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Fixing the problem

The lights in the small room were dim and the men who sat around the table were like shadows. An old air conditioner blew cool air on the group and partially upset the cloud of smoke that hung heavily over the tired and frustrated looking men. This was as sinister as it could get. It was the underworld, or the underbelly, or the undertaker….whatever you want to call it.

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Go Veggie in Goa

Goan food may be synonymous with spicy, tangy and non-vegetarian delicacies, but Goa’s rich red soil is equally conducive to the growth of lots of vegetables. Thus, Goans have integrated a lot of those in their daily diets and prepare these in a unique manner, different from the rest of India. Lady fingers, beans, red amaranth leaves are typical vegetables eaten in a Goan household, as are pulses and lentils.

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Kindle your flame

Executive Chef Apoorv Bhatt has brought in the ‘rustic’ Indian flavour of the North into his kitchens, from the regions of Punjab, Awadh, Hyderabad and even Goa

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You call me fat, I call you mannerless. Howzzat?

In the comfort zone of anonymity and not having to face the other person, people are freely trading insults on Facebook or Twitter. Thrilled about technology having changed our lives, we’ve forgotten that two things haven’t changed — insults still hurt, and bad manners are bad, whether exhibited in person or over a mesh of unseen cables.

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Uma and the Human Sacrifice – Part 1

By Dr Jayanti Naik

Translated from the original Konkani by Augusto Pinto

got off at the Kolhapur State Bus Terminal and took an auto rickshaw straight to Uma’s place. As her bungalow was close to the Moreshwar Temple, her address was easy enough to find.

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Oceanic Hotel: Celebrating a decade of making memories

By Sinead McManus

A little over a decade ago, Hotel Oceanic lay dormant under the shade of mango and coconut trees awaiting the Midas touch that would make it one of south Goa’s most sought-after boutique hotels.

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Hey, do you have a mind of your own?

By Sonal Kalra

I’ve known Shivani for many years. As a sweet, polite girl with lots of brain - and no mind of her own. The latter was proved yet again when I bumped into her at the cinema hall last week. We were both there to watch the film Barfi! Before the movie started, Shivani said, "I can’t wait for it to begin.

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Shaken or Stirred: Martini

By Mini Ribeiro

Goa weather is perfect to enjoy a martini. Anytime. But more so, in the rains. Enjoyed mine at Vivanta by Taj, Fort Aguada at the Martini Bar. Martinis take pride of place here. Infused, muddled with fresh ingredients. Delightful innovations. 

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A global extravaganza

By Joe Mascarenhas

Have you been around the world in eighty minutes…..is it possible in Goa? Yes it certainly is at the Pan Global, an up market, classy restaurant is here to warm your senses with exotic preparations from nearly every corner of the globe.

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The Mother’s Side Cousin (Part 3)

The story so far: Late one evening, Raya a truck driver who is frustrated with life dramatically encounters a pretty woman who has missed the bus home, asking for a lift. When she gets in he discovers that she is his childhood sweetheart Pushpa who is now married to a schoolteacher. Although at first the encounter is tense, they gradually warm up to each other. As the truck approaches Pushpa’s village, it mysteriously breaks down.

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