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CUISINE Bacalhau a Gomes de Sa (Servings : 4) Ingredients 500g dried salt cod 500g
CUISINE Bacalhau a Gomes de Sa

CUISINE

Bacalhau a Gomes de Sa

(Servings : 4)

Ingredients

500g dried salt cod 500g cooked potatoes 100gms olives Parsley 1litre milk Salt Pepper

Method

Soak the cod, place in a pan and add boiling water to cover the fish. Place the lid on the pan and let it stand for 20minutes. Drain, remove the skin and bones and flake into large strips. Place these in a deep pan. Bring the milk to boil and pour over the cod let it stand for 1 ½ to 3 hrs. mean while heat the oil, slice the onion and garlic and sauté until lightly brown . Add the potatoes which should be boiled in their skin, peeled and sliced. Drain the cod and add to the potatoes. Stir gently but do not allow to stew. Season with salt and pepper. Place at once on an earthen baking dish & bake in an oven for 10minutes. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and garnish with slices of boiled eggs and black olives. Serve immediately on the dish used to bake the cod.

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FEATURE INTERVIEW THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT GOA THAT Srederick Noronha THERE'S SOMETHING MAKE IDEAS CHURN ABOUT
FEATURE INTERVIEW THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT GOA THAT Srederick Noronha THERE'S SOMETHING MAKE IDEAS CHURN ABOUT

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THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT GOA THAT

Srederick Noronha

THERE'S SOMETHING

MAKE IDEAS CHURN

ABOUT GOA THAT

MAKE IDEAS CHURN

& WORDS FLOW

& WORDS FLOW

He studied at the prestigious IIT Madras,

& got a degree that would qualify

him to be a top notch engineer tending

Instead, he settled in tiny Goa,

with his wife Anjali, & half a dozen

dogs, in 2006.

with his wife Anjali, & half a dozen dogs, in 2006. degree that would qualify him

degree that would qualify him to be a top notch

much of his school years writing, including an

almost-complete story called 'The Adventure of

go? Aniruddha Sen Gupta, fortyish and

with the beard of a Rabindranath Tagore, would

hardly agree. magazine City Scan and then was part of the team

that conceived and launched First City, India's

only city mag to flourish over the years. He was part of Media Workshop (MW), and left it

He studied at the prestigious IIT Madras, and got a

school exercise books. He worked for the Delhi city

depths of writing?Do you think that's a sad way to

From the heights of aeronautical engineering to the

the Chinese Junk', which he scribbled in one of his

engineer tending (or maybe designing) cutting-

edge metal birds that fly. Instead, he settled in tiny

firm, Splash! Communications, with Salil

dozen dogs, in 2006. Chaturvedi. Splash! Communications offers

His 'The Mystery of MindNet' was published by

Scholastic, and is the first novel in a children's

adventure series built around a group of kids

called the Fundoo 4. While in school, he spent

worked on children's educational material -- for

Toxics Link, the Azim Premji Foundation, and

organisations in the social sector. They have also

communication and design services to

in 2001 as Creative Director, to start his own design

Goa (at Porvorim), with his wife Anjali, and half a

design Goa (at Porvorim), with his wife Anjali, and half a 6 NOVEMBER 2010 own magical

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own magical stories of Goa. And there's another gatherings; the women in his family, he said, all thing; whether it's Victor Rangel-Ribeiro writing had huge breasts and spindly legs which is why about the goings-on in mythical Tivolem or they could never walk a straight line. Tall and Lambert Mascarenhas in Sorrowing Lies My almost patrician in his elegance, he often took Land, there is this sweet, nectarine-like wit centre stage, with his big, oratory voice and running through these stories. Our art forms seem inborn sense of the theatrical. Bosomy women and to be drenched in humour. We see this in tiatr. I men emaciated by hard labour would howl in have this theory that tiatrists are literary figures laughter.

without the dictionary. The incongruence and slight irony of the setting These were people who didn't have recourse to relieved momentarily by humour. Or maybe our books and the fine art of writing and so they humour evolved as a defence mechanism against parleyed their talent on stage. It might be the big, Colonial press censorship and a stifling of dramatic scene at the end which makes or breaks political aspirations or was it a coy way of the theatre production but it's the humour skits overcoming parochial inhibitions even as liberal along the way that sell the tickets; the hilarious ideas flooded our minds and bodies with desire. comebacks, the dead-pan delivery and the timing, Humour is after all the earliest and the deadliest all practiced to perfection by our comedic genius. form of social protest. I feel sorry for myself, for What is it about Goans that puts humour at the letting four decades of my life pass by without vortex of our interactions? Was it the long really getting to know Goan English Literature. I conversations on moonlit nights in the balcao that feel sorry that Goan children, especially in the lent itself to a friendly-fire of puns and innuendo? Diaspora, grow up ever so ashamed of being Goan

I remember my grand-uncle, Caetano Aguiar, because they are unaware of our rich heritage. Do

uncle to tiatrist, M. Boyer, regaling us at family leave your feedback at carvalho_sel@yahoo.com

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WHO THE BLEEP CARES others. He finds Goa a creative place. 'Annie', as threatened wetland.
WHO THE BLEEP CARES
others. He finds Goa a creative place. 'Annie', as
threatened wetland. This is to appear in a new
he is known to friends, talks about his fascinating
science magazine called 'Brainwave', published
work and priorities. Including his dogs, in an
by ACK Media, the guys who bring out Amar
By Selma Carvalho
interview with FREDERICK NORONHA: Chitra Katha and Tinkle. Its launch is scheduled
for December this year. I'm also working on a few
FN: Why writing? Specially in the context of your
design projects.
About Goan
authors and humour?
IIT, aeronautical engineering background?
ASG: 'Why?' is a difficult question to answer -- it's
FN: Do you find Goa a suitable place to write
some sort of innate need. I feel happiest when I'm
writing, so I'd rather do that than anything else.
from? Why or why not?
ASG: It's only since I moved to Goa that I have
The
writing came before the engineering, so you
returned big-time to my writing. Something
could consider the latter as the anomaly. Since
about the pace and atmosphere of the place
Who the bleep
c a r e s a b o u t
Goan authors
accident, in a book entitled, Modern Goan
Literature (ed. Peter Nazareth, Goa, 1556). The
Mango and the Tamarind Tree by Leslie de
when I was very young -- nine or ten -- I
makes the ideas churn and the words flow.
liked to write, but was always told that I couldn't
A big factor is also the company of writers and
make a living out of it (they're still telling me
creative people that I have been lucky enough to
and humour? Noronha took my breath away. Very rarely will I
that). But, as I was good at science, I followed the
drop into the middle of. There's a lot of
My mother is
an unusual
character.
U n u s u a l
because if you visit the solitary village she comes
from in Goa and the mind-numbing silence of her
ancestral house in the interiors of this village, you
interrupt my evening ritual of watching television
to complete reading a chapter but such was the wit
and wisdom of Noronha's writing, that even British
drama had to wait."The mothers of Olinda and
Philomena died shortly after child-birth, crushed
partly by the weight of their pedigree and partly by
pernicious anaemia and carcinoma of the cervix,
accepted path till I was old enough to be able to
that breed here.
listen to what the voice inside was saying.
FN: How does being in a small state contrast with
In college, I got more and more into writing and
eventually took up a job as a journalist once I left
a big city?
ASG: The most significant change is that the pace
college.
of things is so different. Despite living in a city for
30 of my 40-odd years, I always felt hugely out of
FN: Tell us of what you're writing now? What are
will never guess she speaks three languages; respectively," is a line from this book. It is not often
English, Portuguese and Konkani. So she had at her one comes across a singular sentence alternating so
disposal three languages she could teach her sumptuously between mirth and pathos. I don't
children and whether it was a sense of nationalistic know anything about Leslie de Noronha. I don't
loyalty or some preserve logic, she insisted that her know if Leslie comes from one of those villages my
place, especially in Delhi where I moved
your main projects?
ASG: The main project I'm working on is my
once I started working, in 1987 Goa feels much
third book. ProvisionallyZ titled 'Barking Mad',
more like the kind of place I was meant to be. I
it's a travelogue-cum-guidebook on our travels
guess it's a matter of one's mindset -- I'm just not
with our dogs. My wife Anjali and I have six suited to be in a city, and I would say that's
two older children at least would speak only in mother lived in, insignificant dots on a landscape
dogs, two of them recent entrants, and possibly true for many writers, artists, people of
Konkani.
mapped by the Portuguese and relegated to
obscurity by civilization; where only an audacious
moon and an indomitable army of fireflies light up
the night sky which otherwise darkens
prematurely and lulls people to sleep.
have travelled extensively all over India
that ilk. If there's something positive about the
This put me in a very precarious position. It
made
city which I perhaps
miss here, it's the desire in
with four of them. The book tells the
me a social pariah in a world of six-year olds with
people to take on
story of some of the strange, funny and
sticky fingers and snotty noses who called
me
projects that are
scary situations we've been in
names because I could only speak this alien tongue.
large in scope and
during those trips. I'm hoping it
Perhaps to make up for this or perhaps because it Or perhaps Leslie was fortunate to have landed on
was the only Catholic school in Dubai, she sent me more fertile soil and had the opportunity to
to St. Mary's, affiliated to the University of London. cultivate his genius. After an extensive google
a m b i t i o u s i n
will also act as a motiva
vision. There's a
tional and 'how-to'
kick in working on
Here I was force-fed huge portions of Dickens, the search I learn that Leslie was brave enough to write
Durrell brothers, Emily Bronte and Somerset a campy book, as in gay, called the Dew Drop Inn,
Maugham and as a result I grew up believing only all the more surprising when Leslie used to be the
the English had a monopoly on English literature Bombay theatre critic for the Catholic newspaper,
guide for people
such projects, and
who would like to
s e e i n g t h e r e s u l t s o f
t
r
a
v
e
l
w i t h
their pets in India, but have so far felt it something that's truly world-
and I certainly grew up unaware that Goans had
The Examiner. I had to ask myself, who are these
can't be done. Besides that, I'm working
class in its execution. But even that is changing,
their own English Literature. About two days ago, I Goans? Like gymnasts, they have elasticated the
on 'Second Nature', a monthly two-page
and I think we will be seeing more such initiatives
came across a superb piece of writing, quite by English language and stretched it to weave their
comic column about an ecologically- here as well, especially in the creative arts.
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FEATURE INTERVIEW stories, articles and essays. Other ideas in my India today? What do you
FEATURE INTERVIEW stories, articles and essays. Other ideas in my India today? What do you

FEATURE INTERVIEW

stories, articles and essays. Other ideas in my

India today? What do you see as the main

challenges to "break in" to the field? next couple of years, include graphic novels,

ASG: The top three challenges to a writer hoping to

make it in India are the same as anywhere else, I

would think -- money, money, money. It's today

FN: How tough or easy is it, to make it as a writer in

mind, which I hope to bring to fruition over the

detective fiction and the more difficult-to-slot

types that one has to perforce label as

'literary fiction'. And most of these are ideas for

series, not single books. I find the word

'challenging' in the context of writing rather out of

place. For me, writing is liberating, and the genre of

the work has never changed that. Of course, some

types of writing will be more taxing in terms of the

non-writing effort you have to put into them, but

that's part of the fun. FN: If you had three dream projects you would like

to complete, what would they be?

ASG: My next three projects beyond 'Barking Mad'

-- a detective story set in Goa; a graphic novel with

a story derived from 'The Odyssey'; and my first

'literary' novel, about memory, madness and map-

making (wow, that came off felicitously, didn't it?)

become relatively easy to be published. But to

make a living from being a writer is as tough as the

rawhide bones my dogs love. I'm exploring the

ways in which it can be done, and so far

t h i n g s a r e n o t l o o k i n g p r o m i s i n g .

n g p r o m i s i n g . The top three challenges

The top three challenges to a writer hoping to make it in India are the same as anywhere else, I would think -- money, money, money. It's today become relatively easy to be published. But to make a living from being a writer is as tough as the rawhide bones my dogs love.

relatively easy to be published. But to make a living from being a writer is as
relatively easy to be published. But to make a living from being a writer is as

FN: Tell us about the focus of your writing so far?

What did you find the most challenging? Why?

ASG: My writing is anything but focussed. I have

always loved doing different kinds of things, and

that attribute extends to my writing as

well. So far, I have written a science-fiction

graphic

guidebook on environmental issues which is part-

fiction,part-non. I am currently working, as I

mentioned above, on a travelogue with dogs. I

adventure mystery for kids and a

have also worked on scripts for television, short

comic pieces both fiction and non-fiction, short

FN: Can you tell us a little about your experience

with graphic novels? ASG: My interest in graphic novels is wholly

rooted in my brother Orijit's fascination with them.

Ever since we saw our first Tintin comic, he's been

collecting comics and drawing them, and is quite

the authority on them. Because of him, I have got to

understand to a small extent the intricacies of the

art, and developed a desire to do a few of my own.

Unlike him, though, I can't draw, so I work in

collaboration with artists to make my ideas take

shape. Again, I've been very lucky -- I have found

the perfect collaborator, in an NID animator-

illustrator called Priya Kuriyan. I write the

scripts and she converts them into comics.

So far, we've done 'Our Toxic World', which was

published by Sage earlier this year, a comic

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drinks are unhealthy and can have a drastic effect garden fresh or lightly sauté stir fried foods.

on keeping a check on your weight. Opt for water Many grilled dishes are often basted with fats or

instead of the sugary drinks. Water with lemon oils. Ask for foods to be grilled without oil. Avoid

juice and fresh fruit juices are healthy options. marinated or soaked foods. Fish, lean cut meats

and fresh green vegetables are healthy choices. If

Go for soups and salads: Soups and salads can ordering chicken, leave the skin and just the be great appetizers. Loaded with healthy meat. Main course dishes on Indian menus

nutrients and low in calories, they fill you up mostly have rich creamy gravy using fat, butter,

pretty fast preventing you from overeating. cream or coconut milk. Request the chef to avoid

Prefer broth based soups to cream based soups. them and use healthy and less oil instead. Choose Cream based soups are higher in fat and calories

whole wheat chapatti over naan. Naan made

than other soups. Order salads without salad from white flour is not a healthy option. While

dressing; instead get the dressing and sauces ordering tandoori stuff - chicken or fish request

served on the side and use them in moderation. It for using no oil or very little but healthy oil like

is a great idea to dip your fork in the salad olive oil. There will be practically no difference in dressing and sauces before you fork into your taste.

salad. This will help you enjoy the taste of

dressing and limit the intake of salad dressing Go for healthy desserts: Eating healthy doesn't

and sauces. Yogurt salad dressing with herbs mean you need to cut out desserts completely

and spices is a healthy and tasty option. Vinegar because there many dessert combinations those

and olive oil dressing is a heart healthy option. are healthy and taste wonderful. If you don't

Limit your cheese consumption to avoid extra fat choose you dessert wisely believe me desserts

being added to your meal. can be a diet killer. Fresh fruit dessert instead of

sugary high fat dessert is a healthy and perfect

Learn to control your portions: The most

ending to a nice dinner. Many of the chain

important thing while eating out is to take into

consideration the portion size. Basic key to eating carbohydrate dessert selection. Go for these wise

restaurants

now

offer

a

low

fat

or

low

out is eating less of your main course. Most choices to end the meal on a sweet note. If healthy

restaurants provide large meals than you should dessert option is not available, sipping a hot cup be eating in one sitting and this is one reason

of coffee with skimmed milk will help satiate people often indulge in overeating. The best way your desire for something sweet.

to control this is to get half the portion of the meal packed for home
to control this is to get half the portion of the meal
packed for home to be eaten at another meal. Go ahead and treat yourself to a healthy meal in
Another option is to share the meal with a friend. your favorite restaurant and make dining out
memorable without sacrificing taste.
Choose healthy options for main course: It is
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very important to choose the main course dishes
wisely. Go for steamed, grilled, baked, roasted,

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LIFESTYLE Dr. Aparna Pradhan Dining Out The Tasty & Healthy Way
LIFESTYLE
Dr. Aparna Pradhan
Dining Out The Tasty
& Healthy Way

Dining out is always exciting for all of us but the mere thought of adding extra calories can dampen the spirits. This time of the year with festive season and celebrations in full swing, the sumptuous

delights that are laid on the tables at all the festive get-togethers are bound to sabotage your healthy eating plans. Choosing to eat healthy but tasty food at get together or in restaurants becomes a

challenge and all boundaries seem to fall

apart

while going through mouth watering dishes at

festive parties or on the menu card. Dining

out

doesn't mean sacrificing the pleasures of eating tasty food. You just need to make good choices and follow some easy dining out secrets to treat yourself to a food that is both tasty and healthy.

the cooking medium, ingredients and cooking methods before ordering food. This will enable you to select smartly and reduce the calorie intake e.g. you may select grilled fish or chicken but request for not putting butter sauce will help cutting down calories without sacrificing the taste. All good hotels and restaurants have added healthier options to their menus.

Healthy start: It is ideal to start your meal with healthy snacks. Plain nuts, steamed, baked or tandoori snacks with sauces served separately are healthy options. Avoid deep fried snacks. Avoid cream based sauces as they will add to your intake of saturated fats as well as trans fats and calories. Limit alcohol consumption: Avoid drinking alcohol as much as possible. But if must drink, choose wine. Wine is good for the heart. Restrict to a glass of wine, indulging more will add calories. Avoid sugary drinks: Sugary sodas and energy

Seek nutritional information- select wisely:

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commentary on the Commonwealth Games for impact. The other 'irritating' thing in my list

Himal, a South Asian development magazine, would be the tendency to put down the efforts of

and are working together on the 'Second Nature' people trying to do some good. Again, let me say

series, along with my long-time friend and that this is not specific to Goa or Goans -- I've seen

business partner, Salil Chaturvedi. the same thing everywhere. It's perhaps more

visible here because the scope of news FN: What's the typical day in a writer's life like? is smaller, and the avenues more limited, so one

ASG: Since I have interests outside writing as

well -- design projects, quizzes, that sort of thing -

- I divide my day into two parts. I start work early, FN: Less seriously, and if I may ask, why do your

and take care of my mail and other dogs does play such a big role in your image?

miscellaneous tasks (like this interview,

ASG: I guess it's because it's unusual for anyone

example) before breakfast. Between 9 and 2, I try to have as many (though I know of a couple who

and just write. In the afternoon, siesta, of live not far from us who are reputed to

course. And then, from about 5 to 9 or 10, and have some 50-odd). This image is not self-

sometimes after dinner and even late into the generated, it's something everyone else talks

night, I work on my other projects, reading, about. But the dogs are certainly a very important

research work, playing with the dogs, going out,

whatever. Of course, there tends to be a good bit

part of our lives, like other people's children

gets to see the negative expression more easily.

for

might be to theirs.

of flexibility in this, but this is what

I aim for-

FN: Tell us a little about Annie the man (and

specially the unusual name your friends call you)

FN: What are the three most irritating things The nickname is simply a shortening of my first

about Goa as

shudder

earlier response -- the breadth of vision of people I when I think of that now) and somewhere along

have worked with. On the professional

front, I can't think of anything else.

don't know what to say about myself. I have a

tendency to be funny, I'm quite easy-going and

same as they have been for me anywhere else -- if I generally get along with people, I guess. Much

to

'development' is changing the landscape of Goa,

and I don't just mean at a large level.

say about me, and I'm okay with most things that

ASG: Well, one I have already outlined in an

a place to work from/live in? name, Aniruddha. When I was young, kids in the

neighbourhood

called

me

'Andy'

(I

the way, the 'd'disappeared. Besides that, I really

In terms of living here, the irritating things are the

were to choose two, I would say one is how

One of its most obvious manifestations, and one

which assaults all the senses all the time, is the

ubiquitous garbage problem. In the past, the

nature of the waste was such that chucking it into

the woods, rivers or roadsides didn't affect things

much, but with development have come the

scourges of the modern world -- plastics and

packaging. As disposal habits haven't changed,

the garbage now has a much more enduring

everything

anyone says.

else

is

up

to

other

people

Contacts

Contacts:

Aniruddha Sen Gupta

Contacts

anniesen01@yahoo.com

Frederick Noronha fn@goa-india.org Frederick Noronha : +91-9822122436 :

: +91-832-2409490

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TRAVEL By Nirmala Verma History in Stone
TRAVEL
By Nirmala Verma
History
in
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rulers. Another statue of a lady is also erected in standing position exemplifying liberty from the oppression of slavery. The fort now houses Central While, Goa has already hailed the six-month long jail where several hundred prisoners are currently tourist season, it's time for visitors to the coastal lodged. Going further towards the bare and rocky state to explore tourist destinations from core to headland is the Aguada point situated 260 feet

crust. Branded for its famous beaches, above the sea level. The four storey light house breathtaking backdrop, culture, traditions and so here is also a major attraction. The concept of the

forth, the Portuguese connection like its structure was that along the borders of the fort was

architectures are enticing factors. The western

coastal state has lots to offer to its visitors including outsider or invaders from easily getting

a deep opening (moat area) that prevented any

history seekers. Coming to the huge and small inside…The fort is an insulated and fortified
history seekers. Coming to the huge and small inside…The fort is an insulated and fortified rock,”
fortifications erected at a number of strategic
locations in Goa, other than just its history seizing
attention, trekking to these forts is also quite
revealing.
a historian describes of the place.
One of the highly praised forts of Goa is the 1612
built Aguada fort, some 18kms from the capital city
of Panaji. The fort gives a natural feel of Old
Portuguese regime in Goa. It is said to be one of the
best preserved Portuguese bastions in the state as
it crowns the rocky flattened top peninsula.
As history reveals, the fort was engineered in
such a way as to guard the northern shores of the
Mandovi estuary from attacks by the Dutch and
Maratha invaders. The statue of a freedom
fighter standing at the entrance was erected in
memory of freedom fighters who sacrificed
their lives to achieve freedom from foreign
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in memory of freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives to achieve freedom from foreign 10 NOVEMBER
in memory of freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives to achieve freedom from foreign 10 NOVEMBER
in memory of freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives to achieve freedom from foreign 10 NOVEMBER
in memory of freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives to achieve freedom from foreign 10 NOVEMBER
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PAGE TURNER With travel season in full swing, Play lists some of the best travel
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With travel season in full swing, Play lists some of the best travel guides
to pocket when you set out on your journey.
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet guidebooks are my personal favorite, and judging by their popularity,
are the favorite of a lot of other people too. Lonely Planet manages to pack an
extraordinary amount of information into their books. The strength of Lonely Planet
guidebooks is definitely in their practical details. These guidebook have all the
answers about how to get around, where to stay, where to eat, and what to see.
Lonely Planet India is a thick and weighty book -- it's got well over 1,000 pages.
However, what's really handy about Lonely Planet is that you don't need to buy the
complete book. If you're only planning on visiting a region within India, you can
just buy the relevant section. Whether it's south India, north India, or north east
India, region specific guidebooks are available.
Frommers
Frommer's India is another
guidebook that's worthy of a
look. While it's only got
around 600 pages and doesn't
provide as much detailed
information as Lonely Planet
or The Rough Guide, it is still
useful.Frommers targets
itself more at the mid to high
budget traveler. Therefore,
t h o s e p l a n n i n g o n
backpacking around India
would be better off with a
Lonely Planet guidebook. A particularly useful
feature of the Frommers guidebook is that it
contains discussions and suggestions, with
rankings, of what to do. This is really helpful in
planning your time in India. On the downside, a
common complaint about Frommers is its lack
of quality maps, which can be a significant
hindrance to travel.
The Rough Guide
The Rough Guide to India is another very
comprehensive guidebook that's filled with
around 1,500 pages of interesting information.
The appeal of The Rough Guide is that it
contains a comparatively large
a m o u n t o f c u l t u r a l
information.
If you're looking for in depth
knowledge about India's
history and attractions, The
Rough Guide is for you. The
Rough Guide also has
region specific guidebooks
available, as well as a
pocket-sized book on the
25 Ultimate Experiences
to India.
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vegetation also need to be cleaned.” The agency had last year carried out restoration activity

vegetation also need to be cleaned.” The agency had last year carried out restoration activity of the basin area. The officials said they are leaving no stones unturned to maintain the architecture of the castle and at the same time its physical conditional. Each ruin of the fort not only narrates memories of the yore and the expanse offers picturesque scenes but it is also a favourable spot for movies and ad shoots. Although the entire fort is not permissible for shoots as ASI fears it may damage the structure, remaining portions are exposed not just to Bollywood cinema (like Dil Chahata Hai, Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd, etc) but also Tollywood and Hollywood.

Percival Noronha, a renowned historian said that several fountains and wells within the precincts supplied water to every passing ship in the olden times. “As such, the fort was named as Aguada or watering place…the fresh water springs were a first source of

drinking water for the sailors,” he said. In

1624

during

the

presidency

of

Dom

Francisco da Gama, grandson of Vasco da Gama, one of the fountains was cut out of a rock, an inscription mentions. Trekking up to the fort and exploring its vastness takes you to the past and also offers a breath taking view of the coast.

Noronha said that the fort once contained 79 guns and was defended by a guard with four

officers. Extensive ruins of the fort can be reached via road while also enjoying the flora alongside

the road. Goa's only helipad is located on the

turn before reaching the fort route. As the castle

holds historical significance, the upper portion

of

right

the fort facing Candolim and the lower fortress is protected and thoroughly looked after by the

Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

The

officials including the Additional Director General (ASI) Praveen Shrivastava have recently carried out a survey
officials including the Additional Director
General (ASI) Praveen Shrivastava have
recently
carried out a survey to take up restoration work.
“We have furnished a proposal to the Central
government seeking its approval to carry out
restoration work of the fort. The vegetation needs “We do not allow any film or ad shootings after
to be shaved and certain stones which are dusk as it is a protected monument and we can't
destabilized need to be put back,” said the ASI afford to take any risk about its structural or
Goa branch superintendent Shivram. security dealings,” said the ASI officer. After
Even as the restoration is a continuous process
due to changing weather and particularly dents
caused by rains and crumbling walls at the
foothill are matters of concern.
The
superintendent certified that
the
stones
are
damaged because of constant contact with the
sea
water. He said, “These stones will be restored
back. We have proposed Rs 1.60 crores of the 800
meters surveyed area for refurbishment. The
moat area is filled with garbage; water and
facing apparent bitter experiences in the past, ASI
has shut entry to the cistern area, which is 115 feet
across and divided into five compartments. “We
are worried as tourists and other visitors booze
and jump around the area and it may result
fatalities. Therefore, we have closed it but it can
be opened for those genuinely interested with the
permission of ASI,” Shivram said.
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TRAVEL TIPS well as cognition. Out of the four movies shortlisted for the country focus
TRAVEL TIPS
well as cognition. Out of the four movies
shortlisted for the country focus section at
IFFI, 'Pirosmani' deals with the life of
Georgian painter Niko Pirosmanashvili.
Manoj Srivastava, CEO, Entertainment
Society of Goa (ESG) said, “Georgian
cinema has a beauty of its own. Deeply
rooted in history and literary arts, the art
form has evolved over the 100 years since
the country first started making movies.
44Little
Travel Rules
No One Tells You
1.
Wash your hands before you sleep, unless you
don't mind it if cute rats lick your fingers clean.
12.
Ownersh
2.
When kindness comes from strangers, accept it.
If you don't know if they expect a tip, you can offer
one -- but don't insist when/if they refuse.
3.
Animals will
probably attack you if you try to
give a Snickers to them.
4.
It's wise to remember your passport. And don't
The films selected this year are an
excellent collection” Goa, one of India's
most relaxing yet exciting destinations
is a blend of East meets West where
languages and nationalities conjoin
with flare in a melting pot of
international bonhomie. A truly
exhilarating out of this world experience, Goa is
arguably the best destination to host a film
festival of the stature of IFFI. With the laurels of
hosting the last six festivals successfully, Goa
has now been designated as the
permanent destination that
will host the IFFI year
after year.
pack it in a checked-in suitcase.
ip of stuff varies
where you go. So when the
Indian guy on the overnight bus
from Udaipur to Delhi borrows
your iPod without really asking, don't
get mad, because when you're shivering
later on he'll instinctively lend you half his
blanket.
5.
Try to accept all invitations -- you really should
13.
People without much education abroad often
have time for that cup of tea the silver-haired
couple offer you from the balcony in their summer
home in Aldona.
seem to be better educated than a lot of people back
home.
14.
Always shop for locally made stationary, and
6.
Car passengers see less than bikers, bikers see
buy it when you see it -- it's rarer to find these days.
less than walkers, walkers see less than stoppers --
ie those who stop and watch.
15.
Pack quick-drying, if ugly, clothes but at least
7. It's OK to have a Coke without ice.
one nice shirt so you can attend a Konkani mass
service.
8. It's OK to have beer with ice.
16. It's OK to just want a damn hamburger.
9. It's OK to use your hands to eat.
17. It's OK to get frustrated or mad sometimes, just
try to keep it to yourself as much as you can.
10.
You don't HAVE to eat brain, or bladder or
anything you don't want to.
18.
No, you don't have to take a group tour, or
11.
Don't use middle finger to beckon locals, or
have advance reservations. But it doesn't
automatically make you a bad traveler if you do.
indicate they're tops.
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SO FILMY FEATURE 19. Too much hassle where you are? Look Seek out the passionate.
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19.
Too much hassle where you are? Look Seek out the passionate. Those who love what
35.
around. If you are in the majority -- as foreign they do -- making belts, writing poems, pumping
traveler -- walk two blocks to another part of gas -- can make you appreciate things you didn't
town, and get out of that tourist ghetto you're think you were interested in.
probably in.
36.
Take public transit -- bus, ox cart -- at least
20.
It's OK to have an opinion of a place, but don't once, even if you don't need to get where it's
Georgian Cinema
think you 'know' a place after spending going.
two/15/306 days there.
37.
Try to take pictures of things that might
21.
Try a couple days without the camera or change: street signs, people's shoes, homemade
email.
at
22.
Museums can be great, but are overrated as
day-filler attractions.
sandwich ads, key-maker tools, overly bright
fashion, heavy metal haircuts. Old churches and
statues rarely change much, some of that other
stuff maybe gone tomorrow.
23.
Seeing movies and sports in foreign countries
38. Tip appropriate to local custom.
are underrated day-filler attractions.
39. Returns trips to a place are OK, but try not to
24.
It's OK to be
uncomfortable, just be honest if
Four films from Georgia to be screened in the
Country Focus section Four films by talented
directors from Georgia will be showcased at the
International Film Festival of India's (IFFI) 2010 in
special jury prize at the Cannes film festival in the
1980s Other films including Temur Babluani's
'Udzinarta mze' (The Sun of the Sleepless), Sergei
Parajanov's 'Ambavi Suramis tsikhitsa' (The
limit yourself to your next three trips to Baga.
something isn't right for you.
40.
Squat toilets are better than sit-down toilets.
25. Pee before you go out ANYWHERE!
26. You can get as much out of a trip to Velim as
But it really is still best keeping toilets and
showers segregated.
Morjim. If you try.
the Country Focus section. Legend of Suram Fortress) and Georgy
Shengelaya's 'Pirosmani' will be screened during
41.
Always give one day of a trip to an 'up for
27.
Always go to visitors centers. grabs' experience -- a rented car to get from A to B,
The Ambassador of Georgia to India Zurab
Katchkatchishvili and Nana Janelidze, co – script
writer of the inaugural film Monanieba
(Repentance) is expected to be present for the
the Festival. Qualified as one of the world's best-
kept secrets of international cinema, Georgian
cinema is considered sharp in style, imagery,
poetry yet savage, innovative, visceral, energetic
and at the same time rooted in literature, the arts as
28
. Socks-with-sandals is underrated.
with random stops at unplanned places. You will
likely remember it longer.
29. Buy a hat. Always buy a locally made hat.
42.
The tacos might be better back home but
30. Don't put all your expenses in one place --
please don't say it for all to hear.
screening on 23rd November. The film won
the
hotel, hotel restaurant, hotel tours, hotel
souvenirs etc -- try to spread out your money for
maximum positive effect.
43.
Traveling
alone
is
something
everyone
should do at least once.
31.
Agree on a price before you close the door
with any taxi -- that is, if they have a door.
32.
Language-learning vacations -- with home
stays and eating beans for supper, particularly in
secondary towns off the tourist
radar -- is one of the best things
you can do abroad.
33. Write a post card.
34. At
small,
out-of-the-way
museums, ask if the curator will
show you around. Sometimes they
are and are thrilled to show off the
dinosaur bones they personally dug
up.
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FEATURE STORY InIn GeGett FF AANNTTAASS YY LLOSOSTT Flashback graced the covers of a number
FEATURE STORY
InIn
GeGett
FF AANNTTAASS
YY
LLOSOSTT
Flashback
graced the covers of a
number of international
a
r t a n d f a s h i o n
magazines, LD have even
p
e r f o r m e d a t t h e
G r a m m i e s a n d
performed for bands like
Panic At The Disco and
Motley Creu. Ringo Star,
Kat Von D and Joe Walsh
make up part of their
client list. Two Lucent
Dossier performers were
present at the opening of
the club along with other
local performers.
Renowned film actress Asha Parekh addressing
at
the Press Conference
on celebrating
her 50 in years
of
glorious career
cinema
Cirque de Soleil meets Moulin Rouge at the
travelling carnival this tourist season. Performance
act Lucent Dossier is spending a three month
residency at Club Fresh in Candolim. This Los
Angeles based acrobat and performance art group
Shri
Rituparno
Director of at the presentation
'Shob Charito
Ghosh, Kaplonik',
the
film
of
the
film
are internationally known for their colourful
and
dramatic performances including a variety of acts,
among them, burlesque dancers, contortionists,
stilt walkers, fire dancers, musicians and even a
bearded lady.
Working within the realms of fantasy, folklore and
insanity, the troupe have enthralled audiences with
“After you see what they
do as a large group, it's a
bit different to see only two of them in action,”
mentions one guest. However, the group is booked
to expand to ten performers in December and make
the show a bigger one. Club Fresh, with its beach
facing view will play the backdrop to the variety of
interactive and staged performances that will be
put up. “They will perform two shows a day,
through the week, excluding Monday," co-owner
Kingsley,
who
portrayed
Gandhi
in
Sir the Ben
Oscar
winning
film,
addressing
a modern day version of the age old
circus
the press
conference, during
carnival. "Lucent Dossier is at the very core,
a playground for the innovative genius
the 40th International Film Festival (IFFI-2009
child in all of us. It is a collective based
on
magic and
inspiratio
n,"explain
s
artistic
Sunil Chawla says of the schedule. He along with
Calangute MLA Agnelo Fernandes are partners in
director,
D
r e a
m
Club Fresh. Lucent Dossier have already sent
notice on their website, "Come watch the sun set
Rockwell.
H
a v i n g
over the Arabian Sea and the white, pristine sand of
Candolim Beach, AND US!"
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The renowned actor Kabir Bedi compeering the
opening ceremony of the 40th International Film Festival
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SO FILMY FEATURE Retrospectives : Lets Get Filmy Some of the interesting events to look
SO FILMY FEATURE Retrospectives : Lets Get Filmy Some of the interesting events to look

SO FILMY FEATURE

Retrospectives :

SO FILMY FEATURE Retrospectives : Lets Get Filmy Some of the interesting events to look forward
Lets Get Filmy Some of the interesting events to look forward to this IFFI SRI
Lets Get
Filmy
Some of the interesting events to look
forward to this IFFI
SRI LANKA An overview of award winning Sri
Lankan films from the year 2000 to 2010.
Special Sections
AUSTRALIAN
INDIGENOUS
IMAGES
ON
complete
SCREEN IFFI focuses on the Indigenous film
making practices and trends from Australia, in this
package titled 'Australian Indigenous Images on
Screen'. Films from the last four decades are
included here.
TAIWANESE NEW WAVE CINEMA

presence felt in the package titled 'Taiwanese New Wave Cinema'. They include Ang Lee, Edward Yang, Hou Shiao-Hsien etc.

Greek etc are included in

Edward Yang, Hou Shiao-Hsien etc. Greek etc are included in C A N N E S

C A N N E S

K A L E I D O S C O P E

S K A L E I D O S C O P E Cinema of the

Cinema of the World

A

countries will have their India Premiere in this section.

bouquet of brand new films from around fifty

MIRA NAIR This section will feature a

retrospective of the works of renowned Indo- American Film maker Mira Nair.

JAN JAKUB KOLSKI Eight films made by the Polish writer - film maker - cinematographer will be

by the Polish writer - film maker - cinematographer will be s c r e e
by the Polish writer - film maker - cinematographer will be s c r e e

screened in this package. All of Taiwan's savvy film makers will make their

MICHAEL CACOYONNIS Veteran Cypriot Film maker Michael Cacoyonnis's work will appear

in this category. His classic, award winning feature

films Elektra, Zorba the this package.

JIM JARMUSCH IFFI brings in the works of Jim Jarmusch, the pioneer of American Independent Cinema, in this package.

Homage :

GLIMPSES OF CONTEMPORARY IRANIAN CINEMA Iranian Cinema was brimming with creative impulses this year, making us select a handful of films with high aesthetics and heartrending content.of American Independent Cinema, in this package. Homage : CINEMA DIGITAL To feature a dozen of

CINEMA DIGITAL To feature a dozen of films, made on digital format, reflecting the emerging style of digital imagery.

'Neo Noir Mexican Cinema'. Prominent, INSPIRATIONS IMAGES FROM TRUE LIFE

internationally acclaimed films from the current

decade are featured here. by Non Resident Indians are featured here.

STORIES Ten feature length documentaries made

to the iconic French film maker Eric Rohmer who

passed away during the first half of the year. Six significant titles from the Eric Rohmer filmography are chosen for this.

Country Focus

MEXICO As Mexico rises up to a renaissance in film making, IFFI follows with a spot light on the

2 0 1 0

For those cineastes, who could not make to the coveted Cannes, IFFI presents a comprehensive package of films that made it into Cannes this year. Picks include those from Cannes Awards, Official Competition and Director's Fortnight.

Awards, Official Competition and Director's Fortnight. ERIC ROHMER – A TRIBUTE IFFI pays homage 30 NOVEMBER
Awards, Official Competition and Director's Fortnight. ERIC ROHMER – A TRIBUTE IFFI pays homage 30 NOVEMBER

ERIC ROHMER – A TRIBUTE IFFI pays

homage

Official Competition and Director's Fortnight. ERIC ROHMER – A TRIBUTE IFFI pays homage 30 NOVEMBER 2010
Official Competition and Director's Fortnight. ERIC ROHMER – A TRIBUTE IFFI pays homage 30 NOVEMBER 2010
Official Competition and Director's Fortnight. ERIC ROHMER – A TRIBUTE IFFI pays homage 30 NOVEMBER 2010
Official Competition and Director's Fortnight. ERIC ROHMER – A TRIBUTE IFFI pays homage 30 NOVEMBER 2010

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GET SUNBURNT I find Goa is actually out of the box Leaving behind the heat
GET SUNBURNT
I find Goa
is actually
out of the
box
Leaving behind the heat of Kuwait, Cyprus and
Egypt, Ossama Al Sarraf, aka Sultan decided to
travel a pole apart and settle in Canada in order to
pursue Mechanical engineering and business.
Today no one's looking at his University education
One Killed Jessica
No
political
thriller,
set
in
New
by Delhi,
was
believed
as much as Sultan's discography
and his track
be
on
the
controversial
Jessica
murder
the case.
record holds a distinction. In a quick chat, Sultan
talks about his music and the music scene's
perception of India's nightlife.
However,
later,
the
director
clarified
of Lal that
the
title
and
I always play some of my
older productions in my sets
because they are a big part
of who i am and they are
the songs that fans love to
hear over and over again.
the
script
are
actually
inspired
a
headline
The
Times
The based India
Of
carried
in
2006,
when
the
accused
in
infamous
murder
case
were
acquitted
by
the
lower
The last time you performed in Goa for Sunburn
you were a hit. What can we expect this time?
I'm expecting to have a great time and really
looking forward to seeing all my fans in Goa. You
courts,
not leading
to
nationwide
protests,
reopening
of to
the
case
and
subsequent
sentencing
the
accused,
and
the
case
per
se.
can definitely expect a whole lot of new music and
a
great vibe. I'm bringing all my energy to Goa!
You started DJing in Canada and then went on to
Social Network
play at some of the greatest places in the world in
the world of night life that is. looking back at
those starting days is there any thing you miss?
Free time maybe?
2010 drama
The
Network
is
film
about
the
founding
of
the
Internet
social
networking
website
Facebook.
The
film
directed
by
David
Fincher
features
an
ensemble
cast—Jesse
Eisenberg,
Andrew
Garfield,
Justin
Timberlake,
Brenda
Song,
Armie
Hammer,
Max
Minghella
and
Rooney
Mara.
Aaron
I
think what I miss the most is being able to spend
more time in my studio and with my friends.
or Social Sorkin
adapted
screenplay
from
Ben
Mezrich's
2009
nonfiction
book
The
his a Accidental
Billionaires.
No
Facebook
staff
employees,
including
founder
Mark
Zuckerberg,
were
What kind of music will you be playing at the
Goa gig?
A mix of house, tech house and progressive.
involved with the project, although Eduardo Saverin was
a consultant for Mezrich's story.
A number of Goan DJs claim you as one of their
favorites. Have you had to chance to listen to
much of the local Djing?
Unfortunately I have not but I would love to. And I
would truly love to sign Indian talent to my label,
Two single adults Katherine
Life As We Know It
Jsoh Duhamel
Heigl and
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become caregivers to an orphaned
mutual best friends die in an accident.
girl when
their
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SO FILMY Harem Records. There is so much talent here and there is a whole
SO FILMY
Harem Records. There is so much talent here and
there is a whole world out there waiting to hear
their music.
Will you be playing at the next Sunburn?
Yes! I can't wait!
Very often when international acts come down
they play older music presumably thinking that
Indians haven't heard the latest stuff. From
experience do you think it's true?
It really depends. Some of the shows have had
fans who know the new music where as others
not as much. I always play some of my older
productions in my sets because they are a big part
of who I am and they are the songs that fans love
to hear over and over again.
India
and
especially Goa's contemporary
music scene has been criticized for being 'in the
Secretariat (8th Oct'10)
box'. From your last performance here would
you agree?
Secretariat,
story
of
the
horse
that just
couldn’t
be
stopped
is and despite the
thinking
could
become
Not
at
all.
On the contrary from my last
anything,
racing
a into no
theaters
this
he the the week you
to
make
you
cry…
cheer!
With
tons
of
great
action
and
cheesy
lines,
the
film
is on
exactly
what
would
experience and the response I got, I find Goa is
actually out of the box and open to a whole varety
of music and styles.
expect
from
a
“horse
film”
but
with
added
bonuses
including
great
story
and
lovely
Diane
Lane
and
the
slightly
crazy
John
Malkovich.
Having spent time playing in a rock band, does
the genre still influence your music?
All the time. I always try to incorporate organic
elements in my productions and the guitar is still
my primary source for writing music.
The Zookeeper
"The Zookeeper," the animals
In
at the zoo
Andrew (Kevin James),
their caretaker
adore
Why call your self Sultan?
Its actually a nick name my mother gave me ten
years ago when I was first starting to grow my
dread locks. I used to wear a massive hemp hat
that resembled a turbain and I had a long Go-T so
my mom used to tease me and call me Sultan.
Over time my friends did the same and it stuck.
From that point onwards I was Sultan.
an amiable
but lonely
guy who's never quite
fit in. Finding himself
more comfortable with
a lion than a lady,
Andrew decides
he should
leave the zoo and get a life. When the zoo
his plan they decide to
animals discover
break their code
biggest secret: they
of silence and reveal their
can talk! Now
they won't
and they're
shut up
teaching Andrew nature's
him win the girl
mating rituals.
best
To help
and save
of
his dreams
(Rosario Dawson)
family they're
their happy
willing
to do -
or say
- anything.
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SPORTS DROP IT HOT LIKE ITS
SPORTS
DROP IT
HOT
LIKE ITS

Streetball has been around for many years but now players in Goa have officially set up a base for all who love the game. The rules of streetball are similar to those of basketball. It places a higher emphasis on one-on-one match-ups between offense and defender. Often the attacker will indulge in numerous flashy moves before attempting a drive to the basket. The players call their own falls, while the referee simply regulates.The first official competition in Goa saw a number of players not only from the state but from outside as well. They all put up a commendable show of game play in their attempts to 'kiss the ring'. Zelmes also known as Zu, one of the organizers and an ardent player himself explains,

“The only competitions that take place are at Club or University level, this leaves out a lot of players and enthusiasts. Now with streetball in Goa, anyone can come and join in.” In the US streetball tournaments were organized at night to keep youth away from deviant behavior and drugs. We may not have such extreme problems in Goa yet but the game does promote healthy behavior. “The game promotes and inculcates a number of values such as teamwork and confidence,” says Zelmes. “I would request anyone who wants to play to come down and join the game.” Streetball demands a minimum of three players which means a team can be formed with relative ease. There is no bar on age or sex. In fact

there were even competitions between boys and girls wherein the boys suffered major defeats. Shaheen Rebelo, the captain of the girls team expresses her views, “The game was great; It was the first time we got to play against boys and beat them too. I liked the event and think it should be carried on more often in Goa.”Making the whole idea a reality was no easy task. Co organizer Alok tells, “We had a tough time. We had no clue how the whole event would turn out, till it actually happened. Finding a venue for the competition was a bit difficult as well, but we found a court in Porvorim we could use.

Moreover, we spent a lot from our pockets. If we had sponsors we probably could have had better prizes, but all in all it was a tremendous success.”Old time player Shane Dias is happy to find a new playground, not to mention new playmates. “Its nice that now there is a place for all the players to come and play. I love the game and reached the finals too, so I would definitely recommend all basketball players come and play streetball with us.” The organizers plan to take the game to other states as well, organizing small competitions and the like. They also plan on promoting the sport at village levels. The on set of the monsoons will suspend play for the coming months but organizers are going to pick up the pace as soon as the last shower has passed. It looks liked it will soon be time for the Jordans of Goa to tie their laces and try on this new court.

liked it will soon be time for the Jordans of Goa to tie their laces and
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liked it will soon be time for the Jordans of Goa to tie their laces and
liked it will soon be time for the Jordans of Goa to tie their laces and
liked it will soon be time for the Jordans of Goa to tie their laces and
liked it will soon be time for the Jordans of Goa to tie their laces and
liked it will soon be time for the Jordans of Goa to tie their laces and

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MY PLAYLIST DJDJ KKararyy This month I'll be listening to I was at Mambos for
MY PLAYLIST
DJDJ KKararyy
This month I'll be listening to
I was at Mambos for
"Tito's party project cd
Burn". pre-release I saw gig" a great to launch number my of track enthusiastic "Sweat n & positive
energy
people traveling from all over India
to really party hard like crazy at Mambo's
and Im
really thankful
to all those who
cheered on my track as the genre I
prepared is fusion and
its has flute
scored in it too.The
most
remembered is Mambo's hospitality
towards me. Loved the vibe completely.
This month,
I get you dancing to
Alexander
Brown Morten
Hampenberg - Istanbul
Menyo - Follow Your Heart
Norman Doray - Tweet It
Vincent De Jaeger - The Way to Go on
Umek - OMGWTF
Steve Angello - KNAS
Pryda - Niton
Breakboy & Ced Tecknoboy - Discoteka
Masoc - Don't Go
Dj Kary - Sweat n Burn
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Pryda - Niton Breakboy & Ced Tecknoboy - Discoteka Masoc - Don't Go Dj Kary -
- Niton Breakboy & Ced Tecknoboy - Discoteka Masoc - Don't Go Dj Kary - Sweat
- Niton Breakboy & Ced Tecknoboy - Discoteka Masoc - Don't Go Dj Kary - Sweat

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WORDS OF MOUTH By Cecil Pinto H i s t o r y H i
WORDS OF MOUTH By Cecil Pinto H i s t o r y H i

WORDS OF MOUTH

By Cecil Pinto

HistoryHistory

TheThe BriefBrief

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It has been nearly a decade, I think, since Wendell shoulders and called everyone else 'nanga panga'. Rodricks announced that he would be producing This incensed the other tribes who were pure the definitive book on Goan Fashion. This vegetarians. They moved to Anjuna and Vagator ambitious project plans to trace the story of style and finally to Mandrem and Ashvem where some and costume in Goa, from ancient times to the of their descendants still laze around in the buff present. Like many others I have been awaiting this and don't eat meat. The Bhau tribe thus came to

instruments live in a studio. Thanks to independent music projects, such as Raghu Dixit

technology a musician can produce music Project, Mrigya, Bandish, Kailasa,Rabbi Shergill

digitally on his/ her computer, without requiring to mention a few. We need more record labels that

the live recording of instruments, except vocals, will support independent music. The work done

which need to be recorded live. If a musician so by Hungama Music is exemplary.

desires, he/she may prefer to record

instrument live, even while digitally

programming other instruments. Technology has

elevated the quality of music as well as quickened

marketing techniques for upcoming artistes to

independent music. Also we need better

supportive record labels who can release

What's missing in India: In India we need more

an

the speed of working on music. showcase the immense talent this country holds.

Music scene in Goa: Unfortunately Goa lacks

professional set up as far as music production

all genres of music. I keep listening to new music,

goes. The musicians from here demand a lot

respect from the music fraternity outside. Yet it's

sad that the crab mentality is getting in the way of

progress. Musicians today are not passionate The road ahead: I'm working on a Konkani

a

of

Your influences: I would say that I have an ear for

genre no bar. While growing up, I was deeply

influenced by classic rock, jazz and classical.

about original music as well. It's difficult to find album of my own. It's been
about original music as well. It's difficult to find album of my own. It's been delayed because of the
something different. other work coming in. It's different as its upbeat,
book but since Wendell is giving no indication of control the lucrative coastal belt. They all started
and has a youth appeal. I'm working on a future
when the book will be ready, I have decided to go
draping fox pelts on their shoulders and building
Influence of Bollywood: Unlike other countries
project that will take Konkani music to another
ahead and write my own book on Goan Fashion. shacks on the beachside, and rent-back
After minute research, many minutes actually, condominiums. They would willingly have given
here is the rough draft of Chapter One. The their own houses on rent to drug dealers but there
timelines are a bit flawed but I'm working on it. were no drug dealers back then.
the Indian music industry is synonymous with
level. My mission is to have a touring band that
Bollywood and that dominates the independent
plays only original Konkani.
music industry. Music labels are hesitant to
release the work of independent music artistes
Are you satisfied with where you have come to?
In pre-historic times Goan males roamed around The only drug available was datura, and that grew
bereft of any undergarments, or overgarments for everywhere freely. One day a young tribe member
and thus most artistes struggle to strike it in
It's a dream come true. I've always dreamt of
Bollywood as it is their only chance to
playing big and now I'm happy where I've
that matter. It was just much too hot and humid,
killed a lion in the nearby jungle, of what is now
Arpora, and returned with the hide chanting, “Ailo
re ailo, shenv ailo” (which roughly and
prophetically translates as 'MGP has won the
elections') . The other tribe members all wanted a
piece of the hide and in the ensuing melee the hide
was torn to pieces. The young man went into
hiding after the hiding he got. One enterprising
young man named Bablo (Goans at the time were
recognition. Artists such as KK, reached.
Shankar Mahadevan, Sonu
& this was way before global warming. Human
Nigam, Neeraj Sreedhar,
inhabitation was centered around the coastal
belt
despite working on
from Candolim to Calangute and the diet was
independent music
mostly fish-curry and rice. The caju plant had
not
yet been brought from Brazil by the Portuguese,
albums in the past
hence there was no Caju Feni. Contrast that with
have stopped doing so
the present where on the same coastal
stretch
because of the immense
cuisines from all over the world, and international
p o p u l a r i t y a n d
beverages, are available - but yet nobody stocks
decent Caju Feni. One day in 3024 BC some
a
monetary gains they have
received by working in
adventurous males from the Bhau tribe
in
Bollywood. At the same time,
Candolim went into the hinterland, what is now
there are many bands and
called Saligao, and captured and killed a fox.
The
not very imaginative with names and grotesque
combi-names like Esperdonia Augina or Ceatrice
Betcil were centuries away) wrapped a piece of
lion-hide round his waist and let the pelt hang
down and hide his manhood. This was not only
unconventional but controversial. In those days
one's manhood had to be proudly displayed, to
attract females for purposes of procreation. This
individual artistes who for
skin was claimed by the leader of the tribe. This
pompous guy, named Bhimblo, used to go around
the villages with the fox skin draped around his
their passion continue to
w o r k
o n
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MUSIC INTERVIEW Nina M Dream Dream come come true true
MUSIC INTERVIEW
Nina M
Dream Dream
come come
true true

Keyboardist for Bombay Vikings Andrew Ferrao

chats about playing big and his plans for Konkani

music With a background in food production, the

one month stint on board a cruise line didn't seem

an attractive offer for this passionate musician. His

decision to turn back the tide… back then, has seen

keyboardist, singer, composer and arranger Goa

born-Delhi based Andrew Ferrao, riding the tough

waves of India's music industry to success. Today a

keyboardist with Bombay Vikings, Ferrao chats

with Play at length about his recent collaboration

and his plans to get the country listening to

Konkani music. mélange of different musical genres-rock, reggae,

career I produced music for a popular Tibetan

artiste Dhepon. The album, also called Dhepon,

released in 2004, is a collection of love songs with

elements of rock, reggae and pop ballads. I have

also had the pleasure of working with the

immensely gifted sarangi-player Ustad Murad Ali

Khan. For his album, soon to be released by Times

Music, I have composed two tracks, which

showcase the confluence of Indian and Western

musical forms. I produced music for Goan artiste

Camilo Fernandes and Varun Carvalho's debut

Konkani album. Varun's debut album was a

pop and Indian classical.

Change in music production: In the good old

days, music was recorded by playing the

Your collaborations: In my career of 15 years I

have worked with artistes from across the country

and world, on and off stage. Early in my recording

country and world, on and off stage. Early in my recording 24 NOVEMBER 2010 new garment

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on and off stage. Early in my recording 24 NOVEMBER 2010 new garment would make a
new garment would make a prospective female sleeves was a Doublette, a banian with long
new garment would make a prospective female sleeves was a Doublette, a banian with long
mate unable to distinguish between a weeny or a sleeves a Tiblette, and a whole-body covering
well-endowed male. Naturally, it was an instant banian was an Omlette. There was a fashion
hit accessory. As you must have guessed, the designer named Panv who invented a layered
Bhaus were not very well-endowed. The first ever garment called Double Omlette Panv but it never
undergarment was thus invented in Goa.Bablo became popular. The next major change came in
instantly registered his invention with the local 1666 AD. The Great Fire of London destroyed all
Panchayat, as a 'lioncloth' and wanted Royalty the pubs there and so the Scottish distilleries did
Tax from everyone who wore such an not have anywhere to sell their whiskey and had
undergarment. We all know how the Calangute to shut down.
and Candolim Panchyats respond to
an Many of these jobless distillers found their way to
opportunity to make money. The other Bhaus
though just ignored Bablo and the Panchayat and
just wore lion pelts anyway and called them
'loincloths' to avoid taxes. The first instance of
India and to Goa. They helped the locals perfect
their distillation procedures and that's why we
get such good Fenis today. They also brought
with them their fascination for checkered designs
product patent piracy thus was also in Goa. like the ones on their kilts. Using local handlooms
These loincloths continued to be standard they started producing large handkerchiefs with
underwear (later called innerwear) for Goan a checkered red design which they called a
males for many centuries. In 1371 AD, or 'Scotch Tee'. A descendant of Bablo, named Bhai,
thereabouts, Goa came under the Vijaynagar in the manner of his innovative ancestor, one day

Empire. These Vijaynagar folks were extremely wrapped a checkered Scotch Tee around his waist fastidious about religion and worshipped the and strutted around proudly as an insult to the banyan tree. They wore a light cotton sleeveless Scots who he disliked. “Bloody Charter Trash!”, innershirt while performing their pujas (in he used to exclaim. Bhai was quite the trendsetter modern times this has evolved into a single string and soon others started using the Scotch Tee as an worn diagonally across the chest). This inner undergarment. They started calling it 'kash tee', garment was quickly adopted by the ill clad Goan again to avoid copyright implications. Thus was tribes and for lack of a better name they called it a born the quintessential Goan male undergarment 'banian' too, after the tree. We fast forward now to - the kashti. (ENDS) 1510 AD when the Portuguese landed in Goa. They were fascinated by this local ' b a n i a n ' a n d

a d o p t e d

themselves as an inner garment. Back in Europe, specially in fashion crazed France, it became an instant hit with variations for the

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colder climes there. So

standard banian got named Singlette, a banian with short

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October has made Goa a growing playground with more and more people to join in
October has made Goa a growing playground with more
and more people to join in the fun. Last month Cafe
Mambo had a number of known DJs take the stage,
doing what they do best — making the crowd go mad
dancing. DJ Shireen made a repeat appearance at the
nightclub while DJ Harry White impressed the crowd
with his Euro house set. Among the many known faces
spotted at the nightclub was that of actor Sharman Joshi,
who spent the weekend partying with friends and
making new ones as well. A preview of what to expect in
the next couple of months, here at Café Mambo.

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