Monday , 21 January 2019


There’s ketamine in your chicken soup!

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Ketamine Hydrochloride is used as an anaesthetic in medical procedures or surgeries. It is a white crystal that is also used as a recreational hallucinogenic anaesthetic (and is used for date rape). It is banned in this country for open sale. Unfortunately, the veterinary hospitals have suffered as a result of this recent ban, because we now ... Read More »

The right that makes us human is the right to love

Namita Bhandare When Padma Iyer’s son, Harish, told her he was gay in the early 2000s, LGBTQ was a jumble of letters that meant nothing to the conservative Tamil mom. But she remembers telling him, “Don’t tell your father, and don’t let the relatives know.” She says: “My instinct was to protect him. I could accept him but was afraid ... Read More »

A tale of three novels

Frederick Noronha Since I collect books on Goa – any books, I have one in Japanese where I can read just a few more than two words – it becomes a kind of a game to keep track of what hits the market. Quite some time back, maybe almost two decades ago, the Other India Bookstore (which was more active ... Read More »

Unmasking Absurdity

Patricia Pereira-Sethi Do you recall the reaction of the mobile dealer when you showed up with a gadget that you had purchased from him, and which had died pronto, with its guarantee still intact? He immediately suggested that you must have dropped it or thrust it in water – even gone swimming with it. He looked at you suspiciously with ... Read More »

The Lost Ports of Goa

Tensing Rodrigues Some time back we had mused: we need to search for the archaeological remains of ports in the Zuari bay or along that river; for that is where we have supposed the kathiyavadi chaadd’ddi landed and settled in Goa; that could lead us to our roots. We certainly know of one port in the Zuari bay – Gopakapattan, ... Read More »

In defence of the much-sullied Salieri

Luis Dias Let us try to imagine how we are remembered, faraway into the distant future. Centuries from now, if, despite all that we have achieved in this life, future generations simply do not recall, still less celebrate, any of it. Even worse, what if posterity rubs more salt into the wound, and maligns our legacy, attributing to us a ... Read More »

Nokia X6 announced in China

Prajyot Mainkar Nokia has announced the company’s first android smartphone in the Nokia X series ‘X6’ in China. The phone comes with 5.8-inch Full HD+ display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The phone is an Octa-Core Snapdragon 636 powered phone with Adreno 509 GPU. The two variants are 4GB RAM with 32GB/64GB and 6GB RAM with 64GB internal storage, ... Read More »

25 years of International Biodiversity Day

Nandkumar Kamat May 22 is observed in world as ‘International Biodiversity Day (IBD)’. The 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on Biological Diversity is being marked this year. Naturally, the IBD theme this year is ‘Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity’. This is not time only for celebration in Goa but a real wake-up call ... Read More »

Those were the days !

AUGUSTO RODRIGUES If you travel across the length and breadth of Goa it becomes obvious that a lot of our play grounds are either in front of holy institutions or around their border. If one is travelling during the day, these grounds are used for a varied of activities and come evening, one normally will see children playing football. Football ... Read More »

From modernizer to Purist, unmatchable Wegner

KUNAL PRADHAN   I last saw him 14 years ago. It was at Highbury. I was on the Clock End, a few metres behind the goal. He was on the touchline. It was a wonderful autumn afternoon in London. We were playing Charlton Athletic. We won 4-0. Thierry Henry scored twice, including the famous back-heel goal. It was the second-last game ... Read More »