Meet the oldest resident of Chicalim- Catarina Da Costa

Catarina Julia Brigida Da Costa will turn 95 this February and has the distinction of being the oldest resident of the Chicalim village. Born on 13th Feb 1920, Catarina hails from Candolim. She lived in Africa in Dar- e- Salam for some years before marriage, where she did her schooling and learnt to speak Swahili fluently. She married in 1941 …

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A creative young couple in our midst – Ramdas and Kausalya

[su_custom_gallery source=”media: 1766,1765,1764,1763,1761″ link=”lightbox” width=”160″ height=”160″ title=”never”] Art coursed the veins of Ramdas Gadekar right from his school days at the St. Josephs Institute. Little wonder that he then joined the Goa College of Art. After graduation in 2005, he went into the digital art field and worked as a 2D background artist for a firm in Bengaluru. He honed …

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Jackferns Dry Cleaners – Ensuring your creases are stiff and straight

What can be so exciting in a story about a laundry. This is a narrative of hard work, and diligence to keep the home fires burning. Joaquim Santan Fernandes was born in 1937. After his schooling at the Catholic Education Institute that had its premises in a place where the now current Apna Bazar is located and thereafter to a …

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May Day – May Day – May Day

Yes, the title is the universal emergency call for aviators, mariners and all those in distress. The common citizen is being called upon once again to rescue the country through the ballot box. The collective common sense of the man on the street has always pulled the country from several brinks of democratic disaster and set the subcontinent back on …

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Cook Express – Pesarattu with Chettinad Chutney by Jayashree Jairam

[su_carousel source=”media: 1601,1600,1599,1598,1597,1596,1595,1594,1593,1592,1591,1590,1589,1588,1587,1586,1585,1584,1583,1582,1581,1580,1579,1578,1577,1576,1575,1574,1573,1572″ link=”lightbox” width=”640″ height=”200″ title=”no” autoplay=”3000″] Check out this unique South Indian easy to make-can’t go wrong “Pesarattu” that is from the dosa family . The Chettinad chutney is a must learn recipe that has a special ingredient that makes it different. This was demonstrated on 10th April 2014 by Jayashree Jairam who is also a Bharatanatyam dancer and …

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Cook Express – KAI MURUKKUS by Lakshmi Iyer

Whose mouth does not water when the word Murrukku(Chakkli) is uttered! Did you know that making Kai Murrukkus is an art? But if you have the correct dough and nimble fingers you can master the art just like Lakshmi Iyer an ex banker from our neighbourhood, a Murrukku specialist. Lakshmi demonstrated the delicious crunchy murukkus in the traditional as well …

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Yusuf Sheikh conferred Goa State Cultural Award

Noted Konkani writer Yusuf A. Sheikh from Vasco (Mormugao) was amongst 16 eminent citizens to whom Goa State Cultural Awards were presented by the Governor of Goa, Shri Bharat Vir Wanchoo at a function organized by the Dept. of Art & Culture recently. Speaking on the occasion Mr. Wanchoo said that the artistic and cultural elements are the only integrating …

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Is history… well, history? The Vasco Clock Tower

Our approach to being conscious of the past is contradictory. While the history syllabi in schools keeps burgeoning with more and more detail and trivia (quantity being confused for quality?); a sense of preservation of history and heritage on the ground does not seem to be a part of the conscious or subconscious thought process. Little wonder that the few …

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JCI Dabolim Celebrates Road Safety Week

JCI Dabolim, Celebrated ‘Road Safety Week’ in association with the ‘Traffic Cell of Vasco’ at Alto Dabolim- Bogmalo Junction and at Airport Junction. Present on the occasion were the P.I. Traffic Cell Sudesh Narvekar, JCI Dabolim President Ganesh Lamani and others. Various cards, pamphlets were handed out and prizes were distributed to the riders who identified the correct traffic signs. …

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It is time to save Vasco’s Heritage Clock Tower!

The Vasco Clock Tower is one of the last few heritage structures remaining in our Port Town. The Vasco Watch had earlier appealed to the citizens to voice their support for a petition to the MMC to take necessary action to restore this heritage structure. The Goa Heritage Action Group has now also written to the MMC to initiate action …

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Patriarch of the Joshi family – Shri Vasant Joshi leaves for his heavenly abode

The glorious innings of Vasco’s prominent son Shri Vasantrao Joshi came to an end on 28th Dec 2013. A former legislator of the Vasco constituency (1972), Shri Vasant Joshi was an individual who endeared himself to the citizens of this town. A visionary who set up much needed educational facilities in this neighbourhood, the Murgao Education Society, which began in …

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Rim Jhim 2013 Celebrations

  The rains are still here. Reluctant to give way to the onset of drier days. It has been a wonderful monsoon and we celebrated Rim Jhim 2013- Songs, Verse, Art, Dance, Stories all revelling in the joys of rain. Peacocks and sketches by the students of Govt. High School, Mangor, brightened up the walls. An evening of neighbourhood camaraderie. …

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Is time running out to save Vasco’s Heritage Clock Tower?

The clock tower atop the old Municipal Market is perhaps one of the few remaining heritage structures remaining in Vasco town. The efforts of the Goa Heritage Action Group to get the MMC to seriously take up the restoration and preservation of this structure has not yet borne fruit. Vasco Watch will petition the MMC to take up the restoration …

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