Constructing a green neighbourhood

Vidhya Tapadia is an architect of our neighbourhood for whom sustainable low impact design and execution is the dominant driving force. After graduating in Architecture from Pune, she has been a practising architect for over a decade and her firm – Axiom Design offers services in architecture and interior design. “Minimalism and sustainability forms the core of our design ethics”, …

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Josh Express – The Amphibian Orchestra & The Snake Dance

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Cook Express – Vegetable and Egg Chop by Mahua Char

Mahua Char is passionate about Rabindra Sangeet and is a talented singer too. She is a qualified musician who holds a post graduate degree in Music from Rabindra Bharathi, Kolkata. She shared some typical Bengali recipes with the women of our neighbourhood on 6th June 2014. [su_carousel source=”media: 1992,1990,1988,1987,1986,1985,1984,1983,1982,1981,1980,1979,1978,1977,1976,1975,1974,1973,1972,1971,1970″ link=”lightbox” height=”300″ items=”1″ title=”no”] Vegetable chop Ingredients 1 medium size Potato boiled and mashed …

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Stop! Look! Go!

In the Vasco Traffic Cell jurisdiction Accident Prone areas have been identified. As a preventive measure and to warn the motorist to go slow, warning blinker lights have been installed in Vasco city at 15 locations. It is one of the measures to alert the motorist at junctions and to avoid accidents. All warning blinkers have been provided by GSL …

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Bal Bhavan Vasco – Upgrade of facility a crying need

Art, craft, music, dance – activities that hone the aesthetic sense are an important adjunct to the all round development of the younger generation. The Bal Bhavan is an institution that has been striving to provide these inputs to children from a wide cross-section of society through its various centres across the state. While the centre of the Bal Bhavan …

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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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Studying the salt of her land – Flory Pereira

Can you imagine a meal without salt? Salt is perhaps the most ancient of the food additives in the history of human culinary evolution. Living in the coastal belt with an ocean full of salty water detracts from its value, whereas in tribal communities in the hinterland, salt is a prized commodity that fetches high value in barter transactions. With …

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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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Urgent need to regulate parking for better traffic management and decongestion

With the growing population of both four and two wheelers, the need to regulate parking arrangements has become imperative in the interests of smooth flow of vehicular movement, pedestrian safety and decongestion of roads. It is to be appreciated by the public at large, that while the traffic police are the main visible personnel on the roads, however the regulations …

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Cook Express – Mocktails by Donsavio Lacerda

We had a Don in Bartending boarding the Cook Express. Donsavio Lacerda will teach you the ropes of making creamy, fizzy and other thirst quenching mocktails. Just what the doctor ordered for this hot summer. Donsavio has had a passion for training people in the food & beverage arena and has conducted several workshops as a freelance trainer. He has in …

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Cook Express – Chinese Cuisine by Hotel La Paz Gardens

Hotel La Paz Gardens gave the Cook Express a green signal. La Paz, as it is known to everyone in the neighbourhood, has a loyal clientele who swear by their Chinese restaurant – Sweet ‘n’ Sour. Chef Rakesh Kumar takes you through the paces in making some special Chinese cuisine . A soup, a chicken recipe and a veggie dish …

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Cook Express – Spicy Kolhapuri Misal Pav & Batata Vada by Kavita Gupte

Ms Kavita Gupte of our neighbourhood is a person of many talents and interests. She has a passion for craft making, rangolis of various types, embroidery and cooking. If you missed her class on 10th April 2014 get the recipe from below and make spicy Kolhapuri style Misal Pavs and Batata Wadas . [su_carousel source=”media: 1603,1604,1605,1606,1607,1608,1609,1610,1611,1612,1613,1614,1615,1616,1617,1618,1620,1621,1622,1623,1624,1625,1626,1627,1628,1629,1630,1631,1632,1633,1634,1635,1636,1637,1638,1639″ link=”lightbox” width=”640″ height=”200″ title=”no” autoplay=”3000″]RECIPE COMING …

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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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Vineella and Basavaraj – Keep the hunger pangs of the destitute at bay

It is heartening that even in this predominantly “I – Me – Myself” world there are still some good Samaritans who take it upon themselves to do something to alleviate the sufferings of fellow human beings. Vineela Diana and Basavaraj Katti, the young husband-wife duo are doing just this within their own modest capability. They have made it their mission …

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Regina & Agnes Shine at 35th Masters Athletic Championship

Regina Dourado bagged Gold in 1500mtr race and Silver each in 400mts and 800mts Run, while Agnes Dias bagged Silver in Long Jump and Bronze in 100mtr Run at the recently held 35th Masters Athletic championship 2014 at Coimbtore , Tamil Nadu. They were trained by SAG athletic coach Devi Gaokar and Health & Fitness Trainer Namdev Chopdecar. Betty George, …

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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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Get into step with ‘DID Super Mom’ Cecile

Her saga on the dance floor began twenty years ago at her home town Baina, Vasco. An only child, her parents encouraged and supported her passion for dancing. At 12 years of age and in school at St. Therese’, she along with 5 friends formed the only ever all girls dance group – The Scorpions. They performed for big events, …

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Cook Express – TENDER COCONUT SOUFFLÉ by Divya & Dhanwanti Furtado

As a part of Cook Express, a Vasco Watch Community Initiative, the Mother and Daughter Duo Dhanwanti  Furtado and Divya Furtado demonstrated how to make the unique and scrumptious Tender Coconut Soufflé. [su_carousel source=”media: 1497,1496,1495,1494,1493,1492,1491,1490,1489,1488,1487,1486,1485,1484,1483,1482,1481,1480,1479,1478,1477,1476,1475,1474,1473,1472,1471″ link=”lightbox” width=”640″ height=”200″ title=”no”]   Tender Coconut Soufflé Ingredients 10 Tender Coconuts 2 Tins Milkmaid Gelatin – 2 packets (1ltr) Pasteurised Milk Sugar if required Method …

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Cook Express – BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE by Sunaira Peris

As a part of Cook Express, a Vasco Watch Community Initiative, “Little Chef” Sunaira Peris, a Class IX Student of Navy Children School demonstrated a lipsmackingly delicious Blueberry Cheesecake. She was assisted by Ms. Sarita Peris, her mother. So, grab the ingredients needed and make one yourself! [su_carousel source=”media: 1469,1468,1467,1466,1465,1464,1463,1462,1461,1460,1459,1458,1457,1456,1455,1454,1453,1452,1451,1450,1449,1448,1447,1446,1445,1444,1443,1442,1441,1440,1439″ link=”lightbox” width=”640″ height=”200″ title=”no”] Ingredients for The base 3 small packets …

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Green Thumbs of the neighbourhood bag BSG Home Garden Competition awards

The state may be witnessing an inexorable greying of the landscape with housing and commercial projects mushrooming all around. However, there are fortunately several pockets of green that refuse to give in. While agriculture in general is on the decline in our state, there however seems to be an encouraging resurgence of kitchen gardening in our neighbourhood. Several intrepid Home …

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Cook Express – BREADS & BAKING by Rita Shinde

On the occasion of International Women’s Day on Mar 8th, the Vasco Watch brings the Cook Express to the women of our neighbourhood. Cook Express will be an ongoing cooking class programme that aims to involve women of our neighbourhood who will share their passion for cooking with people of the neighbourhood. The cooking instructors will be people from all …

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Vasco Bus Stand finally decongested

The old Vasco City Bus Stand was a perennially congested location with KTC point to point buses and private city busses jostling for space. Kudos to the authorities for implementing an alternative arrangement that has made the area free of chaos. The KTC Bus Stand has been shifted to the centre road adjacent to the T.B. Cunha chowk and the …

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Vasco shines at the 9th School National Squash Games

The Goa state squash team participated and did exceedingly well in the 59th school national games held in Chennai from the 22nd to 26th Feb 2014. The Boys team comprising Yash Fadte, Armaan Chowfin, Ancheet Sardessai all of St Joseph’s Institute Vasco and Aditya Dayal of Regina Mundi High School came overall 3rd and won the Bronze medal. The Girls …

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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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Shalaka Naik of VTTA represents Goa team at Nationals

13 year old Shalaka Naik a trainee of the Vasco Table Tennis Academy was selected and represented the Goa Schools’ under 17 team in the School Games Federation of India Table Tennis Nationals which were held at Aurangabad recently. For Shalaka, this was her first trip to the nationals and she joins her VTTA colleague and school mate Isha Bhandari …

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