Reflections, water, Goa, Jerry Pinto and Penguin


It was a long time back that the Mumbai-based prolific writer and editor Jerry Pinto asked me to write a chapter for a Penguin book on Goa. Forgot all about it (though Jerry did say it was due in 2006), till the other day. A cyberfriend drew my attention to an announcement in GoanVoiceUK. The book is now out. Can’t locate the final copy I wrote on my cluttered hard-disk. Will someone present me a copy of this book to read, then? That’s just an excuse… maybe one should just be patient. Described variously as the Kashi of the South, … Continue reading Reflections, water, Goa, Jerry Pinto and Penguin

REVIEW: Guirim boys’ school days


Yesterdays at Monte: Jogging Down Memory Lane Edward de Lima. Vikram Publications, August 2006. vikkurocks at hotmail.com Rs 100 pp78. A book written “almost 43 years after leaving school”. By a retired (and prolific author of self-published books) Dr Lima (b 1946). He studied at St Anthony’s Guirim from 1953 to 1963. Incidentally, he did his PhD on ‘The Creative and Critical Writings of Armando Menezes’, the Goan poet and teacher. (We both share an interested in collecting books related to Goa! … Dr Lima reading them, and we, well… just collecting them!) Among the chapters: early years; lunch at … Continue reading REVIEW: Guirim boys’ school days

REVIEW: Title: Professional’s The Right to Information Act, 2005 (22 of 2005)


Title: Professional’s The Right to Information Act, 2005 (22 of 2005) Publisher: Professional Book Publishers Genre(s): Law/Bare Act Price: Rs 45 Year Of Publication: 2006 Reviewed by FN http://fn.goa-india.org This 53-page booklet contains the ‘bare act’ of India’s fairly new Right to Information, a law that has evoked a lot of expectations among society here.Besides the six chapters of the RtI Act itself, it also contains relevant excerpts from other laws and rules. There are the rules on the ‘regulation of fee and costs’ of the RtI act (how much you should pay, the Central Information Commission (Appeal Procedure) Rules … Continue reading REVIEW: Title: Professional’s The Right to Information Act, 2005 (22 of 2005)

REVIEW: Universal’s Handbook on The Right to Information Act 2005


Title: Universal’s Handbook on The Right to Information Act 2005 Author: P K Das Publisher: Universal Law Publishing Co ISBN: 81-7534-476-8 Price: Rs 350 Pages: 460+xvi pp Genre(s): Law/Bare Acts Reviewed by: FN http://fn.goa-india.org Another of those compiliations, on India’s relatively new Right to Information Act, ironically, filling in a gap of not-so-easy-to-access official information on this topic. This is a thicker version of other “bare acts” (as the plain-text of the law is called), and contains a lot of details and parallel laws. Apart from the Right to Information Act of 2005 itself, it contains laws like the Official … Continue reading REVIEW: Universal’s Handbook on The Right to Information Act 2005

Officials, government, citizens… and the RTI in Goa


A. Venkataratnam heads Goa’s State Information Commission. Interestingly, he also keeps a blog: [http://goarti.blogspot.com] Check it out. The official right to information site is [http://egov.goa.nic.in/rtipublic/] And a citizens’ initiative is at [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/goarit] Check it out, send in feedback. Interact… if this initiative is to have a chance of working! –FN FN 9822122436 +91-832-240-9490 (phone calls after 1 pm please) Continue reading Officials, government, citizens… and the RTI in Goa