PUTTING CHRIST BACK INTO CHRISTMAS
BRANCO'S REVERIE ON HIS ROCKING CHAIR
BY: PROF. FRANK D'SOUZA
Abstracted from "FRANKLY SPEAKING".
Collected Writings Of Prof. Frank D'Souza
Editor-in-Chief Mgr. Benny Aguiar.
Published by the" PROF. FRANK D'SOUZA MEMORIAL COMMITTEE
BOMBAY DREAMS COULD BE A HUGE HIT IN TORONTO
Audiences are flocking to London's West End to see the outlandish
and flamboyant Bombay Dreams.
What's revolutionary about the show is that it's the first
big Bollywood musical to reach the stage in the western
world, and it is drawing crowds of South Asians who don't
usually go to the theatre. Given the nature of the show
and the audience and the population of Canada's showbiz
capital, Bombay Dreams could be a huge hit in Toronto.
Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber is involved in producing the show.
The score is composed by A.R. Rahman, celebrated in India
for his film music
BILLION TO START FIXING EDUCATION: ROZANSKI
The provincial government has to add more than $1.8 billion
to education funding, the man charged with reviewing the
Ontario funding formula said Tuesday.
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GENERAL CLOSES ER
The emergency room at Toronto General Hospital was shut
down Monday night following an outbreak of what appears
to be the Norwalk virus.
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CRITICS PAN TORONTO 'PRISON'
Members of Parliament on the federal immigration committee
say Ottawa is giving in to U.S. pressure by building a "prison"
near Canada's largest airport.
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SENIORS IN A BAD WAY, REPORT FINDS
The Hamilton Spectator
A new report on Hamilton seniors paints a dismal picture
of high poverty, inadequate housing, poor health care and
increasing isolation for this city's fastest growing population.
not good at all," said Winston Tinglin, CEO for the
United Way of Burlington Hamilton-Wentworth, which paid
for the report.
really have ... to move now or the situation is going to
be way worse as we go down the road."
The news is worse for women, who are more likely than men
to be poor, regardless of age. For example, in Hamilton,
50 per cent of female seniors who live independent from
their family fall below the poverty line, compared to 18
per cent of men. The report, released yesterday, defined
poverty using Statistics Canada's low income cutoffs, based
on family size and the population size of the community
Basically, the older a person is, the more likely it is
that they are poor and female. But poverty is just one part
of other problems, such as inadequate housing, that seniors
Seniors made up 15.3 per cent (70,255 people) of Hamilton's
population last year. About three-quarters of them live
in the old city, but that is expected to drop to 69 per
cent by 2009.
The former suburbs will probably make up the difference.
We can expect 74 per cent more seniors in Flamborough, 52
per cent more in Ancaster and 53 per cent more in Glanbrook.
This matters because only 4 per cent of Hamilton's subsidized
housing for seniors is in the former suburbs.
Thelma McGillivray, president of the Hamilton and District
Council of Women, said it's crucial that seniors speak out
about their inequalities.
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very large number of devotees, estimated to be in the region
of 15,000, attended Goa's most popular feast, the feast
of Goemcho Saib St Francis Xavier, on December 3 at the
Bom Jesus Basilica campus at Old Goa.
the first homily the Archbishop Patriarch appealed to the
Catholic community to shun all sorts of discrimination,
particularly, when it comes to religion, so as to bear a
true testimony of Christ and be an example for the society
at large. In a second homily, Archbishop Abraham of Nagpur
and the chairman of Western Region Bishops Council, said
that the 450th death anniversary of St Francis is a historic
moment not only for Goans, but for everyone all over the
world, who revere St Francis Xavier. He referred to the
fact that all the Bishops and the two Cardinals from the
western region comprising Goa, Maharashtra and Gujarat,
were here "not by accident" but for the important
two-day Bishops conference at Pilar.
security around the Bom Jesus Basilica at Old Goa, taking
note of the sea of devotees expected and the recent spate
of bomb hoaxes (one including the Bom Jesus Basilica), was
tightened by the Goa police, even to the extent of installing
of metal detectors at the main entrances to the campus.
devotees, however, believed that the presence of the sacred
remains Goemcho Saib suffices to keep Goa save. Here we
may also recollect an important statement by Nandkumar Kamat
in his article in "The Navhind Times": (St Francis
Xavier) has influenced generations of Goans from all the
communities and castes. No vicious and communal tirade against
his name is ever going to change this social and cultural
reality." Another relevant statement in connection
with communal harmony comes from Marathi writer Dr A H Salunke:
"The increase in communalism in today's world is largely
due to a lack of unity among intellectuals
the fourth Samajik Parishad held on December 1 at the Bhagwati
hall in Pernem, Salunke also said, "We should respect
all religions and one should not despise other religions."
who could not attend the festival heard the running commentary
of the solemn high mass broadcast b7 the FM service of All
India Radio, Panjim, on 105.4 MHz.
on the eve of the feast, the Goa government announced that
along with four other holidays, the feast on December 3
would be struck off from the list of holidays for 2003.
However, finding everyone disgusted with the of-the-cuff
decree, Chief Manohar Parrikar said the decision would be
held in abeyance. Cortalim MLA Matanhy Saldanha welcomed
the restoration of status quo and urged the government not
to hurt the sensibilities of any section of the Goan society.
irritation was the drying up of the taps for most of the
day at Old Goa on the feast day. How much authorities really
care for people, tourism, etc, became quite evident when
complaints to some ministers and even the chief minister's
office failed to elicit a positive action. By the way, one
could hardly notice any minister or politico at the High
Mass, except for Saligao MLA Dr Wilfred de Souza.
biography of St Francis Xavier will soon be published in
cartoon form in ten languages, including English. Mensajero
Publishers of Spain have entrusted the job of doing the
sketches to Miguel Berzosa, who specializes in religious
about the two days WRCC meet, Fr Peter Raposo, editor of
Konkani Weekly "Ixtt", quotes Bishop Agnelo Gracias
of Bombay, "Enhancing support structures for married
people, their involvement in small Christian communities
and finding support structures to accommodate mixed marriages,
inter-religious marriage and broken families, are some of
the priorities of the meeting." As many as 87 representatives
of 14 dioceses of the WRCC attended the conference. Empowerment
of the family, in order to have a vibrant Church, has been
the vision statement that highlighted the concluding day
of the recent two-day Western Region Catholic Council at
Pilar on December 2.
Porvorim, as many as 20 eminent scholars from all over the
country will participate in a two-day seminar on "In
the footsteps of Francis Xavier, Jesuits in India",
at the Xavier Centre, from December 7, to mark the 450th
death anniversary of St Francis Xavier.
conspicuous function was the month-long exhibition, at the
Pilar Seminary, of the exquisite work of the great Goan
artist Angelo da Fonseca, to mark his birth centenary. Born
on 6 December, 1902, the last of seventeen children, Angelo
ventured into medicine and then into agriculture but finally
discovered his true vocation-to be an artist. As Nandkumar
Kamat wrote in NT: "Angelo da Fonseca, an illustrious
son of Santo Estevam, is to Indian Christian art what Mother
Teresa was to Christian charitable work. He was a multi-media
artist and used water colours, murals, oil, woodwork and
slate to express his artistic vision of Christianity following
the neo-Bengali school of Abanindranath Tagore, Haldar and
Nandlal Bose." The Pilar Seminary rounded up the exhibition
with a very interesting symposium on "Art and Spirituality"
on December 6. Fonseca's wife was present at the symposium.
up to usher in a fresh tourist season and please every guest,
Goa has been fortunate that the inflow of foreign tourists
has increased quite a bit this month, and hotels appear
to be booked well for the Christmas-New Year peak period.
The fears of the hospitality industry have eased somewhat
with the arrivals. Charter tourists from Tel Aviv and Israel
are awaited whereas Russians have already arrived via six
flights. The arrival figures indicate, so far, nearly 19,000
foreigners, largely charter-borne and from the UK. Goa has
71 charter flights, 14 per week on an average.
appears to be a significant signal to dispel the fears in
the minds of intending tourists that Goa is a sufficiently
safe and still an attractive eastern destination. The international
tourist seems to be unnerved by the border tension, the
Gujarat riots, the violence in Kashmir and even the bomb
blast in Mumbai.
the meanwhile, the smarter hotels have been unrolling the
red carpet for the non-resident Indians (NRIs), who return
to ancestral Goa, drawn by their natural instinct or to
visit their families and acquaintances, fairly frequently.
regular Goa-specific tourist attractions like the popular
beach shacks and "Anjuna flea market" have upped
shutters with their respective offerings. Of course, the
foreign tourists don't sell their things at the flea market
in Anjuna anymore, because most of the things they require
are available in India nowadays. So they need not bring
everything nor worry about what to do with the leftovers.
The Europeans are, however, lured to the flea market by
the surfeit of up-country stuff they prefer to see and purchase.
two-month long exhibition-cum-sale opened at the EDC Patto
Plaza in Panjim on 6 December, and the grand "Goa Gate"
Handloom Handicrafts National Exhibition the following day.
The first international Goa Kite Carnival at the idyllic
Vagator beach on 18 and 19 January next year, will organised
jointly by Nomad Travels, Goa Tourism Department and the
Nomad Heritage Trust. Over 30 participants from USA, UK,
France, Holland, Belgium, Singapore, Malaysia and South
Africa are expected to participate along with the Indian
Vaz, who pioneered the idea of bottling Goa's famed feni
and taking it from the taverna to the five-star resort table,
has suggested the idea of setting up a dolphin show project.
Vaz, who was fascinated after watching dolphin shows abroad,
has collected sufficient data on dolphins and has handed
it over to the State authorities to study the feasibility
of setting up such a project in Goa.
Naik, writing in the "Herald" said that Mr P Shridhar,
the CEO of India's fastest growing electronic design company
operating from Goa-Controlnet (I) Pvt Ltd, claims that the
quality of life and environment was what brought the company
to Goa. The international tourists would be enthused to
know that as per Controlnet's boss, the quality and the
environment here is conducive to creative minds.
Goa has been attracting all sorts of visitors down the centuries.
The earliest ones came in quest of trade and spices, followed
by conquerors and converters. Much later came those who
were enthralled by the immense beauty of Goa's virgin beaches
and pristine countryside. To accommodate them, mushroomed
the hospitality industry. Visitors came to conduct trade
and commerce, film Goa's celebrated beauty. Some came to
spend their honeymoons, others to celebrate their weddings
in oriental style.
gradually, couples began coming and booking in hotel rooms
to end their lives. The latest episode is: In a suicide
pact, a VM Mahesh and MV Parvati of Tamil Nadu, aged around
30, booked accommodation in the Calangute Residency, last
week. The husband hanged from the ceiling fan with his wife's
sari, while the young wife gulped down 14 tablets to end
her life. Parvati, however, survived.
recently, we enjoyed a lovely fashion show by six Indian
designers, including Goa's upcoming designer Saviojon, at
the Taj Holiday Resort. Goa's fashion guru, Wendell Rodricks,
who is engrossed in the work of setting up a Period Costume
Museum, is also likely to come up with his own show on the
fashion front soon.
the meanwhile, India's rock-star Remo Fernandes had the
privilege to be invited to represent the Western Region
of India at the opening ceremony of the 32nd National Games
to be held in Hyderabad on 13 December. For the special
occasion, Remo has composed and produced a unique nine-minute
folk-song medley, which takes in its stride the music from
Goa, Maharashtra and Kerala.
the grand Christmas celebration almost at our umbro (doorstep),
everyone will soon be busy with neureos, kolkol, bibik,
pinagr, and all those irresistibly delicious things, besides
posting the cards and doing all other things for the Season.
I have run out of matter for this letter.
Wish netters elsewhere in the world could send in some small
notes to be included in the forthcoming issues. The weather,
of course, is just about 29 deg C at noon, which is "very
pleasant by local standards" and will last in that
"fine" version upto February at least.
In the Goan
[Selected excerpts from GoaNet-UK]
the Goan Voice UK
Dec. Bristol Evening Post. The Gold Star Awards are given
to honour local people who have shown exceptional bravery
and courage in the most testing times. One of the 11 winners
this year was Ted Moreman who has raised more than £30,000
to buy a new home for 45 orphans in Goa, India. He said:
"When I heard that a group of children were having
to sleep on dried cow dung because they were being evicted
from their house, I just knew I
had to do something.
Dec. The Times (London). The ultimate festive menu. Pipers
Farm's Goan pork. Inspired by the flavours of this Indian
region, originally colonised by the Portuguese. Spicy, but
not too hot. Cubes of pork cooked with onion, garlic and
fresh ginger, fresh parsley, aromatic spices and a hint
of "sweet and sour" provided by a little brown
sugar and white wine vinegar. Prepared and cooked by us.
2 servings at £6.50 a tub, plus delivery. http://www.pipersfarm.com/xmas2002/ReadyCooked.html
Dec. Hindustan Times. In Bombay 'Mac' was the one-slur-fits-all
term for any Christian, whether East Indian, Goan, Manglorean
or pure Bandra. They were called 'Macs' not because they
hungered after the global burger (of which more anon), but
because they preferred their local bun. 'Mac' was the abbreviation
of 'Maka-pao', a reference to the maska-ed loaf that the
frock-wearers preferred to roti. http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_115956,00300004.htm
Dec. Time. The bombs in Mombasa and Bali threaten the best
example of global community. The tens of thousands of young
Australians, Germans, Britons, Americans and others who
wander the globe, flitting from Goa to Costa Rica, from
Thailand to Tasmania, are building what may be the only
example of a truly global community. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101021216-397505,00.html
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Ex-Students to Celebrate 75th Anniversary of Dr. Ribeiro
Goan School, Nairobi
The Ex-Students are proud to announce that the 75th
Anniversary Celebration of the Founding of Dr. Ribeiro
Goan School, Nairobi, will be held in Toronto on Saturday
13th September 2003. Former Staff and Students from
around the world are welcome to attend. Watch out
for further details in the events section of www.goanvoice.ca
Messages to the organizing group can be sent to Roque
Barreto through firstname.lastname@example.org
Places and Things
- DOWN MEMORY LANE
Tina Lobo (Toronto)
lobo taught in Zanzibar and Dar from 1954 to 2000. She is
now retired and lives in Toronto.
the 1950s there was an influx of Goans into Tanganyika.
In order to accommodate the increase in members, the Goan
Institute in Dar-es-salaam decided to build a new and larger
well-known Goan architect, Anthony Almeida, designed the
clubhouse in the shape of a G (for Goans,) and it had an
outdoor sunken dance floor in the shape of an I. The G.I.
has got to be one of the most beautiful clubhouses in the
world. The building was opened in the late 1950s by Archbishop
Edgar Maranta and the British Governor, Richard Turnbull.
social highlight of the Goan/Dar Institute was the anniversary
dance held every December 31st. The dance was under the
stars and the organizers made sure the club was well decorated
for the occasion. The music was always provided by the most
popular Goan band that over the years included The Jazz
Swingers, Tony Ferns, Demello Brothers, Harbor Lights, Moderniars,
was always a great time for functions at the club. The Xmas
program usually started on December 9th and ran till the
first week of January. The most popular functions were the
children's Xmas tree party and the children's fancy dress
competition. We also had carol singing, traditional sweet's
contest, treasure hunts, etc. The after mid-night mass dance
was a popular event for the youngsters to meet. And of course,
the Christmas Dance was where you got the opportunity to
meet and wish all your friends and relatives.
activities during the year included the weekly tombola.
Lardis was a popular game for the not so active while sportsmen
and women played tennis, badminton, table tennis and darts
on the premises.
Bachelors vs. Married competition was a week to look forward
to. Members competed in fishing, hockey, soccer, badminton,
tug-of-war and beer drinking. The week ended with a dinner
dance where the Sidon Lopez trophy was presented to the
other memories I have are of the sports visits from the
sister institutions. In the early days, the Zanzibar Institute
visits were the most popular. Later on it was the sports
visits from Tanga and Arusha that brought in the most visitors
and guests. At times we also had visits from the Nairobi
and Mombasa Institutes. Great friendships were developed
during these visits and many of those friendships ended
up in marriages.
do have to remember in out prayers those who had the fore
sight to start the Institute. We also have to express our
gratitude to those who took up committee positions and who
volunteered at the Goan Institutes. The Institutes gave
us a home away from home. A place to meet and socialize.
People are still enjoying the fruits of the first Trustees'
Hindustan Times 8 Dec.
By: Bachi Karkaria
Posted of GoaNet by Eddie Fernandes
In those days, Bombay also had another generic 'M'-word,
equally undistinguished by region or community. 'Mac' was
the one-slur-fits-all term for any Christian, whether East
Indian, Goan, Manglorean or pure Bandra. They were called
'Macs' not because they hungered after the global burger
but because they preferred their local bun. 'Mac' was the
abbreviation of 'Maka-pao', a reference to the maska-ed
loaf that the frock-wearers preferred to roti. When they
converted, they were in bigger trouble.
text at: http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_115956,00300004.htm