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Sporting Millionaires

By Raju Bhartan
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is chary of considering himself a trendsetter. The introverted Indian cricket captain is an intensely private person who is, nevertheless, at home in public glare. His maverick days behind him now, the charismatic 29-year-old from the cricketing outpost of Jharkhand today stands tall as a true youth icon, a shining example of how talent will get its due, no matter from which part of India it originates.

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Band Baajas are Fading Out

By K D L Khan
A colourfully-uniformed brass band belting out ‘Bole Choorian’ or some such romantic number leads the procession, while an auxiliary group of people carrying elaborate kerosene light fixtures follow. You will find slow moving traffic adding their honks to the melody.

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Goa’s Struggle for Freedom

By Prajal Sakhardande
On December 19, 1961 Maj Gen K P Candeth – Goa’s first military Indian governor - unfurled the national flag at the old Adil Shah Palace at Panaji, 49-years-back. It was a great moment for Goans. Today, we are entering the 50th year of Goa’s Liberation. This naturally calls for a celebration. We should also remember all those who made it possible.

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Everything in Its Own Time

By Mário Cabral e Sá
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose” (Ecclesiastes 3.1). Never was this truer than in the case of SEZs licenses by the Government of Goa, which a 2-Judge bench of the Bombay High Court at Goa has struck down passing severe strictures on the authorities responsible for them, mainly for the unexplained hurry and unusual procedures followed by them. 

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Golden Jubilee of Goa’s Liberation – Some Reflections

By Tomazinho Cardozo
This is the 50th year of Goa’s Liberation. As we enter the golden jubilee year of liberation, numerous questions come up: Are we really secular and democratic? Do we get justice? Do the lofty ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity exist?

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Enjoy the Cold Sans a Cold

By Dr Kasturi Desai
Elsewhere in the North the cold season has already crept in. We, in Goa enjoy very pleasant cold evenings and nights. But often this weather can turn into a nightmare if you happen to catch a cold.

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Lessons from Lanka

By Sirohmi Gunesekera
Lilani Perera (name changed), 39, exudes an air of calmness and peace. Considering that she is battling with HIV - she tested positive six years back - her tranquil exterior is commendable. She contracted the virus from her husband but she doesn’t blame him and instead wants to concentrate her energies on staying well for the sake of her two small children.

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Bribing Journalists

By Khushwant Singh
In the last 60 years of my journalistic career, no one has ever tried to bribe me. I have to concede that no one thought I was worth bribing as what I wrote was of no consequence. I also flopped as a fixer. I was asked to “put in a word” to somebody who mattered. I did so, but none of the people I recommended got what they wanted.

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To All of Our Mothers

By Kartik Bodawala
As I got up today, I smelled fresh coffee. I woke up to find a cup of it with some biscuits on my bedside table. This reminded me of home; the old school and college days, when mamma used to wake me up by serving a steaming cup of coffee. The aroma, the taste, so refreshing, still so fresh in my memories.

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