Tuesday , 19 February 2019


Colonel Bogey!

Luis Dias When was the first time you ever heard the Colonel Bogey march? If you’re a Don Bosco past pupil and from around my generation, it almost certainly was at the school march-past, played by the school brass band. Whenever I think of a “march-past”, as if on cue, this tune starts playing in my head like a Pavlovian ... Read More »

First impressions of Apple iPhone XR

Kul Bhushan Apple’s new iPhone XR is the talk of the town. While it is a far more intriguing smartphone than iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, the Apple iPhone XR makes the right kind of trade-offs to deliver the premium experience one expects, but at much cheaper price. At first glance, iPhone XR looks identical to Apple iPhone XS ... Read More »

Micromax launches Spark Go

Prajyot Mainkar Micromax has launched Spark Go, its latest Android Oreo (Go Edition) smartphone in India. The phone comes with a 5-inch FWVGA display with a resolution of 854 pixels x 480 pixels. While the phone runs on 1.3GHz Quad-core processor with Mali-T720 GPU, it also has 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage which can be expanded up to 128GB ... Read More »

ISRO ignores Goa as research centre

Nandkumar Kamat Why does India’s wealthiest, most literate, most urbanised, technologically advanced state Goa miss the bus when the central government declares some major regional initiatives? More than 100 Goan NRIs are working abroad in different areas of space research. Several are employed at NASA. There are Goan oceanographers like Joaquim Goes and Helga Gomes abroad who make effective use ... Read More »

Change is not a journey, it is a process

AUGUSTO RODRIGUES The third round of the Goa Football Association (GFA) Professional League is coming to an end and forty four goals have already been scored. At the time of writing, fourteen games have been held and Dempo Sports Club is on top having scored fourteen goals – seven more than their closest rivals Churchill Brothers. The league has not ... Read More »

Leadership lessons from sex workers

Karan Thapar Can sex workers be intelligently, seriously and usefully compared to business leaders and, when they are, might they come out better? An analysis along these lines is one of the more interesting parts of a book due to be released next month. I was sent a preview copy and found it fascinating. Called A Stranger Truth, it’s by ... Read More »

Why fish pedicures can do you more harm

Maneka Gandhi A few months ago, a young woman went to her doctor in New York. Her toenails had gradually blackened over six months and fallen off. No one in her family had abnormal toenails and she had no diseases, no injuries, nor a family history of nail disorders. During the tests it was discovered that she had had a ... Read More »

Resigning gracefully for redemption

Gopalkrishna Gandhi Retirements are rehearsals for death. You relinquish, surrender, withdraw, accept termination as inescapable, ordained. Resignations, however, are more extreme. They are not rehearsals, but the genuine article itself. Especially, when they are not willed, when they are demanded, forced upon the person resigning by incontrovertible truths or by irresistible opinion, with the two combining. In fact, resignations are ... Read More »

Pushed off the land

Frederick Noronha Goans who complain that they’re being pushed off their land, are often told in return: “But you are the ones selling it.” This sounds like a convincing argument until you look at the hidden reality of this logic. Behind the obvious situation, there are many pressures which come along and sometimes even make life impossible. Trying to understand ... Read More »

Zero-Sum Game?

Patricia Pereira-Sethi Jeff Bezos of Amazon was recently named the richest man in modern history with reports that he is worth $150 billion. Concurrently, he was soundly criticised for not indulging in philanthropy to the same degree as many other billionaires: he is the only American in Bloomberg’s ranking of the world’s top five richest people who has not joined ... Read More »