Keep fit with Anu Saxena

Keeping fit and living healthy is high on the priority list of most folks today. This involves doing some daily exercise routines. It is also important that the exercise regimen is tailored to one’s personal fitness requirements and is taught by experienced instructors. Anu Saxena who has had a long stint in this neighbourhood several years ago is an experienced …

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Tectonic Shifts

Just a few centimetres of movement in the tectonic plates is enough to cause cataclysmic effects on the surface of the earth’s crust. While these are physical environmental changes ,what is of greater need are tectonic shifts in several aspects of our daily lives. Civic discipline, corruption, traffic discipline, gender equality are just a few of the things that need …

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Waxing eloquent on fabric with Batik

Batik is the art of creating designs on fabric using wax as a dye resist. Repeated waxing and dyeing of the fabric ultimately creates unique, exquisite designs on fabric. This is an art that has been practiced in various parts of India for centuries. Geeta and Mohan Mayenkar – the husband wife duo are the only artist couple in Goa …

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MES College sets its sights on wider academic horizons

The Murgaon Education Society’s College of Arts and Commerce at Zuarinagar, is the only college in the Mormugao taluka. This institution has been striving to provide relevant and quality academic facility for the students of this locality. In keeping with this aim, the college is in the process of obtaining certification of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) – …

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Unusual vocations – Rajat helps you to cross your dog

We live in an age of super specialisation. Getting to be a super specialist requires years of academic grind followed by years of experience in the super special field. However there are also some niche fields that have a very small number of individuals who are adept at it. They hone their skills in their chosen field by sheer hard …

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Harvesting

It has been harvest time around the country in the months gone by and “Baisakhi” the festival celebrated with vigor and zeal especially in the north has just gone by. The students who have completed their exams are waiting with bated breath for their results. They will reap the results of their efforts or rue the fact that they did …

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A Face in the Crowd Chiming for a living

Walking from street to street, shop front to shop front, singing songs in praise of Vittala Panduranga and Sai Baba. This is what Gopinath Namdeo Chavan does for a living. The alms given by generous shopkeepers and citizens keep body and soul together and the hunger pangs at bay. Hailing from Khed in Ahmednagar district, Namdeo says he has been …

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ARZ conferred national “Stree Shakti Puraskar- 2014”

ARZ, an NGO based in Vasco, has been selected for the “Stree Shakti Puraskar- 2014” (Ahilya Bai Holkar), for doing yeoman service in the field of Anti Human Trafficking. The award was presented by His Excellency the President of India in a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi on the 8th of March, 2015 on the occasion of the celebration …

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Ankita D’Souza brings themed Cake Pops to the port town

Meet Ankita D’Souza who has pioneered the entry of themed Cake Pops in our port town – and she is just 18! Aspiring to be an Artist who also loves baking, she specialises in hand painting and crafting her cookies, cake pops and cakes with her artistic touch and has started her own Facebook page “180 degrees yum” to explore …

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Sporting Blues

Let’s face it. It’s just a game. No need for going blue in the face to complement the playing colours, even if we get trounced. After all , it’s not a national calamity. Ironically, national calamities draw less attention or clamour and post-mortem and analysis. Besides the bookies who gave odds in favour of a win for the men in …

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Garbage Gossip

Tackling the growing garbage management problem is an issue that every civic body faces. The MMC, in its effort to address this issue, has instituted house to house garbage collection system and each household has been made to segregate their waste at source in two separate bins for wet and dry non bio-degradeable garbage. However, several citizens inform us that …

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Cook Express – Mysore Pak by Jayashree Jairam

Ingredients  1 cup      ……………..  Besan (sieved) 2 cups      ……………..  Ghee 2 cups      ……………..  Sugar 1/2 cup      ……………..  Water   Method Put 1/2 cup ghee in a kadai. Add besan and fry over slow flame. Stir and remove any lumps until a nice aroma. Remove fried besan from flame. In another vessel add 2 cups sugar 1/2 …

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Regina Mundi U13 Champions

Regina Mundi High School, Chicalim (Mormugao) defeated Mount Mary’s High School, Chinchinim 2-1 to emerge State Champions  of the All Goa Inter School Under 13 yrs Football organised by the Directorate of Sports & Youth Affairs, Panjim, Goa. In a exciting match played here at Panjim. Both the teams were locked goal-less at half-time but some tough talking by Coach  …

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Colours and life

The festival of colours is around the corner. However, colours are the very source of a lot of agitation in the minds of the country’s citizens. Black money stashed away in foreign shores is something everyone wants to be brought back to our country’s coffers. The recent campaign against the Lal Batti culture has left many elected representatives red in …

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Meet Philatelist Narahari Govind Vengurlekar

Philately – collecting those little bits of paper called postal stamps is a passionate hobby for many around the world. Narhari Govind Vengurlekar of our neighbourhood is one such philatelist and coin collector. He displayed a part of his impressive collection of stamps, coins and currency notes at the Ambedkar Vocational Centre in the fortnight gone by. The stamps on …

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Bonsai Enthusiasts in our neighbourhood | Meet Srikrishna Kamat & Jhansi Prasad

Bonsai – the Japanese art of creating miniature trees and plants always fascinates the onlooker. As a hobby it can be a very satisfying activity that teaches one not only the techniques of nurturing a plant but also the value of patience and persistence, as a good Bonsai takes years to become a work of art. There are some Bonsai …

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Road from St Andrew’s Church to JMFC renamed as Fr José Vaz Road

The road from St Andrew’s Church Vasco to JMFC, Vasco has been officially renamed as Fr José Vaz Road.  

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Aflatoon by Ulhas Joshi released

Aflatoon, a book in Marathi written by Shri Ulhas Joshi comprising  of short stories  and pen portraits of some eminent personalities who have excelled in their respective professions was released recently. Mr. Joshi who was the Head master of St. Joseph’s Institute has wide experience of creative writings and has published several books in Marathi including a novel entitled “Ghat” …

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The Jungle Book of Management by Ramesh Kumar Mendiratta

Ramesh Kumar Mendiratta’s The Jungle Book of Management explores different leadership styles that is compared to animal, bird and other fauna behaviour and habits. The seed for a book on this topic and this perspective of management styles was sown in Ramesh Kumar’s mind way back in 1988 by Prof CGK Nair while Ramesh Kumar was attending a course at …

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Joy brings Music to everyone

That is what Joy Peenakal has been doing for the past two and a half decades, teaching music in Vasco. His journey in the world of music began from childhood with his mother teaching him the basics. He was encouraged by the church priests in choirs and programmes. He started playing the harmonium and then graduated to the church organ …

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Anirudh A. Parsekar bags gold at U-15 Rapid Chess tourney

Master Anirudh A. Parsekar, student of St. Joseph Institute, Vasco, won 1st place in All Goa U-15 Rapid Chess Tournament Organised By Chess RCC Fatorda & Unique Chess Academy, Goa held at PJN Stadium Fatorda on 4th January 2015. Anirudh is being coached by Swapnil Hoble of Vasco.

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Tidy tidings this new year ?

About a week ago, I stopped by a sweetmeat shop in the heart of Vasco to buy a snack and drink. The young adult served me the samosa on a piece of newspaper. I took the samosa and told him I did not need the newspaper serviette. He promptly crushed the piece of paper into a ball and threw it …

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Sudesh Narvekar P.I. Traffic Vasco awarded CM’s Gold Medal for Meritorious Service

Sudesh Narvekar, P.I. (Traffic), Vasco, was awarded the Chief Minister’s Gold Medal for meritorious service on the occasion of Liberation Day, on 19th Dec 2014. His career began with his selection for the Goa Police Service through the State Selection Commission in 1998. After training at the Police Academy in Nashik, and a probationary stint at the Colaba Police Station …

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In Focus – Photography Contest & Exhibition

XoomIn Photographers club de Goa in association with Ravindra Bhavan, is organizing a Photography Contest & Exhibition on 17 & 18 Jan 2015. The Theme : Portrait & Cityscape. Four images can be submitted in each theme, Winners will be awarded with Cash Prizes and certificates to all participants. Photographs should be printed in 12/18 size . Photographs should be …

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Marina & Antonio Iachella – Providing authentic Italian cuisine in our neighbourhood

[su_slider source=”media: 2214,2215,2213,2212,2211″ link=”lightbox” height=”400″ title=”no” pages=”no” mousewheel=”no”] Tagliatelle, Maraldine, Fusilli and Linguine – words we are not really familiar with. Well, ask Antonio and Marina Iachella and they will show you the real shape and flavour of these authentic Italian pastas made by them. This Italian family’s relocation to the east to Goa happened when they wanted to experience …

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