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Goan Voice Newsletter: Monday 20 Apr. 2020


Death: Bashir Khanbhai. Ex Tanga, Tanzania

15 Apr. 2020. Kent, UK. BASHIR KHANBHAI (ex-Tanga) passed away after a short illness in hospital with his family by his side. Bashir was a devoted husband to Ipa nee Da Silva also from Tanga and a loving father to Hamid Khanbhai. He hailed from a very prominent family in Tanga the Khanbhai family who contributed a great deal to the Community. A graduate of Cambridge University where he studied Politics and Economics, Bashir then went on to finish his studies as a Pharmacist and returned to Tanga to manage the family business, for a short while. The family had several businesses including Khanbhai Pharmacy, and were always there to attend to the needs of the people of Tanga. In England, Bashir was an MEP representing the poor in the third world at the European Parliament. Bashir travelled frequently to Tanzania and across Canada managing the family enterprises globally. We would like to extend our sincere condolences to his wife, Ipa and son, Hamid at this difficult time in their lives and May his soul Rest In Peace! [Info: Stephen de Souza] Condolences to:  email
For the Wikipedia profile of Bashir Khanbhai click here.

Death: Willie D’Souza. Ex Mumbai

. 15 Apr: Olathe, Kansas, USA. WILLIAM EDGAR D’SOUZA. Born 1932. He was raised in Byculla, Mumbai, India. He immigrated to Olathe, KS in 1999 to be close to his children. He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years Yvonne (nee Pereira), his sons Russell (Diane), Darren (Melody) and Randolph (Sharon) and his treasured grandchildren Bianca, Capri, Nicholas, Nathan, Brianna and Savannah. Waiting to welcome him were his parents Condorceth & Felismina, his sisters Lyra (Oliver), Alice (Teddy), Ida (Florence) and his brothers Sonny (Theresa) and Freddy. From: Kansas City Star on Apr. 19, 2020. Photo.  For further details click here

News Summary

Goa becomes COVID-19 free as last patient recovers

20 Apr: Navhind Times. In a welcome relief to the state, the last out of the seven active coronavirus (COVID-19) patients that Goa had seen recovered from the disease making the state free from COVID-19. The state has so far seen seven confirmed cases of COVID-19 of which one patient had recovered on April 8 while four more patients were declared recovered from the disease on April 11. The sixth patient was declared cured on April 15… If no case is reported for consecutive 28 days since the day of the last positive case is detected then the particular district will be deemed as a green zone…  click here
20 Apr: Herald. Too early to tag Goa as Green Zone: Rane …  click here
20 Apr: Herald. Don’t allow tourists in State post lockdown: Tourism Minister … click here.

Germany: Ex-Hanoverian is looking for his dream woman

19 Apr: Neue Presse (Germany). He has been single for four years, now Ashok Malkarnekar (42) is longing for a solid partnership. The ex-Hanoverian lives as a farmer in Goa and can be seen on RTL television on 19 April at 8:15 p.m. in the international edition "Bauer sucht Frau" . He grew up in Hanover and studied economics at Leibniz University and is now a farmer - in Goa In the home of his father Ajit (71), the two run an organic farm Does his future partner have to help? "No, that's not necessary," assures the 42-year-old, who has several employees on the farm… He describes himself a reserved guy … Is the search for the dream woman on TV then the right thing? "I am aware that the probability is rather small. But I just wanted to give it a try, maybe someone will be there…
the RTL show streams on TVNOW For full text of article,  click here
For links to some video clips featuring Ashok Malkarnekar,  click here

Sapnma Anand: Feel-Good Food

19 Apr: The Star (Malaysia). A good meal can be a source of solace and comfort and sometimes even a soul-stirring affair… Renowned cookbook author Sapna Anand has been dipping her fingers into all sorts of culinary pursuits, from doing an online course on the science of food to posting a multitude of Indian recipes on her Instagram account… she finds comfort in recipes that have a strong nostalgic hold on her, like ros omelette (ros means gravy in Konkani), for instance, a Goanese dish that she has eaten since she was a child. “This is street food that is available in Goa, India. You will see vendors in pushcarts making fresh omelettes with hot curry on it. So it’s basically comfort food to me, because it’s something I grew up with – my mum used to make it with our leftover curries… Sapna’s butter chicken recipe meanwhile is something she thinks people might want to nail at home now that they have more time on their hands…  click here
Born and raised in Goa, cooking instructor Sapna Anand ended up going places …  click here
For video clips of some of Sapna Anand’s cooking, click here.

Canadian admitted to shelter home

20 Apr: Herald. Claude Boldic (59), a Canadian, has been admitted to a shelter home run for housing the homeless persons during the lockdown. Boldic was staying in a shack at Candolim since the guest house at Candolim was shut down out on March 18. Boldic had no money to find shelter. As such, he was taking shelter in shacks at Candolim. On Sunday, he approached the Calangute police, who got him admitted at the Shelter Home, Calangute. He is scheduled to fly back on May 4…  click here
Wikipedia: Claude Bolduc is a Quebec writer who is part of the Quebec Science Fiction and Fantasy movement (SFFQ). He is also known by the pseudonyms of Richard Viens and Baba Côté …  click here
For the Claude Bolduc website with bio, click here.

British retiree spends savings to feed stranded labourers in Goa

18 Apr: Hindustan Times. By Gerard de Souza.   Rowena Fuller, a 63-year-old retiree from Britain who was holidaying in Goa when the lockdown was announced, has used up most of her holiday nest egg — a tidy sum of Rs 90,000, set aside for a trip to South Africa — to feed migrants stranded in Agonda, South Goa… “I think I have found my purpose,” Rowena said. “We have crossed 1,000 meals per day and by May 3, we will have served over 2200 meals.” … A former social worker, Fuller came to Goa in August 2019. The plan, she said, was for her husband Peter and her to travel the world, leaving their life in the United Kingdom behind. When the lockdown was announced, the Fullers dug their heels in. Rather than fly home on one of the many repatriation flights that the UK government has organized for its citizens, they chose to stay back in Goa… Fatima’s restaurant supplies the meals and Stevie Rodrigues the owners of Fatima’s said that though the food is simple, they too are bearing some of the costs. “… 913 words.  click here
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A paradise on earth, but full of challenges

18 Apr: Mumbai Mirror. Fabiana Dimase, an Argentinian, on coping with life in Goa in lockdown. She says, “It doesn’t matter whether you are in an airport, in a tiny hotel room or in the semi freedom being a prisoner in paradise - that is how I see myself where I am currently spending the lockdown in Goa. A paradise on earth, but full of challenges that gets more and more complicated by the day… I have been in Goa exactly a month, but never imagined it would last so long… I struggled to get even basic stuff during the initial days of the lockdown … In this paradise that I now call home, I have had to change hotels twice … We are only three guests in this hotel but I have very little cash left and it costs Rs 280 approximately per dish in the restaurant, way more than any other city. Temperatures are now soaring. I am afraid monsoon rains will bring mosquitoes carrying dengue and malaria. I do not ask money from my government. But I am appalled at the Argentine President Alberto Fernandez’s stand not allowing the citizens to come back…617 words.  click here
20 Apr: The Goan. Authorities claim 500 foreign tourists still stranded in Pernem …  click here

Video: "We will come to our senses!" Over 400 Russians returned by special flight from Goa

18 Apr: Life (Russia). More than 400 Russian tourists returned to their homeland from Goa in connection with the coronavirus pandemic. The plane landed at Sheremetyevo Airport, after which the tired passengers were taken home. Life managed to communicate with some of them… “We’ll probably come to our senses. 40 degrees difference between Goa and Moscow, - said one of the tourists. The Russians said that in India they had to comply with strict quarantine, the violation of which is punishable by prison. At the same time, it became dangerous to go out because of local residents who could "beat with sticks or throw stones." They are very happy to be at home, despite the fact that they have a two-week quarantine. 1m. 31s.  click here
Video: 19 Apr: Petr Goncharenko spoke about Easter in Goa … 12m. 49s. In Russian.  click here

The hunt is on for Goa’s next Mario Miranda amid Covid-19 lockdown

19 Apr: Hindustan Times. With the entire population quarantined, the celebrated deceased cartoonist’s sons Raul and Rishaad Miranda and Gerard da Cunha, curator of the Mario Gallery have organised an online art competition to help people make the most of the confinement and tinker with their creative skills in isolation. The theme of the contest is predictable, albeit relevant: Life in the time of coronavirus. “The pandemic has made Goan society very serious, bordering on paranoia. We need to get out of this depressive state. And what better way than to look at the funny side of things. Mario’s 94th birthday was around the corner (May 2) and it (the contest) seemed a perfect match,” da Cunha said …  click here

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