Tuesday , 26 March 2019


An ancient faith

Here we attempt a superficial description of what appears to be the defining characteristics of the kumlbi religion. This is only an attempt; because it is difficult to capture the kumlbi idea of god in conventional terms; for it does not seem to conform to any theological ideas we are used to. So we use a sort of neti neti ... Read More »

Tales of the displaced

Stories of lives torn asunder and fused uneasily at the crossroads of adopted cultures Sonali Mujumdar Collateral damage in war usually has a spillover effect for decades and generations. A chunky tome of Sri Lanka’s history is the civil war between 1983 and 2009 that bludgeoned its population and caused over a hundred thousand deaths. The deeper roots of this ... Read More »

A dance of God

Luis Dias Last month, we experienced a compulsory internet detox for ten days or so (thank you Gwave!) for reasons that were never disclosed. I am very grateful to my friend Nigel Britto for informing me that the great Chinese-American cellist Yo-Yo Ma would be performing in Mumbai. This would in itself be a milestone concert, on his first-ever visit ... Read More »

A German, and the sounds of Goa

Frederick Noronha Sometimes, good things happen by accident. German tourist Sigrid Pfeffer, during her first visit here, reached Goa in the off-season tourist month. The hotels were working at a slack pace. Instead of catering to the tourist, they were just taking it easy. Thank goodness for that. It was then that Sigrid got her first taste of Konkani music, ... Read More »

How the Baga sea cliff is being destroyed

Nandkumar M Kamat There has been no river called “Baga” draining the watershed of Asagao, Vagator, Anjuna and Calangute. It is actually a freshwater rivulet of Asagao which begins in the thick green valley behind Ganeshpuri, flows as a narrow stream in the fields, reaches at the bottom of the thick valley in front of Saint Cajetan Church and then ... Read More »

Putting the V in versatile

J P Pereira Valency d’Souza is one of the young, vivacious and very talented performers on the Konkani stage today. In fact, she has entertained with the various roles she has played, and has made a niche for herself. Hailing from Calangute, she is the daughter of Dona and Nicholas and the granddaughter of Charles D’Souza, who was once known ... Read More »

Sergio’s wisdom could draft the romance enjoyed by FC Goa on Valentine day

AUGUSTO RODRIGUES Sergio Lobera has completed two years in Goa and has through FC Goa given us a glimpse of Spanish football. Football in Spain is not expansive. It is played in a format that has two or three players close to the ball, each one ready for the ball , moving forward – along with the ball– from the ... Read More »

Excuse me, we Goans are smart and savvy too!

Patricia Pereira-Sethi My ears prick up in nervous alert when I hear visitors to Goa comment that they enjoy the place because it is “so chilled out”. A nirvana they can avail of, to sit on pristine beaches, stare into beautiful sunsets and sip exotic cocktails. Then rock and reel the night away at some boisterous disco which keeps the ... Read More »

‘Mhojea Bhavartachi Divli’ – AUDIO REVIEW JP Pereira

Darryl da Veiga was part of the choir at the St Rita’s Church in Maina, Curtorim for many years. He was also a member of the prize winning ‘mando’  groups ‘Curtorcares’ led by Simplicio Viegas, as well as ‘Mainechim Sallkam’ led by Fr Dominic Pereira. Unfortunately, he lost his eyesight due to diabetes. But his faith in the Lord was ... Read More »

Raia to host tribal festival

NT BUZZ The 4th annual ‘Lok-Utsov’ titled ‘Amcho Ganv’ organised by Barebhatt Social and Cultural Association will be held on February 22 from 2:30 onwards at Raia Panchayat Sports complex. The annual tribal festival aims at promoting and protecting the tribal culture, craft, art and games. The festival will have competitions in traditional games, sweet dish, traditional fancy dress, and dance. ... Read More »