Another Victory for Shadab Jakati
hile several Goan footballers have achieved excellence at both the national and international level, very little of that has rubbed off on our cricketers. In fact, the late Dilip Sardesai is the only honourable exception in terms of international cricketing achievement from Goa. There have, however, been other past cricketers who have achieved some modicum of recognition beyond the borders of Goa. But it is the advent of the IPL that has provided the most fertile ground for the blossoming of young talent. If it was the diminutive Swapnil Asnodkar who made his mark for the Rajasthan Royals in the first edition, it is Shadab Jakati of Vasco who has now left an indelible imprint with the two successive triumphs of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Now a vital cog in the team with his beguiling left-arm spin, Jakati’s rise from humble beginnings to the captaincy of the Goa Ranji team is indeed a heart-warming story. There have been no shortcuts abetted by ‘influence’ in his career. He has come
up the hard way from the junior ranks in progressive age categories to the IPL and the captaincy of the state Ranji team. He is beholden to several of his own icons, notably his captain M S Dhoni, his coach at CSK Stephen Fleming and the former Test cricketer V Chandrashekar who spotted his talent. But like the true son of the soil that he is, Jakati has never forgotten the debt that he owes to his own coaches Nitin Vernekar, Chandrakant Chede and Rajesh Kamat during his formative years in Goa. Given the tough competition for the spinner’s slot in the national team, Jakati may find it hard to make it to the Test level. But he still remains an inspiring model, especially for young spin bowlers in Goa who aspire to play at a higher level. We are more than pleased to feature this unassuming but fiercely dedicated cricketer as our cover story. As the newly appointed skipper, may he bring many more laurels to Goa. Industrialist Dattaraj Vassudeva Salgaocar has another unknown side to him — he is as passionate about saving the tiger as he is with his camera as his vivid photographs of the fierce
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Goa’s Ranji Trophy team captain Shadab Jakati from Vasco has spun his way to the top with years of dedication and match-winning performances, both for his state and in the IPL for double-champion side Chennai Super Kings. He opens up with VIVA GOA
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Was My Proudest Moment’ Goa’s Ranji Trophy team captain, SHADAB JAKATI from Vasco has spun his way to the top with years of dedication and match-winning performances, both for his state and in the DLF Indian Premier League (IPL) for double-champion side Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Apart from being an important player in the team that lifted the 2010 and 2011 trophies under captain M S Dhoni, a high moment in Jakati’s career was capturing the prized wicket of his idol Sachin Tendulkar in last year’s IPL final—the turning point in the match versus the Mumbai Indians. From Anjuman High School in Vasco to the Goa Ranji Trophy team and the Chennai Super Kings, it has been a long and hard journey for the left-arm spin wizard. Recently appointed as captain of the Goa Ranji team, Jakati opened up to VIVA GOA
By KEDAR DHUME
t has been a long and arduous journey for Shadab Jakati, often as tricky as the wickets he sometimes bowls on. But his has been a case of true grit and determination. And unlike some other cricketers, there have been no shortcuts to fame. He has risen up methodically from the ranks in state cricket. From the under-16 to the under-19 team, progressing steadily to the under-22, under-25 and Goa’s Ranji Trophy team to national fame and recognition as a key player in the back-to-back triumphs of the Chennai Super Kings side in the Indian Premier League. Recently appointed as captain of the Goa Ranji trophy team, the raw youth from Anjuman High School in Vasco has now arguably reached the peak of his career. “It’s a good feeling to be the captain,” says the affable, 29-year-old Jakati. “I’ve represented Goa for the past 13 years and it’s a great honour to be leading the side. I’ve captained Goa consistently before at the junior level, but this is a new challenge. I think Goa cricket has changed a lot in the last four or five seasons compared to the past. We’ve beaten some really strong teams like Rajasthan and this year’s Ranji trophy one-day winners Jharkhand.”
On his coaches
Jakati attributes the progress to the improved infrastructure, the new cricket academy at Porvorim and the indoor practice facilities, especially needed during the monsoons. The Goa Cricket Association has done a great job, he affirms, and the results are showing in the improved performances of the Goa Ranji Team, finishing second or third at the league level, with many promising youngsters coming up. Jakati credits Goa’s recent growth to coach Rajesh Kamat who, he says, has done a “fantastic job”. Early in his career it was coach Nitin Vernekar who honed his skills along with Chandrakant Chede. Jakati is also not shy of picking up
tips from former Goan cricketers. However, he believes an ex-Test cricketer as coach can definitely make a difference with his experience, big-match temperament and as a motivator. But despite all his success both at the junior level and since his debut in the Ranji Trophy in 1998, it was the double triumph in the IPL which triggered his fame at the national level. How did his induction into the Chennai Super Kings come about?
Getting into CSK
Jakati explains, “We played the K S Subbaiah Pillai Trophy in 2008 for South Zone. Fortunately, two of the matches were in Chennai on the India Cements ground and I scored 50 runs off 28 balls against Karnataka, and 73 off 38 balls and also took a few wickets against Andhra Pradesh. At that time the Chennai Super Kings were looking for a
Suresh Raina and Shadab Jakati with the DLF IPL trophy
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left-arm spinner and an all-rounder. It was the IPL debut season and everyone was looking at building teams. Thanks to my performances in the Subbaiah Trophy matches, they got in touch with me. Former Test cricketer V P Chandreshekar, then director of operations for Chennai Super Kings, was instrumental in spotting me in that tournament. He is also a batsman who played for Goa for two seasons. It was a big break for me and we all knew that the IPL was going to be a major platform where we’d get a lot of opportunities to showcase our talent.”
And what was it like before the big final night in Chennai this year? Jakati says, “To be honest, there was pressure and we were playing on our home ground. There were butterflies in my stomach. But my experience at the previous year’s finals in Mumbai, which we won, boosted my confidence and I knew it was just a matter of time”. It helped, of course, that the team was led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni,
possibly the best captain in world cricket today. Jakati himself found him to be “an amazing person on and off the field. Very down-to-earth and humble with a motivating personality”. “Dhoni is Captain Cool. He’s a man of a few words, but when he speaks his words pack a lot of punch. He’s done wonders for Indian cricket and has brought so much glory to it,” says Jakati. Dhoni instills confidence in his bowlers and always consults them on the field placements. Jakati recounts an example of his cool-headedness when he was bowling against a rampant Shane Watson in their league match against the Rajasthan Royals when they had raced to 90 in just eight overs. He says,”Dhoni tossed the ball to me and told me to bowl to my strengths and not worry about anything. His confidence in me paid off. Fortunately I got Shane caught and bowled and we restricted them to 140 and won the match. And from there on we started winning.”
The winning wicket
But what he values most is his battles against the maestro Sachin Tendulkar. Says Jakati, “The day I got Sachin’s wicket last year is one of the best days
of my life. He’s a living god and to bowl to him was a big honour. I was very excited. We beat the Mumbai Indians in the finals and I was happy to get his wicket. It was a very important wicket as he was batting so well and Sachin has the ability to take the game away from you. That wicket was one of my proudest moments.” Tendulkar is one of the most difficult batsmen to bowl to because “he has so many shots even on a good delivery”. Jakati also admires Dhoni for his power — “even his mistimed shots go for sixes”. He elaborates, “Even when we bowl in the nets he doesn’t give us any chance to land the ball. He just steps up and hammers it.” It has been a learning curve for the spinner to bowl to such explosive batsmen. He also greatly admires the wily Anil Kumble and for his fighting spirit, Saurav Ganguly.
What also helped was the relaxed atmosphere within the Chennai Super Kings set-up. There were no restrictions on meeting people or enjoying a social life. The freedom was a part of coach Stephen Fleming’s plan. Explains Jakati, “We are cricketers but we cannot play cricket all the time. We had a lot His Holiness the Dalai Lama blesses Shadab Jakati
Shadab Jakati with captain M S Dhoni, video analyst Laxmi and physiotherapist Tommy Simsek after a CSK match
Mahendra Singh & Sakshi Dhoni with Sehr & Shadab Jakati
of team dinners with the sponsors and owners, besides movie shows where we would just socialise. This also helped us gel together on the field as well.” The Chennai management also had a more understanding dimension, given the long duration of the tournament “We were allowed to bring our wives along, so my wife Sehr was with me throughout the tournament,” says Jakati. “My mother came for the finals and my in-laws were there too. Other family members also came for different matches. I think our GM is a gem of a person and a generous man. I feel very proud and privileged to be part of the team.” Jakati feels that the IPL has helped a lot of cricketers financially and has 12
made the careers of many players as well. But he also recognises the need to keep his head firmly on his shoulders, be down-to-earth and not let success affect him negatively. He doesn’t believe that Test cricket will lose its status. Though every format of the game has its charm, it is Test cricket that shows your character, demanding high levels of fitness, technique and concentration. Within Goa, the Goa Premier League (GPL) he believes is a good idea, providing an opportunity for youngsters to play alongside seasoned cricketers from outside the state. At 29, Jakati feels he is at the peak of his career. “There’s nothing else on my mind,” he says. “People know me because of
cricket. Cricket has given me so much, so I do want to give back as well. I have a job with India Cements, where I play for their team in corporate invitational tournaments organised by the BCCI. As a sportsman I need security and I am content to know that I have this job with India Cements.” Jakati is now looking forward to the T-20 Champions League in mid-September in India this time. As the defending champions, the Chennai Super Kings will be keen to retain their title. And Jakati will no doubt spin yet another web around his opponents from around the world. n
What the coaches say
He is a very important part of our championship winning side and often his performances have flown below the radar because of some of the other high profile players we have in our side. Jak (Jakati) needs to continue to back his ability. At times he seems to doubt how good he is but his consistent performances especially at T20 level suggest he deserves to be at the top. He needs to continue developing variations in his bowling. Every year he is gaining experience I look forward to more excellent performances in the years to come
CSK coach and former New Zealand captain
Jak has impressed me from the first time we crossed paths. The reason for this is that Jak was looking to improve & try new things in regard to his bowling. We have worked on straightening up his run up & bowl more over the top allowing him the opportunity to introduce several variations, use change of pace & use the crease to better effect. This has been successful & for Jak to become a top end player in all versions of the game this must become a discipline, maintaining patience & hard work
CSK fielding coach & former Australia batsman
RAPID FIRE Test cricket vs IPL... Test cricket If you weren’t a cricketer, you would have been a... Footballer What defines you... Hard work Three things you love about Goa... Food, fun and the people Favourite Goan dish... Squid chilly fry More exciting IPL win – 2010 vs Mumbai Indians or 2011 vs Royal Challengers Bangalore... In 2010 vs Mumbai Indians Your favourite holiday destination... Dubai Can’t live without... Cricket Favourite stadium in India... Chepauk Stadium, Chennai Muralidharan or Kumble .. Kumble You enjoy... Water hukkah and movies JULY 2011 13
CELEBRITY SPEAK SEPTEMBER 1915 - JUNE 2011
The Man Who Lived Life Like an EMPEROR Shobhaa De is India’s best known celebrity columnist, a top-selling author and a recipient of several awards for her journalistic contribution
SHOBHAA DE reminisces about a friendship going back 40 years
here is your paintbrush?” I asked Husain Saab when I met him in room number six on the fourth floor of the Royal Brompton Hospital, situated in a leafy area of London. He shrugged and smiled wanly. Almost like he had put away his paintbrush forever. Frail in health but robust in spirit, he turned away from the dinner tray brought in by a cheerful nurse and said, “I can’t eat this food. All I want is a falooda from Mumbai.” His son Owais, who had flown in from Dubai to look after his ailing father, exchanged looks with me and said, “Would a vanilla milk shake do?” Husain Saab, fastidious and fussy as ever, responded dismissively, his right hand tapping the bedsheet impatiently, almost as if he was commanding his fragile body to leap off the hospital bed and escape. It was this never-say-die spirit of India’s greatest contemporary master that defined his life and work. It is both an irony and a tragedy that his last and 16
Shobhaa & Dilip De with M F Husain
most ambitious painting was based on the Hindu epic, the Ramayana. He spoke about it with enthusiasm and passion, almost as if another lifetime stretched ahead of him, even as he was breathing with difficulty. Our friendship, going back 40 years, was based on deep understanding and a very special rapport that only abiding trust over time generates. His irrepressible puckish and deliciously wicked sense of humour was perhaps our biggest bond. The Husain that I loved the most was the proud patriarch of an entire clan, not just immediate family! His obsessive involvement with the lives of his children and even great-grand children, with whom he shared a strange and complex relationship, provided more insight into his own multi-faceted personality than his entire body of art put together. It is only fitting that the entire Husain parivar got together in Dubai just a few months ago to celebrate Husain Saab’s 100th birthday. Yes sir, the grand old man lived to see a century, according to the records of a maulvi in Hyderabad. And which gift did he appreciate the most? A khullar of his favourite Mumbai cutting chai especially flown in for him! Did Husain Saab care what India thought of him? The rather surprising answer is a big yes! He cared and grieved profoundly that the country of his birth, which he acknowledged has given him everything – his inspiration, his fame, his wealth and his unique standing as a world icon, eventually rejected him and all that he stood for. But such was his indomitable spirit and self-belief that not once did he disown his work or felt the need to rationalise or justify any part of it. His insatiable zest and appetite for life left most of us gasping, wondering what would catch his fancy next. An astonishingly beautiful woman or a spectacularly futuristic car? The wings on his feet took him to destinations most people can only dream about! If there was one man who lived life emperor size, with grandeur and grace, it was our beloved Baba. I can already see him painting the sky in his characteristic bold and fearless strokes. I can hear him chuckling, almost mocking his detractors as he states mischievously, “Ab asli maza aayega..!” n
M F Husain’s fearless strokes that made him famous also turned him into ‘the most controversial artist of his time’
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William Blake’s verse comes alive as DATTARAJ VASSUDEVA SALGAOCAR turns his childhood fascination into a deep sense of love and passion for India’s national animal
ne of Goa’s foremost industrialists Dattaraj Salgaocar’s encounter with a tigress at Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh left such an indelible mark on him that he came away with a fierce passion for photographing the animal. Poet William Blake’s flaming feline came alive through an exhibition of Salgaocar’s photographs – Tigers – taken on his trips to Ranthambore, Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Pench national parks. Nearly 40 photographs of tigers were on display at the exhibition in Sunaparanta, with the proceeds of their sale donated to Tiger Guards of India, an NGO in Bandhavgarh reserve in Madhya Pradesh. VIVA GOA captures Salgaocar’s passion in a Q&A with the photographer.
Dattaraj Salgaocar with his camera on one of his expeditions
What sparked your interest in wildlife photography? I have been fascinated by animals since my childhood in Goa. I developed a passion for wildlife much later after visiting our farms in Mollem, Collem and other areas in Karnataka. Earlier I never took my camera as I enjoyed just watching the animals and birds in their natural habitat with my binoculars without getting distracted by a camera. However, as time goes by, memories start fading. Also, it is not always possible to completely share memories and knowledge with friends especially those who are not so fond of wildlife without images. I started carrying my camera on my wildlife trips in the early 90s and soon developed a passion for wildlife photography. When photography went digital, I discovered a new-found
what you are doing; a lot of patience and plenty of hope so you get good photographs, and cool-headedness as most of the time you may not get a single good picture! Wildlife photography requires a great deal of patience and time. How feasible is it for someone with limited resources but an equal amount of passion to be a wildlife photographer? Any form of photography requires patience and resources. In the case of wildlife, one requires more time as nothing is guaranteed in the wild – the laws of nature prevail. In today’s digital world and ever-changing technology, it is very feasible, with limited resources, to be a good wildlife photographer as long as you enjoy it. However, wildlife photography may not be as commercially attractive as other forms of photography given the time and uncertainty associated with the outcome of a wildlife photo shoot. freedom behind my digital Nikon SLR and telephoto lenses. What are the top three qualities you think are required to be a good wildlife photographer? My hero conservationist Valmik Thapar speaks of how we are never the same once we have seen a tiger in the wild.
I have found this to be true in my own experience. To witness a tiger – a creature of such extraordinary beauty and power – in its natural habitat is to witness the divinity of God’s creation. To reply from my own limited experience. I would say that the top three qualities would be a passion for wildlife and respect for nature so that you enjoy
What is your opinion on the wildlife photography scene in Goa? Goa offers lots of opportunities for photographing flora and fauna. Goa’s forest cover is above the national average. Most of us love animals and the outdoors. Did you know that we have the highest number of snakes in Goa including the largest and deadliest of them all – the King Cobra?
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work despite the challenges from politicians and poachers. I also do visit other wildlife parks and tiger reserves all over the country The Royal Bengal tiger is a tiger subspecies native to India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan and found all over India and not just in the Sunderbans which I incidentally, have not visited. Sunderbans is a very different habitat. It also has a sizeable population of people jostling for space. I would love to visit the Sunderbans just to see this unique ecosystem of mangroves and deltas.
Acclaimed wildlife and conservation filmmaker Shekar Dattatri at the exhibition
Love for wildlife need not mean expressing oneself only through photography. Different persons express their love in different ways like painting, sculpture, writing, research studies, filming â€“ not necessarily through the medium of photography and one must respect that. Others get involved with NGOs involved in conservation and animal protection. I am happy that we have such a diversity of talent in Goa who all love wildlife. Madhya Pradesh has among the highest number of tigers in the country and draws a significant number of tourists. Why did you choose to support an NGO based there and not one where there is perhaps less international attention? There are around 42 tiger reserves in
India, though I think this figure may have changed, and Madhya Pradesh has one of the largest areas with a good tiger density. I have known Additional Director General of Police Rajvardhan Sharma for a while and he is doing very good work in Bandhavgarh in tiger conservation through his NGO Tiger Guards of India. I support any NGO which does good work. But why focus attention mainly on reserves in Madhya Pradesh? The Sunderbans, for example, is world famous as a reserve for the endangered Royal Bengal tiger, but is fast dwindling due to encroachment. One reason could be that I have had my best sightings and experiences in Madhya Pradesh. I enjoy talking to the locals and there are some excellent forest officers and NGOs there who are doing very good
Wildlife photography is seen as a rather dangerous passion. How does your family take it? There is nothing dangerous about wildlife photography as one has to follow certain rules and protocol in the wild. As long as one has respect and care for nature, one is safe in the wild. Very rarely will an animal attack a human being. My entire family loves wildlife. My wife Dipti enjoys it just like her father and brothers. I took my children Vikram and Isheta when they were hardly three to see wildlife and since then, they simply love it. Do you plan to take the exhibition out of Goa as well where it could draw more attention to the problem of wildlife conservation? I had the show in Goa as some of my friends persuaded me to have it. The aim of my exhibition is to share my memories and also create awareness about tigers and their importance to India and the environment. We must protect our national animal â€“ the tiger. I also planned a weekend of talks, presentations and films by Anish Andheria and Shekar Dattatri on tigers and conservation, focusing more on children in Goa. We have received an amazing response. I have no plans to have this show outside Goa. n
LEGAL BRIEF A regular column on legal affairs and philosophy
ATMARAM NADKARNI is a senior advocate and former Advocate General of Goa
REMEDYING the JUDICIAL SYSTEM Filling up the enormous number of vacancies with able and prudent judges will help clean up judicial arrears in the country as well as reduce litigation time Source: miamirealestateattorneyblog.com
he Constitutional importance assigned to the Judiciary as one of the important organs of our parliamentary democracy is not a mere empty formality. In this organ of the state, a citizen is even allowed to take out summary proceedings to either secure personal liberty, deter unlawful imprisonment or arbitrarily restrain by the state, an action that is impermissible in law. Our Constitution, although the lengthiest in the world, contains Fundamental Rights for citizens and others. We have both a republic as well as a parliamentary form of democracy wherein the Parliament i.e. the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha are creatures of the Constitution. Therefore we in India have what we may call ‘Constitutional Supremacy’ rather than a limitednature ‘Parliamentary Supremacy’ The Parliament was created by the Constitution of India and it therefore owes allegiance to the Constitution. This document was given by the sovereign i.e. the people of India to themselves, which is why the Preamble to the Constitution begins with the words “We the people”. 22
The scant importance attached by the Government to the judiciary is unpardonable. The manner in which the judiciary has been treated bears enough testimony to the political objective in scuttling its reach rather than making it strong. I am sure you recall a statement by a minister in Parliament suggesting they wanted a “committed judiciary” and when asked ‘committed to whom?’ said “committed to the government”. None would dispute that today corruption, money, muscle power and favouritism are riding high all through the system. The citizens’ only hope is the judiciary. Some outstanding judges have shown exemplary courage and
laid down important principles of law whereby the power of the state is kept within bounds, restrained from being arbitrary, irrational, capricious, and answerable on the touchstone of Article 14 of the Constitution. The figures make for depressing knowledge: the total number of High Court judges working in our country is only 607 as against the sanctioned strength of 895. The total vacancies which are about 288 works out to 32 per cent. The journey of a case in our system of administration of justice in this country is long and arduous. It normally takes 20 to 40 years to conclude a litigation and the party commencing it is not sure whether he or she will be alive to enjoy its fruits. The provisions of the Civil Procedure Code, 1908, which deals with execution of judgements and decrees is very complex. Added to that is the judge-made case law which has made the Civil Procedure Code even more complex and the way courts entertain objections, the execution process becomes a long-drawn battle; sometimes endless and at times even fruitless. Western countries like Canada, the US and Australia have a system of
way of setting up of Lok Adalats and promoting arbitrations, mediations and counselling. All this, however, is a mere joke when the necessary action of appointing an increased number of judges is neither accepted nor practised. But why does the government not increase the strength of judges in all the courts? Is it because there is no money or infrastructure to appoint them? Is it because there are not enough candidates worth appointing? A friend was right in saying that it is not the number of judges that would matter but the type and quality of the judges. The Chief Justice of India S H Kapadia, a man of outstanding integrity, said at an event that we need good people in black robes to man the judiciary. Added to this, I have the highest respect and admiration for the judiciary and many outstanding judges who have virtually sacrificed their good practice and many other things in life to impart justice. I also support a movement to be started by the judiciary with an in-house mechanism to rid it of all those who are simply parasites instead of being relief-oriented. The time has come for a more active and vibrant judiciary. The role of the Supreme Court in the 2G spectrum case
and black money cases deserves to be written in gold. The judiciary itself, NGOs and public pressure groups need to play a role in the forefront to save the nation. n
Western countries like Canada, the US and Australia have a system of speedy justice. India has 10.5 judges on average for a population of a million compared to 41 judges in Australia, 51 in the UK, 75 in Canada and 107 in the US
speedy justice. India has 10.5 judges on average for a population of a million compared to 41 judges in Australia, 51 in the UK, 75 in Canada and 107 in the US. It is hard to imagine that the Government of India has allotted just 0.78 per cent or Rs700 crore of the total planned outlay of Rs8,93,183 crores to the judiciary. The judiciary requires a much larger sum than this meagre allocation. In countries like Singapore, the UK and the US, the expenditure on the judiciary is not less than two to three per cent. The Law Commission of India in its 120th report published in 1987 recommended that the strength of judges be increased from 10.5 per million population to 50 per million. The Government ignored this suggestion and as a result the All India Judges Association filed a case in the Supreme Court which accepted the plea. It directed the Central Government to increase the strength within five years with a commensurate rise in infrastructure. Unfortunately, neither did the government implement it nor did the judiciary follow up the case. What do you expect when a large number of criminals are members of Parliament or of the state legislature, involved in serious offences? What do you expect from a government that turns a blind eye to corruption? Indeed, the efforts undertaken by people like Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev in support of a Lok Pal Bill to curb corruption are noble. When the Government has virtually attempted by its action/inaction to scuttle the judiciary despite a Constitutional guarantee and provision, can we seriously expect it to bring in a Lok Pal Bill which will have the teeth to curb corruption? This is a moot question which every sensible citizen of the country must ponder over. We ought to know the consequences in case of a collapse in the system of administration of justice in this country. As it is, we have khap panchayats, palm tree justice systems, mediation by party bosses or big shots who are actually political but claim to be social. God forbid if this state of affairs continues. The government and judiciary have together done their bit in what is called the ‘alternate dispute resolution mechanism’, whether by
“Don’t spread it around, but on the really tough ones, I just go with ‘eenie, meenie, minie, moe’.” JULY 2011 23
Protecting your DANIEL D’SOUZA is one of Goa’s best known landscape designers with a MSc from the University of Mumbai
Green Beauties Tips on gardening during the rains
t the onset of the monsoons everything looks vivid and colourful. And all plant lovers have their hands full protecting their beauties from the fierce rain. Your home is where your heart lies. Everything revolves and evolves around it, including your green beauties. There is a wide list of plants to be protected from the monsoons. Simultaneously, it’s the best time of the 24
year to grow, propagate, trim and have your own organic kitchen garden. First, the focus of your garden – the lawn. Whether of Calcutta doob grass, Mexican or crab grass, make sure there are no depressions or unwanted dips in the lawn area as this will collect water and eventually after the monsoon, a visible patch will show up. After the rains, treat that area by removing the lawn and filling garden soil to grow
your lawn back, ensuring a uniform effect while mowing. Alternate cuts are crucial for good results should you need to mow the lawn. Wait for a dry spell or the damage caused to the lawn will affect the overall look of your garden. One must keep a check on weeds. Earthworms are very active during this period too, but do not eradicate them. They play a vital role in the soil micro-flora.
House plants are in vogue in modern interior design. They act as focal points and become an integral part of the interiors. Topping the list is cacti and succulents that can survive or thrive without being watered for several days. Being xerophytes, cacti store a lot of water in their roots and stem, while succulents store water in their thick leaves. A few common ones that come to mind are zygocactus, adeniums, jade, aptania, euphorbia, opuntia and hawarthia. Also, choosing the right plant can separate different living areas. Plants like syngonium, money plant and philodendron do that. They also transform your dull spots into vibrant ones. Some house plants that require a little more attention during the monsoon include anthuriums, asparagus and begonias, which have nearly 300 varieties. As begonia rex is delicate in nature, it tends to break easily with strong winds. Begonia masoniana (iron cross) is another favorite among plant lovers along with the hedera canariensis variegate (ivy). Ensure that this plant is not exposed to too much dampness as it grows slowly and requires a lot of attention during this period. Impatiens (balsam) are popular flowering shrubs with a wide range of colours. They, however, wither away quickly with excess water and cannot withstand heavy monsoons and waterlogged areas. They flower
profusely and it is preferable to use them as house plants rather than in a garden. Geraniums come in various shapes and sizes and can be used very well in hanging baskets, urns and tubs on window sills. They flower throughout the year in well-lit locations. They are susceptible to excessive moisture and should be grown in well-drained compost. Pelargonium hortorum – ‘Genie Irene’ – is another favourite for its bright red flowers. Saint Paulia or African violets, originally from East Africa, do pretty well in Goa. Some of the beautiful shades are pink, red and white. Artificial lighting may be essential during long monsoon spells. The thumb rule is that one should allow them to dry out between each watering. As they are delicate, never use cold water either on the leaves or flowers. The coleus is attractive in appearance with showy leaves and is susceptible to wet soil or water stagnation even for a short duration. They should be protected during the rainy reason. Shoot tips are pinched to promote branching or bush effect. Gerberas which make for beautiful cuts or flowers in pots or in the ground are very fussy when it comes to water logging or excessive water.
on hillslopes and flat terrain. In Goa, more than 15 vegetables can be grown in backyards for fresh consumption. Amaranthus (spinach), lady’s fingers (okra), egg plant, cucumber, pumpkin, gherkins, and a variety of gourd – ash and bottle, ridge and bitter gourd and snake gourd are some examples. As most gourds are climbing plants, they require a support or trellis. Pests and diseases are an unwanted but integral part of gardening, so don’t be disheartened by an attack. A simple way to differentiate between pests and disease is to note that a pest travels from leaf to leaf while a fungal infection would be more or less stationary. Good results can be achieved by using wood ash (burnt wood) dust or by crushing neem leaves, making a paste, diluting it in water and spraying it on the plants. Also, growing marigolds at the periphery keeps insects away. A blend of traditional and modern technology can prove to be very effective. A beautifully-landscaped garden is the cynosure of all eyes. Whether a professional or novice, it takes much more than what meets the eye to convert open patches into a vista of beauty, peace and colour. So take time out to acquaint yourself with these natural monsoon beauties. n
A sizeable area usually comes under vegetable cultivation during the monsoon. Special terraces are created
A species of Begonia Begonia (iron cross) Pics by Daniel D’Souza
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FIRST LADY Featuring eminent women of Goa
‘Goa is Stuck in
A Time Warp’
She believes in leading by example and that her workplace is an extension of her home. It’s only been a year-and-a-half since NANDINI SAHAI took over as Director of the International Centre Goa (ICG), but she has already left her mark By EMYLOU D’SOUZA
Pic by Edric George
International Centre Goa at Dona Paula
fter taking charge of ICG, she has provided a platform for a healthy debate and dialogue between the public, the government and various stakeholders. A constant exchange of ideas is Nandini Sahai’s vision for the Centre. Under the guidance of ICG president Pratapsingh Rane, she has even transformed it into an eco-friendly establishment with a recycling-cum-composting unit, a 100 per cent organic vegetable garden ‘Shaak Bhag’, a rain water harvesting and ground recharging project, and plans to install a solar-wind hybrid station. A development journalist with more than 30 years of experience, Sahai is the Founder Director of Media Information and Communication Centre of India (MICCI) and is one of the leading Right to Information (RTI) advocates. She has also set up the South Asia Women’s Network, called SWAN. This network is a central hub to which eight networks contribute their daily, weekly or monthly updates and work together for the betterment of women in South Asia. Brimming with ideas and passionate about her work, “she loves what she’s doing and actually gets paid for it”, she tells VIVA GOA What does a day at the office entail? It’s a mixture of a lot of administrative
work and planning. We take a call on the programmes for the week and plan months ahead. Our regular line-up includes health talks, Goa-specific workshops, the South Asia Media Summit, and the Goa Arts and Literary Festival, which we
are working on in a big way to celebrate Goa’s 50th anniversary. We will be inviting artists and writers of Goan origin who are living abroad, for the festival this December. Another big event is the South Asia Media Summit, which I have been organising since 2004, even before I became the director here. The Right to Information is a national debate we like to take up every year. What is your vision for ICG? There is no other place like this where the public can debate, conduct a dialogue, thrash out issues and maybe come out with recommendations not only for the government but other stakeholders too. We owe it to the people to take up Goa-related issues besides of course national and international issues which are regularly debated. My constant endeavour has been to involve and expose the public to something new and exciting. My vision is to make ICG a world-class holistic place for seminars and conferences in South Asia. Inspite of being an experienced journalist, why did you shift to your current profession? It was a very natural shift. Journalism deals with people and people-centric issues. I believe we should write about what matters to people and not about people who matter. ICG gave me a bigger platform to put this plan JULY 2011 27
don’t need to look after them on a day-to-day basis. What do you love most about Goa and where do you see it heading? Goa has the potential to be the number one state in this country on all indexes. It is not just the sun and sand. You have to be conscious about your environment and create awareness as far as tourism is concerned. You have to think about attracting high-end tourists, which would bring in more money to the state exchequer. Also, tourism policies have to be put into place – with backpackers, come all the other problems of drugs, drinking and hooliganism. Goa should not lose its label of being a safe state. Goa may be caught in a time warp and life in the villages goes on in the same way, but I guess people love it because of that. However, that doesn’t mean that you keep development down.
into action. I continue to pursue the same work with MICCI and attend other seminars around India and abroad. The thrust is people – what interests the people of Goa, India and South Asia. What does journalism mean to you? Journalism is a passion, a commitment and not a profession. I got into it at a time when it was not glamorous. I was paid a salary of Rs500 for a very long time. My first job was at the Press Institute of India (PII), and I later joined Depth News India, a part of PII, but created by the Press Institute of Asia. We would syndicate articles on development issues to around 250 newspapers in 1979, creating awareness about the environment and population at a time when it was not ‘fashionable’ to do so. But I find that today money is the bottom line, unfortunately. In this race to be the first, the media has forgotten they are reporting on human issues. It’s shocking to see how human beings are brushed off and the focus is only on sensationalism. But I think some newspapers realise that you can’t fool all the people all the time. Goa-based papers write a lot on human issues at the grassroots level. So many people are going hungry to bed every night, without shelter during 28
the winter in New Delhi – does the media cover how many children die of preventable ailments on a regular basis? You have relocated from a metro to a quieter state. What has the transition been like? Maybe if I was 20 years younger I would have thought twice. I don’t know why there’s this notion that when you move from a metro you’re cutting yourself off when you come to a smaller place. I have spent many years in Delhi but I have not cut myself off, I’ve just relocated here. I’m from Dehradun originally and it is again small and beautiful. I prefer being known in a small place than anonymous in a metro where everything turns into a battle. New Delhi is stretched to its utmost limit with electricity, water and traffic problems. Do you think that if it rains for 24 hours like it does in Goa, New Delhi would be able to survive? What brought me to Goa were the people, who are extremely well-mannered and soft spoken, compared to people in the capital. I live on the premises and don’t have to commute, so I’m here 24/7 and am totally involved with the Centre. Also, as my children are grown up, I
How do you unwind after a day’s work? I love reading and listening to music. I love both Indian and Western classical, jazz, and 60s and 70s music. I have a collection of books, which I periodically donate. I’ve also built a library at ICG. I used to love to unwind by cooking – that’s one of the reasons why I take personal interest in the ICG kitchen. Gardening is another hobby, and I have grown a lot of trees and plants to attract birds and bees. My work relaxes me, it’s not a chore. I love what I’m doing and its nice to get paid for it too! Do you think women suffer gender bias, even in progressive Goa? Women still need to fight for their rights. It all starts at the family level. Children observe how parents treat their sisters, how their mother is treated by their father, and that’s the attitude they carry forward. You can’t think a daughter is a liability, born to be given away in marriage. She must be educated, have a career and be able to stand on her own feet. More and more women need to come forward, be independent and be equal to men. But I’m against the idea that to be equal to a man, women have to lose their femininity. You can fight your battles and still be feminine. n
A regular column on healthy living
EASING The Pain Dr DEEP BHANDARE, is a noted orthopaedic surgeon. He is also the chairman of the Disaster Management Cell, Indian Medical Association, Goa
Mainly a work-related condition, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome â€” pain and numbness in the hand â€” can be avoided or alleviated with regular exercise
arpal Tunnel Syndrome is pain, tingling, and numbness in the hand due to pressure on the median nerve in the wrist. A typical patient is a woman around 40 years, mildly overweight, diabetic or with a family history of diabetes, complaining of pain in the hand travelling upwards to the shoulder. She may complain of numbness of fingers, more at nights or while doing fine work. 30
An examination will uncover a typical area of decreased sensations over the area supplied by the median nerve. Pressing the nerve at the wrist results in sharp pain, more so in the index or the middle finger. The median nerve and several tendons run from the forearm to the hand through a small space in your wrist called the carpal tunnel. It controls movement and feelings in the thumb and the first three fingers (not the little finger). Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is usually caused when an illness or other problem makes the
space too small, putting pressure on the nerve and causing pain, tingling, and other symptoms.
Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
l Conditions such as obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, diabetes mellitus, lupus and hypothyroidism can cause crowding of the carpal tunnel by way of swelling of the joints or soft tissues in the arm, or by causing reduced blood flow to the hands. l Repeated movements of the wrist and the hand can cause the membranes surrounding the tendons to swell. l A build-up of fluid in the carpal tunnel can occur from pregnancy or such conditions as rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes. l Broken wrist bones, dislocated bones, new bone growth from healing bones, or bone spurs. These can take up space in the carpal tunnel and put more pressure on the median nerve. l Tumours and other growths are uncommon causes of carpal tunnel syndrome, and are usually benign. l Smoking may contribute to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome by affecting the blood flow to the median nerve. l Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is
a common work-related injury. Jobs requiring forceful or repetitive hand movements, hand-arm vibration, or working for long periods in the same or in awkward positions — especially when combined with other health conditions — may cause the condition. Though generally diagnosed by clinical examination, the following investigations are very useful where the diagnosis is unclear. Blood tests, x-rays, electromyography (EMG), ultrasounds and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can help find out if the patient is suffering from carpel tunnel syndrome.
If treated early, carpal tunnel symptoms usually go away with non-surgical treatment. Addressing health conditions like diabetes and hypothyroidism, reducing inflammation in the wrist, avoiding work-related activities that cause the symptoms and restricting salt intake if you retain fluid can help solve the issue. Switching hands and changing positions often when doing repeated motions, and also taking breaks and resting will also ease any pain. Computer professionals often develop this syndrome because of overuse of the mouse or using it in a bad position. To avoid this,
“It’s an ergonomic ankle support, designed to help you be more productive.”
ensure the keyboard is directly in front of the user and the mouse positioned in such a way that one should not have to reach for it. A straight line should be maintained between hand and forearm while using the mouse. Expecting mothers can also suffer from the syndrome, the symptoms of which pass off after pregnancy-related fluid build-up is relieved.
Medications and surgeries
Medicines including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and corticosteroids are used to relieve pain and inflammation. If the symptoms are persistent, then doctors may suggest several alternatives for operations, including Open Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery and Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery. They usually reduce pressure on the median nerve by cutting the ligament that forms the top of the carpal tunnel or by removing any other tissue (such as a tumor) that puts pressure on the nerve. Other treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome include physical therapy techniques (including ultrasound, stretching and exercises), wrist splints and retraining — learning new ways of doing things. n
If treated early, Carpal Tunnel symptoms usually go away with non-surgical treatment. Switching hands and changing positions often when doing repeated movements, and also taking breaks and resting at work will ease the condition
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VIVA GOANS A regular column featuring eminent Goans living outside Goa
Of Her Own With a talent for styling, Vasco-born TANIA FADTE has decided to make a living out of it
ketching costumes, visiting fabric stores, meeting tailors and getting clothes into production – welcome to the world of fashion stylist Tania Fadte. Leaving for Mumbai in 2005, Tania’s success can perhaps be attributed to her alma mater, the Goa College of Art and her stint as chief stylist at Elle India, one of the world’s leading fashion bibles, and junior fashion editor at GQ Indian Edition, an international men’s magazine, along with her innate creativity. As a professional and a freelancer, she currently has the freedom to choose the type of work that she wants to do. She styles ad films, print shoots, editorials and is also working on costumes for a play, The Real Inspector Hound, set in the 1920s. Having learnt the ropes on the job, she shares her experiences with VIVA GOA What inspired you to get into fashion styling and when did this happen? I studied at the Goa College of Art, and everyday during lunch a bunch of my girlfriends and I would collect Elle magazines and go through them. I analysed how the shoots were done and was curious. To a huge extent watching the collections of designers Wendell Rodricks and Savio Jon and the
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way they put Goa on the fashion map was also very inspiring. When I came to Mumbai I assisted a photographer for a few months and then figured that I would rather be a stylist than a photographer. I put together a portfolio of my best work and called Elle magazine. It was the perfect place for me to learn and test my skills. I learnt everything on the job.
What were the most important lessons you learnt? Working at Elle was amazing. My editor Nonita Kalra really pushed me to read more and write more. I think it’s very crucial for every stylist seeking more than just a mere whim to work or intern with a magazine. You learn the tricks of the trade and meet designers during photo shoots
almost every second day. You learn how a magazine is produced and more importantly how a team works to put it together. We did covers, features and shoots with celebrities and it has been a great experience. But, after I started freelancing I’ve steered away from Bollywood – it’s not what I give too much importance to.
How has your career evolved and where do you see it heading? I went from being an art graduate to a photographer’s assistant to a chief stylist at Elle to junior fashion editor at GQ to being a freelance stylist where I am my own boss. I think one of the most important things about my career has been about not planning it – it evolved by itself. JULY 2011 33
I kept an open mind to learn new things and explore new possibilities
going on. The only festival that encouraged art college students to openly showcase their work was the Fontainhas Festival which I believe has also been discontinued. Things like this need to be encouraged, things that would benefit us in our formative years. I would eventually love to come back to Goa and work, which hopefully should happen soon, but only if the art scene gets better. n
Do you agree that working as a stylist can be a grooming phase towards becoming a fashion designer? Have you considered launching your own label? As styling also involves designing, sketching and spending long hours with tailors, there is a chance that it would eventually trigger a passion for designing. Although I would say one needs to know the basics of tailoring while opting to be a stylist. I learnt a bit from my mother who would stitch all my clothes. But to become a designer it’s best if you go to a good fashion school and learn all the technicalities.
RAPID FIRE Your favourite thing to be in… My leather brogues The oldest item you own… All of my mum’s clothes Which is your favourite collection and why? Nicolas Ghesquière of Balenciaga for his soft and strong structures, Yohji Yamamoto for his rebellious take on fashion, Jil Sander for his clean lines and extreme colour play, and Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel for timeless chic. Every new collection Savio Jon brings out never fails to mesmerise me. The clean lines and the way every garment makes a woman feel fluid is amazing.
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Trace your roots to Goa and tell us when you decided to move out. My father told me to get out of Goa, find my ground and live on my own. There was not much I could do staying in Goa, except for maybe photography or work in an ad agency, so I moved out as soon as I graduated in 2005. It makes me sad that most of us resort to doing that. I don’t think art is really encouraged as much as it should be in Goa. What I learned in college was great but we were hardly exposed to the world outside except for the few professors who would from time-to-time update us on what’s
Your favourite designers… Yohji Yamamoto, Jil Sander and Vivienne Westwood The wackiest thing you own… A Varun Sardana satin ribbon skirt. It’s too whacky and I don’t know when to wear it, but soon will! Your style icons… Currently, Coco Chanel – I just watched the movie Coco Avant Chanel Your styling technique is… Easy, minimal Your personal style is… A little quirky but totally comfortable A wardrobe item you can’t let go off… A long embroidered skirt made by my mother and aunt, it will always stay with me Couture in India… Has to still evolve
On whatâ€™s haute in the world of fashion in Goa
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ENDELL RODRICKS made a splash at the launch of the Radisson Blu Resort Goa at Cavelossim with his new range of zesty colourful designs. His Sorbet Splash Collection of loungewear featured designs that were hot, fluid, comfy, body hugging, flirty, sensual, breezy, lounge and resort wear. The internationally renowned designer used bright, happy colours to offset his trademark black and whites, which will appear in VIVA GOA next month. Pics by Edric George
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A tribute to
Salam Goenkar, a collection by VERMA D’MELLO , is a tribute to the traditional Goan community. “This is the best contribution I could ever make to honour the Goan potters (kumbar), bakers (poder), fishermen (raponkar), toddy tappers (render), carpenters (mesth) and farmers (shetkar). They work for us and make our life easy and meaningful,” said D’Mello. She had various experiences during her visits to rural areas across Goa. 40
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A column which reviews the best hotels in Goa
SINEAD McMANUS has lived and worked in Goa for the last six years. Her job entails travelling extensively around India, promoting the country to the British/American Travel Trade and to the independent traveller
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n the famous Cavelossim beach, set on ten acres of lush gardens, ideally located among shopping and entertainment attractions and with its Goan-Portuguese architecture, we salute a world-class resort – the new Radisson Blu Resort Goa. This world-class property is the coming together of two giants – Carlson Group, a global hospitality and travel company which owns the brand Radisson, and Alcon Victor Group, a leader in the Goan hospitality industry. “The Radisson Blu Resort Goa blends perfectly with this idyllic destination by providing a vibrant, contemporary, and engaging resort experience sought after by leisure travellers from all over the world,” says Victor Albuquerque, chairman and managing director of Alcon Victor Group. Albuquerque is ably assisted by his sons Vinay and Varun. Entering the resort we were immediately mesmerised by the grandeur of the lobby – the architectural design resembles a self-contained Portuguese hill hamlet. While the checking-in procedures were under way, we were enchanted by the lush scene and a fantastic view of the free-form swimming pool. After the formalities, we 42
were accompanied to our luxurious Villa Room. The resort features 132 stylishly appointed, spacious guest rooms and suites. Each of the rooms is comfortably furnished and equipped with a variety of amenities to anticipate the needs of every traveller. At present, 96 well-appointed with maximum luxury premium Villa Rooms are complete but we can anticipate an additional 30 Superior Rooms, two Executive Suites and four exclusive Radisson Villa Suites. From a selection of on-site eateries, Upper-Deck, the 24-hour coffee shop, became a popular choice for
us. Welcomed by Maurisa Rai, the restaurant’s associate, who looked after all our personal requests and with entertainment from D’Voice, a lively Filipino band, we indulged in an array of continental food that was on offer. Tucked away in the interiors of the hotel is Lucio with its Goan-Portuguese gastronomy. This specialty restaurant will soon become a destination where locals and international guests will indulge in this dining experience. The hotel also boast Shandong, an oriental cuisine specialty restaurant and Sagres, an exclusive lounge bar with its relaxed mood and a great view
The recently launched RADISSON BLU RESORT GOA in Cavelossim offers guests the lure of warm local hospitality and the ‘experience of a different Goa’
of the hotel’s activities. Executive Chef Shudbendo Kadam eagerly showcased his 14 years of experience with food promotions and local festivals on offer to his in-house guests and local clientele. The grand conference facility is all set to cater to the new conference culture – a major requirement for the MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) tourism segment. It offers a wide variety of choice with a number of conference halls equipped with up-to-date technology. As the resort has recently opened, we can still look forward to Aura, a spa which promises to be one of the best in
the vicinity. It will provide a wide range of treatments including western and ayurvedic treatments, meditation, yoga and an in-house gymnasium. With the sun peeping out for us by the swimming pool, the loungers coupled with the warm attention from the staff, allowed us to enjoy the resort to the fullest. Surrounded by its Goan-Portuguese features, we felt rejuvenated and refreshed. Whether travelling for business or pleasure, the Radisson Blu Goa Resort provides the ideal setting to ‘experience a different Goa’, as promised by their tag-line. n
The Radisson Blu Resort Goa blends perfectly with this idyllic destination by providing a vibrant, contemporary, and engaging resort experience
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A regular column by foreigners who have made Goa their home
Elena Fedosenko in her studio
‘I Feel Blessed in Goa’ From Moscow to Arpora, it’s been a colourful journey for painter ELENA FEDOSENKO
ince my childhood, I’ve always wanted to visit India. I was enchanted by its ancient civilisation and exotic appeal, its colourful traditions, and, yes, its cinema. So when I had the opportunity to follow my dream after a busy work schedule in Moscow three years ago, I travelled to Kerala and Tamil Nadu before stopping in Goa. Just being in Goa awakened me to my life’s purpose 46
after a brief hiatus from painting. I feel blessed coming here. The people are very friendly and hospitable, Goa is endowed with a liberal culture, a cosmopolitan ambience and the natural beauty of the place deeply connected me to the land. This encouraged me to stay here and continue my work. My involvement with Goa has also been enhanced as I represent art management firm Dev Art based here. There have been innumerable
beautiful and memorable experiences of my stay. However, I have been most touched by the genuine guidance and friendship of the wonderful people I have met during my time here. When I needed help, there was always someone around to make my life easier. It’s a priceless feeling to be loved and protected by good people. I am in India working on a few painting exhibitions based on an Indian subject – Bharatnatyam. I travel around Pics by Edric George
more knowledge on the subject and for that I am grateful to the artistic community here. Real success can be only achieved through hard work — with a tiny dose of good luck! And of course, it is important to believe in yourself. For me every day is a creative process. There is no set routine as such, but sketching, painting and working on new ideas and concepts occupy my time. Creating jewellery with unusual objects like buttons is my most cherished hobby other than painting. I also plan on taking yoga lessons to keep myself fit holistically. There are also times when I prefer to be by myself, reading and enjoying good music or cooking and inviting friends over for traditional Russian food. But I still spend a considerable amount of time in Russia each year. So I don’t really miss it much and I am enjoying the best of both places. For me, life is an adventure. I am always prepared, and indeed look forward to, the mystery of the future while enjoying today, this moment as it is. n
Elena Fedosenko’s exhibitions in India focusing on Bharatnatyam include acrylic on canvas and mixed media drawings
the country, but Goa is my base where I paint and have my studio. Also, I use this opportunity to work with young and upcoming artists, to share my knowledge in the field of colour-mixing techniques through workshops and lectures. In the near future, I will be working with under-privileged children to empower them with skills, both in art as well as in the field of contemporary jewellery design. Goa’s natural ambience, growing art and cultural community and the peaceful atmosphere has also inspired my own work. The place has energy, and I feel connected with my creative
being all the time. I just love Goa as it is and I appreciate Goans who have created a fine balance between land, water and man. This perfect equilibrium is of great importance to the ecosystem and its biodiversity. But I wish for more awareness towards keeping Goa clean, especially with individual and community involvement. Swimming, reading, travelling and music are my other interests. I also enjoy learning about the cultural and spiritual aspects of different nations and religions, but I am no authority to speak on the art scene in Goa. However, it has certainly helped me to imbibe JULY 2011 47
Nishiket Kundaikar is Mr
After a gruelling month of competitions, the winners bask in well-deserved glory
e was the proverbial dark horse lurking in the wings. While the others walked away with the lesser prizes, Nishiket Kundaikar charmed the judges with his quiet confidence to steal the Mr Goa 2011 crown. The crowd at the Taleigao Community Hall erupted with cheers as the final winners were announced nearly a month after the start of the contest. The panel of judges comprising Gladrags winner 1996 Zulfi Sayed, actors Smiley Suri, Vatsal Seth and Aditya Pancholi, model trainer Kaushik Ghosh and designer Philu Martins put the 12 final contestants on the hot seat where they answered the IQ round. Organised by NRB Kaleidoscope, the debut Mr Goa 2011 contest aimed to find “the best brand ambassador for Goa” through a pageant which tested each participant’s 48 25
personality, wit, endurance, public appeal and charm. The top three winners – Kundaikar, first runner-up Puneet Sharma, who made an impression despite a broken arm, and second runner-up Mcenroy Dias – won prizes worth Rs1 lakh along with modelling opportunities with Kaushik Ghosh. Kicking off with the Mr Goa ad fashion sequence led by Mumbai model Manish Chalotra, the grand finale went into several rounds, each contributing to the ultimate result. Ghosh trained the contestants in a foot-tapping sequence of 70s Bollywood songs before they sashayed down the ramp showcasing Philu Martins’ office wear collection. The competition, however, started well before the grand finale. The top 12 were selected at an audition by Vatsal Seth, fashion photographer Prasad Pankar, designer Philu Martins,
model Maria Cabral and Mr Goa curator Kunal Sagarkar at the HQ Hotel in Vasco. In the run-up to the nerve-wracking day, contestants were put through several challenges including an arm-wrestling contest on
Second runner up Mcenroy Dias, first runner up Puneet Sharma
Miramar Beach, a charity walk and grooming sessions while they vied for an internet popularity title, best photo prizes and surprise fitness tasks. The Mr Goa contest is not without a cause. As part of its social responsibility, a walkathon from Bandodkar Ground to Ferry Point supported Khushii (Kinship for Humanitarian, Social and Holistic
Intervention in India), a charity working for destitute communities in India led by legendary cricketer Kapil Dev and others. German model, actress and singer Claudia Ciesla represented the charity at the finale as an ambassador of the charity. Edric George and Shweta Gomes were selected as photographer and
designer for the pageant. Photographs from George’s portfolio shoot formed the basis for the selection of the Mr Photogenic title while Gomes’ designs were worn by participants at a fashion show at Caculo Mall. There were a number of titles to be won, but Kundaikar ensured he stole the most coveted of them all.
Walking the Talk:
‘Mr Goa opened up opportunities for me’ Nishiket Kundaikar found himself well on his way to realising his dreams when host Arshina Trivedi called him forward to accept the Mr Goa 2011 title. Being the first pageant he’s ever participated in, winning the contest has propelled him into the modeling world armed with a Kaushik Ghosh contract and Rs50,000 in his kitty. Nishiket is well aware of the hard work ahead of him, but he’s already made sure any opportunities that come his way won’t miss his attention.
dream to win the pageant. Now that I have won, I have opportunities to make it big in the world of fashion.
What initiated you into modelling? Whenever I watched fashion shows on TV, I always thought the models walked the ramp with such confidence and attitude, as if they ruled the world. I thought if they can do it, why can’t I? Then I started working out and building my personality and that’s how I decided to get into modelling.
Did you feel there was anything different that the organiser could have done? The organiser did a great job as far as the contest was concerned, and I believe this was one of the biggest and most successful events in the state. But I feel they should have organised a task in which the contestants’ fitness level could be put to the test.
How did you hear of Mr Goa? I heard of Mr Goa on social networking sites. I think NRB Kaleidoscope did a good job organising such a wonderful pageant to encourage Goan youth to showcase their talent. I am very grateful to everyone associated with Mr Goa 2011 who worked to make it one of the most successful pageants in the state. What does the win mean to you? I have worked very hard from the time I realised I wanted to be a model. When I heard that NRB Kaleidoscope was organising Mr Goa, I was extremely happy as I knew I had a chance to prove myself as a good model. It was my
What did you feel your strengths were against the other contestants? I think all the contestants were good enough and that’s why they were in the top 12. But I think my personality, attitude and walk on the ramp, physique and presentation all worked for me in the end.
Tell us more about your modeling contract with Kaushik Ghosh. Kaushik Ghosh is one of India’s leading fashion models, top fashion choreographer and internationally renowned model trainer. As of now I cannot say anything about the contract but whenever he choreographs a big show, I will be a part of it. Many models move to bigger cities for a better platform. What are your plans? As of now I am pursuing my BBA (third year) and if I get good opportunities outside Goa, then I will definitely move out. n JULY 2011 49
A monthly column offering the best of Goan food and drink
Repast I present some crispy fried vegetable starters this month. Goans love dry fish when fresh fish is unavailable, so enjoy a dish of Kismoor and other recipes
( Bharlelo Papad ( Vegetable Stuffed Papads
Chef DEEPA AWCHAT, originally from Mapusa, is the co-founder of ‘Goa Portuguesa’, ‘Culture Curry’, and ‘Diva Maharashtra’, Mumbai’s popular, award-winning restaurants. She is also the author of ‘The Goa Portuguesa Cookbook’ deepaawchat@ goaportuguesa.com
Urad dal papads
2 large (9 inches each) French beans, boiled and chopped 1 cup Carrots, boiled and chopped 1 cup Green peas, boiled and chopped 1 cup Cauliflower, boiled and chopped 1 cup Potato, boiled and chopped 1 small Gram flour 2 tbsps Oil 4 tbsps + for deep-frying Chopped onion 4 tbsps Chopped tomatoes 3 tbsps Garam masala powder 1 tsp Chilli powder 1 tsp Sugar ½ tsp Salt to taste
Mix together the gram flour, two tablespoons of oil and two tablespoons of water to make a smooth paste. Heat two tablespoons of oil in a pan and sauté the onion until it changes colour. Add the tomatoes and cook until soft. Add the vegetables, garam masala and chilli powders, sugar and salt to taste. Sauté all the ingredients over low heat for two minutes. Place each papad on a flat surface, and spread one tablespoon of gram flour batter over it. Place half the cooked vegetable mixture horizontally on one half of the papad and roll it up tightly. Press the ends to seal. Deep-fry the papads until crisp. Cut into pieces while hot. Serve hot with tomato sauce.
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Chicken and Coconut Curry
If you don’t have time to soak the banana flowers, boil the flowers in a mixture of water and half a cup of yogurt
Dried Prawns with Coconut and Spices Ingredients
Dried prawns 5 cups (200 gms) Grated coconut 1 cup Turmeric powder ½ tsp Chilli powder 1 tsp Tamarind pulp 2 tbsps Oil 4 tbsps Onion, finely chopped 1 large Salt to taste
Kelful ani Vatanyachi Shaak
Banana Flower Shaak Ingredients Chopped banana flowers Shelled green peas Grated coconut Oil Mustard seeds Asafetida Onion, finely chopped Green chillies, slit Garam masala powder Pepper powder Grated jaggery Salt to taste
4 cups (400 gms) 1 cup ½ cup 2 tbsps ¼ tsp 2 pinches 1 large 2 ½ tsp ½ tsp 1 tbsp
NOTE Use coconut oil for the traditional flavour of this dish
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Heat the oil in a frying pan and stir-fry the dried prawns until crisp. Remove from the pan. Mix together the fried prawns, onion, turmeric and chilli powders, tamarind pulp and grated coconut. Serve as an accompaniment to rice and curry.
Soak the chopped banana flowers in water for eight to ten hours to remove the stickiness and bitterness. Heat the oil in a pan; add the mustard seeds and asafetida. When the seeds begin to splutter, add the onion and green chillies and stir-fry until the onion changes colour. Squeeze the banana flowers to extract the excess water and add to the pan with the green peas and sauté for two minutes. Add two cups of water and cook until the vegetables are soft and tender. Add the garam masala and pepper powders, jaggery, coconut and salt and mix well. Serve hot with any Indian bread.
Ingredients Boneless chicken 500 gms Turmeric powder 1 tsp Ginger-garlic paste 1 tsp Lime juice 1 tbsp Oil 4 tbsps Onion, chopped 1 large Chilli powder 1 ½ tsp Cumin powder ½ tsp Garam masala powder 1 tsp Chicken stock or water 1 cup Coconut milk 2 ½ cups Salt to taste
Cut the chicken into two-inch pieces and marinate in a mixture of salt, turmeric powder, gingergarlic paste and lime juice for 15 minutes. Heat the oil in a pan; add the onion and sauté until it changes colour. Add the chicken and sauté for two minutes. Add the chilli, cumin and garam masala powders and sauté for another two minutes. Add the chicken stock or water and cook until the chicken is tender. Add the coconut milk and cook over a low heat until the gravy thickens. Serve hot with bread.
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BMW enters Goa with Bavaria Motors President BMW India Dr Andreas Schaaf with Bavaria Motors MD Vishal Agarwal
the new standard in the premium car market in the region and provide high quality services to our customers and prospects in Goa and the Konkan region.” Agarwal expressed pride at extending their relationship with the German automobile company. “We are fully committed to providing premium brand experience to our clientele in Goa. Our target for the first year is 80-100 cars.” The display concept is a signature BMW layout with a consultation lounge, sales and after-sales desk close to the display area. Abhay Dange, General Manager of press and corporate affairs, said, “BMW Group’s investment in India is set to be increased to Rs1.8 billion by the end of 2012. BMW India has set a decisive course in India by setting up dealerships of international standards across all metropolitan centres of the country. BMW India has set very high standards in service quality and customer care in India.”
MW has already sold 125 cars in Goa in the last three years, according to Dr Andreas Schaaf, President of BMW India, at the launch of the firm’s new dealership facility in the state. “We expect an increase in demand with the launch of Bavaria Motors,” he added. Located at the Verna Industrial Estate, the showroom and workshop of Bavaria Motors, headed by Managing Director Vishal Agarwal includes an after-sales service facility featuring service bays and a spare parts inventory. The 18,000 square feet dealership facility will sell all BMW car models available in India, and can display up to eight cars, while the workshop is equipped with seven bays to service up to 28 cars per day. Dr Schaaf added, “Goa is the smallest but one of the fastest developing states in India and will play an important role in BMW’s market offensive in India. With the launch of Bavaria Motors, the 24th BMW facility in India, we will set
BMW has already sold 125 cars in Goa in the last three years and we expect an increase in demand Dr Andreas Schaaf President of BMW India
IT industry best suited for Goa: Chief Secretary Srivastava
Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastava addresses the 103rd annual general meeting of the GCCI at Cidade de Goa. Air Cmde P K Pinto AVSM (Retd), President Elect Manguirish Pai Raikar, President César Menezes, Secretary Industries T M Balakrishnan, Vice President Narayan Bandekar and former President Nitin Kunkolienkar were also present
ncoming Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) President Manguirish Pai Raikar promised to bring investment into the state and help create job opportunities for youngsters and women at the organisation’s 103rd annual general meeting at Cidade de Goa. “We need to adapt to changes in order to take trade, commerce and industry forward and encourage the entrepreneurship of the youth,” he said. “We are also concerned about the dwindling investments undertaken in Goa and will work to see it grow.” Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastava and Secretary Industries T M Balakrishnan praised the work of the chamber and promised to provide support and help through the coming years to boost the growth of industry in the state.
Outgoing president César Menezes, who completed his two-year term, said the spirit of Goan businessmen held up through the effects of the recession and its recovery during 2010-11, when inflation, oil price hikes, political ferment and global terrorism flexed their muscles. He also made a plea for businesses to be socially responsible and protect our fragile eco-system to maintain Goa’s pristine beauty, through an adoption of sustainable tourism in various forms over a period of time. Menezes said, “Today, we witness India’s ascendancy to a position of global prominence and we, in the chamber, have, as our mandate, globalisation, but with a focused execution of the chamber’s social responsibility. From the chamber, we must think positively about our prospects in business, but this has to
be coupled with a responsibility to the people of Goa.” Before answering a few queries from chamber members, particularly from Vice Chairman of EDC Nitin Kunkolienkar, Srivastava suggested an invitation to the IT industry to set up in Goa was advisable as it came without pollution and would be perfect for a state with a high Anglophone population. He also advocated that an oceanarium in Goa would help boost tourism. Balakrishnan said there would be new schemes launched this year with the ability to transform the industrial scene. He stressed on the importance of e-governance and better awareness on issues related to land allotment, bypasses for the mining sector and the Mopa airport to help Goa become better than what it is now. JULY 2011 53
Pandiyan presents paper at FIMI Singapore conclave
hairman of Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) P Mara Pandiyan, IAS, highlighted the importance of ports in driving India’s economy during his presentation at the Federation of Indian Mineral Industries (FIMI) conclave in Singapore on June 27 and 28. The chairman presided over the meeting on Technology and Logistics and presented a paper on Indian Ports and Allied Infrastructure for Handling Iron Ore Exports at the summit organised in collaboration with International Enterprise Singapore and Economy Development Board Singapore. Pandiyan pointed out that production of iron ore worldwide had reached 2,400 million tonnes during 2010, out of which China imported about 600m tonnes.
Delegates showed interest in the iron ore export at MPT’s Berth No 9, Mooring Dolphins, outer anchor and the operation of transshippers in the deep sea. He analysed the pros and cons of the trade and suggested the present price trend would not continue at the same level due to macroeconomic policies in the world market. The presentation was followed by an interaction with
TBZ & Sons to hold jewellery exhibition
ribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri & Sons (TBZ), Opera House from Mumbai, will hold a handcrafted and designer jewellery exhibition in August in Goa. The exhibition will be held at Hotel Nanutel in Margao on August 17 and 18 and at Hotel Fidalgo in Panaji between August 20 and 22. Chairman Pratap Zaveri said, “Our forthcoming annual Ganesh exhibition is the most popular of the two-three expos we have in Goa around the year. Earlier, we would set up only in Panaji, but due to requests from South Goa, we have recently added Margao as our second venue. Situated at New Queens Road in Mumbai, TBZ & Sons has a history of jewellery design and sale for more than four generations. 54
the delegates. The summit was organised by the New Delhi-based FIMI which had a number of Goan iron ore companies in attendance, including Rajaram Bandekar Mines and Sesa Goa Ltd.
LIC introduces Jeevan Arogya health plan
IC has launched a non-linked health insurance plan ‘Jeevan Arogya’ which offers health benefits for the whole family of the principal insured. The plan also offers to cover the parents-in-law of the principal insured besides the spouse, minor children and parents. It offers a provision to induct additional members or remove existing ones if required. The defined benefit policy works on the principle that the benefits are fixed in terms of policy conditions and are payable irrespective of the actual amount spent on treatment. The benefits are payable regardless of reimbursement under any other scheme from an employer or other insurance company, on the basis of certified photocopies of the original bills. To avail of the plan, the principal insured should be between 18 and 65 years. The plan provides continuous health cover of major family members up to 80 years and for minors up to age 25, while offering various benefits to cover the hospital needs of the family of the insured. LIC suggests the plan covers all surgeries, with 140 major operations taken care of under Major Surgical Benefits and 140 which do not need overnights in hospital covered under Day-Care Procedure Benefits. All other operations are covered under Other Surgical Benefits. The premium depends on age, gender, the health cover option chosen, whether one is the principal insured or the other insured life and the mode of payment.
Linen Club now in Panaji
inen Club Fabrics is targeting international tourists in Goa with launch of its latest showroom in Panaji. The exclusive showroom of the brand from Jaya Shree Textiles, a unit of Aditya Birla Nuvo Ltd, offers a wide range of linen fabrics, along with ready-to-wear garments and accessories. “The showroom is expected
to be a big draw among European tourists, who will be able to purchase linen fabric at one-tenth of the price in their home countries,” said Abhey Nair, senior vice president of Aditya Birla Nuvo. General Manager of sales and marketing Rabindra Mohan added, “The idea is to strategically coincide the launch with the marriage season ahead. We promise to bring the best of our collection to Goa to make this exclusive showroom a preferred destination for linen lovers.” This is the firm’s 43rd exclusive showroom in India, which is introducing a large variety of clothing, including beach-ware that will be a huge draw for the tourists.
Bombay Dyeing launches Wendell Rodricks’ home linen collection
endell Rodricks’ exclusive home linen collection has been unveiled at Bombay Dyeing, a leading home textile brand in Mumbai. The range comprises bedsheet sets, comforters and duvet covers. The soft and smooth linens are rendered on high-thread count fine cotton satin fabric and manifest themselves in five themes – Victorian Vintage, White Light, Art Nouveau, Ethnic Graphic and Florescent.
Wendell said, “I take great pride in associating and creating this exclusive collection for Bombay Dyeing. I am extremely thrilled at its launch and I believe that it will be well-received by all.” Debashis Poddar, CEO of Bombay Dyeing Textiles, added, “We are delighted to rekindle our association with Wendell Rodricks for the launch of this signature collection of bed linen.”
Chintamanis to hold annual Chaturti expo
ational premium jewellery retailer Chintamanis will hold their annual Ganesh Chaturti exhibition in the state next month. Hotel Nanutel in Margao will host the first exhibition on August 15 and 16, while Panaji’s Hotel Mandovi will be the venue for the second between August 18 and 20. The retailer’s gold and diamond jewellery designs range from traditional to contemporary to cater to diverse consumer tastes. Chintamanis ensures that all their goods are hallmarked and certified for quality, caratage and long-term value. Its in-house design team also deals in high value solitaires and premium gemstones. Chintamanis has received several awards including the Swaranjali National Awards by the World Gold Council for a shenai, a detachable gold zumka and a snake and ladder pendant. A gold blouse also earned them a Swaranjali National Award. Two national jewellery awards – one for judau jewellery and the other for innovative marketing – have also been added to its kitty. Founded in 1979 by Arun Kaigaonkar, the group has three outlets in Mumbai and one in New Jersey in the US.
Tigers roar at Salgaocar
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onservationist Valmik Thapar speaks of how we are never the same once we have seen a tiger in the wild,” said Dattaraj Salgaocar of his love for India’s national animal. “I have found this to be true in my own experience.” The industrialist’s exhibition ‘Tigers’ at Sunaparanta, inaugurated by Anish Andheria, Director of the Natural History and Science Divison of leading conservation magazine Sanctuary Asia, displayed nearly 40 frames of the tigers and was opened to the public. The photographs were taken on his trips to national parks in central India. All proceeds from the sale of the photographs are being donated to Tiger Guards of India, an NGO in Bandhavgarh reserve in Madhya Pradesh. Friends and well-wishers admired the determination shown by the passionate photographer. Ashwin Tombat, consultant to Herald, summed up in the visitor’s book, “This has to be a labour of years. It’s so hard to spot a tiger even after days of looking. Remarkable!”
Anish Andheria inaugurating the exhibition
Dr Medha & Dr Shekar Salkar
Meghna & Manoj Caculo
Dattaraj & Dipti Salgaocar
Sanjay & Shalini Srivastava
Mahendra & Karishma Alvares
Dr Sanjyot & Atmaram Nadkarni
Isheta & Vikram Salgaocar
Pics by Edric George
Dr Divya Rane
Reena Kallat & Siddharth Shanghvi
Dr Subodh Kerkar
P V Suresh Babu
Antonio da Costa & Pavithran Nambiar
Dileep & Deepti Deobagkar
Deepa Narayan, Anand Giridharadar Govind Shirodkar & Sanjay Shetye & Priya Parker
Sucheta & Ganashyam Halkar
Cidalia Bodade, Nayantara, Nicholas & Alisha da Lima Leitao
‘O Maria’ CELEBRATES 25 WEEKS ON
he hard work’s paid off and after months of variously toned reviews, the cast of O Maria celebrated the film’s silver jubilee week at Cidade de Goa. Director Rajendra Talak welcomed guests and thanked everyone for their support. Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastava, hotelier Rajesh Dempo and actor Sachin Khedekar gave away mementos to the cast and crew Sulbha Arya, Kevin D’Mello, Shernaz Patel, Aryan Khedekar, Dr Meenacshi Martins, Rajendra Talak, of the movie. Sanjay Srivastava, Rajesh Malhotra & Bhalchandra Bakhale, The film has been successfully running at Inox and Osia multiplexes as viewers keep returning. Actors Shernaz Patel, Sulbha Arya, Tiku Talsania, John D’Silva, Dr Meenacshi Martins, Kevin D’Mello and Aryan Khedekar joined the other crew members in the celebrations. Rajendra Talak & Manoj Srivastav
Sachin Khedekar, Neha & Rajesh Malhotra
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Bhakti & Rajesh Dempo
Mementos of the O Maria Silver Jubilee
Sulbha Arya & Shernaz Patel Shilpa Naik
Dr Meenacshi Martins Saiesh Palondicar & Shirish Naik
Ujwala & Sham Achrekar
Raisa Vaz & Chriselle Mendonca
Beaming Joy Across Goa
he essence of high society – fast cars and fashion – was celebrated at the exclusive VIP launch of BMW’s first dealership in Goa. The Bavaria Motors showroom and workshop in Verna, inaugurated by chief minister Digambar Kamat, played host to Beemer owners and fans, who
rallied around the German automotive giant in acknowledgement of the firm’s promise – ‘Joy is BMW’. Christian Saffer, BMW India’s director of marketing, and Vishal Agarwal, managing director of Bavaria Motors, welcomed guests to an evening of chatter, wining and dining. The evening showcased an exclusive
Digambar & Asha Kamat with Urmila, Vishal, Ghanshyam & Sushil Agarwal
Suneet Varma & Shruti Pandit
collection on Joy, especially created by acclaimed fashion designer Suneet Varma, with leading models including Bruna Abdulah, Tapur Chatterjee, Carol Gracias, Nethra Raghuraman and Candice Pinto scorching the ramp. Goa glitterati raised a toast to BMW’s 24th facility in the country.
Vini Keni, Rakhee Salgaoncar & Jaipreet Sethi
Jivba Dalvi, Braz Menezes, Hemant Barros & Mahesh Gaonkar
Yatin & Lata Parekh
Namitha & Shweta Agarwal, Vritika Parekh
Sangeeta & Upendra Gaunekar
Dr Preetha & Dr Ramdas Nayak
Seema Bandekar, Vaishali Joshi & Nirupa Angle
Chanda & Atul Naik
Jeanette & Edwin Menezes, Jocelyn Menezes
Maria Claston Dâ€™souza & Hardeep Paul Singh
Melanie Braganca & Mariola Mathias
Amar Deep Singh & S S Gill
Mr & Mrs Naval Naik
Mr & Mrs Malkarnekar, Mrs & Mr Rajesh Kuvelkar
Donovan & Melanie Vaz, Pankaj & Priya Jain
Mr & Mrs Anup Sardessai
Dr Mahendra Kudchadkar
Sayed Hassan & Shaikh Azeem
Prashant Mulay, Yuraj Singh & Aman Sarup
Mrs & Dr Hubert Gomes
Anup & Raish Kudchadkar
Gauri & Yogesh Nadkarni
Rachna Singh & Sachit Passi
Indresh, Neha & Suzette Advani with Divya Arora
Anushka Pires, Sepra Fernandes
Lilia Menezes, Franklin Dâ€™Melo & Oliver Coutinho
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A Different Goa’ at...
… Radisson Blu Resort Goa
ibrant and contemporary, Radisson Blu Resort Goa on Cavelossim Beach was off to a stunning debut. Guests were welcomed by a local brass band and treated to Sorbet Splash, a zesty collection of loungewear by Wendell Rodricks. An opulent blend of Goan and Portuguese culture and architecture, the resort is the seventh world-class Carlson property in Asia Pacific. The Albuquerques played host to the who’s who of the Goa Travel and Tourism Industry. All in all, an elegant evening!
Sylvia & Victor Albuquerque
Sanjeev Kumar, Ronnie Lobo & Rajendran Menon
Mauvin & Maria Divina Godinho
Rani & Sandeep Jacques
Habiba Miranda, Wendell Rodricks, Ronnie Lobo & Mario Miranda
Victor & Sylvia Albuquerque
Nutan & Anil Counto
Umesh & Suresh Zantye
Emiliano & Lilia da Cruz, Dr Francisco Colaco Bhai Naik & Mr Sardinha
Nikhil & Vinita Desai
Gaurish & Pratima Dhond
Atish Fernandes, Imes Figueria, Tamara Dias, Carlos & Karla D’Souza
Dr Carmo Gracias
Garth & Ashwin D’Souza with Ivo Cardoso
Savio & Valanka Alemao
B S Subanna & Rajini with Devaki Nayak
Savio & Pratima Coutinho
Glafy Castellino, Sinead McManus, Lalit Mishra
Keziah, Yana & Nadia
Mrs & Mr Vernekar
Roana Costa & Varun Albuquerque
Mr & Mrs Gautam Mukerjea
Karishma Verlekar & Saloni Naik
David de Menezes & Richard Dias
Hemant Sharma & Xavier Furtado
Nieta Bruto da Costa
Krystle Miranda, Rui Gomes Pereira & Ashvita Kamat
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Swami Advaitananda discourse at Chinmaya Mission annual yagna
he Panaji centre of international spiritual organisation the Chinmaya Mission recently organised its annual geeta gnana yagna on ‘Disconnect to Connect’ at the Mahalakshmi Temple premises. The discourse in Hindi was given by Pujya Swami Advaitananda on chapter 10 of the Bhagwat Geeta. “One needs to disconnect from the materialistic world in order to connect with peace and happiness. When this is done, only then will a sense of fulfillment abide in us,” the swami, a resident acharya of Chinmaya Vibhuti in Kolwa, said. The four-day yagna was inaugurated by Mayor of Panaji Yatin Parekh, who suggested that discourses such as these were required and appreciated the work done by the Chinmaya Mission. President of the Panaji centre Shrinivas Dempo also addressed the audience.
21 felicitated at Fatorda awards
Dignitaries at the ‘We for Fatorda’ awards
he ‘We for Fatorda’ awards ceremony organised by the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee General Secretary Vijay Sardesai’s charity foundation was recently held at Ravindra Bhavan. Twenty-one Fatorda-based 66
professionals from the field of sports, medicine, culture, education and business were honoured on the occasion. Personalities who were conferred the award included Dr Arcanjo Menezes, Dr F N P Correia, Dr Sicletica F D’Souza Rebello,
Santosh Lolayenkar, Celine Pereira, Angela De Abreu e Rajan Naik, Dr Shaikh Abdul Shakoor, R R Raikar, Conceicao Fernandes, Chandrakant Naik, Vincent Fernandes, Dr Pushpshil Surlekar, Cristovao Vas Falcao, John Luis Dias, Bhakti Kulkarni, Keegan Vaz and Humbert Fernandes, among others. The awards were mementos sculpted by Goan artist Dr Subodh Kerkar. The dignitaries present were Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, Churchill Alemao, Joaquim Alemao, Alexio Sequeira, Babu Azgaonkar, Jose Philip D’Souza, Nilkanth Halarnkar and Subhash Shirodkar. Other guests included Pratima Coutinho, Valanka Alemao, Savio Coutinho and Sridhar Kamat. Bollywood star Celina Jaitley also made an appearance.
People’s revamped for jubilee celebrations
Goa launches nation’s first diabetes registry
he Government of Goa in association with the Novo Nordisk Education Foundation (NNEF), a non-profit organisation with the purpose of increasing diabetes awareness, launched India’s first diabetes registry that will help health service departments in the state to monitor the metabolic disease on a regular basis. The registry will aim at capturing details of every individual diabetes patient. It will further aid government health services to monitor each patient-based on a unique identification number. The registry was launched by Chief Minister Digambar Kamat in the presence of Health Minister Vishwajit Rane, Ambassador of Denmark to India Freddy Svane, Chief Secretary
Sanjay Srivastava, Health Secretary Rajiv Verma, Dean of Goa Medical College, Dr V N Jindal, Director of Health Services Dr Rajananda Desai and Managing Trustee, Novo Nordisk Education Foundation, Melvin D’Souza. As part of the state-wide campaign ‘Changing Diabetes Barometer’ launched by the state government and NNEF in August 2008, the registry will help identify people at risk of diabetic complications and aid in reducing the gap between evidence-based recommendations for care and clinical outcomes. The government will also formulate a policy to extend free treatment and medication for diabetes to all Goans. According to figures provided by NNEF, in India there are more than 50.8 million diabetics.
eople’s High School in Mala opened its upgraded premises this school year as it begins its Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Vishwajit Rane, a former student of the school, did the honours in the run up to the big day on December 9. People’s High School is undergoing a massive make-over overseen by trustees Justice G D Kamat (Retd), Jaising Maganlal and Managing Trustee Dr Vinay Surlacar and designed by Architect Rahul Deshpande. It will be the first English school in Panaji to have state-of-the-art classrooms with audio-visual rooms, counseling and sick rooms for the students. The school also plans to provide online teaching aids in class.
Dr Anupama Kudchadkar releases second book on healthy living
r Anupama Kudchadkar recently published her latest book ‘Bare Jinechi Kala’. Chief guest Tomazinho Cardozo officially released the book in front of an intimate gathering of friends, family and well-wishers. Dr Kudchadkar, an established dermatologist and cosmetologist, thanked those
who helped her in the writing process, especially her long-time friend and film maker Jyoti Kunkolienkar. Other dignitaries included Director of Arts and Culture Prasad Lolienkar and Dr Kudchadkar’s father-in-law Suresh Kudchadkar. Dr Kudchadkar had earlier released her first book on healthy and beautiful skin. JULY 2011 67
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Talasha wins Dilip Sardesai award
oan swimmer Talasha Prabhu has been awarded the prestigious Dilip Sardesai Sports excellence award 2009-10 in recognition of her achievements at the national and international levels. Chief Minister Digambar Kamat presented her with a bronze plaque, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs2 lakh and said Prabhu was a source of
inspiration for budding sports persons. He urged more youngsters to make the best use of the sports facilities provided by the government.
The award is given to a deserving sportsperson as a tribute to legendary Goan cricketer Dilip Sardesai as an inspiration to those striving to greater heights in the international circuit. Accepting the award, Prabhu, who earlier received the Navhind Times VIVA GOA Goan Achievers’ Award for Sports 2010, thanked all those who guided and supported her through her journey to become the highest achiever in swimming in the state.
Bhakti remains Goa Carbon brand ambassador
oan chess maestro Grandmaster Bhakti Kulkarni was awarded a contract extension with the Dempo Group of Companies for her excellence in the sport and outstanding achievements as ambassador of the
firm’s Goa Carbon Limited (GCL) brand. Only recently achieving international woman grandmaster status, Kulkarni’s contract has been renewed for the fiscal year 2011-12. Group Chairman Shrinivas Dempo announced the renewal saying
she had exceeded all expectations over the past two years, prompting them to double her sponsorship from Rs7.5 lakh in 2010-11 to Rs15 lakh for 2011-12. The announcements were made at an event at the Dempo House, under the firm’s CSR scheme of promoting excellence among aspiring sportspersons in the state. Dempo said, “This is a need-based as well as a performance-based renewal as Bhakti by her consistent performance over the last couple of years has exceeded our expectations. ”Others who attended the event were her coach Dronacharya Awardee Raghunandan Gokhale, Dempo Group Director Vishwasrao Dempo, Company Secretary of Goa Carbon Ltd. P S Mantri and Kulkarni’s parents Priya and Pradeep Kulkarni.
Belurkar becomes Goa’s youngest candidate master
itish Belurkar created history when he became the youngest candidate master in Goa after winning the bronze medal at the ASEAN Under-10 Chess Championship in Indonesia. The ten-year-old defeated Alberto Pramana Martin of Indonesia in the ninth and final round, the bronze medal ensuring he qualifies for the title of Candidate Master by the World Class Federation. The Geno Pharmaceutical brand 68
ambassador and Commonwealth chess bronze medalist has now joined the ranks of other meritorious chess players from Goa including Ivana Furtado and Riya Sawant, who have been awarded international titles by the World Class Federation. Belurkar is being coached by Raghunandan Gokhale and Prassana Swamy. He is participating in the Commonwealth Chess Championships in South Africa.
Dhempe college, Miramar, celebrates Founder’s Day
hempe College of Arts and Science, Miramar, has celebrated its Founder’s Day at NIO, marking the occasion with the release of its A grade accreditation certificate by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council of India. The certificate was released by chief guest V P Rao, Secretary of Education, in the presence of Trustee Pallavi Dempo and Principal Dr Yasmin Modassir. The college is celebrating its golden jubilee year in
Sharmila Kamat new book released restoration of diplomatic ties between the two countries. Written in Kamat’s light-hearted style, Short Takes Long Memories is peppered with stories of his meetings with prime ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi, presidents of Angola and Mozambique, Austrian chancellor Bruno Kreisky and others. Rare photographs offer pictorial representation of some tales in the book. Kamat, who is also an astrophysicist, narrates the story with sharp insight and witty anecdotes. Short Takes Long Memories is published by Rupa & Co. Her first book Mango Mood was included in the Vodafone Crossword Bookstore Award Long List in the non-fiction category for 2011.
oon after the success of her book Mango Mood, Sharmila Kamat has released her second – Short Takes Long Memories – co-authored by her father Prabhakar Kamat. The book is based on her father’s memoirs of pre and post-liberation Goa, including recollections of his IAS and Portuguese administration days. It also recounts his student life in Portugal and his time as an Indian diplomat to Portugal after the
2011-12 and is one of the oldest educational institutions established after Goa’s liberation. Trustee Pallavi Dempo highlighted the achievements of the college and spoke about the vision of its founders – Vasantrao Dempo, Vaikunthrao Dempo, Bhausaheb Bandodkar, Santu Bharne and the first principal Dr Y V Lawande. Dr Modassir said she was honoured to be principal of the college during its golden jubilee year.
Pizza and Pasta Festival at Cidade
delicious assortment of hand-tossed pizzas and home-made pastas were on offer at the Festa Italiana – Food Festival of Pizza & Pasta at Cidade de Goa. Guests were treated to pizzas cooked in a special wood fire with a choice of salmone, ciopolle, quattro formaggi and tre funghi among others. A Special Ethnic section for Goan taste buds included prawn balchao, chicken xacuti Goan chorizo and chilly fry. Pasta lovers could feast on bolognese, pollo polpetti and ortolano al marscarpone. “Keeping individual tastes in mind, we had mild pastas and fiery hot ones, popular pizzas and special ones as a large number of our guests are young children and families,” said Executive Chef Prasad Paul. JULY 2011 69
VIVA GOA SPOTLIGHT
e it walking the ramp, fashion choreography, makeup or even dance classes, at just 20, she is highly talented and skilled. Sparsha Deshpande is currently one of Goa’s most known faces on the catwalk. Crowned Miss Goa 2010, she struts her stuff for designers like Monty Sally and Verma D’Mello among others. She has also won the titles of Miss Navy Queen Goa 2010 and Miss Malvan Maharashtra 2010.
Focusing on Goan achievers
VIVA GOA puts the spotlight on Sparsha… Your favourite thing to be in… Smart casuals and more of eccentric colours. Your favourite designer… Wendell Rodricks, Hemant Trivedi and Monty Sally. Your style icons… Kangana Ranaut and Priyanka Chopra Your first fashion shoot… With fashion photographer Sanjeev Salvi from Mumbai after winning Miss Goa 2010. Before a beauty pageant or walking the ramp, you mentally prepare by… Carrying a positive attitude, being able to accept failure over victory and by being confident. Your experience in teaching dance to students who are older than you… A student may be ten or 30 years old, but may need the same level of attention. I love interacting with my students and I grow with them. Your reaction to winning Miss Goa 2009-10… It was a feeling of great pride. The belief that hard work pays off truly paid off for me. I hope I motivated other girls with the potential to be the next Miss Goa. Your fitness secret… Dance practice and exercise keep me fit and healthy. Your take on partial/full nudity of models in magazines… In our culture it is unacceptable. I believe that exposing should be banned in magazines. I would not take up any projects that would degrade my image or appearance. Pic – Edric George Hair & make-up – Blossom Pinto Garments & accessories – VERY
Your opinion on plus size/size zero models… It’s the talent you posses and not the appearance that strikes the crowd.