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Moonlight treak

Goa is a beautiful state! It is filled with nature’s bounty. It is a dream destination for many tourists and has got some of the best beaches, waterfalls, heritage sites, sanctuaries, spice plantations etc, which people from all over flock to see.

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Brother

The world is a great place to live
Where dreams and memories you weave.
These are woven with your own people and other And the most lovable of them all are with your brother.

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New exoplanets

Recently, scientists have discovered some interesting exoplanets. An exoplanet is a planet outside our solar system that orbits some star other than the Sun. One of the planets discovered is very close to us.

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Famous K’naan

K’naan (pronounced Kay-Nahn), is a Somali-Canadian musician, whose song “Wavin’ Flag” was heard by many of us a couple of years back. K’naan was born in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1978.

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A Library of Bacteria

A perfect crime, you would say is where the culprit has left no clues, there are no fingerprints nor eye witnesses. For example in a murder case, the police find nothing initially.

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Mark of Athena

by Rick Riordan
Annabeth is just about to be reunited with Percy—after six months of being apart (thanks to Hera), but she is terrified. It looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war.

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A Floating Dome

Hagia Sophia is considered to be one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. It has served as an important site for two separate religions for hundreds of years each. It is located in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Prayers for the Saints and Holy Souls

 

By Maria de Lourdes Bravo da Costa Rodrigues
Religious customs or popular religious expressions are as old as humanity.  They express community traditions and are repeated in the same form on similar and regular occasions.  Though they have a religious content, they are frequently an expression of religious life outside the official liturgy of the Catholic Church.  Religious customs are group expressions of religion rooted in the social nature of man.  In Goa, there are a number of such religious expressions that have great popularity.  One of them is the annual commemoration of holy saints.  The Church has selected the first of November as the Solemnity of All Saints and it is universally called the All Saints’ Day.  The subsequent day, that is, the second of November is All Souls’ Day.  Devotion to the Holy Souls is a prominent part of Goan spirituality. “Mhaka khoincho otmo pavlo?” is a Konkani phrase which denotes the intercessory power of our departed ones. 
In Goa, All Souls’ Day is also celebrated to pray for the departed souls of the family. 
On the day of All Saints, at noon the bells would begin to toll for the dead. This would continue till noon of All Souls’ Day. 
Some thirty years back at the Panaji parish, on the evening of All Saints’ Day, people of the city would congregate at Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church and accompanied by a priest would go in procession, saying prayers en route. The procession would end at the Santa Inez cemetery where there would be prayers for the dead. The faithful who had their close family members and relatives buried in the cemetery would then individually pray at their respective graves. They would carry flowers and light candles at the graves. At home, late in the evening, at least fifteen decades of the Rosary were prayed in memory of dead family members, and more importantly, for the wandering souls and those in purgatory waiting redemption. The latter two were considered to be more in need of prayers than others. The mysteries of the Rosary were not announced on this day. The next morning, we had to attend Mass for the souls of the dead. We had to hear three Masses which were said consecutively by a single priest.  This has changed now and only one Mass is said by a priest. Since the cemetery is annexed to the Santa Inez church, the masses were celebrated inside the church.  Most churches have one mass in the cemetery.  
It is a traditionally held belief that dead souls should be appeased through prayers and food of their liking. Special food like a sweet (godxem) called onn is prepared in honour of the souls. The core ingredient is jaggery, usually palm jaggery, besides coconut, grated, ground or juiced and gram dal. In some villages, festal food such as sannas, sorapatel, pumpkin mergulho, and beef assado are prepared even today.  In case there is a recent death in the family, on this day, a poor person is fed on his behalf. There was a legend that no food should be left over as wandering souls may be tempted to visit the house.
Another tradition observed in connection with All Souls’ Day is pranks played by mischievous persons, especially youngsters. Well into the middle of the night, before All Saints’ Day, boys would go about the village or city to gather items like flower pots, clothes found out on the rope for drying, utensils, anything that they could lay their hand on to play mischief. These were then arranged near the chapel, church or at a prominent place.  One year, the steps of the Panaji church were adorned with pots from the Municipal garden and from neighbouring houses. However, there are others who use this opportunity to steal things, trying to make people believe that it is the dead souls who return on this day and take them away.  It is for this reason that on the previous day people bring down banana bunches and papayas from trees or attempt to hide them, covering them with bags.
Right from the evening of All Saints’ Day to All Souls’ Day people start visiting cemeteries where their near and dear ones are buried, to pray for their souls. Graves are beautifully decorated with flowers and candles are lit by the family members.
 

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Oktoberfest Goa 2012 ends on high note

 

One of the biggest music festivals Oktoberfest Goa 2012, which was held over the weekend along the coastal stretch of Baga, was an affair to remember. The three-day high octane music festival featured some of the best DJs performing live from across the country and abroad. Gracing the sands of Baga were popular Dutch heartthrob Marco V, Da Fresh from France, Swedish progressive house DJ Ticon, Emok and a host of Indian artists from across the country. The impressive line-up of artists from India included the unconventional Ma Faiza, Lost Stories, Arjun Wagle from Jalebee Cartel, Goa’s very own Ajit Pai, KSK, Rinton, Priyanjana and Whosane! among others. The festival was organised by Goa-based event management agency Bullseye Entertainment.
Oktoberfest is originally a 16-day festival held annually in Munich, Germany running from late September to October. Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture. Oktoberfest Goa festival venue featured two stages - the German Tent and the Main Stage - with back-to-back music performances starting from noon onwards. The German Tent at the Oktoberfest Goa festival venue was modelled after the original Munich event. Built to recreate the original Oktoberfest ambience, the tent included wooden seating, appropriate attire, tasty bites of German cuisine and music on the console.
Live acts by the fire performers along with a tempting range of delicacies from Goa complemented the electrifying set of music played by the artists. With some of the biggest international names in electronic dance music performing, the second edition of the music festival was bigger and better. But the music didn’t stop there. The after parties then continued on all three days at Red Square, Baga where music lovers grooved till dawn.
 

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Drama queen, Keziah

 

By J P Pereira
She could be easily termed as one of the best actresses on the Konkani stage, today.  Keziah Carvalho e Fernandes, originally from Vasco da Gama and now married in Tivim, is the daughter of Maria and Pascoal Carvalho.  Her dad was an amateur playwright and actor and it appears she inherited her talent her father. After her schooling in St Theresa’s High School Vasco, Keziah completed her graduation from Chowgule College Margao and went on to get a BEd degree from GVM College of Education, Ponda. 
During school and college she sang and acted at annual gatherings organised by the Parish Youth of Our Lady of Candelaria Church, at Baina in Vasco da Gama.  She got her break in Reggie’s tiatr ‘Mangalsutra’.  This play which had professionals like Albert Cabral and Bab Andrew was staged in the parish.
She bagged the lead role in 2001 in director Sandeep Kalangutkar’s ‘Nissor’.  The director was so impressed with her, that plenty of changes were made in the script to showcase her talent.  The play went on to bag 12 awards and Keziah was adjudged best actress in her debut performance.  The following year she acted for the same group and bagged another award for ‘Noddnni’. 
She continued acting for F D Cunha in ‘Morosor’ and later for Rafael Noel.  The professional break, however, came with Sharon Mazarello’s ‘Ekach Mapan’.  Soon, Roseferns cast her in ‘Eka Patkeak Lagon’, ‘Gorv’ and ‘Tum Assosor’ and she created quite a sensation with her power packed performances.  When Roseferns went on a tour with ‘Tumchea Moga Passot’ Keziah acted for the director in London, Germany and the Gulf countries.  She has sung for various audio discs, performed in Konkani VCDs and has directed one of the better Konkani telefilm ‘Orddem Chaddor’ written and produced by Augie D’Mello and Derrick D’Mello.  This is one actress who is equally good on stage as well 
as films
At present, Keziah works in London.  On a holiday in Goa, Jr Reagan managed to cast her in his new play titled ‘Teddy Bear’, which has become a hit.  It was great to watch her act; she plays the main role with lots of style.
Keziah is grateful to God for the talent she is blessed with and to the audience for their support.  And she is extremely grateful to her husband, Sydney Fernandes and her father-in-law, Seby Fernandes for the immense encouragement and support she gets.  Sydney works for the Goa Police and it was obvious how proud he was of his wife.  When asked, whether he would allow Keziah to continue in dramas, he had a big smile on his face.  “We love the tiatr,” he said “and she can act for as long as she wants.”  
 

 

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