Google enables Indians to build maps of their villages, cities


For a vast country which lacks adequately detailed and available maps for many of its areas, India is now finding an unexpected solution come up in the form of Google Map Maker. Google recently extended its ‘map maker’ service to India, and within three weeks of its launch, has already drawn quite some attention to it in cyberspace. Supporters of the project started sending messages out via the Net, urging each friends and colleagues to create their own detailed maps — by adding details of features in the villages or urban areas where they live. Google Map Maker is a … Continue reading Google enables Indians to build maps of their villages, cities

Bookworm…. at Panjim


Yesterday, when I took Riza (“amost 10”) over Bookworm, Sujata Noronha (no relative) buttonholed me and re-asked about setting up a blog. Feeling guilty, because VM and me had been discussing the possibility of a website for them for some time now, I tried something that might help to get started. WordPress (because it’s Free Software) is my favourite blogging software. So I grabbed their comp, and helped to set up a rudimentary blog of sorts. Check it out here. Later in the night, during my nocturnal hours, added some of the posts that Bookworm has been sending to my … Continue reading Bookworm…. at Panjim

Sangolda… under the axe?


Sangolda is a scenic village in Bardez, probably equidistant from both state-capital Panjim and the commercial town of Mapusa. For long, like other parts of the ‘Old Conquests’ (the longer-held Portuguese former colonies), many in this village have been migrating far and wide (including globally) to earn a living. But now, with Goa becoming a hot centre for real-estate speculation and second- or third-homes for the affluent, there are pressures on this land too. Says Goa’s just-out Draft Regional Plan for Goa-2021: “Then there are the ‘second homes’ which are much in demand by people from other parts of India, … Continue reading Sangolda… under the axe?

Thoughts on … Teacher Plus


Teacher Plus is a real interesting venture. This is a “magazine for the contemporary teacher” brought out by Sparks-India and brought out by Sparks-India, Plot 48 (Cellar, Padma Kamalam Apts, Krishnapuri Colony, West Maredpally, Secunderabad 500026 Ph 040-2780 7039. Subscription for a three year period costs just Rs 675, and I was glad I subscribed recently. Sparks-India calls itself “a publisher dedicated to improving the quality of teaching in India”. It offers printed and other teacher-training material, and children’s books for the class and out-of-class for the “true educational experience”. Today, they sent me a list of good books from … Continue reading Thoughts on … Teacher Plus

An orchestra, violin and guitar… in cyberspace (and on CD)


Goa Guitar Guild is a network run by Rui Lobo and friends. Rui recently passed on a copy of the recordings from their GGG International Musik Fest. Held earlier in 2008 (March), it was described as “an Indo-German confluence” and included the performances of the Goa State Symphony Orchestra. The latter was conducted by Prof. Ulf Klausenitzer and showcased soloist from Goa, the young and talented Sanya Myla Cotta. You’ll find some recordings of the event on my youtube page, http://www.youtube.com/user/fredericknoronha Or go directly here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qHxiZYadzU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_KAFX1mUpk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGuAAK9kgeo Another cd contains recordings of the David Menezes National Violin Competition 2008, … Continue reading An orchestra, violin and guitar… in cyberspace (and on CD)

A CD on Goa….


My former colleague and friend, Niraj Naik, has come out with “Goa’s first comprehensive data bank on (a) multimedia CD”. It promises to explore all facets of Goa, with the largest compilation of photographs and information. It is an “ideal gift for students” and a “treasure trove for students, teachers, tourists, NRGs (non-resident Goans) and Goa enthusiasts” says the cover of the CD. It is priced at Rs 99 and comes from http://www.digitalgoa.com Unfortunately, the CD runs only on Windows (.exe file) while my comp runs on GNU/Linux (Free Software)…. Blogged with the Flock Browser Tags: goa, india, cds, resources, … Continue reading A CD on Goa….