Ten of the best: novels about Goa


The Guardian of the UK recently published a listing of “10 of the best books set in Mumbai”. See Taking the cue from that listing, here’s a compilation of my own favourite ten novels set in Goa or her people. * * * Lambert Mascarenhas, Sorrowing Lies My Land Undoubtedly one of the most neatly-crafted novels written in colonial times, whose story still resonates. My edition dates back to the 1970 Goa Publications reprint (“Price Rs 15”). “The mountain far away, wearing a cloak of muddy brown, stood there against the azure sky, ragged as a tramp drowsing in the … Continue reading Ten of the best: novels about Goa

Goa sports links in cyberspace….


OFFICIAL Sports Authority of Goa http://tsag.org/?pg=visstat FOOTBALL Goa Football Association http://www.goa-fa.com/ GFA-links http://www.goa-fa.com/?q=node/5 Sporting Clube de Goa http://www.sportingclubedegoa.com/ Salcaocar Sports Club http://salgaocarsc.com/ Dempo Sports Club (Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dempo_SC Churchill Brothers http://www.churchill-brothers.com/main.php Sesa Goa Football Academy http://www.sesagoa.com/aboutscdf.htm#football CRICKET Goa Cricket Association http://goacricketassociation.com/ CHESS Goa State Chess Association http://goachess.com/ Goan chess blog http://goanchess.blogspot.com/ BODYBUILDING Goa Body Building and Fitness Association (Facebook) http://www.facebook.com/pages/GOA-BODY-BUILDING-FITNESS-ASSOCIATION/95798352958?v=info CYCLING Goa Cycle Club http://www.cyclists.in/group/goacycleclub Goa Cycles: Rides, advocacy and more with the Goa Cycle Club http://goacycles.wordpress.com/ BADMINTON Goa’s ‘Professional Badminton League’ http://www.facebook.com/notes/sandeep-heble/goas-professional-badminton-league/181738157211 TREKKING YHAI National Trekking Expedition GOA http://yhaindia.org/files/adv_programs/description/Goatrekking.htm WATERSPORTS National Institute of Watersports-Goa http://niws.nic.in/ Barracuda Diving India http://groups.yahoo.com/group/barracuda-diving/ Goa … Continue reading Goa sports links in cyberspace….

Editors… then and now


Just received the March 2007 issue of CRITIQUE (‘A review of Indian journalism’) edited by my long-time-friend-whom-I’ve -never-met Alok Tiwari of Nagpur. This issue has a striking cover depicting a prominent Indian editor of the ‘seventies and ‘eighties, Shamlal. “There was no editor like him, and there would never be another one in the same league. Shamlal’s demise leaves the heavily de-intellectualised journalistic world (in India) much poorer.” The cover story is on Page 10, and also includes tributes on Page 12 to 17. It is titled “Death of an Editor”. Says the intro to this article: “When the editor … Continue reading Editors… then and now

Where environment meets documentary…


Filmmaker: Fewer Than 1,000 Wild Tigers Left in India a story which links some of my interests, past and present, together… environment and documentary film. In his new film on India’s tiger crisis, conservation filmmaker Krishnendu Bose argues that there may be less than 1,000 wild tigers remaining in India. Called “Tiger: The Death Chronicles,” the 63 minute film in English had its premier today at the India International Centre Auditorium in New Delhi. “Basically it’s a film to share the truth with the people of the country,” Bose told ENS in an interview. “I’ve realized [while shooting that there … Continue reading Where environment meets documentary…

The Goan… in cyberspace


Cajetan Rego from Tivim in Goa recently announced: “I would like to share my thoughts with you regarding the upcoming elections in Goa. Please read my blog http://thegoan.blogspot.com. I request you to leave your comments on the blog even if they are against my opinions. Kindly forward this link to your friends if you agree with my opinions.” Interesting. Looks like a rather unabashed piece of pro-BJP propaganda! Sorry for being so blunt. But the effort here seems to be to say “things were fine under the BJP, rotten under the Congress… and the BJP it is that will restore … Continue reading The Goan… in cyberspace

Sitars, scanners … and sounds


My comp’s desktop is a mess currently. So many tools open, trying to do so many jobs… at the same time… but there’s a reason for it…. There’s the Xsane scanning software opened. Two browsers (Firefox and Flock aka The Social Browser. The latter is something that makes blogging a very easy task). There’s Sound Juicer, the music-playing software of my GNU/Linux Ubuntu distro. And the usual other things… Evolution for email, a Nautilus file-browser, another Wikipedia page, a dozen or so bookmarked to read via Whizz RSS the intersting Inter-Press Service stories coming in from the region I still … Continue reading Sitars, scanners … and sounds