A 12th birthday…. Delhi, datacard, Wales, Jews and more…


Last weekend, I missed the chance of reminiscing about old times and Goanet. This was because of a visit to New Delhi just then, spending two days marooned at the guest house and spacious campus of the IIT. There was more-than-full access to all that highly-subsidised food that goes into building our elite team of technologists in these parts of the world; but there was virtually no access to email for almost two entire days. Felt like kicking myself hard not making a decision fast enough, over that Reliance datacard [0]. It now costs less than five thousand rupees (just … Continue reading A 12th birthday…. Delhi, datacard, Wales, Jews and more…

Two books from Tony Martin


Khalil Ahmed’s Broadway Books on Saturday (Aug 19, 2006) released Tony Martin’s new books Life is Beautiful and Time Pass. At a somewhat formal function, the release was done by Dhempe College mentor-to-a-generation and theatre person Ms Isabel Santa Rita Vas in Panjim this evening. Fr. J Loiola Pereira, Director of Diocesan Centre for Social Communications Media Fr J Loiola Pereira andGoa Art College lecturer Willy Goes (also a musician and writer himself) spoke. Fr Loiola Pereira in his foreword to Life is Beautiful says, “‘Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments … Continue reading Two books from Tony Martin

The Goan literary tradition – what does the future hold? (by Selma Carvalho)


[BY SELMA CARVALHO] Reading the E-Seniors notebook, I am struck by how strong the literary tradition is, in Goa. The beautiful narratives transport us to a time most of us are unaware of and would be lost forever but for the eloquent words of these men and women. It is amazing how a small state in India managed to produce so many great writers spanning four languages. The feat is akin to that of Ireland. It is said that the lush Irish green, its wet weather and a hoary Celtic imagination often fueled by myriad spirits is what brings out … Continue reading The Goan literary tradition – what does the future hold? (by Selma Carvalho)

Ben Antao has lovely scenes, flashbacks, monologues (review by Silviano C Barbosa)


Novel, “Penance” by Ben Antao Publisher Goan Observer, Goa, India Soft cover, 329 Pages I have just finished reading the Canadian novel, “Penance” by Canadian Goan author Ben Antao and published by Goan Observer, Panjim, Goa, India. It’s too bad the North American publishers still shy away from Goan novels and novelists. I am sure if Rohinton Mistry had submitted this novel to Alfred Knopf or any other big name publishers, it would have been published. But Rohinton has not yet published any Canadian based novel so far, a fact not ignored by his Canadian critics. Author Ben Antao has … Continue reading Ben Antao has lovely scenes, flashbacks, monologues (review by Silviano C Barbosa)

BOOK REVIEW: Building clouds… in cyberspace


— Building Tag Clouds in Perl and PHP Jim Bumgardner O’Reilly Ebook in PDF format 2006 ISBN: 0596527942 Pp 48 $9.99 US, $12.99 CAN http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/tagclouds/ — Tag clouds? What are those? O’Reilly’s new e-book ‘Building Tag Clouds in Perl and PHP’ by Jim Bumgardner explains a concept every serious user of cyberspace would have at least heard of. Says Bumbardner: “Tag clouds are everywhere on the Web these days. First popularized by the web sites Flickr, Technorati, and del.icio.us, these amorphous clumps of words now appear on a slwe of web sites as visual evidence of their membership in the … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Building clouds… in cyberspace

Marriage how-to tips…


‘Getting Married in Goa’ is the Plus Publications’ marriage guide, in a new edition. It’s edited by Ilidio de Noronha and Lester Fernandes, with Cedric Silveira as editorial co-ordinator. Obviously advertisement-driven, it also contains quite a bit of useful information. Starting with customs and traditions (the Catholic kazaar, the Hindu lagn, and the Muslim nikaah), matchmakers, cybermates, and the “countdown” to marriage. If you got married here, you know how puzzling it can be in this information-poor state. Useful tidbits of information include brides’ and grooms’ checklists, budgeting your wedding, and even a section on “the Goan art of gifting”. … Continue reading Marriage how-to tips…