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April 2014

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JULY 2013

AUGUST 2013

F O L L O W I N G N E W S F R O M T H E R O TA R Y C L U B O F PA N A J I R I V I E R A

F O L L O W I N G N E W S F R O M T H E R O TA R Y C L U B O F PA N A J I R I V I E R A

A New Beginning Membership and Extension Month

OCTOBER 2013

NOVEMBER 2013

F O L L O W I N G N E W S F R O M T H E R O TA R Y C L U B O F PA N A J I R I V I E R A

F O L L O W I N G N E W S F R O M T H E R O TA R Y C L U B O F PA N A J I R I V I E R A

Vocational month The Rotary Foundation Month

JANUARY 2014

F O L L O W I N G N E W S F R O M T H E R O TA R Y C L U B O F PA N A J I R I V I E R A

FEBRUARY 2014

F O L L O W I N G N E W S F R O M T H E R O TA R Y C L U B O F PA N A J I R I V I E R A

SEPTEMBER 2013

F O L L O W I N G N E W S F R O M T H E R O TA R Y C L U B O F PA N A J I R I V I E R A

New Generation Month

DECEMBER 2013

F O L L O W I N G N E W S F R O M T H E R O TA R Y C L U B O F PA N A J I R I V I E R A

Family Month

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Month of

Rotary Awareness Rotary Literacy month WORLD UNDERSTANDING MONTH


President’s message

April is Magazine Month, a time to celebrate the global network of Rotary’s official magazines, which provides valuable information to 1.2 million Rotarians. The RI Bylaws require all club members to subscribe to The Rotarian or a Rotary regional magazine. Rotary leaders, district governors, and club presidents are encouraged to support magazine editors in their country or region by submitting story ideas, promoting readership, encouraging timely subscription payments, and assisting with other communication efforts. Rotary Club of Panaji Riviera subscribes to the Rotary News. The Rotary News gives us information about the happenings in and around the World. It showcases the various unique projects carried out by Clubs worldwide. Every Club also publishes their very own bulletin, some weekly, fortnightly, monthly or bi-monthly. Our Club publishes a monthly bulletin ‘The Rivulet’. Let me take this opportunity to thank our Club Bulletin Editor Rtn. Paresh Sawardekar who has beautifully designed and edited our monthly magazine ‘The Rivulet’. The Rivulet is a medium for us to share our clubs projects with other clubs across. Our Club sends hard copies of the same to Rotarians across Goa, and sends soft copies to others beyond. April has been very hectic for all of us at Riviera, as all of us are working mainly towards one thing – RYLA for the visually impaired. It’s our Clubs Signature project, and the one we eagerly look forward too. This year’s RYLA too was a grand success and I wish to thank my team RYLA under the chairmanship of Rtn. Angad Singh and all our sponsors who have contributed generously in terms of time or money. Special thanks to our main sponsors Rtn. Angad Singh, Rtn. Tanvi Sawant and Rtn. Vishnu Tarcar. Many thanks to Rtn. Prasad Pawar, Rtn. Abhijeet Shetye, Rtn. Veronica Velho, Rtn. Clare D’Souza, Rtn. Pradip Dhuri, Rtn. Shivanand Naik, Rtn. Andrew D’Souza, Rtn. Bhakti Dempo, Rtn. Paresh and Rtn. Meghana Sawardekar, Rtn. Dr. Sunil & Ann Seema Kenkre, Rtn. Rajesh Salgaonkar, Daniel Nunes – Nunes travels, Rtn. Paresh Thaly, Rtn. Pravin Zantye, Rtn. Dr. Shekhar and Rtn. Sanil Shirwaikar, Rtn. Nataline Vaz, Rtn. Jitesh Tolani, Rtn. Neeta Rajani, Rtn. Raghuvendra and Ann Priyanka Shetye, Rtn. Harsh Bhatkuly, Rtn. Yogish Dempo, Rtn. Pallavi Salgaoncar, Rtn. Yogish and Ann Harsha Kulkarni, Rtn. Shiv Joshi, Rtn. Denzil Xavier, Rtn. Siddharth Zantye, Rtn. Dr. Mahesh Pai, Ann Crystina D’Souza, Ann Shradha Tarkar, Ann Maya Shirwaikar, Rtn. Atreya Sawant, Ann Shivani Naik, Ann Rashmi Pawar, Rtn. Dr. Sandeep Kenkre, Muskaan NGO, Dental Medical College, Dempo Healthcare, Adolf Castelino, and all our trainers for your support. Your generosity is truly appreciated. Thanks for putting a broad smile on the faces of the RYLA participants. God Bless! Yours in Rotary,

Rtn. Madhavi Bandekar Shetye

INDEX

11 : Sojourn - Dubai 12 : RYLA Encomiums 13 : Culinary Tour

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: President’s Message

14 : Horoscope : May 2014

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: Secretary’s Report

15 : Editor’s Message

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: Club Diary

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: Nilesh Amonker’s Blog

10 : You may wanna know

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Editor

Rtn. Paresh Sawardekar

paresh.sawardekar@gmail.com


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Secretary’s Report for April 2014 Rtn. Meghana Sawardekar Secretary 2013-14

Tarkar emerged winners. Rtn. Abhijeet Shetye and Rtn. Yogish Kulkarni – 1st runner up and Rtn. Shivanand & Ann Shivani Naik as 2nd runners up. ii) Release of the Club Bulletin:

CLUB SERVICE: Directors: Rtn. Dr. Sunil Kenkre & Rtn. Sanil Shirvoikar I) Antakshari Competition:

Our Club Bulletin Editor Rtn. Paresh Sawardekar has beautifully designed and edited our monthly magazine ‘The Rivulet’. The February 2014 issue of the Rivulet is a coloured magazine featuring our report, interesting articles, facts etc… Col. Manjeet Singh Bilochpura released the Rivulet during our RYLA event. Antakshari is a spoken parlor game played in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal. Each contestant sings the first verse of a (usually Bollywood) movie song that begins with the Hindustani consonant on which the previous contestant’s song selection ended. This is the basic way the game is played. But Panaji Riviera gives a twist to this game by adding a lot more fun rounds, like WORD round, Situation round, Audio and Video (which are buzzer rounds), Dumb charades round etc… On 27th April, few singers from our club joined in to play Antakshari or like the way we call it FUNTAKSHARI!!! The members – Rtns. and Anns, had a gala time followed by DJ music & dinner. Rtn. Sanil Shirvoikar and Ann Shradha

iii) Incoming leaders attended Pre PETS n SETS at Mahabaleshwar:

President Elect Rtn. Clare D’Souza, Secretary Elect Rtn. Pallavi Salgaoncar and Assistant Governor Elect Rtn. Rajesh Salgaonkar attended the Pre PETS n SETS

President

Club No.

: 65754

Rtn. Madhavi Bandekar Shetye

R.I. District

: 3170

Roshan Mahal, 1st floor, Swatantra Path, Vasco-da-Gama, Goa. +91 9850466716 madsinbox@gmail.com

Charter date

: 16/6/2004

Meeting day

: Thursday

Time

: 7 p.m.

Secretary

Venue

: Goa Marriott Resort, Miramar

Email

: rotarypanajiriviera@gmail.com

Website

: www.rotaryclubpanajiriviera.org

Fcbk

: rotary club of panaji riviera

Rtn. Meghana Sawardekar 21 /F-2, Kamat Kinara, Miramar, Caranzalem, Goa. +91 9850478004 msawardekar@gmail.com

Rtn. Ron Burton - RI President 2013-14 Rtn. Mohan Mulherkar - District Governor (dist. 3170)

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at Mahabaleshwar this month. iv) Guest Speakers:

On 17th April Mr. Nikhil and Renu Sachdeva came for our weekly meeting as guest speakers and spoke to us on their charity organization Uday Rural Education Program. They briefed our club members about the work their organization does, their team and their goals.

All 78 participants went back with a certificate of qualification (for their vocation). There was a sense of confidence and independence in them by the end of RYLA…. And when they put this into reality, an earn a living ….that will be our achievement!

VOCATIONAL SERVICE: Director: Rtn. Dr. Mahesh Pai i) Vocational training to visually impaired people

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Directors: Rtn. Dr. Shekhar Shirwaikar & Rtn. Raja Melvani

The Rotary Club of Panaji Riviera organized RYLA – Rotary Youth Leadership Award - a youth empowerment workshop designed for the visually impaired from 24th April to 26th April (3 full days) at the Youth Hostel, Miramar.

i) Ration to NAB

Rtn. Prasad and Ann Rashmi Pawar gave the rations for the month of April to National Association for the Blind on behalf of Rotary Club of Panaji Riviera. ii)

SUPER

SPECIALISED

FREE

CATARACT

OPERATIONS – phase 3

People who are visually impaired can perform almost any job you can imagine and hence this year RYLA focused mainly on training the visually impaired on certain prechosen vocations. The vocational options were telephone operator, massage therapy, candle-making, agarbattimaking and toran-making. 78 participants were asked in advance what they would like to learn and accordingly the vocations were planned. Every day for few hours, they had workshops on their pre chosen vocation, of which 3 vocations were taught to visually impaired people. Each participant was also told from where they can purchase the raw materials (in case of toran, agarbatti and candle) and were given packaging information.

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Rotary Club of Panaji Riviera had the cataract operations for 49 patients (3rd group), in April, conducted by Dr. Chandrakant & Dr. Madhavi Goankar at MY EYE Hospital, Nuvem. These cataract operations were super specialized surgeries conducted by Topical Phacoemulsification with foldable


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IOL Implant. Each of the patients underwent detailed pre-operation evaluation to decide on the fitness before the operation. The evaluation included: evaluation of visual activity; Tonometry (IOL measurement); A-Scan biometry (calculation of IOL Power); Slit Lamp examination; dilated fundus examination (indirect ophtholmoscopy) and detailed pre-operative counseling. Sincere gratitude to Mrs. Neeta Manoj Rajani for supporting this cause. God bless!

who are visually impaired can perform almost any job you can imagine and hence this year RYLA focused mainly on training the visually impaired on certain prechosen vocations. The vocational options were telephone operator, massage therapy, candle-making, agarbattimaking and toran-making.

iii) Rotary Club of Panaji Riviera organizes RYLA for the visually impaired

The Rotary Club of Panaji Riviera organized their signature project RYLA – Rotary Youth Leadership Award – a youth empowerment workshop designed for the visually impaired from 24th April to 26th April (3 full days) at the Youth Hostel, Miramar. RYLA helps build confidence, artistic talent and develop vocational skills amongst the blind participants. 78 participants, some partially and some totally visually impaired men and women, from Latur, Chiplun, Sangli, Kolhapur, Sawantwadi and Goa came together under one roof to experience a wonderful leadership programme especially designed for them.

The RYLA was inaugurated on 24th April by Chief Guest Ex MLA of Goa, Mrs. Nirmala Sawant on the Princesa River-Cruise followed by some entertainment and dinner. The participants resided at Youth Hostel, Miramar, where they underwent vocational training, all 3 days. People

Besides vocational training, the RYLA participants experienced a host of other activities such as a course in self-defense, a dental check-up conducted by Goa Dental College students, blood group awareness camp by Dempo Health care, legal counseling, psychological counseling, breast cancer awareness and many more activities. The chairman of this year’s RYLA, Rtn. Angad Singh, along with Rtn. Prasad Pawar, Rtn. Tanvi Sawant, Club President Rtn. Madhavi Bandekar Shetye, and the entire TEAM RIVIERA, ensured that the RYLA was completed in the most befitting manner, which was trouble-free, educative and enjoyable.

The RYLA participants were treated to a movie at INOX on 25th April. For many participants, it was their first ever movie in a theatre. At the end of the movie, practically every participant was beaming with joy for having an amazing movie adventure.

On 26th April, RYLA had its closing ceremony on the

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NEW GENERATION: Director: Rtn. Prasad Pawar i) Self defense course for Interactors

windy beach of Baga, courtesy of Hotel Estrela-Do-Mar. All the participants played merrily in the sands on Baga, followed by singing, dancing, acting performances from all the participants. The day ended with a sumptuous dinner hosted by Hotel Estrela-do-mar. Each participant also received a certificate for their vocational experience and a gift from the club.

After 3 days of activity packed RYLA, all the participants went back to their respective places on 27th April, with a lot of sweet memories and solemn promises in their minds. Promises to make good use of the vocational training imparted during RYLA, in their day to-day life. While leaving the Youth Hostel, every participant was earnestly looking forward to the next RYLA in 2015.

INTERNATIONAL SERVICE: Director: Rtn. Angad Singh i) Members contribute to Raffle ticket

This month 9 of our club members have contributed towards raffle tickets. ii) Contribution to TRF

An amount of Rs. 36,000/- (US $ 580.65) has been sent to The Rotary Foundation India (9 members have paid Rs. 4000/- individually). iii) Exchange of club flag

This month, President Rtn. Madhavi exchanged our club flag with PRIP Rtn. Kalyan Banerjee at a Rotary event at Holiday Inn.

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Self-defense is one of the most important things one should know in today’s times. Realizing this, Riviera planned a self-defense programme for the Interactors of People’s High School for 10 days. Mr. Shintre a judo coach working for Sports Authority of Goa obliged and trained the Interactors for the same. He taught them various techniques they could use just in case anyone would ever attack them. The Interactors had an educative & enjoyable learning experience!


club d i a r y

Celebrations!

Board of Directors 2013 - 14 Rtn. Madhavi Bandekar Shetye - President Rtn. Meghana Sawardekar - Secretary Rtn. Pallavi Salgaoncar - Treasurer

Birthdays in May

Rtn. Sidharth Zantye - I.P.P.

1st May - Rtn. Siddharth Zantye

Rtn. Vishnu Tarcar - Vice President

1st May - Ann Kalpana Pradip Dhuri

Rtn. Clare D’Souza - President Elect

6th May - Annette Vruddhi Rajani (d/o Rtn. Bhavik & Radhika Rajani)

Rtn. Shivanand Naik - President Nominee and Public Relation

10th May - Rtn. Adv. Amit Ashok Palekar

Rtn. Clayton De Souza - Sergeant-at-Arms

10th May - Annette Sampriya Bhandare (d/o Rtn. Sneha & Raj Bhandare)

Rtn. Dr. Sunil Kenkre - Club Service Director - 1

12th May - Rtn. Paresh Sawardekar

Rtn. Dr. Mahesh Pai - Vocational Service Director

13th May - Annette Yuvraj Rajesh Dempo (son of Rtn. Bhakti & Ann Rajesh Dempo)

Rtn. Dr. Shekhar Shirwaikar - Community Service Director 1

Chairman

Rtn. Sanil Shirvaikar - Club Service Director - 2

Rtn. Raja Melvani - Community Service Director 2 Rtn. Angad Singh - International Service Director

16th May - Annette Anuja Joshi (d/o Rtn. Shivkumar & Jogita Joshi)

Rtn. Prasad Pawar - New Generation Director

21st May - Annette Pranav Dhuri (s/o Rtn. Pradip & Kalpana Dhuri)

Rtn. Paresh Sawardekar - Club Administration Chairman

22nd May - Anette Akshita (d/o Rtn. Neeraj & Rina Shukla)

Rtn. Veronica Velho - Service Project Chairperson Rtn. Abhijeet Shetye - TRF Chairman Rtn. Yogish Kulkarni - Membership Development Chairman

23rd May - Annette Siya Zantye (d/o Rtn. Siddharth & Vinaya Zantye) 25th May - Ann Neelam Pravin Zantye 30th May - Rtn. Yatin Kakodkar 31st May - Ann Ridhima Angad Singh

Anniversaries in May 2nd May - Rtn. Paresh & Rtn. Meghna Sawardekar

Meeting Diary 3rd April - Discussed projects for April ‘14 10th April - Paresh Sawardekar shared his VTT experience 10th April - Guest speaker Mrs. Renu and Nikhil Sachdeva spoke on their charity organization.

11th May - Rtn. Kalyani & Ann Nath Laad

24th April - Guest Speaker Mrs. Nirmala Sawant spoke during RYLA opening ceremony.

20th May - Rtn. Gaurish & Ann Prachi Lawande

Sunshine Box Collection : Y800/-

21st May - Rtn. Tanvi & Rtn. Atreya Sawant 23rd May - Rtn. Nitin & Ann Pratiba Kenkre

100% Attendance

27th May - Rtn. Shekhar & Ann Maya Shirwaiker

Rtn. Abhijeet Shetye

Rtn. Shivanand Naik

Rtn. Angad Singh

Rtn. Tanvi Sawant

30th May - Rtn. Shivkumar & Ann Jogita Joshi

Rtn. Madhavi Shetye Rtn. Paresh Sawardekar Rtn. Pradip Dhuri

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N i l e s h A m o n k e r ’ s B lo g

Get… Set… Goal! The purpose of life is a life of purpose. Without a purpose or goal in life, your life tends to lack any meaning and you just tend to drift aimlessly in no particular direction. On the other hand, pursuing a goal gives your life direction, energizes you and as you progress towards it, it gives you a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction; it boosts your confidence, makes you happy and eventually paves the way to a fulfilled life. In a study conducted several years ago at the Harvard Business School, students from the graduating class were asked if they had any written goals and if yes, what those goals were. Only about three percent of the students had actually written down their goals. Ten years later, when the students were interviewed again, it turned out that the entire group of 3% who had written down their goals had in fact achieved all of them and were leading far more fulfilling lives. Of course there were scattered successes in the balance 97% as well but what is significant is that the group of 3% were earning, on average, ten times as much as the other 97% of graduates all together. The power of visualizing your goal and the act of writing it down on paper is undisputed and simply awesome! And yet, over a whopping 90% of adults do not bother to do it. What’s painful to note is that these same adults will spend an inordinate amount of time to meticulously plan their thirty days annual vacation but will drift aimlessly through thirty years of their life without as much as putting pen to paper to decide where they would like to go! Remember, it’s not only far more easier and quicker but a lot more fulfilling and satisfying to arrive at your destination when you know where you are headed rather than aimlessly wander and call any place that you reach your destination! There’s a story of a wandering lad who stopped by the roadside to ask a farmer where the road ahead would take him. The farmer asked the lad, where

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he wanted to go. “Err, I dunno where, anywhere is fine”, he replied. The wise old farmer turned to him and remarked, “My son, if you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there!”. Personally, I think goal setting as a concept is never given any importance and people tend to dismiss it as mere hog wash and even sneer at it! While you too might be tempted to discount the idea as an exercise in vain and purely as a concept that people write and read about in Management journals, believe you me, it’s a concept that works and works like magic at that. The simple act of writing what you want refocuses and aligns your mental resources sub-consciously. Immediately you start noticing things related to your goal with no conscious attempt from your end and opportunities and things that would have not even registered otherwise start showing up. It is akin to a common experience that we all go through – when we are contemplating buying any item or you develop a desire to acquire something, we consciously or sub-consciously develop an image or a visual in our mind of what it is that we want and this immediately triggers an area in your brain called the reticular cortex. The reticular cortex was responsible for the acute sense of imminent danger that our hunter gatherer ancestors developed to survive and keep safe from predators. Once the reticular cortex understands what’s important to you, it puts it on the radar of your mind and filters all the sensory stimuli that you receive to highlight and draw your attention to the items that have been registered as “important”. Back then predatory dangers were of paramount importance and kept our ancestors alive. With no predatory dangers encountered any longer in our day to day life, this part of our brain remains largely unused and can be exploited very well to alert us to what we consider as important. For instance, if it’s a red Maruti that you are considering buying, the reticular cortex understands that a red Maruti car is now important to you and filters all the stimuli that your sensory organs receive and channels anything related to a red Maruti to your conscious mind. Immediately you start noticing red Maruti cars everywhere you go. You even start noticing promotional mails related to Maruti cars in your email box which would have otherwise been


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relegated to the Spam folder or simply trashed! The same thing happens when you are contemplating a trip to go see the great pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx; you begin to notice pictures and posters of Egypt everywhere you look, your attention gets automatically drawn to any conversations about Egypt! You even notice the press writeups about the violent protests in Cairo which otherwise, would perhaps not have caught your attention at all. The transformation has happened naturally in your brain and is not conscious at all– its completely unconscious. The simple act of visualizing a goal and putting it on paper, alerts the reticular cortex and serves as a constant reminder of what’s important to you. Hereon, the reticular cortex picks up every little piece of information related to your goal and draws your attention to it. No opportunity now goes unnoticed and hopefully as you exploit the opportunities presented, you move unerringly closer to your target. Of course, all this works only if you have a goal to start with!. It’s a little like trying to climb a mountain. Yes, the climber certainly needs to be mentally and physically fit, needs the right gear and equipment, needs a map and a route and good weather too – but what is most important is the mountain itself. Without a mountain to scale, the best gear would be of very little use and no amount of obsessing over the equipment or good weather would help!

The tragedy in life is not in not attaining your goals – the tragedy is having no goal to reach. That would be like a rudderless ship with no direction. After all, no wind ever blows in favour of a ship without a destination. Would you rather have a hit and miss approach to your life based on pure chance or would you much rather give wings to your dream, define a goal and chalk out an action plan. Remember, the whole world turns aside to let any man pass who knows where he is going! Van Gogh summarized this beautifully when he said, “First I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream”. It’s time to paint yours!!

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The 2 Easy Ways to Make Your PC Run Like New One of the most frustrating things in life is a slow computer. Every few years, we buy an expensive new PC and love how fast it starts up, runs programs, and loads websites. Inevitably though, it starts to slow down until eventually we are pulling our hair out waiting for it to do routine tasks. Why is this? It turns out the answer is actually quite simple and you don’t even need to be “technical” to understand the causes and solutions. The good news: It’s not the computer hardware that’s the problem. In most cases, the hardware you have is perfectly capable of being restored to its original glory and kept in fast running condition with minimal effort. Rather, the problem lies with changes that occur to the PC’s software. The two most common causes of slowdown (along with easy solutions) are: 1. The most common problem: Registry errors Every time you (or your kids) load a program, game, or file, your PC’s software registry is updated with new instructions needed to operate that item. However, when the item is removed, these instructions usually remain on your PC. Every time you run your computer it tries to execute these instructions but, because the related program can’t be found, it causes a registry error. Your PC is doing a lot more work than it should be, and the result is a significantly slower computer. One of the best ways to manage this is with a neat little tool from Support.com, a Silicon Valley based company. It’s called ARO 2013 and it scans, identifies, and fixes registry errors - resulting in a computer that’s

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a lot more like it was when you first bought it. On top of the amazing results it offers, it’s so easy to install and use that it was recently awarded a coveted 4.5 star rating (out of 5) by CNET’s editorial staff, and has been downloaded more than 30 million times. 2. Spyware and viruses Spyware and viruses are software programs that are loaded on your computer without your knowledge or permission. They have various purposes, including: • Changing the default search engine in your browser • Tracking your Web surfing habits and showing you targeted advertising • Using your email program to send out spam to other email addresses • Stealing your personal information Most spyware and viruses get onto our computers through files that we download from the Internet or as attachments to emails. They tend to take up a lot of computing power and, as a result, will significantly slow down your computer. The simple rule of thumb to follow is to never download any free software programs from companies you do not know and trust, especially screensavers, emoticons, and the like. In addition, you should never open any attachment to an email unless you are 100 percent certain you know and trust the sender. Having a good anti-virus/spyware removal software running at all times will also help. Follow the above advice, and your PC should stay fast and safe.

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Sojou r n - Dub a i

Sojourn Dubai - a great choice for a family holiday Reena Kharangate Dubai is a safe, clean and family friendly place perfect for a memorable holiday! It offers the entire family fun things to do and at an affordable price as compared to most international tourist destinations. Traveling with children can be very tiring; parents are always searching for destinations that offer entertainment for their children. Dubai is one of those cities that offers something for everyone. Dubai winters are from November to April and this is the best time to visit Dubai. The Kids will be spoilt for choice for things to do and can keep themselves busy. Here are some options (though in many of the hotels, the attractions are included in your accommodation… ) Kidzania: If your child is into pretend play, they will want to move into Kidzania at the Dubai Mall. A country exclusively for kids, Kidzania will allow your little one to ride a fire truck, pilot a plane, construct a building, drive a car, get a haircut, conduct a health check-up, and much more. Your ticket will include 50 Kidzos which can be used to pay for products and services such as a drivers license (10 kidzos). Kidzania is best suited for kids 5 years and up who can actually enjoy the liberty of making their own decisions and running their own little world. A fabulous concept, definitely worth checking out. Aquaventure: The largest water park in Dubai, Aquaventure is conveniently located in the Atlantis hotel and will give you access to the water rides as well as its own beach. The multi-level Splasher’s children’s area for young kids is a full day entertainer with small slides, fountains and levers, and buckets that douse you with gallons of water every four minutes. The water is heated as well so the little ones can sit comfortably if they are not feeling particularly adventurous. For young ones with a thirst for thrills, they can enjoy the rapids, in a double float with a seat (so they won’t fall through) with mum or dad’s legs wrapped around them for additional security. Because this is Dubai and labor is plentiful, lifeguards are stationed every 20 feet and complimentary life jackets are issued for children. For kids that are not into the water sports, entertain them with temporary tattoos and braiding their hair and simply taking in the scene. And for the daredevil adult, the Ziggurat slides are a must. We took turns to watch the kids so the other could experience some of the fun!

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo: Located in the Dubai Mall, the Dubai Aquarium has the largest viewing gallery in the world, and in true Dubai style, is all a little over the top. Witness a shark dive, take a ride on a glass bottom boat, or check out the night safari at the underwater zoo. Bonus points if the kids are old enough for you to leave them at the Aquarium while you shop! Dolphin Bay, Atlantis: You may be turned off by the prices at Dolphin Bay at first glance, but a walk down to the facility to view the activity will convince you otherwise. At Dolphin Bay, you really get what you pay for: a song and dance with a dolphin. Highly skilled instructors partner with perfectly trained mammals to create a seamless and utterly delightful experience particularly if you are in the pool! (It’s not bad for viewers either). I wouldn’t recommend this for kids under five but for those who do participate it will be the experience of a lifetime. Ski Dubai: Only in Dubai will you find a ski resort in the middle of the desert. Ski Dubai, located in the Mall of the Emirates is open to kids 3 years and above and is completely worth the $30USD odd to ski, tobaggon, or simply frolic in this indoor playground. For the price of your ticket you will get everything you need except for gloves and hat which you can buy right by the ticket counter. You’d think that’s where they get you with the prices but you can actually get a set for about $20. Helmets are provided and are compulsory for young children, in addition to snow suits and shoes, one can have a blast at Ski Dubai on all the rides. You can even get ski lessons there, if you are so inclined. Only for ages three and above. Dubai Ice Rink: Sure, you can ice skate anywhere in the world but the Dubai Ice Rink offers little penguin pals to toddlers who are learning how to ski for an additional 30 dirhams (less than 10USD). They also have double blade skates that can be attached to your toddler’s shoes for additional balance. I must warn though that the public sessions can be very crowded and the penguins are available on a first-come, first-served basis. But it’s still a great family activity to try on vacation. Penguin Pals help to keep learners steady Contd on Page 13...

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Dear Rtn. Madhavi, President- RC Riviera. One achievement after another. You are leaving an indelible benchmark, tough for others to catch up with. Hats off to you and your Club for organizing such an incredible and enthusing RYLA for visually impaired children. I really admire your passion for philanthropic work and the incessant energy for doing all the good in the world. Your work of such stature opens up many new worlds and unlocks those most needed opportunities for the challenged and less fortunate ones. I am pleased to state that you have been religiously following the Ethics and principles of Rotary right from the bottom of your heart. Your zeal for the downtrodden is usually accompanied by innocence and simplicity and assumes that everyone else in the field is just as fervent as we are. I wish you and your Club all the very best for such an exceptional, unique and exemplary task that you carry with lots of agility and Vigor. District 3170 is very much proud and privileged to have an “ ASSET “ like you in our comradeship. Keep up the Good work and may god bless you all. MOHAN MULHERKAR District Governor 2013-14 Well done, Madhavi. This is a unique example of reaching out and giving opportunities to physically disadvantaged youth. I am sure you will face many challenges as you actually conduct the RYLA. May I suggest that you document the event so that future RYLAs will have some precedents to go by. I congratulate you and your team and convey my best wishes. Regards,

Praiseworthy! Kudos Dear Madhavi. Manoj Desai - RID 2015-17

Dear Madhavi Thank you for sharing this new achievement of the RC Panaji Riviera under your effective leadership. RYLA is a very important project, not only to promote youth towards the good values we fight for, but also as a resource to motivate participants to become Interactors. All the best of my wishes to you, your family, and the great friends we were able to create, while visiting Goa. Rose and I miss you all. A big hug Antonio Hallage - TRF Trustee

Dear Rtn. Madhavi, Heart congratulations. I was happy to go thru photo gallery. It speaks volume. It is command able achievement. Keep it up. PDG Pratap Puranik

Dear Madhavi, You showed leadership qualities in the year 2011-12 and now as a President you have confirmed it with reaching unreached RYLA FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED. This project will definitely enhance the Public image of Rotary. Keep on going. With Regards PDG. Avinash Potdar Assistant Rotary Public Image Coordinator ( ARPIC ) Zone 5

PDG Gulam Vahanvati - dist 3140 Dear President Madhavi, Warm Rotary Greetings to you and your team 13-14, You really gave a different vision to Rotary’s Program ‘RYLA’, so also vision to the visually impaired students/people in a true sense. Congrats for great visionary project of the Rotary year 13-14. God bless you and your team mates for making life of disabled meaningful. Keep it up. Regards DGN Srinivas Malu

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Hats off to you madhavi and all d Riveira Rotarians for the ryla for the visually impaired. U had a ryla for the hearing impaired last year, which was also a success. Ideas well conceived for special children. Well executed to make to the finishing line documented through the photos speaks of a well-knit team led by an exemplary leader in you. Keep up the good work Riveirians. IPDG Jorson Fernandes Dear Madhavi, What a fantastic RYLA! You have been such an exemplary leader! Heartiest congratulations! Warm regards, Dr Indumati Gopinathan - dist 3140


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Rasgulla Amrakhand Ingredients Small rasogullas - 18-20 Mango, small cubes - 1 medium Saffron (kesar) - 7-8 strands Hung yogurt - 2 cups Sugar - 3/4 cup Fresh cream - 3 tablespoons Green cardamom powder - 1/2 teaspoon Pistachios, blanched, peeled and slivered - 3-4

method Place the mango in a blender. Add saffron and blend. Add the hung yogurt, sugar and cream and blend till smooth. Add green cardamom powder and blend. Place one small rasgulla in each small glass or two to three in bigger glasses. Pour the mango mixture over. Even the surface. Garnish with pistachios and chill in the refrigerator. Serve chilled.

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Contd from Page 11... There are also the following activities that the entire family can enjoy. Here are just some of them: Desert Safari: you’re picked up from your hotel and spend the day in a 4x4 being driven around the sand dunes as well as having the option to ride camels and see belly dancers perform The Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountains: The tallest tower in the world is a sight to be seen and it’s even more fun when it shares a complex with the Dubai Mall and the dancing Dubai Fountains. You must pre-book to make it to the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa (or pay four times as much on the day of and risk it being sold out). After that, enjoy a show of the dancing fountains

from 6:00pm on every half hour from one of the many restaurants overlooking them. Shopping Malls and Souks: No visit to Dubai would be complete without a visit to Dubai’s traditional ‘Souks’ as well as the ultra-modern air-conditioned malls, many of them with Amusement Centres. Beaches & Parks: Dubai has clean beaches where you can swim in the warm clear blue waters or enjoy a range of water sports from jet-skiing to parasailing and diving. There are also parks and beach parks around Dubai that you can go to with your family and have a picnic! One visit to Dubai, and you will keep wanting to go back!

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ho r o s cop e : M a y 2 0 1 4

Aries March 21 - April 20 As the negative battles begin to fizzle out, you are faced with some big financial decisions. You could be trying to decide if you should collect a regular salary or an irregular commission. Either way, both forms of income have their good days this month. Regular salaries will probably edge out and win. You are also in the mood for hanging out with local people and you could find some great opportunities for bargain hunting and business dealings. You are finally able to get your point across after months of feeling like people are too busy yelling at you to even hear what you have to say.

Taurus April 21 - May 21 There are still plenty of problems to be dealt with, but the good news is that the faster moving planets are beginning to move through the area of your chart that promotes your personal wealth and selfworth. This is not the time for loaning money to friends or engaging in group or Internet based financial transactions, but job related earnings should be strong and moving in a positive direction. If you have a new non-social/nonInternet financial project or goal that you have wanted to launch, do so during the final days of this month.

Gemini May 22 - June 21 You have spent a lot of time in recent months thinking about what others think and what they want from you. You’ve also been contemplating what you want, what brings you happiness, and what creates peace of mind. You are ready to make some changes in your life starting with yourself. Some people love it and others are not too happy with what they see. It is up to you how much you want to create balance between “my authentic real self” and “my public persona”; you decide what works best at this time.

Cancer June 22 - July 22 So much of the drama of the last few months has already begun to drop away. You are ready for a more compassionate, spiritual, intuitive, and forgiving attitude, but you are butting heads with your own or someone else’s beliefs about cultural, religious, legal, political, and/or academia. You will make the first start towards compassion anyway, because it is in your best interest and it just feels right.

Leo July 23 - August 23 As most of the recent professional dramas are fading away, you are able to take on more leadership roles, network with colleagues, and sell your ideas to various groups of people. You are finally being heard and can take advantage of the situation. Your social life is also beginning to see more action. It is a good time for reconnecting with old friends that you may have been ignoring while working too much or you could be making new friends that help you to shake off the old negative outlook.

Virgo August 24 - September 22 Much of the drama of the last couple of months is fading away and you are finally able to focus on the things that matter. Your career and finances are benefitting from all of your hard work and effort. And you have some excellent social energy happening within your local community that allows you to have some fun and mingle with good friends. You seem to have found a nice balance between work and social activities this month.

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Libra September 23 - October 23 Most of the drama from the last few months has fizzled out and that leaves you with even more time to focus on professional and financial goals and achievements. You are ready to go on vacation, relocate to another city, begin attending college classes, or in some other way to broaden your horizons and open your mind to new ways of thinking. Your job is not making this new “journey” easy for you, but you have some intensely strong motivators encouraging you to go for it.

Scorpio October 24 - November 22 One of the hardest things for Scorpios to deal with is infidelity and trust issues. Unfortunately, this month, you are dealing with suspicions. Neptune is the planet of mirages and of deceit, so with his involvement, I cannot tell you that yes they are definitely cheating or no they are definitely innocent. You could simply be seeing trouble where none exists. Normally, I would tell you to follow your instincts because they are so sharp, but this time, I have to tell you to wait until you have facts. The good news is that during the final days of the month, you get an opportunity to launch a new relationship, come to a new agreement, or launch a new project involving your finances and/or your love life. Maybe the two of you argue about trust issues and then agree to a fresh start between you.

Sagittarius November 23 - December 21 You have some mild work related stress during the first half of the month, but you are able to work towards achieving your financial and professional goals, so you do not mind too much. During the second half of the month, you start focusing on a romantic, social, or professional partnership. Eventually, the two of you launch a new project together or create a new partnership. Either way, you seem pretty pleased with the situation.

Capricorn December 22 - January 20 The month starts out really rough. Just about everyone you know is ticked off about something. The good news is that things are rapidly turning around during the second half of the month and you are entering into some very productive and smart business energy. You are ready to launch a new project or some kind of professional or fitness oriented new beginning by the end of the month.

Aquarius January 21 - February 18 Your home life or someone in your private life is clashing with your professional goals, but they are also helping you to find solutions to the various professional issues you have been dealing with over the last few months. So, maybe a parent, roommate, or close family member is complaining about how much of your time and energy all of the drama at work is taking from your ability to focus on home and the family. But that same person could be helping you to some up with ideas how to fix it. Listen to them when they complain and then listen to them as they begin brainstorming too. They mean well even if they are coming across as chaotic and grumpy at first.

Pisces February 19 - March 20 As all of the battles between your finances, playtime, and social life fizzle out, you should find that your finances are beginning to improve and you are ready to spend time focusing on your home, roommates, parents, a home-based business, home-improvements, and/or private life. You are ready to make a fresh start in this area of your life.


EDIT O R ’ S MESSAGE

Welcome to the tenth month of our 2013-2014 Rotary Year, and the tenth issue of our magazine ‘The Rivulet’. With two more issues left, it’s hard to believe that the year will come to an end soon and my job as an editor of this magazine will be over. Through this April month message, I would like to thank my President Rtn. Madhavi, for giving me this opportunity to be an editor of ‘The Rivulet’. Our magazine is one of the most applauded magazines of Dist. 3170 and it has grown and improved in the past 10 years to reach this level. We started with an eight pages black n white issue to today’s 16 pages colored issue. This year, we have also ensured that we cover the entire cost of our magazine through the adverts in the Rivulet. If you want to know and enjoy seeing all that our club does in our community, then the Rivulet is one of the best sources of information. There are great stories, photos, Recipes, Horoscope and a calendar of events that keep you plugged into what’s coming. Did you know that the Rivulet is now online at http://issuu.com/pareshsawardekar/stacks. Don’t wait any longer to check it out. We also regularly share the link of our magazine on Facebook. This magazine month again, I thank the members/ anns/ annettes for sharing their special insights with the Rotarians, family members of Rotary and request them to continue submitting the articles, jokes, recipes, poems, etc. at paresh.sawardekar@gmail.com

Paresh Sawardekar Editor, RC Panaji Riviera

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Rivulet april 2014 issue  

The April 2014 issue of the Rivulet - The monthly bulletin of Rotary Club - Panaji Riviera

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