Friday , 26 April 2019


Kuruba, Kurumba, and Kumlbi

TENSING RODRIGUES The three sound very similar; but it could be a deceptive similarity. Or, does it really point to a common ethnic origin? Some early scholars like Thurston, have found strong evidence of a common origin of the first two; but they also find significant differences between them [Thurston, 1909: Castes And Tribes Of Southern India, Vol IV, 155]. ... Read More »

The capture of the Rahimi: How the Portuguese gambled and lost

Luis Dias A friend lent me a fascinating book, ‘Daughters of the Sun: Empresses, Queens and Begums of the Mughal Empire’ by Ira Mukhoty. It lifts the veil on the lives of the women of the zenana of the Mughals, challenging so many clichéd stereotypes and fleshing out remarkably independent, enterprising courageous personalities. At a time when Mughal history is ... Read More »

The protectors of animals

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi India was not always cruel. In spite of the culture of animal sacrifice and ritual hunts by tribals, it was largely a peaceful country where people and animals co-existed. This has changed in the last 50 years. Now animals are either a nuisance, or a commodity, and people don’t think twice about hurting them. What can you ... Read More »

The Birth of Bangladesh

Set over a period of nine months in 1971, Nadeem Zaman’s debut novel is a fictionalised account of the bloody events that culminated in the creation of Bangladesh Lamat R Hasan Nobody knows exactly how many people were killed in the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971 in what was then East Pakistan. Nearly half a century later, first-time author Nadeem ... Read More »

Invest more in new mothers at work

Lalita Panicker Some time ago, The Economist published a cover story which focused on the women missing from the workforce in India. It held out the tempting figure of 27 per cent as the addition to the economy if the workforce was to be rebalanced. On this front, there is really very little good news. Indian women are less likely ... Read More »

And the Oscar will go to…

SACHIN CHATTE By the time you read this, the 91st Academy Awards popularly known as the Oscars, will be less than 24 hours away. To be held at the Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles, the ceremony is without a host this time after Kevin Hart dropped out because controversial tweets from the past came to haunt him. That’s not all – ... Read More »

Dis Dakoilai Novo

Audio Review After the release of ‘Ek Uzvadd Tum’ and ‘Tum Ani Hanv Mellonk’, Jerry and Joanita has come up with ‘Dis Dakoilai Novo’ which is a celebration of Konkani music. Nephie Rod has given a good start with ‘One Step Two’, a hip hop track that can be easily used for dance parties. Trumpet and bass packs punch in ... Read More »

Political fights are turning personal

Shashi Shekhar Political manuscripts are often written in a clandestine manner. The seeds of thoughts are sown by someone, they sprout somewhere else, and no one knows until the harvest who will actually get the produce. Last week, when the leaders of the major opposition parties gathered at Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Sharad Pawar’s house in Delhi, journalists covering the ... Read More »

Teotonio- A historian with a scientific outlook

Nandkumar M Kamat In the death of one of Goa’s internationally most famous post liberation Indo-Portuguese historian Teotónio Rosário de Souza (affectionately known as Teo) (18 February 1947 – 20 February 2019) in Lisbon, scientists have lost a friend, an ally, and a staunch supporter. The Society of Jesus to which he belonged to will always be proud of him ... Read More »

A book on Konkani synonyms to be released today

NT BUZZ Dalgado Konknni Akademi is set to release ‘Utrak-Utram’ (Konkani synonyms) written by the Mumbai-based Micheal Fernandes and edited by the DKA Secretary, Vincy Quadros on February 24, 4.30 p.m. at the Multipurpose Hall, Department of Art and Culture, Panaji. Parish priest of Se Cathedral, Old Goa and Konkani writer, Fr Alfred Vaz will be the chief guest for ... Read More »