Tuesday , 23 October 2018


Goa grappling for ‘nustem’

Fish-curry-rice, fish thali, masala fried or rava fried fish – the lives of most Goans revolves around these. It defines our culture and is integral to our existence as it is our staple food. The formalin-laced fish scare resulted in banning of imported fish. And this has troubled the common people who have enjoyed their fish for decades now and ... Read More »

We, too, are at fault for lynching deaths

Karan Thapar It’s easy to blame WhatsApp for the spate of lynchings that have occurred across the country. Some in the government do and, perhaps, several outside it. But WhatsApp is only the messenger. To hold it responsible is like blaming a postman for bad news. This is not just irrational, it’s immature. However, with perhaps as many as 34 ... Read More »

How safe is your milk?

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Imagine a new human mother who has a viral infection. Would any doctor allow her own baby to drink her milk? Of course not. When you drink milk, have you ever thought of the health of the cow that this milk came from? According to veterinary studies, one of the most common diseases that cattle have is ... Read More »

It takes a village to grow a tree

Frederick Noronha It’s that time of the year when my mind gets caught up with avocados. Sorry, I can’t help it. There’s this one tree outside my home that gets quite laden with fruits in the month of June-July, and so it quite takes over my life at this time of the year. This is a job one has to ... Read More »

All hope is pinned on the judiciary

Shashi Shekhar Last week, the Supreme Court berated politicians saying that they cannot leave the dispensation of justice to the mob and bring in a new legislation to control mob lynchings and deal strictly with such offences. Little did the honourable bench realise that hundreds of kilometres away, in a nondescript Jharkhand town called Pakur, a different script was being ... Read More »

A flight into the wild west

Tensing Rodrigues Ignacio Arcamone was a young Jesuit priest posted to Goa around 1651. A master of vernacular languages and a patient negotiator, Arcamone soon found himself alternating between saving souls and bargaining for chilies with the chieftains of Canara. But perhaps his greatest gift to the posterity is his detailed report to his superiors in Rome about the history ... Read More »

Nayak – The Hero The Satyajit Ray film novelized by Bhaskar Chattopadhyay

Revati Laul A superstar from the movies gets on a train and sees his life unravel. The Satyajit Ray classic made in 1966, starring Uttam Kumar and Sharmila Tagore is a psychological drama with all the characteristics of a Ray masterpiece. Tucked away into the folds of the story are some searing and very funny observations of Bengali society in ... Read More »

“Behind every successful man….”

Luis Dias A recent soprano-and harp concert on 19 July 2018 at Menezes Braganza showcased, as the performers titled it, ‘A Musical Marriage’, the compositional output of a husband and wife. Many of us will have heard of the husband-and-wife composer pair Robert and Clara Schumann;equally many will know of the Italian operatic composer Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868), probably one of ... Read More »

Vivo Nex: A smartphone from the future

Kul Bhushan Fans have been divided over the implementation of notch on modern phones. Some like it and some don’t. Well, the notch, a cutout on top of the display, is more of a compromise if you want a phone with larger screens and don’t want the overall form factor to be like a tablet. But is the notch the ... Read More »

Huawei launches Nova 3 and Nova 3i In India

Prajyot Mainkar Huawei has launched Huawei Nova 3, the company’s latest smartphone in Nova series in India. This phone comes with a 6.3-inch full HD+ 3D curved glass display featuring a screen resolution of 2340 pixels x 1080 pixels, and runs on Octa-core Huawei Kirin 970 processor with Mali-G72 MP12 GPU. The device has face unlocking that works fine even ... Read More »