Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Salgaocar Sports (Goa) competed at MUPC 2009 in Manchester

From: "Wendy Fernandes"

Salgaocar Sports (Goa) competed at MUPC 2009 in Manchester
Wendy Fernandes

For all Goan football enthusiasts, you will be interested to know that our very own
Salgaocars from Goa qualified to participate in the Manchester United Premier Cup
(MUPC) football tournament which took place from August 5th to 7th at Carrington
(private training ground for Manchester United team).

Fortunately for me, the Coach, Francisco Bruto da Costa, is a good friend of my
family, who informed me of the arrival and participation of Salgaocars in this
prestigious tournament.

Knowing very little about this tournament, I asked for full details and it is
interesting to note that this tournament was founded in 1993 for under 15s as part
of their program to promote and scout for young talent from around the world. This
year over 43 countries participated at Manchester. To name a few - UK, France,
Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Ghana, China etc. This was an opportunity for teams
to play at international level and share the experience of bridging language and
cultural barriers through sports

This is the fourth year that All India Football Federation (AIFF) in collaboration
with Nike, (world's leading designer of authentic athletic footwear, apparel &
equipment for sports) has been sending a side from India to participate at the MUPC
event. To qualify for the event, a local tournament was held from 11th November 2008
to December 3rd 2008. The following teams - Mahindra United FC, JCT, Pune FC, Viva
Kerala, Salgaocar Sports Club, Sporting Club De Goa, Sikkim Football Academy,
Silchar Football Academy, Mumbai Sports School Association, Pondicherry Coaching
Centre and Uttaranchal participated in the tournamnent.

At the finals (In India) our very own boys played under the banner of the famous
brand 'Salgoacars' and defeated Raghav FC of Gurgaon (Haryana) to make it for the
first time at the MUPC tournament at Manchester.

The Salgaocar team arrived in Manchester prior to the tournament and all
international teams were accommodated at Fallowfield Campus, Manchester University.

The MUPC event kicked off with the opening ceremony followed by a draw at Carrington
on Tuesday 4th August 2009. The guests of honour officiating were Sir Alex
Ferguson, (Manchester United Manager) Sir Bobby Charlton (former professional
football player who won the World Cup in '66) and Rio Ferdinand (defender and
Captain of Manchester United).

Because this event did not attract much attention in the press, it is quite possible
that very few are aware of this wonderful news. I attended the tournament and was
very impressed with the skills and energy of the under 15s. The matches were
exciting to say the least and very competitive and the finals were held on Saturday
8th August 2009 at Old Trafford also known as the "Theatre of Dreams", where Sao
Paulo (Brazilians) defeated Werder Bremen (Germans) to lift the Manchester United
Premier Cup trophy. The score was 3:1.

Even though Salgoacars finished 20th. I must say that they put in their very best
despite the odds of playing against very superior teams. Our boys however, are
very pleased with this exposure at the international level as it provided them a
platform to measure their skills, passion and determination against the very best of
peers. Congratulations to our young boys for making it this far and definitely
putting Goa in the map of international events.

Francisco Bruto da Costa. (the coach) was all praise for the Management of the
Salgaocar Club who provides all facilities to their members for promoting talent at
the grass root level. The cooperation and support from parents, schools and
officials creates a very congenial atmosphere for development of this sport. (ENDS)

MARY, the Chosen One

MARY, the Chosen One
(A Musical Evening)

India's Jazz Legend Braz Gonsalves, a host of Goa's renowned musicians and 'the
Herald of the Gospel, the inspirational Brazilian Congregation are all set to rock
the stage with, "MARY, the Chosen one", a Musical Evening on Saturday, October 31,
2009, 6.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m., on Fr. Agnel School Ground, Pilar.

The entire three hour evening is designed in ten Acts on the life of Mother Mary,
which will be supported by some soul rendering musical compositions performed by Goa's
top Singers and backed by a choir of around 80 swaying singers.

A unique flag procession and veneration of the Mother Mary will be conducted by the
Brazilian Congregation, the Heralds of the Gospel. The Statue to be venerated has
the Apostolic blessings of Pope John Paul II.

Silver Elephant National Awardee, Dr. Sydney Pinto do Rosario has duly consented to
the chief guest and Mr. Christopher Gomes, Proprietor of Furtado's Goa will the
Guest of Honour.

October being the month dedicated to Our Lady, the Association of Spiritual Brothers
and Sisters along with the Goa Velha Deanery have come together to organize the
unique programme. Parking arrangements are taken care of.

The Association of the Spiritual Brothers and Sisters is a 65 year Lay Missionary
Association in Goa approved by Dom Jose da Costa Nunes, the then Archbishop of Goa
and Daman, which has been supporting missionary actives through their prayers and
financial support.

Fr. Noel Menezes sfx
Association of the Spiritual Brothers and Sisters
Where Goans Connect

Monday, October 26, 2009

Sao Joao '09 in Siolim (Goa)

From: IVO D'COSTA []

Decorated boats, Head gears of flower's(kopel), song & dance San Joao '09 in Siolim.
That's it.
Viva San Joao!
Viva GOA !!! Forwarded on Tue 6/30/2009 1:21 PM


At a simple ceremony this hot Sunday afternoon 25th October, 2009 the first of its kind Mobile Diabetes Unit MDU of Silver Star a UK based charitable institution ( was launched in the 25th State of India, Goa by the world acclaimed film star Amitabh Bachchan at the Goa Hyundai showroom cum works campus at Nagoa Verna Plateau Salcete Goa India.

Speaking on the ocassion the Guest of Honour, Mr Bachchan 67 was indeed privileged to have the honour to launch the first of its kind unit in the State of Goa. He was pleased that the MP United Kingdom Mr Keith Vaz has taken the initiative to launch the third such unit in India and was happy that it was in Goa. To him Goa had a special place in his heart. He remembered his first visit to then Union Territiory in 1969 on the sets of the film Saat Hindustani and thereafter on several ocassions. After his accident which proved near fatal while shooting for the film, "Coolie" he has had more ocassions to be in the ICU then outside, he said. He was alarmed at the fact that almost every 6th Indian is a diabetic and assuming that every 6th person in the world is an Indian India could well be designated as the world capital of diabetes. Mr Bachchan requested the CM of Goa to use his services for any social cause in Goa and he would be most willing to participate in the same or contribute to whatever cause be dear to Goa and Goans.

He wished that many well wishers would come forward to contribute to the growth of Silver Star in India. Answering a query of a journalist Mr Bachchan admitted the fact that just one MDU would not suffice for the State of Goa but he was confident that with the contribution of others more such units would come up in Goa. He himself annouced a donation of Rs.11 lacs (his birth day 11th) on the ocassion as his personal contribution to the cause.

Speaking further about his love for Goa he thanked the Goans for the love and affection showered on him and his family while he was in Breach Candy Mumbai and during times his family went through bad phases. He singled out Ms Zarina Fernandes an employee of the Syndicate Bank a native of Porvorim amidst the audience who was his oldest fan in Goa. (Ms Fernandes stood up to acknowledge the handsome praise from the filmstar she got herself photographed at the request of this writer )

He was again all praise for the organisational acumen of 21 years long MP from Leicester UK Mr Keith Vaz whose parents hail from Calangute Bardez Goa. Mr Bachchan recalled the tremendous ovation he received in Leicester during his visit to UK , and attributed all this to the youthful MP.

Earlier the UK MP Mr Vaz, informed the gathering that little did he suspect that he himself would be a victim of Diabetes type II when he had gone for a casual diagnostic test at his hometown in Leicester UK. Ofcourse his mother died young as a diabetic he said. His love for Goa made him set up the third MDU in India specially in Goa, said the youthful MP who was born in Aden and informed that his wife Maria hails from Velim Salcete Goa . Speaking to this writer his wife Ms Vaz informed that they have a home also in Betalbatim Goa. He was indeed alarmed at the fact that 14 million people in India have been diagonised to be suffering from diabetes Type II and the undetected ones could be double or even more. He was full praise for the Chief Guest Mr Bachchaan and indeed had a special message to convey to Mr Bachchaan from the British PM Mr Gordon Brown who specifically requested him to convey his belated best wishes on his(Amitabhs) birthday (11/10/ 1942)to the best actor on the planet admired for his basic humanity and charitable contributions. This was greeted by a thunderous applaud. Mr Vaz thanked the Government of Goa the elected representatives and the Health Department for all the help rendered to his charity mission via the Silver Star in Goa.

The Chief Minister Mr Digamber Kamat, thanked the UK MP Mr Vaz and the film star Amitabh Bachchan for launching the MDUnit in India and making Goa the first state in India to have this unit. He recalled that his Government had indeed launched the free insulin kit just a day before in North Goa and promised all help for the success of the Silver Star charity activities in Goa.

Capt. K Nair 86 an entrepreneur in the Hotel industry an owner of Leela Goa a native of the south Indian state of Kerala a freedom fighter at the age of 13 years spelt out his love for Goa when he opened up a resort in Cavelossim on an area of 75 acres and employing over 1000 in Goa. He has fallen in love with Goa and would never leave this place he said. Capt Nair also complimented the Government of Goa the ex-CM Dr Wilfred A De Souza who was present on the ocassion, the PWD Minister Mr Churchill Alemao . So much was his love for Goa that he named the botanical garden in his Resort at Cavelossim after Mr Pratapsing Raoji Rane he informed the audience to the surprise of many.

Earlier the patron of the Silver Star Mr Nana Bandekar mine owner from Vasco-da-Gama was introduced to the dignitaries on the dais.

Sidelights of the event
a) the function started an hour late much to the annoyance of the children present to see the mega film star-- who wished for his autograph but were denied the same
b) strict frisking of the VVIP's and VIP's besides the guests annoyed the dignitaries at the entrance
c) the electronic and print media personnel too were not spared the strict frisking annoying most of them
d) there was no drinking water or refreshments, even at costs, made available at the venue even the security personnel and police who had to bear the sweltering afternoon heat were scouting for water to quench their thirst but could find little comfort.
e) the MDU was the third such unit of Silver Star the first after "George" being launched in 2008 followed by the second named after Silver star Patron "Ms Dorothy Purdew" and the present one after Patron "Capt Krishna Nair"
f) specially printed banner placards were given to the children and the gathering greeting Mr Amitabh Bacchan
g) Mr Paresh Joshi Proprietor of Goa Hyundai was thanked for the arrangements.
h) an advertisement on the local english daily TNT revealed that the invitation was meant for the public but the entry was given only to the invitees. Seeing the chairs vacant in the invitees arena those in the general arena (uninvited audience) was made to occupy the invitees/dignitaries chairs just before the function commenced.
i) the press both from the audio visual and print media occupied the front of the stage resulting in the invitees howling at them. The press retaliated because the place designated for them were occupied by the uninvited guests.
j) Rs. 100 chairty coupons were sold at the venue and Mr Sunil Gangwani was the lucky winner of a free air travel courtesy Kingfisher airlines Goa - London
k) Goa unit volunteers of Silver Star are Susheela Mendes and others

from the Nagoa venue end

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Fr. Lourenco’s Intercessory Ministry.

Fr. Lourenco’s Intercessory Ministry.
Fr. Lourenco Paulo Mascarenhas, a Catholic Priest of the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman, ordained on 7th May 1988 by Arch Bishop Patriarch Raul Gonsalves, has completed Philosophical and Theological studies at Rachol Seminary, Goa and Masters in Physical Chemistry.

He is the former Professor of Chemistry at St. Xavier’s College Mapusa and at present, Professor of Science and Formator in the Seminary of Saligao, Goa .
He has been evangelizing for the last 13 years through Preaching, Teaching, Retreats, Parish Mission, Conferences, Days of Recollection, Bible Study and Healing and Deliverance through the intercessory ministry, Divine Mercy Intercessory Group.
He has worked actively in various parishes in Goa and conducted Eucharistic Healing Services and Confessional Ministry for the past 13 years in Goa, Mumbai, in the Middle East ( Dubai, Sharjah, Fujairah, Abu Dhabi ) and various parishes of Portugal, Belgium, England, France, Italy and Canada.

Recently he was in Australia preaching Retreats at Sydney and Melbourne. During the preaching and healing services, people surrender their lives to Jesus and many receive physical and inner healing and deliverance from evil bondages and are filled with joy, peace and happiness. He conducts weekly intercessory services at St. John the Baptist Church, Pilerne, Goa, where hundreds attend the services.

The Divine Mercy Intercessory Group which he heads, has its own website. Please refer for more information to website

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Goa to field 135-member team for Nat School Games

Goa to field 135-member team for Nat School Games

Goa will field a strong 135-member squad (football, baseball, taekwondo) at 55th National School Games organised by Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs under the aegis of Schools Games Federation of India at Fatorda from October from 26-30

Football girls under-14: Simone Laiwani (Monovikas, Margao), Rima Gadekar (St. Michael, Vagator), Lili Mc Mohan (Monovikas, Margao), Kathleen Fernandes (Monovikas, Margao), Sweezel Fernandes (Holy Rosary, Nuvem), Ansiva Vaz (Fatima Convent, Margao), Indira Lamani (Our Lady of Rosary, Dona Paula), Sonali Bhomkar (Our Lady of Rosary, Dona Paula), Silvia Pereira (St. Michael, Vagator), Oriena Vales (Holy Rosary, Nuvem), Kulsum Shaikh (Mary Immaculate, Panjim), Riddhi Goltekar (Holy Cross, Siolim), Kimberly Rebello (St. Anthony, Majorda), Swiniegayle Cardozo (King’s, Margao), Anushka Viegas (Our Lady of Rosary, Dona Paula), Mahel Mascarenhas (St. Joseph, Chandor), Valanie Fernandes (St. Mary, Mapusa), Clancy D’Silva (St. Anthony, Majorda).
Manager: Romana Gonsalves. Coaches: M.M Muthawali, Pascoal Pereira.

Baseball U-17 boys: Sunny Gaude (Vivekanand Vidyalaya, Borim), Vishal Kumar Singh (New Eng, Kundaim), Shubham Tari (Shree Kamaxi, Shiroda), Ashish Gaude (Govt. High School, Betoda), Mangesh Gaude (Shree Navadurga Vidyalaya, Madkai), Sanil Naik (Smt. Anandibai Naik, Madkai), Sunil Pagi (Shree Katyani Baneshwar Vidyalaya), Manjinath Gaonkar (Vivekanand Vidyalaya, Borim), Sushant Kerkar (Shiksha Sadan, Priol), Omkar Chari (Shiksha Sadan, Priol), Nikhil Gaude (Shree Navadurga Vidyalaya, Madkai), Shreyash Naik (Shree Kamaxi, Shiroda), Ravichandra Bhandivadder (Nirakar, Mashem), Nirjay Gaude (Shree Navadurga Vidyalaya, Madkai), Jaganath Gaonkar (Govt. School, Shirgao), Dipesh Jalmi (Shree Navadurga Vidyalaya, Madkai).

Baseball U-17 girls: Saili Gosavi (Kamakshi, Shiroda), Chitra Gaude (Shree Navadurga Vidyalaya, Madkai), Ankita Gaude (Vivekanand Vidyalaya, Borim), Neha Bhomkar (Smt. Anandibai Naik, Madkai), Vanita Parsekar (Shree Shanta Vidyalaya, Siolim), Sharshu H.V (Shree Shanta Vidyalaya, Siolim), Nikita Gaude (Shree Navadurga Vidyalaya, Madkai), Prachi Prabhugaonkar (Shiksha Sadan, Priol), Mamata Desai (Shree Kamaxi, Shiroda), Sheral D’Mello (Our Lady of Remedios, Nerul), Mayuri Gaude (Shree Navadurga Vidyalaya, Madkai), Divya Upadhaye (Vivekanand Vidyalaya, Borim), Leena Kundaikar (Smt. Anandibai Naik, Madkai), Anjali Borkar (Vivekanand Vidyalaya, Borim), Anuja Mudalkar (Wagle, Mangueshi), Ankita Madkaikar (Shree Navadurga Vidyalaya, Madkai).
Manager: Yogesh A. Parab. Coaches: Deelip Naik, Hanumant Naik, Kailash Gaonkar, Dinesh Gaude and Kavita Avati.

Taekwondo U-14 boys: Shivnatih Chavan (Infant Jesus, Colva), Glennville D’Costa (St. Anne’s, Fatorda), Kannaiya Khataunkar (Adarsh, Margao), Deepak Singh (Dada Vaidya, Ponda), Aman Naik (Wagle, Mangueshi), Sandeep Singh Reswal (Rosary, Navelim), Vellan Fernandes (St. Jude, Betalbatim), Umar Farooque (Manovikas, Margao), Alistair Silveira (Manovikas, Margao), Arif Patan (Auxillium, Benaulim), Rajat kumar Singh (Manovikas, Margao).

Taekwondo U-14 girls: Salomi Pereira (Fatima Convent, Margao), Charmine Mendoza (Fatima Convent, Margao), Larissa D’Silva (Fatima Convent, Margao), Mallika Fernandes (Fatima Convent, Margao), Sanida Fernandes (Fatima Convent, Margao), Siya Malekar (St. Joseph, Aquem), Saishma Malekar (St. Joseph, Aquem), Gautami Naik (St. Joseph, Aquem), Rasilia Mascarenhas (Presentation Convent, Margao), Muriel Gomes (Presentation Convent, Margao), Laxmi Sabar (Govt. High School, Davorlim). Taekwondo U-17 boys: Sikandar Kodalk (Govt. High School Davorlim), Pandurang Chavan (Govt, Baina Vasco), Santosh Pal (Municipal High School, Vasco), Sabar Jaganath (Dada Vaidya, Ponda), Ramjan Nadaf (Govt. High School, Sadar, Ponda), Laishaym Dinku (Govt. High School, Sadar, Ponda), Richard Mascarenhas (Loyola, Margao).

Taekwondo U-17 girls: Sneheeta Mangaonkar (Presentation Convent, Margao), Snehal Vaddar (Fr. Agnel, Pilar), Alshwini Fernandes (Fatima Convent, Margao), Sneha Naik (Fatima Convent, Margao), Stefnny D’silva (Fatima Convent, Margao), Alrisha Fernandes (Fatima Convent, Margao), Debra Gomes (Manovikas, Margao), Alifa Bi Khan (Manovikas, Margao), Marolif Fernandes (Manovikas, Margao), Asma Kamaladinni (Fatima Convent, Margao).

Taekwondo U-19 boys: Mahendra Ananthu (PES, Ponda), Abhishek Kallur (RMS, Margao), Sagar Palconda (RMS, Margao), Stanly Sannamani (MES, Vasco), Ajaykumar Chowhan (Govt. High School, Sadar Ponda), Salmankhan Shaikh (Govt. High School, Davorlim), Stafford Lobo (Fr. Agnel , Verna).

Taekwondo U-19 girls: Pradnya Joshi (RMS, Margao), Ninoshka Rodrigues (Chowgule, Margao), Alfreeda Menezes (Chowgule, Margao), Lysha Fernandes (Carmel, Nuvem), Shirin Noronha (Rosary, Navelim), Kiran Chari (PES, Ponda), Sherol Fernandes (Damodar, Margao), Elisha Furtado (Fatima Convent, Margao).
Manager : Umesh Dicholkar. Coaches: Sunil Sharma, TheopileLowe, Deepak Rivonkar, Reshma Rane.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Award Mania

Award Mania

By Adelmo Fernandes

Recently Goa won the Best Small State award for citizens’ security at the IBN Diamond State Award presentation ceremony, organised by IBN7- Outlook. Ironically, this award has come at a time when the state has seen a spate of robberies. Houses in Benaulim, Nuvem, Colva and Margao have been burgled. The worst-hit were the jewellery shops in the commercial capital. A jeweller was even waylaid and robbed of valuables and cash. Then there was the bomb blast in Margao which, because of divine intervention, did not end in a major cataclysm, though it had the potential of causing damage of catastrophic proportions.
As a matter of fact, it was reported that Goa won six of the eight awards up for grabs. These included awards in the category of health care and environment among others. It was reported that at Cansaulim patients were advised not to stay in the hospital at night because the toilets were not functioning. As regards the environment, the Goa Government seems unable to find a solution to the garbage problem which is raising a stink.
This brings us to a very important question. How did Goa get these awards? Well, my guess is as good as yours. This was probably possible because there was absolutely no competition in the small state category. By the way, how many states fall in this bracket? Was Goa the only state in this category? Probably.
Be that as it may, Goa should not lose heart, given that an international figure also got an award which many felt was one award too big, too early. US President Barack Hussein Obama won the Nobel Prize for Peace for the year 2009. This startled not only the world but Obama himself.

But there is a positive side to winning awards you do not deserve. The award lays down a standard which the recipient will be forced to live up to. So the Goa Government will have to pull up its socks as far as citizens’ security, health care, environment, etc, is concerned. Whether those in power will do it is the multi-billion-rupee question.
Awards are always welcome. An award could be in cash or by way of a trophy. This is invariably accompanied by a certificate. Many may consider a certificate more important than the award itself. Armed with a certificate of excellence, it always easier to get that that prestigious job placement. We have been receiving awards right from our school days, be it in academics or sports. It is a prestigious thing to win an award. Many homes display the awards their children have won in the showcase in the living room. Awards are not meant to be kept hidden. There are meant for people to see. The print and the electronic media has joined in the bandwagon by announcing awards in various fields. We have awards in the field of entertainment, science and technology, and business among others.
But then, like everything else in life, there is a darker side to awards. Choosing a deserving candidate can be very tricky. Several factors could have an influence while choosing a candidate. Having godfathers in the right places can help in ‘achieving’ an award. Money power also plays an important role. It could be said that some awards come with a price tag. In such a situation, undeserving candidates hog the limelight, while deserving candidates are left to lick their wounds.
Here are some awards which the state of Goa would well deserve:
1. An award for the politically most unstable state in the country. We have lost count of how many Chief Ministers we have had over the past decade. Politics in our civic bodies is a game of merry-go-round (more the merrier) as there is rotation of chairpersons after every six months. Even then a chairperson could be shown the door even before his six months in office are over.
2. Goa is a deserving candidate for road infrastructure. Our roads can at best be described as more of dirt and less of road.
3. Goa could well get an award for building bridges which do not last for more than a decade.
I’d better stop here, as the list seems endless.,Goa,_Delhi_in_Infra_category_N27489.html#



Marlon Diogo Agnelo Fernandes

Born: 01/05/1979 Died: 30/10/2006

Time and days slip gently by, but love and memories never die.
In our hearts you will always stay, loved and remembered every day.
We have lost, heaven has gained, one of the best, this world entertained.

There will be a Requiem Mass for the soul of our beloved Marlon Diogo Agnelo Fernandes (DJ Marlon) at the Holy Cross Church, Santa Cruz, Goa, on Saturday (tomorrow) the 31st of October 2009 at 7.30 am offered by his sorrowful parents Manuel/Espy, sisters Melanie/Mayzie, brother-in-law Vernon, nieces Athena/Gabrielle/Arielle, nephew Marlon Rafael, and family members.

Relatives, neighbours, friends and well wishers please accept this as the only intimation

Monday, October 19, 2009

Born: 15-02-1954
Died: 29-09-2009

There will be an Eucharistic Celebration for the soul of our beloved VALERIANO on Tuesday, 20th October 2009 at 9:00 a.m. at St. Jerome's Church, Mapusa, followed by prayers and blessings at the grave, offered by his sorrowful wife ARLETTE, sons ALDRYN and ALDRYK.

Relatives and friends kindly accept this as the only intimation.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Saturday, October 3, 2009



domvalden at

Writes Domnic Fernandes, the author of
"Domnic's Goa: A Nostalgic Romp Through A
Bygone Era" (Abbe Faria Productions, Goa

Music is the soul of the cosmos. It is found everywhere from
the rustling of the trees, to the playful streams, to the
pitter-patter of the raindrops, and in every human being.

Boy, am I glad I was born and bred in Goa? People keep asking
me: "What is it that makes you like Goa so much? What has Goa
given you so much that you write so much about it?" My plain
answer: "Don't ask what Goa has given you but ask yourself
what you have given to Goa!"

As far as I am concerned, Goa became part of my life the
moment I was placed on this planet and breathed the first
breath; since then I have breathed nothing but Goa's nature.
In my eyes, Goa was and still remains the same. I may be
writing on the past of Goa, but by the same token I move with
the times; anyone who does not move with the times and merely
clings on to the past is bound to have a tough time surviving
in today's world where 'survival of the fittest' is the norm.

Life in the countryside is always wonderful but it was much
more so during our childhood in the Fifties and Sixties! I
love to wake up listening to nature's sounds -- the birds
singing all around -- because that's the way I grew up. Yes,
I am talking about my childhood from over half a century ago.

In the good old days, nature formed part of our lives. There
was no alarm clock, no mobile alarms, no TVs with wake up
systems, and the like. We went to sleep and were awakened by
the nature. We woke up to the birds' chirping, squirrels'
singing, cats' meowing, dogs' barking, goats' bleating, cows'
bellowing.... everything around us bustled in a natural way.

The first sounds one hears in Goa at daybreak are the cawing
of crows -- caw-caw; caw-caw; caw-caw. This is followed by
cuckoos' cries -- ku-uu, ku-uu, ku-uu, ku-uu and
'kdd?'u-kdd'du, kdd'du-kdd'du, kdd'du-kdd'du, kdd'du-kdd'du,
kdd'du-kdd'du, kdd'du-kdd'du, kdd'du-kdd'du, kdd'du-kdd'du,
'kdd'du-kdd'du, kdd'du-kdd'du!

While we were asleep and watched adventurous dreams, suddenly
the sounds of nature would reach our ears and wake us up.

We would get up, sit on our 'bixeannem' (bedding), and say
our morning prayers while still rubbing our eyes, and then
step out in the balcony of the house to watch nature's wonder
in the form of birds and animals.

We would then reach for the leaves of a mango, cashew or
guava tree in order to prepare a rough and ready brush to
brush our teeth -- we brushed our teeth to the rhythm of
birds' chirping.

The only common musical instrument we saw during
our childhood was a 'rebek' (violin), which
Pedrinho Fernandes, mistir (mestre or choirmaster)
of Anjuna church held in his hand like a 'piddo'
(coconut leaf stem) and played every day at mass
and on every occasion, including a ladainha
(litany) whenever he was called to play. The
violin was like a toy for him.

The only musical instrument that children could lay their
hands on freely was a 'mouth organ', which was one of the
items we waited to buy from a 'festachi feri' (feast fair)
whenever there was a major church feast. Once we owned it, we
would go on playing it until our parents called out and
ordered us to stop breathing into it and turning them deaf.
Many of us played it with great perfection without having any
musical background or knowing music notes -- music came to us
naturally; maybe because it runs in our veins!

However, there was only one musical instrument that everyone
was naturally gifted with -- 'fionn' or 'xellani' (whistle).
No sooner a child reached the age of around 10, he would
attempt to whistle, and within a short time he was able to
whistle a few tunes.

It was an art every child was gifted with, which we rarely
witness these days. By the time we had entered our teens, we
would have mastered the art and become experts in whistling.

Nowadays, people use the term 'many moons' to refer to many
years. In the past, people used 'ek pavs, don pavs, tin pavs,
adi', referring to the number of monsoon seasons that had
gone by to refer to the passage of years.

Most children are able to whistle properly by the age of 13,
which happens to be the beginning of the teens. When the
elderly noticed teenagers whistle, they commented: 'Cheddo
toiear zalo; anik don-tin pavs vochonk zai uprant dhirieank
toiear zatolo.' (The boy has come of age; he will be ready
for bullfights after two-to-three more monsoons).

There are many types of whistles; I will mention a few.

HUMMING WHISTLE: Children always watch and follow. Every
time their relatives and friends whistled, they gazed at
them, imitated them and picked up the art of whistling.
Humming whistle is practiced slowly while a person goes about
his daily chores, walks or works -- it identifies his mood.

LOUD WHISTLE: Here again, this whistle is picked up by
following others. In order to blow a loud whistle one joins
the thumb and index finger of the right hand (or left hand)
giving it almost shape of a zero. One then places both
fingers under the tongue, folds its tip and breathes out air
forcibly through opening of the mouth thus producing a
whistle which can be distinctly heard over a long distance.

If repeated continuously, it can be quite irritating.

MELODIOUS WHISTLE: One is able to whistle melodious tunes
only when one has mastered the art of whistling. During our
teens, we mastered certain tunes and went about whistling
them proudly while we walked to school, or rode the bicycle.

Whenever Goan singers explain the tune of their songs to a
music director or writer, they usually whistle and convey the
tune and the pitch, which are repeated until music writer
grasps the tune and writes down the music in the form of
'solfas' or music notes.

The only public entertainment half a century ago was either a
'zagor' or a 'tiatr'. The moment people left the 'mattov',
male members of the audience whistled their favourite tunes in
various pitches, which they had just picked up from the zagor
or tiatr, making it sound like a symphony. They continued to
whistle the tunes until they reached home. Some even whistle
in their dreams!

The only vehicle a few could afford to buy in the
Fifties was a bicycle. Anyone who rode it,
whistled while he traveled on it.

The Goan 'render' (toddy taper) is always in jolly mood; he
is gifted with music. He is at his best when playing the
traditional band consisting of 'ghumott', 'madhiem' and
'kansaiem' (traditional Goan drum and other instruments).
Besides murmuring tunes he also whistles as he climbs up and
down a coconut tree. It's wonderful to watch him sing and
whistle at work!

Many times, the late Alfred Rose began the introduction of
his songs on the stage by whistling the tune; he also
whistled during interlude of a song.

The theme music of many Western movies of yesteryears,
especially those which feature Clint Eastwood, begins with a
whistling tune. Oh, I just love whistle music!

Half a century ago, females did not enjoy freedom
in the society; they were controlled by chauvinist
males. As such, riding a bicycle or whistling was
considered a manly act. However, times have now
changed -- man and woman are considered equal. A
woman now rides a bicycle and motorbike, drives a
car, steers ships and aircrafts, including fighter
jets, and also whistles as good as or better than
a man.

They say a person cannot be good at everything. I have had
an adventurous and mischievous childhood but I also missed
out on some aspects of life. I was and am extremely good in
whistling tunes but I never learned to whistle the 'loud

In 1970, my father came down for good from Kuwait. One of
our relatives, a girl from Salcete, visited my place. She
had lunch and was ready to depart by the 2:30 p.m. bus, which
plied between Siolim and Betim. Somehow, the girl was slow in
leaving the house. As a result, the bus passed by our house,
which is only about four meters away from the road.

My father looked at me and said: "Fionn ghal ani bosik
thamboi re!" (Whistle and stop the bus!) I just kept quiet
and bowed my head in shame because I couldn't whistle the
loud whistle. My father the placed his fingers in his mouth
and whistled as loudly as he could, but the bus had by then
crossed over three hundred meters; so, it was in vain.

My father didn?t say anything but gave me a surprised look as
if to say: "What a shame; my adult son doesn't know how to
whistle?" Finally, I ended up reaching the girl to her place
in Benaulim on my Honda motorcycle. My daughter is an expert
in whistling the loud whistle -- where father failed,
the daughter has picked up!

In the past, there were special whistle tunes which were used
to call out to girlfriends or to send them signals. Lovers
also used a looking mirror to send out the sun's reflection
from a boyfriend's bolkanv to a girlfriend's! Wasn't that
cute, instead of a mobile phone?

Music is a balm of sorts, they say -- it helps soothe the
pain. Whistling is a sort of relaxation to the mind. It
indicates the mood of a person -- whether happy or sad.
Practically, everyone on his way to work and back, whistled.
The 'pageli' whistled as good as the 'render'. They whistled
throughout their journey from Baga or Calangute to Xapora and

We were so obsessed with whistling that we even
went to the extent of having pet birds. Many of us
raised birds like the 'buchunddi' (bulbul),
'sanvor' or 'maina' (megpie), 'kir' (parrot), and
the like. We taught these birds to sing tunes,
which they did with little variation. They became
part of our lives, so much so we would feed them
with our mouth. We would munch 'bazlele chonnem'
(fried grams), gather it on our tongue in the form
of a 'gulli' (ball), open our mouth and make the
birds eat by pecking at it!

That reminds me of an African grey parrot. Many Africanders
brought with them back home African parrots, which I think
were called Casacu. One was donated to the Anjuna church in
the early Fifties.

We all know that African Greys are among the best mimicking
parrot. They are alert, highly intelligent, gentle and
affectionate. African Greys have been referred to as the
perfect mix of brains and beauty!

The parish priest and the curate taught the Casacu different
types of whistles as well as Konkani greetings like "Dev boro
dis dinv" (Good morning); "Tum koso asa re?" (How are you,
man?); "Padr Vigar ghara nam; faleam ieo" (The vicar is not
in; come tomorrow); and the like. At the same time,
church-employed pede or bhaia taught the parrot Konkani
greetings full of bad words, which the parrot picked up
faster and better and used them more often than the polite
greetings. The result? Every visitor to the church was
insulted, and the parish priest had no other alternative but
to dispose of the parrot!

Till today, when my favorite numbers are played on FM radio,
or when I listen to Konkani songs on Konkani Radio Goaworld
from Kuwait [], or play
Konkani song cassettes or CDs, I whistle along simultaneously
and derive double pleasure!

That's all for now from Dom's antique shelf!

"This is my last article on Goanet/Gulf-Goans e-Newsletter
before I retire and return home for good at the end of this month (October 2007).
I am looking forward to returning to my beloved Anjuna where I shall once again
enjoy nature and make it part of my life." Goanet looks forward to many more
articles from Goa.

Incidentally, October 4 is Domnic's birthday, so warm greetings to him. The
author can be contacted at


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Feast of St. Michael the Archangel, the patron of Anjuna village

Today, October 4, 2009, is the feast of St. Michael the Archangel, the patron of Anjuna village!

Actually, St. Michael's special day is celebrated on September 29, but the Anjuna parish always celebrates the feast on the following Sunday.

On this auspicious day, I thought I would drop a few lines on the background of our
church and the patron saint.


The spiritual winds of Christianity swept across the coastal village of Anjuna in North Goa, in 1603, when the majestic Church of St Michael the Archangel was erected by the early Portuguese Franciscan missionaries who had been entrusted with evangelization of the district of Bardez in Goa.

Due to their zealous endeavor in this region, there already existed a growing Christian community. Accordingly, the original church was rebuilt in 1713. The church was demolished and enlarged anew in 1897 while Fr. Caetano Xavier F. BrĂ¡s Afonso, (from Calangute) was the parish priest, to provide a better ventilated interior, retaining the architectural features of the seventeenth century.

The local laity has always come forward to embellish and adorn this House of God with their donations and offerings. But their most significant contribution has been the sons of the village in great number who have become priests, as well as some of its daughters who have joined religious congregations. Both of these have ably served the far-flung Archdiocese of Goa.

The whole Church, including altars, was painted last month; the painting project got over on the eve of the first novena, which began on September 25.

The front cover of the 3rd quarterly parish bulletin of Anjuna, ‘San Minguelacho Avaz,’ carries the picture of the main altar (attached,) which houses the statue of the patron with a scale in his left hand, a “balo” (spear) in his right hand and the demon under his feet.
During our childhood we were told that the scale was to weigh our sins.


God made heaven and earth and all the angels and all the extra important angels, called Archangels. The Archangels were God’s very special friends and were shining and strong and powerful.

One of the Archangels was called Michael. He was ‘the angel of the Lord’, who was sent to Moses and Jacob and Abraham and to other people throughout the history of the world.
Another Archangel was Lucifer, who was so beautiful that the other angels called him
‘the son of the morning.’

Everybody was very happy because they were with God, and they all loved Him. Then
one day Lucifer said to himself: Why should God be the most important person in
Heaven? Why, shouldn't I be? I can fly and I can change into other things, and I am
beautiful and I am powerful. In fact, I am just as important as God, and I shall not do what He tells me ever again. I shall fight Him and have Heaven for mine!

So, Lucifer went around Heaven, and he collected a lot of other angels who also didn't want to be less important than God, until he had a great army. Then they marched up to God and proudly told Him that they were just as important as Him and questioned Him as to why He should be the King of heaven any more than one of them. They told Him they were strong and shining and beautiful, and that they would fight Him for the Kingdom of Heaven. God looked at them; then He said: Lucifer, I thought that you were my friend, and I trusted you. Be sensible now, and think about what you are doing.

I have thought, said Lucifer, and, I would rather not be in heaven at all than have you for my King, and so would all of us! And behind him all the rebel angels shouted with a great shout: We will follow Lucifer! Long live Lucifer! Let him reign over us in Heaven!
We do not want God!

Very well, said God, if you don't want me, you need not have me. But, if you want to
fight for Heaven, you can if you think it will be any good. Then, God called Michael the Archangel, and made him gather together a mighty army of angels who were on God's side.

Then there was a great battle in heaven - Michael and his Angels fighting with Lucifer; and, Lucifer fought, and his angels fought; but, they did not win. And Michael drove Lucifer right out of Heaven, and he fell down, and down to hell. And all his bad angels were driven down after him, and as the last one disappeared from sight forever and the gate of heaven clanged shut, a great shout went up from Michael's army: Heaven has won! Rejoice and be glad all you Angels! The Good God always wins!

So, now you know why we sometimes say in our prayers, ‘Holy St. Michael the
Archangel, defend us in the Day of Battle,’ because he is so good at battles.

But, what happened to Lucifer and his rebel angels? Well, he was so furious and enraged at having lost his battle with God that he has never gotten over it. You see, he is never allowed inside heaven anymore forever and ever and ever; and, now that he can't go into heaven anymore, he is angry about it.

So, in revenge, he does everything horrible to God that he can. His worst feeling is
jealousy; who do you suppose he is jealous of? Us! Why? Because when our Lord Jesus
was crucified, He opened the Kingdom of heaven for us to go in! So Lucifer, whose other name is Satan, or the Devil, is furious because, we, ordinary people are allowed into heaven, and he, an Archangel, is not.

So, he and his angels or demons try always to stop us going into heaven by giving us bad ideas, and making us do things that we know are wrong, so as to hurt God. So, whenever you want to do or say something horrid, think of the great battle in heaven and remember that it is Lucifer who is trying to keep you on his side. If you don't do or say it, you have won and have stayed on God's side.

There is a lot of similarity between the revolt by Lucifer and our present-day political rebellion, especially in Goa, where every one of the MLAs aspires to be the Chief Minister of the State. Let us pray to St. Michael to instill a sense of fear in our politicians and to guide them to work for the betterment of the masses rather than for selfish motives.

Today’s world is full of jealousy and selfishness. Let us pray to St. Michael to rid us of this pest and lead us to the Heavenly path.


“St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the day of battle; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke Him, we humbly pray, and do Thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell, Satan and all the other evil spirits, who prowl through the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.”



Bhav. Minguel Arkanj, amchea zhuzan tum amkam rakh, amcho rakhonddar za ani
soglea vaittantlim ani devcharachea fasantlim amkam nivar ani Devan tacho nas korunk
nirmi mhonn ami tuka sorginchea Kunvra prathanv. Devache podven soitanak ani
sonvsarant monxancho ibadd kortoleam khotteam atmeacher zhuzunk amkam tuzo adhar
di. Amen.

“Oh, onodvont Bhag. Minguel Arkanj, sorginchea Kunvra, amchea pasot atam ani
amchea mornanchea velar mag. Mhojea Deva, hanv sothmantam, hanv tuka nomoskar
kortam, mhozo bhorvonso tujer dovortam ani tuzo mog kortam. Tuka mandinant, tuka
nomoskar korinant, tujer patienant ani tuzo mog korinant tanchem hanv bhogsonnem

“Sogott Anjunkarank khuxealborit San Minguelichi porob anvddetam!” (I wish all
Anjunkars a happy St. Michael’s feast!

A Konkani tiatr titled “THAPOTT” by Roseferns will be held in the Church Hall at 6:30


Domnic Fernandes
Anjuna, Goa
Mob: 9420979201