Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Minguel Braganza speaks about the history of Cashew in Goa at the Caju festival (cajuchem fest) at succoro porvorim goa

Minguel Braganza speaks about the history of Cashew in Goa at the Caju festival (cajuchem fest) at succoro porvorim goa

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

An evening at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda for the ISL match where FC Goa beat Kerala Blasters

Spectators in full energy at the Fatorda Stadium chanting Força Goa!!! 

I watched last three matches of the local team FC GOA at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda.
This time around, could not get tickets for the match and at the same time, could not get a day off to go throughout the day I tried calling my friends who I knew were fans of the football in the hope of getting a pass or a ticket to see the match. At 5 p.m. I received a call 2 tickets were available. I called my colleague and geared myself to go, although we are held in the office beyond our closing time of 5.30, we left the office at the dot of 5.30. As usual the traffic was heavy being the closing office hours’ and added to that were bikes, cars, jeeps filled with supporters of FC Goa carrying flags and banners all along the NH-17 from Panjim to Margao.
As we neared Margao the traffic jam was increasing, all eager to reach for the Match. Between FC-Goa and FC Kerala Blasters was expected to be a thriller.
Zooming through the traffic jam we managed to reach Margao at 5.47 p.m. I tried calling my friend who had arranged the tickets, but all the telephone lines were jammed. It was frustrating getting through my friend, Just then a message popped in "Two Tickets kept at Vijay General Store gate no 5". After parking our bikes our hunt was for Vijay store, on learning that Vijay Store was just the other end of the stadium from where we were standing. Running through thousands of supporters was not easy, finally we got the tickets at 7.55 p.m. off we marched our way to the West Stand. As we entered the top floor it was a roaring welcome as the FC GOA supporters were chanting " Forca Goa" "Forca Goa". The stadium was jammed packed, having no seats available I tried to make myself comfortable on the steps in between the seats. Just them my friend who had accompanied managed to get two seats right in front and from there, we could get a good view of the game and soon we joined in the cheering and chanting of "Forca Goa" it was one big galore party.
Right from the start of the game Goa was attacking and Kerala on the defensive. In the 8th minute Tolgay Ozbey shot rebounded off the post. Though Goa had many attacks on the Kerala defence the first half ended goalless with FC Goa 0 - 0 Kerala Blasters.
Goa took the lead in the 63 minuts when Andre Santos took a free kick and the substitute Slepicka kicked it in past the flummoxed Kerala goalkeeper David James. In the 69 minute Santos scored the second for FC Goa. in the 79 minutes Slepicka made it 3-0 for FC Goa.
Full Time: FC Goa 3-0 Kerala Blasters!
Andre Santos was the Hero of the match. This win took goa to the 3rd Position in the ISL.
FC Goa coach Zico's mantra to move one step at a time has worked with the team, remaining unbeaten in the last six matches after inconsistent performance at the start.
After the match as we rode back home, it was such a wonderful sight to see with supporters displaying flags, chanting slogans all along the way.Forca Goa
Spectators in full energy at the Fatorda Stadium chanting Força Goa!!!
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 Força Goa!!!
 Spectators in full energy at the Fatorda Stadium chanting Força Goa!!!
 A little girl waves sitting on the shoulders of her dad, waves out the FC GOA flag
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A supporter of FC Goa waves out the FC Goa Flat at the Fatorda Stadium 
as Spectators chant "Força Goa!!!"
look at the little angle in full support of her team "Força Goa!!!"
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 Força Goa!!!
 Spectators in full energy at the Fatorda Stadium chanting Força Goa!!!
 Força Goa!!!
A young Spectator waves out the FC Goa flag at the Fatorda Stadium.
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 Managed to capture the first Goal by FC Goa against Kerala, 
the whole stadium roared in support to the local Team
 The team gets together before the start of the match
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 the whole atmosphere was so energetic and electrifying
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 ZICO : Salute to this living legend of football and for the complete turnaround 
he has achieved in the current form of FC Goa.
 Spectators in full energy at the Fatorda Stadium chanting Força Goa!!!
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Fireworks gallore at the Fatorda Stadium as FC Goa crush Kerela Blasters
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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Dance Illusions - DanceSport Goa - Goa's No.1 Ballroom Dance School presents

Goa’s No. 1 Ballroom Dancing School “Dance Illusions” 
A Sunday only batch starting at Panjim on 19th October, 2014 
timings from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm, 
at Hotel Mayfair, Panjim Goa, 
for five Consecutive Sundays, 

Level 1 ballroom basic will cover the following dances:-
Waltz, Jive, Cha Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Salsa
15 hours course is divided over 5 Sundays, 3 hours each
Dance instruction will be given by Dr. Martin, Flossy & Dance Illusions Team!

For latest dance courses offered and other details Contact Dance Illusions at
Phone: +91-9823014397

The Viennese Waltz began in the 17th Century. It comes from Vienna, from the Alp region of Austria and also from the southern part of Germany that is called Bavaria. It was then danced with a lot of distance between the partners, almost like a Latin Hold. It slowly moved towards France and the French brought the partners closer together when dancing the Viennese Waltz (the hip joints actually touch). At that time, this change was quite scandalous. Later, in the 18th century, when it moved to America, the Americans felt that bringing the dance still closer would help them dance it better. In 1816, at the palace of the Prince Regent in London, the Viennese Waltz was performed for the first time in public. This close style of dance was heavily criticized by the public. In 1866, a popular English magazine ‘Belgravia’ criticized the Viennese Waltz, calling it a horrifying, wicked dance. Fortunately, Queen Victoria was a keen ballroom dancer and had a special place in her heart for the Viennese Waltz, which made it more acceptable to the public.
In 1924, when the Standard Ballroom Dance Association was formed, to make Viennese Waltz more popular they reduced its tempo and called it the ‘Waltz’ or the ‘ English Waltz’ or the ‘Modern Waltz’.
The Viennese Waltz has a speed of 60 beats per minute.
The Waltz, on the other hand, has a speed is 30 beats per minute.
Both the Viennese Waltz and the Waltz have a count of 1 2 3.
The mood of both these dances is – ‘ROMANCE’.

Like the cha cha, the Jive has no country of origin. The mix of the Jive is similar to BOOGIE, JITTERBUG, WEST COAST SWING, LINDY HOP and most of all the ROCK ‘n’ ROLL… To dance the Jive effectively, one must be able to do a great mix of all… the Jive is a FUN FILLED… CARE FREE… and a RELAXED dance…
In 1954, The Latin American Ballroom Association mixed the all the above dances, and came up with the JIVE, keeping it either fast or slow depending upon the interpretation of music, style and choreography.
The Jive is one of the fastest of all the Latin American dances with a speed of 44 beats per minute. This dance, with all of its kicks and flicks, requires a tremendous amount of stamina.
Its count is 1 2 3A 4 5A 6.
The mood of Jive is – ‘FUN’


The Cha Cha Cha has no particular country of origin. It is an offshoot of this dance called the ‘Mambo’. When the Mambo was danced with a double leg movement people gave this dance the name ‘Triple Mambo’.
In 1954, the Latin American Ballroom Association accepted Triple Mambo as one of their dances by setting rules and regulations, and changing its name from Triple Mambo to CHA CHA CHA making it a FLIRTY… NAUGHTY… SPICY and a very RHYTHMICAL dance, filled with lots of zest, hip action and high speed maneuvers…. That’s why its music is very INVITING and MISCHIEVOUS … and it is called the CHEEKY Cha Cha Cha….
Cha Cha is a medium paced dance with a speed of 32 BPM.
Its count is 2 3cha cha 1.
The mood of Cha Cha is – ‘NAUGHTY’


Harry Fox, an actor-comedian born in 1882, brought popularity to the Foxtrot. In 1904, Harry moved from San Francisco to New York after a massive fire and earthquake hit San Francisco. Harry chose to move to New York to fulfill his dream to act in plays. He had joined theater in 1902. He partnered up with Dolly, a singer and dancer from a band called Sisters, to dance to ragtime music in nightclubs for extra money. In 1914, cinema was becoming mainstream and theatre was beginning to fade. To draw people back to the theatres, the play directors asked Harry Fox and Dolly to dance between plays and during intermissions. One fine day, Harry Fox came up with a style that looked and sounded like a Horses Trot. People appreciated that step and copied it to dance it in public and gave it the name ‘Fox’s Trot’. That is where the name ‘Foxtrot’ came from.
In 1924, the Standard Ballroom Dance Association took the Foxtrot under their wing and set standards for it, making it even more popular.
Foxtrot is danced at the speed of 30 beats per minute.
It is counted in Slows and Quicks.
Its mood is – ‘SOCIAL’.


The word ‘Tango’ is thought to be of African origin and denotes a ‘Meeting Place’ or ‘Special Place’. However, the Tango itself is not African in origin. The Tango actually comes from Argentina.
Passionate, sensual and tantalizing, the tango is many things to many people. In the 19th Century due to war and economic uncertainty, many Europeans were moving to South America to start new lives. By 1914, the Europeans had out numbered the natives of Argentina. There were also many more men in Buenos Aires than women. Fifty men for each woman. So, to get more women to dance with them, men started to hire café waitresses.
Soon, women started to dance only for money and not for the pleasure of dance. They would hold themselves back, grounding themselves so that it became difficult for the man to move them around the floor. That got the men angry, which is why the mood of the Tango is ‘Passionate yet Angry’. The knees bent position of the men that dance the Tango is because of the gaucho’s (cow boys’) boots that had hardened from excessive use. The lady would have her head turned away due to the excessive sweating of the man.
In 1924, a movie titled ‘The Four Horse Men’ starring Rudolph Valentino made people notice the Tango. In 1930, the Standard Ballroom Association accepted Tango as one of their official dances by making lots of changes in its style and calling it the ‘Modern Tango’.
They gave it a speed of 33 BPM.
It is counted in Slows and Quicks.
Keeping the mood the same – ‘Passionate yet Angry’.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Bonderam celebrated at Divar Island

Bonderam 2014 celebrated at Divar Island

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Happy Feast of St. Lawrence sinquerim

Happy Feast of St. Lawrence

Wishing all of you and your family a happy feast of Saint Lawrence. May St. Lawrence bless and guide us forever.
The Original chapel of St. Lawrence at Sinquerim,  the forerunner of the present church was founded in 1630 by the then  viceroy Dom MInguel de Noronha, the fourth Count of Linhares. From its modest beginnings as an ermida(built either in 1630 or 1633), meant for a handful of poor fisher folk, it now became a Church.  In 1636 he granted it to the Franciscans a few weeks before leaving Goa at the end of his term. St. Lawrence Church was apart of the Aguada fortress, water reservoir and the lighthouse.  It stood as a silent witness to the ups and downs in the political, military and economic history of the Portuguese in India as well as the changing fortunes of Padroado Portuguese do Oriente, later it became a Rectorate of the Franciscans and remained so for about half a century, roughly from the early 1720 to late 1760, when the Franciscans had to quit Bardez and the Diocesan secular clergy took over. and eventually to the transition from Portuguese colonialism to liberation and reunion with India. The feast of this Church is celebrated on the 10th of August.
Fr. Alberto Germano Saldanha who was the parish priest of St. Lawrence Church from 1952 to 1991 invited the Capuchins in 1991 to take over the reins of the Church.  Fr. David Souza Filinto, OFM Cap was appointed as the first Capuchin Parish Priest of St. Lawrence Church. Now it has become a hub of many pastoral activities, and a community exists there.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Goencho Avaz Konkani Singing Competition By Herald Group

Finals of Goencho Avaz Konkani Singing Competition By Herald Group

Ruchita and Princewell winners of Duet Category at Goencho Avaz Konkani Singing Competition

Friday, July 18, 2014

Till me meet again..

Adieus Amigo
I had written the below while my friend Deepak was hospitalised, 
Deepak bid goodbye to this world in the morning of 21st July

I knew you to be stronger,
But your health conditions made you sleep a little longer.
As you lie in bed with nothing in mind, the painful sight made me rewind.

All lost and lonely, I was a stranger in an unknown land.
And that’s when you lend me your caring hand.
Cannot spell the moment that brought us so close,
Yet when I opened the treasure box, I found too many memories to unfold.

From walking miles together to trekking lofty mountains,
Sailing in deep waters and para-sailing to the tunes of winds,
The bubble bath in magical springs, we were like puppets hung to the gushing waterfall strings.

From frolic and fun-parties and picnics
To saying goodbye forever to our dear ones,
Tears shed together and laughter that made our tummies pain
Everything stands still as we wait to see you back all lively again.

Hot Recheado bandgo on the Independence Day
Sweetness of the sugarcane juice on the roadway
And the mouth watering biryani in Kolaphur on our holiday,
All seems to have happened just yesterday.

How do we define You dear friend?
You were unique and an exclusive brand.
Wicked pranks, false ego
Witty humor and knew us at core.
Steamed Mackerals and red snapper barbeque
Oh what a cook you were.

From screaming songs at Tillari to celebrating birthdays at Sal,
The sparkling Caju feni at a local tavern
And the Chivas moments on the rocks of Marriot hotel,
You were always a priceless jewel.

Jungle drives late at nights,
Playing cards in candle lights,
Always up for naughty fights
You were a delight.

May it be Panalgad or Jyotibha,
Tillari or Tambdi Surla.
Or should I say Exotic India and Emerald Goa?
We had the best days with You because you were just what you are.

As you lay in bed with things unsaid,
We wish you to get well soon.
 And come back to the crazy mad world where today we are left in tears and all sad.

Dear Lord, We cry in pain,
Please heal our friend who is silent in bed with no complaints
Touch him with your divine powers
And soak him with the healthy showers
Only to be with us again, all insane

ThAtS Me

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Calangute, Goa, India
exotic Goa