Abbe Faria… and a bit of Goan-style exaggeration?


Ritanabooks.com has just announced a release of a title, Abbe Faria: The Master Hypnotist Who Charmed Napoleon. It’s by Diogo Mesana Fernandes and was released in New Delhi on October 22, 2006. Governor S C Jamir released the book at the Habitat Centre in New Delhi. Rajat K Sharma read the excerpts from the book. Dr Yogesh Choudhury, a clinical hypnotherapist spoke on the relevance and use of Hypnosis, [“as discovered by Abbe Faria”] as a therapeutical tool today. A press statement says: Author Diogo Fernandes spoke of the tremendous research that went into the preparation of the book. He … Continue reading Abbe Faria… and a bit of Goan-style exaggeration?

Goa’s scenic shrines… and Rajan Parrikar’s work


Goa’s scenic shrines: The Temples of Ponda http://www.flickr.com/photos/fn-goa/sets/72157594212460200/ 39 free-to-share (attribution, non-commercial) photos from Goa. And do check out Rajan Parrikar’s scenes of the narkasur night: In Hindu mythology, the cruel Narkasur got his just desserts at the hands of Lord Krishna. After a night of boisterous merrymaking the effigies of Narkasur are consigned to flames in the small hours of the morning, ushering in Deepavali (aka Diwali). Goans take their Narkasur-making technology seriously. The tableaux exhibited in the hinterland, home to the traditional artists and craftsmen, are particularly arresting. The images presented here are from in and around the … Continue reading Goa’s scenic shrines… and Rajan Parrikar’s work

Goa on Gutenberg…


When I searched for “Goa” and “India” on Project Gutenberg, I found 240 books showing up. [http://www.gutenberg.org/catalog/world/results] Many seem related to the history of the Philippines, and there’s one titled “The Pirates of Malabar, and an Englishwoman in India Two Hundred Years Ago”. Snake-enthusiast Rahul Alvares’ “Free from School” (feel happy I convinced him to put it up there) is available there too. [http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/10347] Here’s another book that could have some relevance to Goa: Prince Henry the Navigator, the Hero of Portugal and of Modern Discovery, 1394-1460 A.D. With an Account of Geographical Progress Throughout the Middle Ages As the … Continue reading Goa on Gutenberg…

Town planning… in cybespace!


Following Dr Nandkumar Kamat’s article on the St Estevam hill-cutting and its references to the local laws, a friend asked for details of Goa’s Town and Country Planning Act. I searched online, but obviously it wasn’t there. But the citizen’s charter is here: [http://goagovt.nic.in/charter/files/town_country/index.htm] It’s really very, very sketchy. I was shocked to see how little information they have online! Continue reading Town planning… in cybespace!

Congrats to Satish Naik (AIR)


Congrats to our colleague Satish Kashinath Naik whose daughter Manasi marries Shardul on Nov 7, 2006 at Mahalsa Temple. I knew Satish’s kids… Manasi and Harsh… as real kids. To rag me, Satish would prompt Harsh to call me “Father”. Which he would do dutifully 🙂 This was maybe a decade-and-half ago. Recently, I learnt that Harsh was the classmate of a friend studying electronics. How time flies 🙂 all the more reason to use it wisely… Here’s wishing Satish, his wife and the family all the best. Continue reading Congrats to Satish Naik (AIR)

Photos of the narkasura festival in Goa


My Goan friend based in the US Rajan Parrikar (we actually start off with verbal dues and skirmishes in cyberspace!) has some great pictures of the narkasur festival from Goa. Check out Rajan photo pages on Parrikar.org. Rajan is currently in Goa. He’s a GEC (Goa Engineering College) alumni, and take a lot of interest in Indian music, a topic he’s well versed with. Needless to say, we have strong differences in understanding Goa’s current politics! Rajan is also very deep into Usenet newsgroups. (Sometimes it’s lonely on soc.culture.indian.goa — because of the strict, moderated, news-only ontopic-only policy of that … Continue reading Photos of the narkasura festival in Goa

A Sethu Sunday…


Helene Derkin sent me this note: “Hi there, Sethu is having another ‘Sethu Sunday’ which is an excellent opportunity for you to donate all unwanted items from your house and pick up some new ones! (this does not include spouses, pets or in-laws!! 🙂 ) “Please have a sort out – any ‘unwanted’ or duplicate gifts we could do with for our raffle and for prizes for the activities. Household items are much appreciated as is anything ‘good as new’. Once you have a bag or box sorted you can either drop it to Sethu, my place or one of … Continue reading A Sethu Sunday…