Newsletter. Issue 2006-44. Nov. 02, 2006
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Govt offers to maintain heritage houses of NRGs
27 Oct: Navhind Times. The Goa government is planning to acquire the heritage houses around Goa owned by the non-resident Goans and maintain them, if the owners of the houses are interested in disposing the same. The Chief Minister, Mr Rane lamenting that the beautiful heritage houses in the state especially those belonging to the NRGs are being destroyed due to lack of maintenance, today said that the government could step in to look after these edifices.
The government can pay the cost of the houses to the desiring owners, look after them and rent them out to the tourists, he added. The CM said that the details would be worked at the global Goans convention to be held in the city from January 3 to 5, next year. The Commissioner for NRI Affairs also appealed to all the Goans to make their home page. 493 words. Click here.

Bosco Santimano: Diwali delight at Peebles
27 Oct: Peeblesfire News (Scotland). Peebles pulsed to the sounds, images and smells of India on Sunday for the region’s first ever all-day Hindu festival at Eastgate Theatre … Goa-born chef Bosco Santimano was the inspiration behind the successful Diwali … He said, “I am from Goa, so I thought it would be good to start with a festival and culture I know well. Diwali is the festival of the lights – it celebrates good over evil, light over darkness.” 344 words. For full text click here.
Bosco Santimano traces his Goan roots to the village of Sarzora. He also offers personalised catering, cookery classes, and more. Check his website at

UK: Help Ken arrive as winner!
27 Oct: Kent Messenger. Transport company Arriva asked passengers to nominate their favourite bus driver … Ken D’Souza, pictured, from Maidstone is delighted to have made the final four out of hundreds of nominations. He said: “It’s great to know that you’re appreciated.” To put Mr D’Souza in with a chance of winning, call 0845 9851660, e-mail your nomination to or text the name to 07799 851569.

Mississauga: Francis D’Souza: Second-time lucky
28 Oct: Toronto Star: When it came time to buy their first home, newlyweds Francis D’Souza of CityNews and Mi Seong, a dentist, had some luck on their side - they found a 2,200-squarefoot, two-storey reddish-brown brick home in the Erin Mills area of Mississauga last year. For text 977 words and 8 photos click here.
Francis D’Souza was born in Canada. His parents, who used to live in Nairobi, are Colleen (nee Dantas) and Oswald (ex-East African Airways). He traces his Goan roots to Saligao (mother) and Moira (father). For the GVUK Francis D’Souza supplement click here.

UK: Christa D'Souza: My Sick Dad
29 Oct: The Sunday Times. Went to visit my sick dad in Surbiton last weekend … aside from the oedematous foot and the increasing yellowness of his complexion, he seemed to be on pretty good form … he'd just got a typed fax from my mum on her way back from North Korea, or wherever it was that she last went, reminding him of the happy times they had together, how she used to so love driving to Frinton-on-Sea in his Hillman … and how she felt they were a real family at that time, before she upped and left him, what was it, 42 years ago? … That's nice. The idea of my mum and dad sending each other these little love faxes, despite the fact that, in reality, if they ever did get back together, my mum would probably kill him. 500 words. Click here.
For an account of the romance of Christa D’Souza parents click here.

Iowa: Johncy Menezes opens first liquor store in N. Liberty
30 Oct: Iowa City Press-Citizen. After working for five years as a bartender and bar manager on a cruise ship, Johncy Menezes opened a liquor store in Coralville … this month he began his latest venture, another liquor store, but this time in North Liberty … Menezes, 35, came to the United States in 2000 from the Indian state of Goa. 552 words. Click here.
Johncy Menezes traces his Goan roots to Chandor.

New Zealand: Sean D’Souza: Treat your customers right
31 Oct: New Zealand Herald. Sean D'Souza advises on how to make your customers so loyal they will keep coming back … Sean D'Souza is the CEO of Psychotactics Ltd. He is an author, speaker and trainer. See: 990 words. Click here.
Sean D’Souza traces his Goan roots to Assagao.

Canada: Brendan Fernandes: Identity crisis
31 Oct: Hamilton Spectator. A current exhibition at the McMaster Museum of Art, suggests we should still care about such things as race, gender and sexuality … Not to be missed is the installation by Brendan Fernandes. It looks like moving day. Some of the boxes are packed, others are unpacked. … After all, one North American myth says we are a continent always on the move … For full text, 652 words, click here.
Brendan Fernandes, was born in Nairobi, the son of Rudolf and Hazel; brother of Lisa-Marie and Tamara. He attended St. Mary's School, Nairobi, from 1985-89, immigrating to Canada in the early 1990s. In 2005, he completed his Master's of Fine Arts at The University of Western Ontario. He writes, “As an Indian born in Kenya, and raised in Canada, I am interested in the similarities and differences that distinguish people’s cultural heritage.” He has forthcoming Canadian exhibitions in Montreal, Halifax and Peterborough. For his CV, Bio, photos of his works etc see

Floyd Cardoz: Glorious Food Books
6 Nov: Newsweek. One Spice, Two Spice (Morrow. $34.95 ) is not just another Indian cookbook. Floyd Cardoz of the restaurant Tabla in New York is first a classically trained chef, and second a dad who cooks with his young sons, patiently showing them--and us--confidence with Indian spices in carefully crafted recipes.


31 Oct: Nairobi, Kenya. ARTHUR AZAVEDO (aged 72, ex Nbi City Council). Husband of Aida. Father of Vincent (ex Chair Nbi Institute) and Colin Azavedo. Condolence messages can be sent to [Info from GWS, Nairobi and Melvin D’Lima].

30 Oct: New Zealand. Erica D'Silva dies after cross-country run. From: New Zealand Herald, 1 Nov: Erica D'Silva loved running and on Monday the 10-year-old ran her race, then laid down to rest … She never got up again … Mark D'Silva said his daughter was fine when she left home in the … Erica was a model student who loved running, was involved in an Indian dancing group …The D'Silva family moved to New Zealand five years ago from Dubai, where Erica was born. She was also devoted to her family, including her mum, Ingrid and her sisters Maxine and Jessica. Erica will be farewelled on Friday, the day of her eleventh birthday. 496 words. Click here.

29 Oct: Nairobi, Kenya. GABY de SOUZA. Husband of Belinda. Father of Kevin. Son of late Mr and Mrs M.M. de Souza. Brother of Addy, Bridget and Peter.
Funeral on Fri 3rd Nov. 2.30 p.m. at Consolata Shrine, Westlands followed by burial at Lang’ata Cemetery at 4.30 pm. [Info from Melvin D’Lima] For full details click here.

29 Oct: Bombay. JOSEPH FRANCIS D’SA (Born 1924). Husband of Joyce. Father of Cassandra/Raghu; Jude/Saroj (Melbourne); Egbert/Gladys (Melbourne); Vanessa; Yolanda/Vijay; Fitzgerald/Catherine (Toronto).

28 Oct: Toronto: CLARA DE MELLO. Wife of the late Joe H. De Mello. Loving mother of Anthony, Carmen/(Coney) Pereira. Cherished grandmother of Carlos, Ricardo and Julio. Loving sister-in-law of Sarita De Souza (Toronto) and Olive De Mello (Panjim, Goa).

28 Oct: Agra. ARCHBISHOP CECIL DESA (Retired; born1922). Brother of Anthony/Helen; Teresa/Oster; Anne, Thea/late Ron; late Fr Raphael; late Sr Agnes; late Zena/Bruno.

27 Oct: Dubai, UAE: MOSES COLACO (ex Dar-es-Salaam). Husband of Dency. Father of Kevin and Trudy. Brother of Milton, Morris, Melvin, Melvyn and late Betty.

26 Oct: Calangute, Goa. FILIPE BAPTISTA. Husband of Beatrice, Father of Clementine/Carl Sequeira (Kuwait), Gaspar (Kuwait)/Lourdes, Carmen/Luis Dias (Bahrain) & Clarissa. Brother of Theresa (London)/Late Johnny Pereira, Sr. Isabel Baptista P.S.O.L. (Mumbai), Julie/Late Nicaçio Ferrao (Mumbai), Cressy/Nick De Mello (Canada).

26 Oct: Merces, Goa. FRANCISCO XAVIER JOAO. Husband of late Maria. Father of Peter/Francisca, late Johnson/Flavia, Sebastian/Deodita, Juvenal Hermigildo/Umelia (UK), Vincent/Emma, late Fatima/Bruno and Alleluia/Palmira (UK).

Funeral arrangements for Raul Costabir
Reception on Mon 6 Nov at 4:30pm, at Our Lady and St. Christopher’s R.C. Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, TW5 9RG.
Funeral service on Tue 7 Nov at 10am followed by burial at Staines Cemetery, London Road, Staines, TW18 4JQ. Directions: from Hounslow West tube station take buses 222, 81, or H98 towards Heathrow. Alight at the Ramada Jarvis hotel, five stops from Hounslow West station. Walk 5 mins up The Avenue. Wake will be held at The Concorde Club Main Hall, Crane Lodge Road, Cranford, TW5 9PQ.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to either the British Heart Foundation or the Stroke Association through the funeral directors: Lodge Brothers & Barton, 116 Hanworth Road, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW3 1UG. Tel: +44 (0) 208 570 0118. Alternatively Mass Offerings can be made on the day of the funeral.

Funeral and Service arrangements for Maloney Kapur
The funeral is being held on the 8 Nov. at 4pm at Rosary Church, Navelim, Goa
The Memorial Mass / Months Mind Mass is at 12 noon on Fri. 24 Nov. at St. Josephs Church, Stanley Walk, Bracknell, RG12 1HA. Enquires to

Canada: Re Death of Robin Fernandes (ex-Nairobi)
From the Robin Fernandes Family in Canada: Thanks a lot to Eddie Fernandes of Goan Voice UK for publishing our Dad's passing away [aged 92, ex-Eastleigh, Nairobi, died Edmonton, Canada, on 31 Aug 2006] on the Website and which reached many people in UK, Kenya, Dubai, Goa, Australia, USA and Canada. And so we also thank all these good folks for attaching their tributes and condolences which we have posted on So Thank You and God Bless You All.


Acron, Goa's reputed developer are showcasing their exclusive, new developments at Arpora, Siolim and Assagao at the National Mela 2006 Exhibition, Stand no. OZ35 at the NEC in Birmingham from Friday, 17th to Sunday, 19th Nov '06, 10 am to 7 pm. Email: for further details.


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London to Bombay £260 Return
GulfAir has just slashed the price of flights to Bombay (Mumbai) during November for £260 (inc tax). To book click here.

Late Breaks
28 Oct: Daily Post (Liverpool). Goa: Jewel in Crown (01293 533 338) offers seven nights' B&B at two-star resort in Calangute ex-Gatwick Nov 3 for £471, ex-Manchester £541. Second week available free, but an India visa is essential for anybody visiting Goa.

28 Oct: The Sun (UK). Goa: Avion Holidays have one-week breaks from £495 this December. Call 0870 8354 531
Goa Way offers a 14-night excursion touring Kerala. It costs from £329 per person in basic guesthouse accommodation. All offers leave on November 2, 9, 16, 23 or 30, and December 7. Contact Goa Way at 0870 890 7800

29 Oct: Sunday Telegraph (UK). Goa 14 nights £470 Offer is for 14 nights’ b & b (a saving of £420) at the two sun Osbourne Resort, in Calangute, departing December 1. Book through First Choice 0870 850 3928

29 Oct: Daily Star (UK). Goa: Pay just £539 for a seven night stay in a two diamond-rated B&B hotel in Goa. Price includes return flights from Gatwick on November 11. To book call Cosmos on 0870 443 1823.

Rent a vacation
25 Oct. Femina. Have you ever been to a place that you felt the compulsion to come back to again and again? Has there been a destination you felt totally at peace with? Idling time away at a shack, bingeing on fried calamari and watching each set of waves lash against the shore, my husband and I had felt that about Goa. If only we could do this year after year... Well, you can … 1648 words. Click here.

The new Indian middle class at play. By Peter Foster
26 Oct: Daily Telegraph (UK). Just back from three happy, refreshing days in Goa with the children. Lots of prawns, pomfret and lazing around … Goa has a way of instantly relaxing you. A hotel in Goa: no longer just for foreigners … the trip was interesting because it really showed the new Indian middle classes at play. This hotel was full of families from Bangalore and Pune who were on their Diwali breaks, drinking a bit too much and having fun … Balti-bellied men in their underpants - swimming trunks having not really made it to mainstream India yet … The whole thing reminded me of a Giles cartoon … 544 words + plus comments from readers click here.
For other Peter Foster reports on Goa click here.

Transaero launches scheduled international flights to Goa
27 Oct: Russia-based Transaero Airlines has operated first international scheduled flight on Thursday from Moscow to Goa.
Transaero will operate on regular schedule round the year from Moscow and St Petersburg.

Sail Away
28 Oct: Daily Telegraph (UK). Learn Indian yoga from expert teachers and enjoy authentic Ayurvedic treatments while cruising on Indian Ocean Cruises' Ocean Odyssey. Two-week sailings start and finish in Goa, departing on January 13 and 27, and take a maximum of 250 passengers around the southwest coastline of India … Prices are from pounds 940 per person, although flights are extra. Bookings on 0800 008 6677.

Goa - it's worth it
28 Oct: The Sydney Morning Herald. … Goa is beautiful, and reminded me of Bali, Maui and even Byron Bay. The Goanese people are lovely, and you can see a Roman Catholic and Portuguese influence. We stayed at the Park Hyatt, a five-star resort at Arossim Beach. The Goanese like to enjoy themselves, and we had a great crab meal followed by dancing to the one-man band at Martins Corner, a must-try restaurant near the Park Hyatt. We also visited the Sahakari Spice Farm, where we learnt a lot about spices and tried Ayurvedic massage.

Dental patients go to Goa for treatment
31 Oct: Lancashire Evening Post. A Lancashire businessman is cashing in on the dental crisis by sending people to India to have their teeth fixed. The service – Goan Places – is the brainchild of Mark Frith and the latest example of the growing health tourism industry. In August the website goan-places-india was launched and so far 18 people have flown out. 316 words. Click here.

Norway: Goa Travel feature
1 Nov: Aftenposten (Norway). Supplement of 28 pages on India with much on Goa. Click here.

India tightens security at Goa's beach resorts
1 Nov: Washington Post. India has tightened security in its southern resort state of Goa amid fears of a terrorist attack ahead of the tourist season and an international film festival there, officials said on Wednesday … A Goa police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the state had been warned by central intelligence agencies that there could be an attack. Goa's relaxed, languid lifestyle is seen as making it a soft target for terrorists. Britons make up the bulk of foreign tourists. 382 words. Click here.

Tiger Airways: Singapore-Goa Flights
2 Nov: dpa (German Press Agency). Tiger Airlines, a Singapore-based budget carrier part-owned by Singapore Airlines Ltd. is seeking to fly to Goa after receiving approval from Singapore authorities, Click here.


Fast track: Iggy the piggy...
25 Oct: Femina. Ignatius Camillo, young, groovy supermodel cum deejay from Goa is fondly known as Iggy the piggy. He has a good jaw line, chiselled looks, good skin and hair … His perfect woman is someone who is as natural as possible. “She need not be very good looking just confident. Imperfections add to the beauty of a person.” 402 words.

After Russian mafia, Goa is open for Germans, Britons
27 Oct: Economic Times. It may sound unbelievable, but around 500 foreigners have made huge real estate investments in Goa. And it’s not just the Russian mafia that has taken advantage of the liberalised FDI regime to pump money into the state. The list includes Germans and Britons who have cornered huge tracts of land. 443 words. Click here.

Goa Government flayed for failing to probe land deals involving foreigners
27 Oct: The Hindu. Former Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar blamed the State Government on Thursday for its failure to probe the land deals involving foreigners. … Mr. Parrikar alleged that the Government was dragging its feet in investigating the deals owing to vested interests. 331 words. Click here.

Don't go Goa: 9 lifeguards for 105 km
27 Oct: CNN-ICN. Goa's 105 km coastline has just nine lifeguards to monitor it … they are finding it difficult to monitor the coastline with the constant influx of tourists - 60,000 to 70,000 tourists every year. Says a lifeguard Sadguru Naik, "Everything is managed by the nine of us. There are lot of tourists coming in and some are troublemakers. We can't maintain everything with the present strength." Click here.

Chicalim villagers hold protest rally in city
27 Oct: Herald. In a show of unison, around 200 Chicalim villagers, including children, held a protest rally in the city to condemn the attack on fellow villager and a journalist Simon Afonso yesterday over his opposition to a shipyard … Advocate Aires Rodrigues also left no stone unturned in criticising the police for not taking prompt action over Simon's attack. He said a day would come when the Goan populace would be compelled to form their own police force to deal against lawbreakers.

Goa Film Festival 2006
27 Oct: Navhind Times. The Goa government has taken serious view of the alert from the central intelligence agencies of terror threats during the upcoming International Film Festival of India 2006 and made elaborate arrangements to prevent any untoward incident … Shashi Kapoor will inaugurate the event on November 23, while Aparna Sen will be the chief guest at the concluding ceremony of the festival, on December 3. The Academy Award winner, Lord Richard Attenborough is being invited to attend the special screening of Gandhi, at the mega film event. The film was directed by Lord Attenborough in 1982 and went on to win Oscar awards under multiple categories. 814 words. Click here.

Ivana Furtado Emerges World U-8 Chess Champ
29 Oct: Navhind Times. Goa’s Ivana Furtado of Our Lady of the Rosary High School, Dona Paula, created history as she emerged world under-8 chess champion at the world youth chess championship which concluded in Georgia today. Click here.

Goa: Ivana arrives to rapturous reception
31 Oct: Navhind Times. Goa’s first-ever world chess champion, Ivana Furtado, who won the U-8 world championship in Georgia on Saturday, today arrived at the Dabolim airport amidst a rapturous reception from her well-wishers, school officials from Our Lady of Rosary HS, Dona Paula, and representatives of the Goa State Chess Association. 831 words. Click here.

26 Russian Mafia Jews Deported From Goa
29 Oct: Kavkaz Center - Istanbul, Turkey. A recent report of the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) on questionable Russian investments in real estate projects in the Indian state of Goa has prompted an inquiry by the state government into the larger ramifications of these deals … Over the last three months, the state government has deported 26 "Israeli" and Russian Jews linked to the drug trade and the Russian land mafia … some Russians were running discotheques and beach shacks under falsely registered companies. 317 words. Click here.

Russian Mafia in Goa
30 Oct: The Economic Times. … After years of ruling the roost, local hoodlums now find themselves facing up to some global competition from the Bratva or Russian mafia who are setting up shop along the sunny shores of Goa … It's far more likely that the sibling rivalry between the Bratva and the local mafia just might spill over on to the beaches of Goa … What is more likely is that the Goans will be able to teach the Bratva the pleasures of susegad, the joys of feni and probably have them wandering topless and in oversized Bermudas … 379 words. Click here.

Foreign tourists on hit list
30 Oct: Hindustan Times. Vital installations, communication links, places of worship, commercial, industrial and scientific centres. There is an addition to this list of potential targets of Pakistan-based terrorist groups: tourists. A Union home ministry official said the list of potential targets was expanded in view of recent intelligence inputs that the tourism sector, especially in a state like Goa, was on the radar of terror groups … A Goa police officer said the intelligence inputs were shared in detail with police chief B.S. Brar when he was in Delhi last week and advised on preventive measures. Goa is going to play host to the high-profile International Film Festival of India beginning 23 November.

Foreigners buying property in Goa
2 Apr: Herald. Letters: Will Goan government come and repossess my little house, bought onTourist Visa ... I have no other property anywhere, including the United States...Goa is my home …

Probe on into land purchase irregularities
2 Nov: The Hindu. Chief Minister Pratapsingh Rane has said that the State Government is conducting a thorough probe into all cases pertaining to irregularities in massive land purchase by foreigners in Goa. Responding to questions on the issue at a press briefing on Wednesday, Mr. Rane said such an inquiry could not be conducted overnight. "It takes time. In any case, it is pertaining to land which is an immovable asset. Nobody can run away with it," he remarked.

Miss Universe to take up AIDS awareness in Goa
2 Nov: Business Standard. As part of the AIDS awareness campaign in India, newly crowned Miss Universe, Zuleyka Rivera, will walk the ramp along with 13 international models on November 3, at the La Calypso beach resort, Goa. Zuleyka will arrive at the Dabolim on November 2 and will visit the world heritage monuments at Old Goa the following day. Click here.

Zero tolerance towards drugs, says DGP
2 Nov. Navhind Times. The Director General of Police, Mr Brijendra Singh Brar today said that the police would come down heavily on the rave parties and drug peddlers … “The Goa police will deal with a firm hand the drug menace in the state. It is the worst type of terrorism. Drugs destroy our youth,” he added. Click here.

Govt on guard as terror stalks Goan beaches
2 Nov: Times of India. The latest intelligence inputs regarding a terror plot to hit foreign tourists in Goa this season are worryingly precise: The targets are hotspots frequented by American and British tourists — most likely, the bars located near the beaches. The threat is attributed to the most active terror group in the country — the Lashker-e-Taiba, which has close links with Al-Qaeda. 454 words. Click here.

There is no threat: Goa’s Chief Minister
2 Nov: Times of India. Goa CM Pratapsinh Rane on Wednesday denied that there was any terror threat to the state. Responding to reports in the wake of the Centre's caution to Goa, Rane said probably the Centre's note had been misunderstood in view of the international film festival to be held in Panaji this month end. Click here.

Índia receia atentados em Goa
2 Nov: Sol. A antiga colónia portuguesa está em estado de alerta após informações de Nova Deli de que está em preparação um ataque terrorista. As autoridades receiam atendados «ao estilo de Bali» Click here.


Souzas in Philadelphia auction on 5 Nov
Five of FN Souza’s works are to be auctioned at Freemans, 1808 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 5 Nov. 2006. Estimates vary from $6,000 to $25,000. Bid also online. Details at

Sex and the Senior Goan Male. By Roland Francis
26 Oct: GoaNet. Perturbed by the increasing phenomenon of several Goan men in their sunset years taking off for Goa without their wives at the first hint of coming winters in Canada, I decided to get to the bottom of it. The first person I thought of questioning was Roque-Carmo ("call me Rocky") Santana. A dimunutive 5'2" 75 year old Goan senior who walks with a spring in his step that would be the envy of a 55 year old, he was as thin as a marsh reed and had the weathery skin of a chameleon … 543 words. Click here.

Indo-US `war’ at sea off Goa
27 Oct: Hindustan Times. India and the US are conducting a joint naval exercise, 'Malabar-'06, off the coast of Goa from October 24 to November 5. Click here.

Close encounters
29 Oct: Bucks Free Press (UK). An exhibition at Warrington bus station features around 60 photographs taken by Volker Kramer during his time working for Stern magazine. Kramer came to international fame with his pictures of the violent suppression of the Prague Spring' in 1968, hippies in Goa, famines in Sudan and Mujahedins in Afghanistan. The exhibition is on until November 21. Click here.

UK: Indians build new Millionaires' Row
29 Oct: The Sunday Times … all roads for Britain's new class of super-rich Indians lead to Northwood, a quiet west London suburb that is being transformed into what is thought to be the country's first "Millionaires' Row" for a single ethnic minority … Keith Vaz said: "What the Moor Park community shows us is the real nature of what happens to first generation immigrants.” Click here.

Lack of Values
30 Oct: Times of India. I was at the Goa airport some months ago. Many in the lounge were puffing away even though there was a huge sign saying, ‘ No Smoking’. A lady sitting beside me took courage to go up to two well-dressed Indians who were smoking and point out the sign to them. They were affronted and said, “Mind your own business”. Such incidents illustrate the pervasive lack of two fundamental values in our society. One is the lack of respect for common property. The other is the assumption that some people are above rules; that rules are made to discipline the uncivilised common man; and that people higher up in society need not be inconvenienced by these rules. 888 words. Click here.

Feni For Fun
2 Nov: Business Line. The Goa government must do something to put its feni on the world market. Just see what Mexico did with its tequila! Why can't Goa first get the region rights to ensure that the name feni can only be used for the liquor grown and distilled in Goa? Then position it and market it like Portugal did for port and Mexico for tequila. Goa has the image to carry off a real fun drink. It has the international exposure as a holiday destination already. All it needs is proper branding and positioning to ensure that its feni finds a huge export market. A product, like a prophet, is never honoured in its own country. Click here.


Goan Voice (UK) readers may be surprised to learn from Goanet posters that Jesus Christ spent his early years in India. While this is controversial historically, there are those who strongly believe in this and are happy to provide references from the literature e.g. Holger's Jesus Lived in India. Is it possible that, there is new evidence to unearth in this respect that was unavailable in the past?

How significant is the legacy to Goa of Indira Gandhi? On the 22nd anniversary of the assassination of Mrs Gandhi, when Prime Minister of India, Domnic Fernandes attributes many developments in Goa to her. In particular, he illustrates how her role in the planning and organisation of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and especially, the services provided, in 1983, opened up many developments such as tourism in Goa.

There is some more interesting discussion on Goan Family Trees once again on Goanet. This time, Paulo Colaco Dias, from London, provides close details of the Goan Family Tree of the late Cardinal Valerian Gracias. Also underpinning the article are illustrations of how contestations can emerge in the details of family trees.

Basilio Monteiro, provides a scholarly article on Inculturation/Indigenization/Indianization of the Catholic Liturgy in India. There is much to make us think about in this excellent and succinct presentation.

Finally, two quotes from Domnic Fernandes with Konkani translations are worth reflecting upon until the next issue of the Goan Voice:
- Earn with both hands but spend with one.
- True friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.

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


REALITY SHOW: Wife Swap. Channel: E4
Sat 4 Nov. 18:00 to 19:00. An Asian businesswoman swaps with a liberal stay-at-home mum.

TRAVEL: Globe Guides. Travel Channel
Sat 4 Nov. 20:30 to 21:00. “we travel to the beaches of Goa, the Pushkar Travel Fair and Nepal.”

FOOD: Planet Food. BBC2 East
Sun 5 Nov 11:30-12:00 Padma enjoys a masala dosa in Bangalore, and a coconut fish stew in Cochin.

RADIO: An Insider's Guide to Asian Comedy. BBC Asian Network
Mon 6 Nov 18:30 to 19:00. Meet the funny people carrying Asian Comedy into the 21st Century and find out how you too can make it as a stand up.

TRAVEL: Panasia. Travel Channel
Thu 9 Nov: 10:30 to 11:00. Macau. We dine on a summer delicacy, Pork Minchi, a dish that typifies Macau's multicultural nature.

DOCUMENTARY: House of Love. BBC 4
Thu 9 Nov. 21:00 to 22:00. The commune in Suffolk of controversial Indian guru, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sun 5 Nov. GOA Ruby Mass for Deceased Members at 1pm at ATC Hall, 192 Merton Road, South Wimbledon, followed by a three-course meal (advance booking only) £6.50 per person - Please book by 2nd November 2006. Contact: Diego Pinto 020 - 8767 0663; Alfred Rebello 020 8337 8022

Sun. 5 Nov. G.O.A. Ruby Veterans Badminton Tournament at Wimbledon Racquet & Fitness Club. London SW19: A 40+ Doubles tournament consisting of Mens, Ladies & Mixed: Members Only. (all players must be GOA UK members) Contact: Steve & Maf de’Sa 020 8330 0998. Entry to tournament now closed: no entries will be accepted on the day.

Sun. 12 Nov. St. Diogo's Association (UK)/Guirim/Sangolda. Annual Social at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Rd. Croydon. Starts with Holy Mass at 12.15p.m. Contact: Apolonia DeSouza 020 8686 1876, Jennifer Fernandes 0127 765 1052

Sun 19 Nov. Navelim Union Feast of our Lady of Rosary Will be celebrated at Bishop Thomas Grant School, Belltrees Grove, Streatham London SW16 2HY. For further details contact Selwyn Ferrao 0208 933 8362, Daniela Fernandes 0208 764 9419, Michelle Staussi 0208 241 0082, Leonard Mergulhao 02085144661

Sun. 3 Dec. G.O.A. Ruby Feast of St Francis Xavier being celebrated for the first time at St Boniface Church, Tooting. All are welcome to the Mass at 1.30pm and there is no charge. Please do come and enjoy listening to the beautiful choir. The church service will be followed by a Social in the adjacent Parish Hall for which tickets will be required. Adults (17 years and over): £3.00. Children (12 – 16years): £2.00. Under 12 years: “free”. Food and drink will be on sale. Contact: Alfred Rebello 020 – 8337 8022, Diego Pinto 020 - 8767 0663

Sun. 10 Dec: G.O.A. Ruby Children’s Pantomime - Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs at Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, Surrey CR9 1DG Reporting time: 11.30am. Tickets in advance only. Tickets: Members - £10, Non-Members - £14. Parents are welcome to accompany their children at the same rates. Price inclusive of refreshments and entertainment. Please bring a gift to the value of not more than £10 for your child. CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS – 14 Nov. For tickets contact: Bernie Gracias 020 8723 1322, Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 8771 4457

Sat. 16 Dec. St. Diogo's Association (UK) Guirim/Sangolda. Children's Christmas Pantomime "Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs" at Fairfield Halls, Croydon at 12.00 noon sharp, followed by Christmas Party with refreshments, games and distribution of presents by Santa Claus. Please report at 11.15a.m. For details contact: Apolonia DeSouza 020 8686 1876, Jennifer Fernandes 0127 765 1052


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