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Goan Voice Newsletter: Tuesday 04 Jun. 2013

News Summary

Death: Bernard Mendes
4 Jun: Candolim, Goa. BERNARD MENDES. (Aged 50; ex- Tanzania) Son of Severine Coelho [late] (ZNZ , TZN, Candolim) and Manuel Mendes [late](TNZ, Candolim). He was the brother of of Nilda/Austin Viegas(Can), Jenny/Malcolm Griggs (Aus), Maureen Lawrence DeSouza (Aus), Benedict(TZN), Marilyn/Antonio Tramaglini (UK), Bruno/Bianca Mendes (Aus), Edwiges/Francis [late] D'Souza (UK), Pauline/Isadore Fernandes (Goa), Boniface(UK). Condolences to  email

Canada: Alexandre D'Souza: 14-year-old prodigy headed to University

4 Jun: Toronto Star. Alexandre D'Souza amassed seven A-pluses and two As at St. Marcellinus Secondary School in Mississauga this year and starts a double biological- and chemical-engineering degree this fall at McMaster University in Hamilton… Proud father Alfredo explains the family moved to Canada from India last year. Daughters Annalise, 23, Alexia, 21, are also high academic achievers … Prior to coming to Canada, Alexandre studied in Bahrain, Singapore and Mumbai … His mother, Neomi, recalls her infant son sitting in front of the computer in diapers… Part 1. Click here. Part 2: Click here.
Alfredo and Neomi trace their Goan roots to Aldona and Anjuna respectively

Drugs, sex and mafia rule - Is Himachal Pradesh the new haven for crazy rave parties?
4 Jun: Dailybhaskar. Anyone who has seen Go Goa Gone or Dum Maaro Dum will know how closely the nexus of exotic locales, drugs, mafia and sex works. This heady cocktail was seemingly limited to Goa but it seems ambition and lack of deterrence is forcing this hedonistic culture to spread across various parts of India. These parties are not just a place to let your hair down but to get high on drugs such as charas… 4 photos.  click here

London: Lost Goan treasure

4 Jun: Times of India. An old painting of a Goan Bhairavi was found in London by Udayraj Gadnis, another Goan … he saw the painting by Franz Xavier Winterhalter, oil on canvas, 1873 in the heart of London at an auction. He deeply struck by the beauty of the face and the elaborate Goan hairstyle and exquisite Goan jewellery … The woman in the painting, Gauri Gowramma was born in Goa as a mystic. After being dethroned by British Raj, the exiled father and daughter travelled to England in 1852. They were presented to Queen Victoria was taken by Gauri's beauty … The Queen was present at the baptism of this Hindu princess by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1852 … A Goan goldsmith from Loutolim was invited to create jewellery for this baptism for Gauri …  click here
When Gowramma captivated Queen Victoria  click here
Amazon: Victoria Gowramma: The Lost Princess of Coorg click here.

The ABCs of Goan masalas
4 Jun: Mint. What’s the difference between Ambotik …Assad … Balchao … Cafreal … Caldin … Sorpotel… Vindaloo … Xacuti …  click here

Death: Maria Ribeiro
28 May: Lisbon. MARIA DO CARMO FIGUEIREDO RIBEIRO (Ex Loutulim, Goa): Wife of late Alvaro Ribeiro. There will be Eucharistic celebration for the departed soul on 4th June at 4.15 pm at Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church in Panjim, Goa. Photo.  click here

Watch out! Tony Fernandes is nothing like Indian aviation has ever seen

3 Jun: First Post. Three dead ducks in what was once a flock of eight in the Indian Aviation industry does not make for any confident reading of India’s aviation sector. So that begs the larger question about that person of Goan origin—what is Tony Fernandes, the executive-turned-entrepreneur behind AirAsia, going to do differently? … Fernandes did not mince words … “Look, I am aware that there is no way I will be successful in the Indian market if I do not have enormous amounts of determination,” he said. “I want to change the market and I want to change the people’s perception of low-cost carriers that has been badly bruised by failed promises.” …  click here

Goan urban architecture highlighted in Stockholm exhibition
3 Jun: Sasnet. The Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm invites to an exhibition entitled “Goa: Found and Imagined”. This exhibition is the result of investigation within the framework of Resources.Lab. courses run by the Department of Art and Architecture 2010-12.  click here
Goa: Found and Imagined is a future paper on the potentials of Goa’s networked urbanity.  click here

Parrikar makes a comeback on Facebook

3 Jun: IANS. “Lies” spread on the social media has forced Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to make a comeback on Facebook after a long hiatus. In a post Sunday, Parrikar assured his thousands of friends and followers that he would pop up more often on Facebook in defence of his government’s actions and policies…  click here
For the Manohar Parrikar Facebook page,  click here

Video: Gandys flip flops: Join The Movement
3 Jun; Daily Telegraph (UK). Paul and Rob Forkan who lost their parents in the 2004 tsunami have created Gandys, a flip flop brand that raises funds for orphans all over the world … Now 25 and 23, the brothers have pledged to help other orphans just like them around the world, and they've chosen flip flops to help them to do it… They've already made enough to fund a teacher and a nurse for a whole year in Goa, and to buy school equipment and nutritional goods for over 100 children … Visit Oxford Street Selfridges Shoe Galleries from today until June 30 to do your bit…  click here
3 Feb. 2013: The Sunday Telegraph (UK). In 1999 the Forkan family got a last-minute deal for a holiday in Goa. They fell in love with the place and decided to relocate there. They were holidaying in Sri Lanka in 2004 when the tsunami struck and they lost their parents  click here

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