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Let Us Protect Our Natural Heritage

By Dr Kasturi Desai
Two decades ago, Sunday mornings during the month of Shravan used to be great fun for Goan children. It was then that the kids were asked to go and fetch different types of leaves for their mothers. These leaves were used in the Aitar Pooja.

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Life of the Jarawas of the Andamans

Gathering wild edible plants is an important subsistence activity for the (Jarawa) women. The major edible plant resources are wild tubers, seeds of various plants and various seasonal fruits... The tubers are eaten after boiling or baking.

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Tales of Tolentino

By Meher Castelino
Tolentino is one of the most beautiful towns of Italy that I have visited. Its history dates back to 4 BC and the many sites that reveal the region’s past are a joy to behold. Walking though Tolentino is the best way to see the town and its old world charm and architecture gave us a lesson in Italian history.

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Goa’s Transformed Landscape under Google Earth

By Dr Nandkumar Kamat
Knowledge is power and democratisation of knowledge means the ultimate power. That’s why governments get worked up with Google Earth (GE). It makes you a vigilant citizen. You get hard evidence pictured from space - and these images never lie. It is evidence admissible in courts. Google Earth in a corrupt country like India is a democratic force multiplier. Combined with the power of RTI, Google Earth can force good governance.

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Living those Waka Waka Moments

“Ke Nako. It is time. Celebrate Africa’s Humanity” ran the slogans, and it was indeed time: the world’s favourite sporting event was being staged in the African continent for the first time, and that too in South Africa, and it is believed that Nelson Mandela had a big role in getting it.
For my son Vikram and me, the World Cup 2010 made our trip to South Africa truly memorable.

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The Tirupati of North India

By Vinaya Kumar
It is a fact that unlike Tirupathi which is much publicised, the Nathdwara temple of Shreenthji - another aspect of Lord Krishna, a shrine known as Tirupathi of North India, is comparatively less known.

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Espousing the cause of Fr Bento for Sainthood

BY ROSARIO F RODRIGUES
A few years back, when I was doing research on the biographies of venerable Fr Agnelo D’Souza for a book I was writing I came across the book ‘Secrets to Share’ by Fr Aloysius G Rego. In this book I learnt of that the founder of the ‘Society of Pilar’. The immediate question that came to me was: why was the founder not proposed for the process of Heroic Virtues?

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Mahatma’s Vision for Free India

By Tomazinho Cardozo
Today, we celebrate 63 years of our Independence. It is a great day for our nation, a day that symbolises freedom - political, social and economic. Mahatma Gandhi’s concept of freedom was still deeper and wider because the vision he had during the country’s struggle for freedom was that of all round growth of the society, irrespective of caste, creed and religion.

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The Auspicious Month of Shravan

By Dr Kasturi Desai
One of the most auspicious months of the Hindu calendar is Shravan which usually falls between the months of August and September. This year it has begun from August 11 and will go on till September 8. During this period the mother earth is green with plenty of rain and many of the plants start flowering.

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Coin

By Jami Sell
I walk my three housecats every morning for about a half a mile and then we go on to our porch and have a “snack” of kibbled cat food. In the spring of 2009 this activity attracted the attention of a lone starling. The most prominent feature of this bird was its brightly coloured yellow beak.

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