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You -Thank You Very Much
Bush administration abruptly backed down from a policy to
automatically scrutinize, fingerprint and photograph Canadians
who were born in a handful of Middle Eastern and Muslim
countries including Pakistan. This would create second-class
citizens of the large number of Goans here from Karachi.
The change came after the Canada's foreign affairs department
issued a warning about the risks of travelling to the United
States. The initial US announcement left us a feeling which
that famous American, Archie Bunker, put into words - "It
gives me gas"!
however feel that the US bunker mentality is the direct
result of 9/11, when a number of the hijackers were said
to have made their way there from Canada. Travel to the
US can still be quite trying and humiliating and experienced
by Canada's famous writer Rohinton Mistry, and first South
Asian Senator, Mobina Jaffer.The US Florida coast is a popular
destination for sun seeking Goans. The obligatory stop for
many was Graceland - to pay respects to the King !
we are not out of the woods yet -the Canadian warning still
stands and US visas will soon be required for all landed
4th of November, Diwali, the festival of lights, was celebrated
joyfully with the accompanying burning of the effigies of
Narkasura on the previous night.
hardly notices the All Saints Day on the first but reserve
all their devotion and presence in the church to the All
Souls Day. All the cemeteries in the State were cleaned,
spruced up and some tomb stones given a coat of paint. Of
course, the Assagao cemetery is definitely the neatest one
in the State. Visit it if you don't believe me! By the way,
Christians in densely populated areas in different parts
of the country are gradually turning to the Hindu tradition
of cremation as the cemeteries get increasingly crowded.
Would the Christians in Goa entertain such an idea?
was announced on 8 November that ALL telephone numbers
in Goa will have seven digits from 10 November. ALL numbers
have to be prefixed by the number 2. For example, 123456
will become 2123456. You will therefore need to dial 00-91-832-212
in the State was a pleasure with a coat of tar administered
last year. However, it has worn off within a year, revealing
the treacherous potholes, which Alexyz has immortalised
in his cartoons. And the traffic is nothing short of chaos,
not only in the cities like Mapusa, Panjim, Vasco, Margao
(with the traffic island still incomplete) and Ponda, but
even in our fast urbanising villages like Calangute, Siolim,
Navelim, Colva and elsewhere. The increasing population
is the root of most misfortunes. The Police Traffic Cell
itself concedes that fatal accidents have increased by 16
per cent while other accidents rose by 19 percent during
the past year.
we have to keep moving ahead, particularly with the tourism
traffic almost at Goa's doorstep. The trickle has just begun
while travelling from Calangute to Candolim one hardly gets
a glimpse of the green Goa countryside or the lovely mansions
because the glorious sight is now hedged on either side
with gaddes (kiosks) run by Rajasthanis, Kashmiris and others,
glass-fronted shops displaying all sorts of clothes and
curious, gaudily painted restaurants longing for guests,
hotels in all sizes and designs
Drop in there at nighttime
and the glittering, colourful lights ill give you the impression
that it is Christmas night.
for the avid tourists, the tourism highway right up to Arambol
is now complete with the bridge in place on the silvery
Chapora river at Siolim-Chopdem. Now the taluka of Pernem
is eyeing a sizeable slice of the tourism cake. For those
bitten by the eco-bug, there is a unique shrine (though
rather neglected), hidden in the scenic valley of Toldem
in the Sanguem Taluka, en route to the famed Mahadev temple
at Tambdi Surla. At the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary there
are new entrants to the animal flock. The Forest Department
has acquired three Black Bucks (Antelope cervicapra) from
the Poona national zoo.
talk of the proposed Mopa international airport seems to
be still alive. The Union Minister for Civil Aviation Shripad
Naik seems to be all for it whereas others, even his party
members, don't seem to be enthused by the proposal. Moreover,
we have just read Defence Minister George Fernandes saying
that the Sea Bird naval airport in Karwar will be thrown
open to civilian aircraft.
November 1, the government has privatised the collection
of toll fees on Goa's 13 ferry routes, connecting idyllic
villages and islands across rivers. Most visitors to Goa
are often thrilled at the sight of the ferries against the
panoramic backdrop at Chorao, Divar, Corjuem, Calvim and
other places. However, the All India Trade Union Congress
fears that the government might slowly go in for total privatisation
of the entire River Navigation Department.
Fazal Mohammed has departed and Goa sports a new governor
in Kidar Nath Sahani since October 26. Sahani is said to
be a strong BJP man, but he has assured Goans that political
affiliations won't come in his way of handling his gubernatorial
duties. May the new incumbent of Cabo Raj Niwas live up
to his word of honour!
thieves and dacoits keep mocking the cops in even broad
daylight, and from as close as the police quarters like
in Porvorim. At Agalli-Fatorda near Margao culprits broke
into the third floor apartment of businessman Tajjudin Noorani
and decamped with gold ornaments worth around Rs.1.27 lakh.
Yet Police Chief ID Shukla feels that his force is doing
a fine job. Shukla says that the police investigations disclose
that the burglars enter majestically via the front door
rather than bother to take the trouble to scale the tiles
or walk up to the kitchen door. Murders too are not uncommon
nowadays. Ms Maria Cynthia Rodrigues, a 34-year-old housewife,
was found with her throat slit in her Apartment just opposite
Hotel Marriott in the afternoon, on October 23.
the young folk (also the elders) and they would relish relate
the spicy tale of a woman's ghost replying if one dialled
a particular telephone number in Saligao, particularly at
midnight. The good ghost would tell the caller what latter
was wearing and all other particulars". The rumours
took nearly a fortnight to die down. Ghost stories aside,
Goa will be caught in a perfect nightmare if the fears that
the Powergrid Corporation of India Ltd's Western Region
Grid is on the verge of collapse (because its five constituent
States have been overdrawing power) come true.
there were the series of four bomb hoaxes--ICICI bank in
Panjim, GMC Hospital, Sirigao and the Bom Jesus Basilica
in Old Goa-sending the cops in a tizzy.
In the Goan
[Selected excerpts from GoaNet-UK]
the Goan Voice UK
Times, 1 Nov. Wigmore Hall. Clad in a sari of sunset pink,
orange and gold, the soprano Patricia Rozario made a rare
recital appearance at the Wigmore Hall in a programme as
cunningly crafted as it was artfully performed ... so winning
is Rozario's personality, so generous her performing spirit,
that roars of applause and vast bouquets descended upon
her at the end
(P.S. Patricia will be in Toronto December
for a performance at St. Michaels Cathedral).
to Diana Rodrigues on being made an Honorary Fellow of Brunel
University. A former long-serving member of staff
in the Registry at West London Institute/Brunel University
for her commitment and services to the University.
the Times 7 Nov.: A cruise down the coast of Africa offering
a chance to see the full eclipse of the sun from the sea
has been more than halved in price. The 15-night trip with
Orient Lines, sailing from Mombasa on November 27, is available
from £1,199 with meals, entertainment and return flights
from London. 0845-658 805 For the latest issue of Goan Voice
UK go to http://www.goacom.com/goanvoice-uk/.
Goan Voice UK (formerly Goanet-UK)
Editor: Eddie Fernandes
AT ST. MARK'S CATHOLIC CHURCH
Sunday, December 1, 2002
TIME: 2:00 p.m.
PLACE: St. Mark's Catholic Church
325 Marine View Avenue
Belmont, CA 94002
A Reception will be held in the Church Hall immediately
following the Mass.
Please bring in your favorite hor d'oeuvre or tea time snack
for the pot-luck buffet. Soft Drinks will be provided. You
are welcome to bring in any other beverages.
You are also invited to add a touch of our culture to the
festivity, whether it be in song or dance. Your performance
will be most welcome.
Let us all plan to be part of this celebration in the true
spirit of our Goan community.
you have any questions, please contact: Matilda Fernandes
Tel. No. (650) 952-2743 (evenings)
Christmas Dinner and Dance Extravaganza
November 30th, 2002
Liuna Gardens, 526 Winona Road, Stoney Creek, Ontario
5:30 PM Sit-down Dinner: 6:30 PM.
Dance to the world famous Goan Band from Toronto, "NIGHT
30:00 per person HGA Members
35.00 per person Non-Members
25.00 per person Dependent Children of HGA members
date for tickets orders: Nov 5th 200
tickets and to donate a door or raffle prize please contact:
Mascarenhas (905)578 7828; Yhuela Mascarenhas (905)575 9610;
Olavo Ferreira (905)845 6793, Oakville/Mississauga.
OF THE WEEK:
Matters' by Rohinton Mistry
Life & Mind Desk
Published 10/22/2002 7:00 AM
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- "Family Matters" by
Rohinton Mistry, Knopf, $26.00, 434 pages.
In Rohinton Mistry's "Family Matters," retired
professor Nariman Vakeel suffers from Parkinson's disease
and osteoporosis. On top of that he has fallen, while taking
his evening walk on Bombay's uneven pavement, and broken
From his bed we get a look back at his love for Lucy, the
Goan girl his parents forbade him to marry. We also see
Yasmin, the widow they found for him, and her two children,
Jal and Coomy. Yasmin and Lucy are both dead now, and Jal
and Coomy have been taking care of their stepfather in their
dilapidated apartment. Jal is an ineffective, mild man,
but his sister Coomy has been nursing 30 years of hate and
GOAN AT NIAGARA WALK
C. de Mello (of Goanet and Goacom) successfully completed
the Casino-Niagara Marathon Walk of 42 Km (26 miles) on
October 27. That Tim, probably the only Goan and Indian
participating in the walk, finished 66th out of 86 hardly
matters since there were merely two competitors of his retired/age
group. He took just over 6 hr and 53 min, averaging about
15 min per mile. He trained for the events for nearly 28
weeks, as one of his activities during retirement.
NEW YEARS RESOLUTION
Tim C. de Mello, P. Eng.
holiday season is approaching fast. Tis the season
to be jolly (and to over indulge).
Goan Christmas delicacies are truly delicious but very unkind
to our bodies. Most Goan "kuswar" is either made
of coconut, deep fried sugared dough or a combination of
both. Combine this with a nice tasty, fatty, soropotel and
you have all the ingredients necessary to help you gain
a few more pounds, get your cholesterol count up and increase
the plaque linings in your veins and arteries. All of this
inevitably leads to hypertension and/or heart disease. This
is the leading cause of death in North America and particularly
so for those of us from South Asia.
life styles have changed significantly from those of our
forefathers. Not only do we enjoy a continuous season of
plenty but also our exercise routine is next to non-existent.
Why walk to the corner grocery store when you can drive
there? The net result is that obesity in North America has
now reached epidemic proportions even among children.
is the solution? Do we have to buy into the numerous diet
programs that many claim can reduce your weight and tone
up your muscles to near miraculous proportions? Most of
these "miracle" diet programs have been shown
to be nothing short of a fraud. They do not work.
solution, therefore, is common sense. Eat less i.e.
in moderation. Keep your nutrition well balanced and exercise
moderately, but regularly e.g. a 15 min walk about
three times a week. This regimen gets more critical as one
passes middle age.
it is difficult to maintain a regular exercise regimen.
You may need the support of a group. This is what I did
soon after I reached 60 years of age. I joined Canada Fit
a program designed to train you to walk or run a
this group discipline some of our walks started at
5:15 am and with the camaraderie that you develop
with members of the group, it is a little easier to achieve
achieved mine on October 27, 2002 (http://home.ican.net/~demellt/marathon/)
after a 28 week program of training.
can do it too!
to make it one of your New Years resolutions.
ANCESTRAL HOME IN GOA - How safe is it?
Tim C. de Mello
immigrants are coming! The immigrants are coming! In large
of state Indians are flocking to Goa for easy pickings.
Goa is one of the, if not the, wealthiest states in India.
Employment is easy to find and the wages are very good.
A common laborer is paid a minimum of Rs. 100/- per day.
This is much higher than they can get in many other parts
of India. All these new immigrants need somewhere to stay.
And they squat anywhere they can. If your property is not
clearly defined with a boundary wall they could (sometimes
aided and abetted by the local Goans) squat in one corner
and wait to be challenged. If this does not happen soon
their temporary lodgings are converted into semi-permanent
lodgings using bricks and mortar. Once this happens, it
is too late to remove them without compensating them heavily.
Worse still, if they are not removed they can claim the
whole property and that will next to impossible to change.
Goans have lost their properties this way.
you going to be the next Goan to confirm this statistic?
values in Goa have gone up considerably. It is my belief
that ancestral properties were bequeathed to us for safe
keeping for our children. However, if one wants to dispose
of ones ancestral property one has to ensure that
it clear of all liens and challenges from squatters. If
not, it is truly a legal nightmare.
is definitely better than the cure in this case. How can
overseas Goans do this? They can hire the services of companies
like GOACOM that specialize in this type of service. These
companies not only keep an eye out for illegal squatters
but will also inspect the properties regularly and furnish
reports recommending repairs that need to be made.
ancestors handed you a rich legacy, which includes your
property. Many siblings may share in this legacy. It is
imperative that all the shareholders come together and decide
how the property should be dealt with.
your ancestral property is tantamount to losing it.
it. The changing political and security climate in the West
and many other countries where Goans reside may force you
to consider the question:
if . . . . . . "
now before it is too late!
CARVALHO IS 100
the PULSE of the G.O.A)
Julia Maria Carvalho celebrated her 100th Birthday on Sunday,
September 15, 2002. Born in Anjuna, Bardez, Goa, Mrs. Carvalho
was raised in a humble Catholic home.
100th Birthday was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Martin Pereira
at 2250 South Millway, Mississauga, Ontario. Amidst a congregation
of over 90 relatives and friends at the reception that followed,
one of her sons, Anthony Carvalho, said a few words about
his mother.He truly upheld his mother by a beautiful quote:
What is a home without a mother. For it is said that
the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world
were numerous overseas birthday wishes from a number of
dignitaries namely: The Pope, Queen Elizabeth, Canadas
Governor General Adriene Clarkson, Canadian Prime Minister
Jean Chretien, Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mi ssissauga
Councillor Ward 8 Katie Mahoney, Steven W. Mahoney, M.P.
Mississauga West, John Snobelen, MPP Mississauga West.
Carvalho thanked those who organized the beautiful celebration,
and those who attended. She concluded by telling everyone
present to say the Rosary and love one another.
The Hall was then filled with the words of Goas most
renowned song Viva re Viva asking for Gods Blessing.
ON ELDER ABUSE
Ontario Seniors Secretariat http://www.gov.on.ca/mczcr/seniors/
abuse is the focus of a conference on Nov. 18 and 19 in
Toronto sponsored by the Ontario Seniors Secretariat.
four and ten percent of Ontario Seniors 58,000 to
145, 000 have experienced some form of elder abuse,
according to 2000 Statistics Canada study. Sixty-eight percent
of seniors who were physically abused say they were assaulted
by a family member.
MISTRY LEAVES US TOUR HALFWAY
Rohinton Mistry is sick and tired of facing "unbearable"
humiliation at the hands of US customs and
so out of disgust he has cancelled his tour of America
face of racial profiling following the September 11 attacks,
"a brown skin and a beard are not a felicitous combination",
he told the Globe and Mail daily. So, he told his publishers
Alfred A Knopf, that he was fed up. The writer cancelled
his tour to Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Salt Lake city,
Utah, Iowa City and Madison, Wisconsin.
has been extremely unhappy about the way he has been treated
around the US in the first half of the tour," a representative
A Knopf was quoted as saying in the front-page report.
a person of colour he was stopped repeatedly and rudely
at each airport
along the way... to the point where the humiliation for
both he and his
wife has become unbearable."
US Immigration and Naturalisation Services recently stated
that all people, irrespective of their citizenship, who
were born in West Asia will be fingerprinted and photographed
while entering the US. To this list they added Pakistan
and Saudi Arabia. So all Canadians born in these countries
will also be subject to this kind of special attention.