Of gossip and the grapevine

The incessant rains over the last fortnight spawned some interesting nuggets of gossip in our neighbourhood village. Our maid lives in the village down the road in a very picturesque and serene ambience amongst coconut plantations and paddy fields. A couple of days ago in the course of her chatter with the lady of the house (LOH), she revealed that …

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100% “IDI” needed

This has nothing to do with foreigners or their money. We need 100% IDI – Individual Direct Investment – in our communities and neighbourhoods. Individuals need to invest directly for the betterment of their quality of life through clean, corruption free, efficiently run cities, towns and villages. Investment begins at home! We need to invest in terms of our own …

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Monsoon Melodies

The last couple of days has seen the skies opening up and showers providing a welcome relief from the sweltering heat. But, what I look forward to more than the cooling showers, is the arrival of the monsoon orchestra that somehow as if by magic arrives at the small pond in my garden for the evening concerts. Come sundown and …

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Waiting for…

The board exams are over but now the waiting for the results and its concurrent tensions and anxiety begins. Those toddlers who have applied to enter at the lowest rung of the academic institutions are waiting for their names to appear on the select list to begin their twelve-year grind. We have also now reached that phase of the year …

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Home going

May is the month when families make that annual “return to the roots” trip. It may be the ancestral home where the grandparents stay or their home town to their original abode. With family dynamics changing rapidly, affordability and facility to travel increasing significantly, many opt for a holiday to places within or out of the country during the holiday …

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Summer Hols

Yes, it’s that time of the year most awaited by school kids. Summer holidays – a long break from the school routine. In the days gone by, children used their own inventive minds and imagination to play games and share unforgettable moments with neighbourhood pals. But times change – there are now a plethora of summer camps and other organised …

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Weathering Water Woes

An article in the newspaper a few days ago informed that the water crisis in Mormugao would take another week to be resolved. A few days ago on a post on some WhatsApp group highlighted a very simple innovative way in which a school in Pimpri, near Pune, overcame a chronic water shortage. The students were instructed to empty the …

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Visual Pollution

Citizens would have surely noticed that there has been a sudden spurt in the number of hoardings and advertisement boards throughout the main localities of the neighbourhood. While the need to generate revenue through such avenues is an acceptable strategy- it should not however be at the cost of marring the aesthetics of a precinct or the ambience of a …

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The flag flies high

The country is at the cusp of some very exciting times. The mood is very positive in all spheres. We have the right ingredients to make this dream a reality. A country where the demographic is tilted heavily towards the younger age bracket. We have scores of bright minds eager to innovate and create in diverse fields, raw material in …

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Journeying On – Vasco Watch completes 16 years in print

“Success is not final and failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill. Our publication now moves into its 17th year in print. The quote above is in many ways synonymous with our endeavours.When we published the first issue in Aug 1999, what we aimed at was to enjoy the journey and make …

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Igniting young minds

The passing away of Dr. Abdul Kalam and the subsequent spontaneous outpouring of public grief, accolades, reminisces of poignant interactions with him and the feelings of irreparable loss, were but the recognition of the strength of character and calibre of the departed soul. My family and I were fortunate to have had a brief personal interaction with him. It was …

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Creativity, Invention and Corruption

The morning’s paper carried an article wherein the man behind Infosys, Narayanmurthy, lamented that there has not been a single invention from India in the last 60 years, of any real consequence, to delight the global community . None of the higher institutes of technical learning have produced any earthshaking new product or processes he stated. Institutes in the West …

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Hobby Connections

People get connected in various ways – through residential enclaves, educational institutions, social organizations and clubs, profession, sport and the like. In most cases the age group of the individuals being connected is the same or within a very small range. But there are some activities that transcend the age barrier and cause connections between two individuals of very dissimilar …

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Coloured Corners

The nation is being blitzed with news of notices with varied coloured corners being issued against individuals for misdemeanours they are alleged to have committed. The word “Corner” has somehow always had a negative connotation. Right from nursery, when children who are troublesome are asked to stand in a “corner” as punishment. “Dark corners” are for those hiding from the …

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Monsoon Musings

Pre monsoon showers are already here and the real monsoon clouds will envelope us in the coming fortnight. Preparations for the rains are on full swing with plastic tarpaulin traders seeing the usual brisk sales as people hurry to get ready for the showers. An interesting message is doing the rounds through various Whatsapp groups. It exhorts people to save …

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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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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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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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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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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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Faster Higher Stronger

The forthcoming Sunday will once again see an event that pushes the levels of human endurance to extreme levels. Climbing peaks, swimming or sailing across oceans, running and cycling extraordinarily long distances, sky diving from stratospheric heights – the list of such feats is unending. The advent of professional sport and handsome prize money has made such activities quite lucrative …

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A Clean Sweep

The monsoon has reluctantly terminated its rain dance. A final splash along with gusty winds seems to have been the farewell parting shot. Mornings now have the winter nip in the air. The mood has already changed. The outdoors now beckons. The current edition of the tourist season is already picking up momentum. We had highlighted the unbecoming sight of …

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Light

A word that has several connotations. In the pure physical form it is the energy from that heavenly body that is the source of the primary energy – the sun. It can be used to denote the weight of an object. When used to describe a colour it brings to mind shades where the pigment is in small measure. Light-hearted …

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Tick Talk

Time ticking away for Vasco’s Clock Tower The Clock Tower in Vasco – a heritage structure in the heart of the town and the only clock tower structure in Goa is in urgent need of restoration. The need to restore this heritage structure was highlighted earlier in this newspaper and even a comprehensive restoration and area development plan made by …

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