,000 and above. 499 words.

Extradited foreigner to face trial in Goa
26 Feb: Asian Age. A special judge on Thursday ordered framing of charges against a suspected Australian paedophile, Werner Wolf Ingo, who was extradited by Interpol to face trial in Goa. Click here.

Goa seeks international help to check drug trade
1 Mar: New Goa police had requested the US, Latin American countries and Israel to check the flow of drugs to the tourist state. "We have noticed that international drug trade in Goa is executed from Latin America, Brazil, Columbia and Bangkok,” said State Director General of Police, Neeraj Kumar. Click here.

India: Catholic Youth Survey Reveals Hope, Challenge For Church
1 Mar: Indian Catholic. The first nationwide survey of Catholic youth in India indicates that generally they are comfortable with their religion but have not made their faith "their own." The Salesians' Mumbai province interviewed Catholics aged 12-25 across India about their faith and beliefs as part of the congregation's celebration of its 100 years in the country. Click here.

Goa: Steps to prevent entry of paedophiles
2 Mar: The Hindu. Goa is taking steps to strengthen vigil against the entry of paedophiles. Recently delegations from Scotland Yard and the German police visited Goa to advise the local police in tackling paedophile cases. India’s international airports will be equipped with a centralised computer system with the track record of paedophiles. Click here.

British ‘paedophile’ falls into fake passport trap
2 Mar: Deccan Herald. British citizen Douglas Rankin may not face charges of paedophilia but of trying to travel on fake passports. Rankin (62), who is alleged to be one of the key players in a worldwide child sex trafficking ring, was arrested on December 24 by Immigration Authorities at the Bangalore airport, when he was trying to take two 16-year-old boys illegally to London on fake Mexican passports … Rankin is alleged to have overstayed illegally in Goa for 10 years, before his arrest. He is also alleged to have smuggled children to the UK on more than three occasions in recent years. Click here.

Maternal psychological morbidity and low birth weight in India
Feb 2006. The British Journal of Psychiatry vol.188: pages 284-285. By Vikram Patel, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Martin Prince, Institute of Psychiatry, London. Depression following childbirth is associated with poor child growth in developing countries. This study was based on 270 mothers a district hospital in Goa. Click here.


UK: Aids funds
23 Feb: Cornish Guardian. Community School student Matthew Coot, 16, travelled to Goa this month to pass on the £2,000 he collected by instigating a variety of charitable activities to support orphans affected by Aids.

Couple turn waste bags into fashion
23 Feb: BBC News. A couple in India have found a solution to the problem of plastic bags littering the streets of the country's capital, Delhi - by turning them into fashionable handbags. Click here.

“Goan Youth are Rude, Arrogant and Sex-Crazed”
24 Feb: Hampstead & Highgate Express (London). Clinton Vaz from Benaulim, Goa writes: … the Goan youth in the coastal villages are currupted [sic] by easy money and are rude, arrogant and sex-crazed. Not all Goans are like that. To see the real Goa you have to meet people away from the beach. Maybe it's better that the tourists don't. We 'real Goans' are already an endangered species! For text of the letter, click here.
On 25 Feb. I received an email from Clinton Vaz which stated: “I still stand by my statement. Most Goan youth in the costal villages are corrupted by easy money and are rude, arrogant and sex-crazed.”
Hours later I received a message from him entitled: “Apologies and request to take the post off the website.” To read that message in full click here.
I have spoken to Mr Forrest and I have seen his reply to Clinton Vaz's letter. I will post it to this site next week.
To read the original article by Peter Forrest click here.

Bill Clinton in Goa
24 Feb: Wimbledon Guardian. An Indian beach holiday turned even sunnier for a Wimbledon couple when they bumped into Bill Clinton. Jacky Crompton-Meehan, who runs the Curtain Lady and the Sofa Shop on Revelstoke Road with her husband, met the former US president while on the beach in Goa. She said, "He was so informal and natural, and still very handsome for his age. It was the last day of our holiday and it really made our trip." Click here.

Lady Hamlyn to Restore Goa Fort. By Pamela D’Mello.
24 Feb: Asian Age. Lady Hamlyn Trust and Intach taking up restoration of the Reis Magos fort. In 2002, the trust had offered £300,000 to restore the crumbling fort but the previous Goa government had turned it down. "Hurt over the controversy generated at the time, Lady Hamlyn — who has since set up a home in Goa — was unwilling to get involved in the project again. A meeting with Goa chief minister Pratapsing Rane during her recent vacation here, however revived the proposal," Mario Miranda told this newspaper. As a regular Goa visitor, the widow of publishing tycoon Paul Hamlyn is keen to take up the fort’s restoration as a goodwill gesture, says the representative. For full text 319 words, click here.
Everyone loves a good fight... Click here.
The Reis Magos Fort. - Part 1. Click here.
The Reis Magos Fort. - Part 2. Click here.

Portugal: RTPi: TV Series: Goa Contacto
24 Feb: Correio de Manha. Lisel Britto presents a TV series entitled Goa Contacto which will appeal to the 60,000 Goans resident in Portugal. The biweekly programme is shown on alternate Sundays at 14:45 Lisbon time.
The next episode will be screened on 12 Mar. and the 13 part series will run till July 2006. RTPi as also available in Goa and across the world via cable and satellite. Click here.

Videoclip: Mumbai's ethnic modern hub a facade
25 Feb: CNN-IBN Correspondent Hindol Sengupta pretended to be a house-hunter and found apartments where Christians are not allowed. 2.20mins. Click here.

Sydney: Art Exhibition: A crowd of faces
25 Feb: The Sydney Morning Herald. Self Portrait: Renaissance to Contemporary. Art Gallery of NSW. Until May 14 … The curators have tried to include horribly tokenistic inclusions of one artist born in Goa, Francis Newton Souza.

All's knot right for Non Reliable Indians
27 Feb: Times of India. The initiative of the National Women's Commission together with Supreme Court’s verdict for compulsory registration of foreign marriages, will be a boon for harassed women. Click here.

Lisbon choir to perform in Goa. By Pamela D’Mello
1 Mar: Asian Age. Lisbon based choir Ensemble Peregrinacao (pilgrimage ensemble) will sing at a restored chapel at the world heritage Old Goa site on March 5th. Click here.

'Police' raids closes East African Standard
2 Mar: BBC News. Masked gunmen believed to be police have stormed East African Standard, one of Kenya's major media groups, disabling printing presses and shutting its TV station. For photograph and full text click here.
For the latest reports, click here.


For an excellent and detailed account of the village khell (theatricals and plays with music and singing) performed by troupes of entertainers on the move from house to house at Carnival time, do read a superb article by Edward Verdes on Goanet.

Details of Carnival celebrations from several contributors, who also provided stunning photographs, indicate that just prior to the Lenten phase, Goa had its fill of carnival joviality and merriment.

From a very informative article titled India's Sea Turtles lose out in Tourist Battle, we learn of the plight of the short-sighted Olive Ridley when in search of a suitable place to lay its eggs on the sands of Morjim Bay. Unfortunately, too many sightseers congregate in the dead of night armed with cameras to see the creatures come out of the water, lay their eggs and then try to make their way back to the sea. Sadly, human presence in large numbers and bright lights in the vicinity disorient the endangered creatures and if something protective is not done about this soon, the turtles will become a distant memory.

The perceptive Thalmann Pereira provides a discussion on "Goans." It addresses issues like "Who is a Goan? What is the defining characteristic of a Goan? What is the Goan identity?" Some Goan Voice (UK) readers may not find these questions particularly original but it is the new perspective to these questions which makes this material particularly compelling.

Finally, do read "GIVE IT A GOA." This article has a rather unusual take on the theme of Goa by a recent visitor to Goa. The vivid description of the area around the Dudhsagar Falls, elephant rides, searches for crocodiles and other animals provides a wonderful contrast to the urban areas of Goa including details of churches, markets and the best places to obtain bargains.

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Documentary: A Very British Bollywood
2 Mar: 9:00 – 10:00 pm. BBC 2. Documentary looking at how the Indian movie industry has begun to make films in the UK and a look at the making of Private Moments, an erotic comedy that revolves around the sex lives of four young women in London.

Film: Bollywood/Hollywood
3 Mar: 01:55 – 03:45 am. Channel 4 Canadian-Indian director Deepa Mehta’s Bollywood comedy/love story.

Film: British Asian: Anita & Me
4 Mar: 9:10 - 10:40 pm. BBC2. Meera Syal’s coming of age comedy.

Film: Romantic Comedy: The Guru
4 Mar: 10:25 pm – 12:15 am. ITV2.

Documentary: Wedding Stories
5 Mar: 9:00 – 10:00 pm. BBC3. Can Al and Asha cope with two weddings – in a Welsh chapel and Hindu temple?

Documentary: Arthur's Trip to India: Kerala
5 Mar. Channel Five. 11:30 to 11:55 am

Entertainment: Desi DNA
8 Mar: 11:20 – 11:50 pm. BBC 2. Asian arts and lifestyle magazine. Includes a look at the Arts Council's multi-cultural initiatives.

Documentary: Born into Brothels
9 Mat: 10:00 – 11:25 pm. BBC4. Calcutta’s Red Light Kids.

Cookery: Floyd's India: Goa
9 Mar. 4:00 to 4:30 pm. Sky Travel Extra. On the seafront at Panjim, Keith Floyd rustles up crayfish curry and mackerel masala before visiting a local distillery for a few shots of 30% proof cashew nut liquor. Strong stuff. [Repeat]


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sun. 9 Apr. (Provisional). Ruby Hockey Tournament at HSBC Club. Contact: Richard Fernandes 020 – 8300 5347, Glyn Albuquerque 020 – 8680 2401

Sun. 30 Apr. G.O.A. Ruby Singles Snooker Tournament. Entries by email to:

Sun. 7 May. G.O.A. Ruby Goan Nostalgia - Cultural Show at Archbishop Lanfranc School. Contact: Alfred Rebello 020 – 8337 8022


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