Action at the municipal garden…


As I write, the GUJ show (spearheaded by Ashley do Rosario and Umesh Mahambre) are going great guns, at the Municipal Garden. All doubt over the event was over, when we saw a good crowd turn up on the evening of Thursday, Republic Day here. The idea of having a children’s drawing competition starting 5 pm was a good idea… it pulled in the parents early. So was the fancy dress (for kids), and the music provided by the journos showed another side of the profession. It was nice to see the younger team taking charge of all the arrangements. … Continue reading Action at the municipal garden…

BOOK REVIEW: Secrets behind church facades (by Melvyn Misquita)


Secrets behind church facades BY MELVYN MISQUITA [Herald] melvyn at misquita.net What do mermaids, a two-headed eagle, lions, the mythical Cyclops and a boat have in common? Believe it or not, they all grace the façades of parishes churches in Goa. To be honest, a casual spectator may find façades of the 158-odd parish churches in Goa nothing more than repetitive white-washed multi-storeyed structures that deserved nothing more than a cursory glance. That is, until they lay their hands on the recently published book “The Parish Churches of Goa”, a study of façade architecture by Jose Lourenco along with photographs … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Secrets behind church facades (by Melvyn Misquita)

Brian reads at NIFT Delhi


My one-time classmate (at Goa University, English dept) Brian Mark Mendonca <brianmendonca at rediffmail.com> has informed me that he has been invited to read his poems on January 18, 2006 at the N.I.F.T Campus from 5.30 to 7.30 pm. Brian is a Vascokar, and is planning to come out shortly with his new book of verse, titled after what must be his favourite poem, “The Last Bus To Vasco”. Continue reading Brian reads at NIFT Delhi

Brian reads at NIFT Delhi


My one-time classmate (at Goa University, English dept) Brian Mark Mendonca <brianmendonca at rediffmail.com> has informed me that he has been invited to read his poems on January 18, 2006 at the N.I.F.T Campus from 5.30 to 7.30 pm. Brian is a Vascokar, and is planning to come out shortly with his new book of verse, titled after what must be his favourite poem, “The Last Bus To Vasco”. Continue reading Brian reads at NIFT Delhi

Fine print…


Sometimes, the fine-print that shows up in the advertisements makes for interesting reading. For instance, some Vasco-related adverts in the Navhind Times of Dec 28, 2005: * Goa Naval Area is advertising for some tens of thousands of uniforms and it specifies that those bidding need to be “competent contractors owning atleast 15 sewing machines and having expertise in fabrication of uniforms of naval personel serving at Vasco da Gama”… These two conditions itself would probably exclude most from bidding from this contract! Does it matter if someone has 15 sewing machines, or is using some other model of completing … Continue reading Fine print…

Fine print…


Sometimes, the fine-print that shows up in the advertisements makes for interesting reading. For instance, some Vasco-related adverts in the Navhind Times of Dec 28, 2005: * Goa Naval Area is advertising for some tens of thousands of uniforms and it specifies that those bidding need to be “competent contractors owning atleast 15 sewing machines and having expertise in fabrication of uniforms of naval personel serving at Vasco da Gama”… These two conditions itself would probably exclude most from bidding from this contract! Does it matter if someone has 15 sewing machines, or is using some other model of completing … Continue reading Fine print…

Thieves’ new modus operandi… freak mishap (Herald)


Looks like a serious concern for Vasco! FN THIEVES STRIKE RICH WITH NEW MODUS OPERANDI Herald Correspondent [Herald, Dec 28, 2005] MORMUGAO, Dec 27 — The next time someone informs you that your money has fallen down, be aware. Cash and gold ornaments worth over Rs 1 lakh were stolen in three separate incidents in the port town within a span of an hour. According to Vasco police, one NEtaji Rao along with his boss Mahendra Kumar Patwarai had gone to the Vasco post office, when a person approached Netaji and told him that some cash had fallen down. When … Continue reading Thieves’ new modus operandi… freak mishap (Herald)