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Discover Goa during the monsoon ‘kena grey, kena green’ (kena: either sometimes or when) as the South West Monsoon sets in, Goa Tourism Department stresses ‘There’s more to Goa than beaches’, promoting Wellness, Ayurveda and Yoga Tourism, spa lovers can indulge into various cost-effective attractive packages from June until September. Selma Carvalho authors ‘A Railway Runs Throughs: Goans of British East Africa, 1865-1980’ her book based on the migration, settlement and displacement of Goans in British East Africa. A history, spanning over a century, which is quite unique and distinct from the larger Indian settlement. The book was released on May 03 in London and will soon be available in Goa bookstores. The 258 birth anniversary of Abbé Faria was celebrated in Goa, the statue of Faria hypnotising a woman lies next to the Old Secretariat in Panjim, Goa now plans to honour and preserve the legacy of Faria. Dom Martin shares an interesting article on Faria, the pioneers of the scientific study of hypnotism. Dr. Sonica Krishan a leading Ayurveda Professional, Ayurveda Consultant and Holistic Healing Coach who has authored several natural healthcare books shares her insights on Ayurveda ‘Dosha Healing’. WO’GOA will be having a competition in the July issue based on ‘Dosha Healing’ and will be giving ten lucky winners a signed copy of Dr. Sonica Krishan’s book ‘Healing through Ayurveda’. WO’GOA June issue is filled with award winning wellness spa’s, dining out with Vijay Pais and contemporary photography – ‘the last catch of the season’, ‘Siolim’ and ‘Panjim Streets’, something is always brewing… Whatever you get up to... Enjoy! Fabian deCastro Editor
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George Menezes A former Squadron Leader of the Indian Air Force, a diplomat with the Indian embassy in Paris, Director of Human Resources, an award-winning writer and member of the Pope’s Pontifical Council for the Laity, George writes with humour and compassion in order to relieve his own stress and to give insomnia to people who misuse their power.
Jasmine Chopra Mumbai born, Goa raised, Konkani speaking Anglo-Indian Jasmine returned to India after 10 years in the UK pursuing her studies in Tourism and gaining professional experience. During her time there, she developed a flair for writing, photography and volunteer work. Her passion took her deep into the indigenous rainforest of Costa Rica for community work and gave her a love of the Spanish language. A stickler for linguistics she has a repertoire of hotels, publications and travel. She divides her time between England, France and India but Goa, according to her is where the roots are.
Joachim Haider came to Goa in 2006 from Germany and the first thing Joachim Haider invested in was a Bullet (a motorbike) and he began to explore Goa over the weekends, where he fell in love with the place. When work as an architect started to get stifling, Joachim decided to try something different in the field and in 2012 joined a young architectural company based in Panaji called Organic Arts and Architecture, as their head designer. Today Joachim lives in Goa with his Indian wife Sadhana, and enjoys trekking to exploring the Goan hinterland.
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The building of St. Josephâ€™s Cathedral between 1896-98 was heavily supported by its Goan parishioners. The building of the Roman Catholic cemetery in 1895 was funded entirely by prominent Goan businessmen.
Even though I donâ€™t have a photograph to prove this, the enduring image in my mind of late 19 century Zanzibar, is that of a potbellied, hardworking Goan baker or butcher coming out of his small shop, walking over to where the ships are docked and embracing the young Goan tarvotti onboard British India ships docked nearby. Although its unreasonable to attribute one single cause for Goan migration to East Africa, the opportunity to act as ship chandlers providing flour, bread and fresh vegetables and meat to nearby docked ships, was definitely a vital driver. From 1860 onwards, Goan stores grew along the narrow Portuguese Street in Zanzibar, almost entirely sustained by naval contracts. The more enterprising among them secured contracts for tailoring uniforms. It is hard to imagine these arrangements not being facilitated by Goan butlers and cooks 19
on board anchoring British India ships. Butlers were entrusted with the responsibility of food provisioning and while on shore leave frequented the bar-cumprovision stores where backslapping, mutually profitable alliances would have formed over home-cooked meals and several glasses of cold beer.
Souza Junior & Dias gambled on diversifying quickly into Dar es Salaam, Bagamoyo, Tanga and Kilwa.
A handful of Goans rode on the wave of Zanzibar’s growing prosperity but most Goan businesses along the labyrinthine alleyways were struggling soda and ice factories There was John Peter de Souza, housed in wretched tin sheds who in 1867 opened a small and ‘grog shops in swarms’ bakery and butchery promising distributing contraband German fresh flour at all times to the alcohol much to the irritation islanders. Even Domingos of British retail interests. In Baptista Pereira, who arrived 1885, a futile attempt at moral in 1869, and whose later policing ensured that an Angloexponential success would Military medals awarded to Isaac de Portuguese agreement restricted make him one of the wealthiest Souza Khot, first bandmaster (1900- the number of grog-shops to merchants on the island, owned a 1906) of the Sultan of Zanzibar’s Goan thirty. The unlicensed sale of band. bakery and butchery. A reputation Courtesy Mina de Souza alcohol by Goans would continue for reliability was essential, and D. to be a contentious issue forcing B. Pereira had obviously earned the British to periodically clamp his stripes. One public notice of down. recognition was put in the papers To meet the labour needs of by commander E. Incoronata burgeoning businesses, young extolling the manner in which Goan men barely out of their Pereira had executed the contract teens, in what seems almost to supply ‘fresh beef and bread’ like a coming-of-age ritual, to the royal ship while docked. would sail for the coast of Africa To cement these very important where they would make a life for naval relations, the Portuguese themselves. Some would never vice-consul would play host to return home, dying prematurely the naval officers. and being buried in Africa’s warm Other businesses followed. L. soil. Others would return after M. de Souza occupied the first spending decades away. Single shop on the main road called men took up accommodation in Zanzibar Stores and became C. serviceable boarding houses, of R. de Souza’s competitor. M. R. the type run by Joaquim Freitas. de Souza arrived in 1884 aged In 1894, Freitas had rented a twenty-two, but would ply his building owned by Dr Souza and trade profitably only after moving was providing ‘rooms alone or João Bento Mascarenhas & family, to Mombasa in 1889. In 1890, with food’ at moderate charges. Zanzibar, c. 1911. Felix Dias and Manuellino de João Bento worked at the post office in Quite rapidly, Goans moved Souza established Souza Junior Zanzibar. He married Conceição Josefa from the periphery of Zanzibar & Dias. Unlike C. R. de Souza Barreto, the sister of Eugene Barreto the society to positions of immense stores which remained confined postmaster. responsibility. Within the Sultan’s Courtesy Fatima Noronha to Zanzibar until much later, palace walls for instance, Goans 20
Father Luciano D’Sa one of the first non-white missionaries with the Holy Ghost Fathers in Zanzibar c. 1920s. Photo courtesy Mervyn Maciel.
had their own sphere of influence. They were language interpreters brokering strategic political alliances, perhaps even manipulating them, and described by at least one diplomat as ‘wily’. Resident for a few years, the Goans learnt Swahili and perhaps some coastal Arabic, the language of commerce along the Muscat coast. They were already conversant in any number of European languages: English, Portuguese, French and even Latin. It is unlikely that Goans thronged the palace hallways officially employed as but more likely the Sultan used as intermediaries the several eloquent, culturally sophisticated Goan doctors and musicians in his employ and who he would have turned to, if a European visitor arrived unannounced. The services of multi-lingual men were often summoned by the palace.
weekly music programmes of waltzes and polkas, and held concerts every Wednesday evening at the Victoria Gardens. Zanzibar slowly came alive; their concerts became the not-to-be missed event of the week attended by large crowds. When Camillo retired three years later, Isaac, who had long been waiting in the wings took over and would take the reputation of the band to even greater heights. Sporting an enviable Kaiser moustache, the uniquely gifted virtuoso composed his own music including a waltz entitled Binti Unguja. Hardly surprising, for Isaac, the son of Rosario de Souza-Khot, came from a family of prodigiously talented musicians. Khot was not really part of their family’s name, but a nickname by which they were known in Saligao, Goa; a reference to their Hindu ancestors’ role as overseers of customs and trade.
When the church bells of St. Joseph’s rang on the morning of Sunday, 12 September, 1897, they mourned the death of Diogo Sant-Anna de Souza. For twenty-one years, Diogo’s baton had directed the music in the palace as bandmaster of the Sultan’s Goan band. Camillo A. Saldanha took over Diogo’s place with Isaac de Souza-Khot as second bandmaster. Both Camillo and Isaac became minor celebrities. Together, they organised
The role played by Goans in Zanzibar society has been given little visibility in our Goan historical narratives. And yet, here was a group of people who were integral in shaping native and colonial history in Zanzibar. From their position of power as personal physicians to various Sultans, to holding senior posts in Customs and Post Office, to shaping the architecture landscape of Zanzibar, their immense contribution deserves recognition. 21
“Abbé Faria” José Custódio de Faria
bbe Faria was born as Jose Custodio de Faria on May 31, 1756, in the former Portuguese colony of Goa [now India]. His childhood, for the most part, was traumatized from overexposure to the querulous temperament of his parents, Caetano Vitorino de Faria and Rosa Maria de Souza. Eventually, the two would seek papal dissolution of their matrimonial brawl, only to later find themselves united again in God’s vineyard. Whether it was human frailty or the hand of the divine that first led Caetano Faria to the seminary and then astray in his marriage to Rosa Maria -- remains a meandering fact. A contrite Caetano Faria was merely concerned with turning himself in, to God, at the nearest seminary, getting ordained a priest, and then globe-trotting as far as Rome to earn a doctorate in theology. Maria Rosa, on her part, joined the Santa Monica convent in Old Goa, became a nun and rose to the rank of prioress. As for the younger Faria, he was 15 when his fatherturned-priest took him to Portugal on an ambitious mission to calibrate him with ‘greatness’ in the ecclesiastical hierarchy. Obviously, the young Faria lost no time orbiting his father’s vociferous aspirations. He attended seminaries in Portugal and Italy, was ordained a priest in Rome, and then also went on to earn a doctorate in theology. To just what extent the elder Faria may have exerted or exhausted his influence on the younger Faria -- remains another meandering fact. Yet, quite inauspiciously, their lives would evolve and embark on the same collision-course with religion, politics and the emancipation of the bourgeois.
After his return to Lisbon, the young Faria’s effervescing interest in hypnotism gradually weaned him away from his father’s shadow. He became widely acclaimed as ‘Abbe Faria’. The elder Faria, perhaps dreading that he may eventually get eclipsed by his son’s evolving limelight, seized on the opportunity to invest his own stagnant future in the “Pinto conspiracy”, which was simmering in Goa in 1787, at the residence of one Fr. Pinto. The conspiracy emanated from a disgruntled group of Goan priests who felt they were being discriminated against because they were offcolor, and therefore, incompatible in the all-white ecclesiastical hierarchy. When their appeal to Portugal to abolish the apartheid-cult within the clergy failed, they congregated with other radicals in a plot to overthrow the Portuguese regime.
ladder in France. The year was 1787. The cultural affluence of Paris and its pantheon of intellectuals would turn out to be rather propitious to Abbe Faria’s own baggage of restless, unresolved ambitions. It also rekindled his smoldering interest in the occult science of hypnotism. The following year, however, he found himself marching with other radicals in the French Revolution. He was arrested, found guilty of commandeering public unrest and sentenced to solitary confinement in the infamous state prison at Chateau d’If.
When he was returned to society, a malnourished Abbe Faria found contempt await him in the old, familiar hub of life. His renewed interest in hypnotism was embraced with increasing skepticism by the scientific community. It had become apparent to The plot backfired, because the dynamics was as him that his lease in the world of rejection had botched as a homemade canon, mounted on a been irreversibly programmed for auto-renewal. swivel, with no one experienced enough to foresee Thus, confined to a life of meager means and or caution the loading-end from the firing-end! prospects, Abbe Faria fortified his resolve to find 47 conspiratorsW -- including 17 priests -- were solace in the candle of perseverance, and in its rounded up, and when the crown of damnation and flickering illumination, he toiled on to evaluate, doom was impressed upon them, they squealed, document and compile his scientific observations identifying the elder Faria as the Commandant! on the unsettled science and validity of hypnotism. Commandant or not, the elder Faria’s thumbprint in the plot brought the ‘guilt-by-association’ canon ball rumbling down Abbe Faria’s path -- knocking down the ladder to ‘greatness’ that he [Abbe] was midway perched on. There is no account of how much information the two shared or co-conspired, or what corresponding guilt or animus they may have dished out and resolved at a cafeteria, or in the confessional. What is notably known is that the repercussions from the conspiracy caused Abbe Faria to flee Lisbon and reassemble his demoralized
On September 20, 1819, Abbe Faria stared at reality one last time as death escorted him out of existence unto eternity. He died of apoplexy, shortly after his lifelong thesis, The Lucid Cause of Sleep, was published. Subsequently, the scientific community awoke, acknowledging him as ‘The Father of Hypnotism’. A quarter of a century later, Alexander Dumas immortalized Abbe Faria in his epic work, ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’. - Dom Martin
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the village of Siolim Jasmine Chopra
leepy village is not a term used to describe one of Goa’s largest villages, Siolim. Boasting 3 panchayats namely Sodiem, Marna and Oxel and home to not one but two impressive landmarks, each of which express either elements of old world charm or new world connectivity, its notoriety exceeds the average Goan village. Firstly, St. Anthony’s church, at the heart of all catholic activity within the village, and an iconic symbol of Indo-Portuguese culture, links Siolim via a crossroads to all the major tourist hot spots of the north. Whilst more recently, extending almost a kilometer in length, the Chopdem bridge, prior to which ferry was the only way to easily access the areas of Pednem and Morjim, has paved the way for flourishing tourism in the area. Siolim has thus become a hub of activity attracting wandering tourists with an abundance of ATMs, liquor stores, eye catching fruit stalls and larger general stores. Additionally, the few select accommodation providers in the area all attract a rather niche market therefore making itself known among both domestic big spenders and the expat community. This said, the bohemian, earthy vibe of Goa that attracts the contrasting market is just a stone’s throw away, with those tourists based in Chapora and Morjim descending on Siolim for its amenities and though not in excess, it’s selection of places to eat- and cheaply. For tourists that choose Siolim as their temporary home away from home, the accessibility to the whole of North Goa is definitely the biggest selling point. Most areas are within a radius of 12 km with places like Anjuna and Chapora being a distance of as little as 5 km and the commercial hub of Mapusa city located an easy 7 km away. With the
Chapora River bordering certain vaddis of the village, the sea is never too far and a visit to the area of Tarchi Bhat (known by locals simply as Tar) acknowledges this. With a plethora of seafood available at the little waterfront market, at the ferry point, it offers its freshest (and pricier) catch on a Wednesday and Sunday whilst Mondays and Thursdays are better saved for bargains. Though a village filled with the bustle of both daily life and tourism at a constant, it has in majority escaped mass development. As tourism transforms and in filters through the villages of Goa, Siolim has perhaps been large enough to both embrace these changes whilst not allowing them to overshadow culture and tradition. With a teeming populous, community spirit is at a high. There is often a feast that needs celebrating, a wedding that needs attending or a fete that needs organising. Cultural activity and community interaction is of great importance to local families and consequently highlights to fleeting tourists the local customs. The summer festival of San Joao that arrives around the end of June just short of the monsoon symbolises life and is linked to the birth of Christ. It is an expression of colour, merriment and tradition and Siolim is known for having the biggest and most outstanding celebration in the state. It is definitely a spectacle worth seeing! Another point of interest to anyone visiting Siolim is the village Patron, St. Anthony. Legend says that construction on the church being built in his honour was disrupted by the arrival of a serpent. The people unsure of how to continue placed a statue of the Patron at the church site to represent his 29
presence. Sure enough, in answer to their plea, the very next morning, the serpent was found caught in the cord placed in the statues hand. If one were to visit the church, they would see this depiction in various paintings, statues and even the church bell, all of which commemorate St. Anthony. The â€˜Siolcarsâ€™ are noted for their commitment and love of football through the establishment of their various football teams with the Football Club of Siolim being the most prominent. Goa of course, as a whole favours football over the national sport of cricket, differentiating it from the rest of India. Siolim is no exception. It is no secret that in the wake of future development the church has secured the local football ground by offering it their protection against developers and the most popular playing ground is in fact owned by the church. This has in a way given the sport a seal of approval from the church and thus makes football within the village both a matter of pride and loyalty. As with most Goan villages, Siolim too, is a fusion of Hinduism and Catholicism with some vaddis having higher ratios of a certain group. For example, Guddem, a beautiful stretch along the river is primarily Hindu and is renowned for its celebration of Zagor during the month of December- a community festival combining dance, drama and music. Marna however, further inland, is more Catholic and often congregations of church goers can be seen commuting along the long winding road prior to mass. To honour the unison of contrasting traditions and customs, many chapels and temples can be found dotted around the village giving it character and adding to the photographic appeal. Likewise, grand mansions and larger homes from the Portuguese era are often photographed by tourists as symbols of what remains of a once colonialized Goa. While the eye catching colours of pickled purple, tropical green and pungent orange compliment the spirit and expression of the Hindu homes, the lighter blues, whites and yellows of the Christian homes complete the colour chart of the village. I was a stranger to Siolim up until 2 years ago when 30
my father introduced me to the village by way of his new business venture. I soon became involved with some of the operations at his restaurant during my visits to Goa and hence frequented Siolim daily. I spent most of my day there, if not working, then spending time going about personal tasks. Before I knew it, Siolim was part of my routine and routine is one thing we know all too well. Through routine I came to know Siolim. Additionally, I formed a bond with a local family, who filled all those gaps that our own dysfunctional ones often create. They were filling my stomach with wholesome Goan food and my heart with real Goan love. It is during encounters like this that one quickly comes to realise, attachment to a place comes through its people and its feeling and Siolcars create this with their incredible hospitality and sharing outlook on life. That said; don’t presume that Siolcars’ are merely the susegad welcoming type. Comradery is strong and should one Siolcar be wronged, the culprit shall contend with the whole vaddi. Rightly or wrongly, their strength lies in numbers and evidently so as most Siolcars have large extended families and associations. But related or not, having spent a great amount of time within the village and among its people, I have come away with a sense of a home, and I? …I’ve given it, a home in my heart too. I am from time to time, an honorary Siolcar. 31
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GO GOA! Heidi Fuller-love Travel writer Heidi Fuller-love’s (www.heidifullerlove.com) regular column packed with insiders tips on how to get the best out of your time in gorgeous Goa. Health and Wellness in the Sunshine state. With its string of pristine beaches, sultry climate and sapid food, Goa has seduced wellness fans for decades, but with the government’s new policy to promote wellness tourism, and a mega-flurry of investment in high end facilities, there has never been a better time to have a healthy holiday here in Goa. So whether you want to kickback and relax on a spa break, strike out and get fit on an exercisepacked Ayurveda vacation, or improve your mindbody balance during a yoga-detox retreat, here are some insiders suggestions that are guaranteed to send you home from your holidays in tip top form. BEST FOR REFRESHMENT AND REJUVENATION What? A total body rebalancing programme guaranteed to leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. During this seven night detox programme you will only eat liquid foods -ranging from vegetable juices to soup, but you will have daily spa treatments, and other activities, including life coaching sessions. Where? The Beach House (www.thebeachhousegoa. com), a luxurious spa and wellness centre, surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens, situated on southern Goa’s secluded Sernabatim seashore. Insiders tip? You can expect to feel pretty emotional for the first few days, but there are doctors, a nutritionist and even a hypnotherapist on hand to help you handle your food-deprived feelings. After a few days you’ll more energetic and you’ll be able to appreciate this gloriously peaceful centre with its huge picture frame windows looking out on to the ocean beneath. Improve your mind-body balance during a yoga-detox retreat 38
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f you think about which features of daily architecture gives you a better wellbeing, then the common advises are, cross ventilation in the sense that it allows to open windows facing to different directions. Ideally one window or door opens to East so the rays of morning sun can freely flow through the room, flat or house. In a hot climate shading is definitely a must but avoid dark corners, since sunlight will keep the germs at bay. Bright colours will cheer you up if used in a harmonic colour scheme. A well organized household with easy to clean surfaces and furniture, like ventilated cupboards and cabinets. Needless to say that a proper electrical installation and non-slippery surfaces are among the many other advises. Another important fact is to encourage your relation to nature and open spaces. A garden (or planters and pots) can be created or placed everywhere, be it in your front or back yard or on your balcony or terrace. See for example those lovely courtyards in traditional Goan Houses with its inner verandah allows you to circulate around an open space with decorative greenery like bushes or a tree. From my own experience, it is such a soothing time gazing at the gushing rain waters while sipping a cup of Vietnamese coffee at Sunaparanta’s courtyard café, the “Bodega” run by Chef Vandana Naik. The place is special and so is the coffee … Simple associations which come into your mind hearing the word open space are breathe, open heart, open mind. Modern lifestyle has brought Man apart from nature but still he longs for it,knowingly or not. Isolate him with steel, glass and concrete constructions and lots of air-conditioning and he will probably suffer from the notorious sickbuilding-syndromes. Parallel to this, the ugly antisocial tendencies will get a boost as his soul will
shrivel faster and his mind become more selfish. But still there are options to develop spiritual exercises for inner strength on one hand and on the other bring a small piece of nature even into a tiny city apartment. Actually you will find in Japanese architecture wonderful examples for this matter. Same is with the in recent years upcoming vertical gardens done for e.g. by French designer Patrick Blanc which are an amazing addition to the horizontal roof gardens. Cleaning is Healing, so everyone can go beyond the own boundaries like the “Ugly Indian” movement and their Goan matching part the “Goan Rising”. What is it about? In a nutshell, citizens stop waiting for snail-paced bureaucrats and take cleaning and beautification of their roads and places into their own hands. Since I’d started with wellness or wellbeing features related to architecture, with a short but important side track to inner wellness, I want to close this article with some thoughts about sauna. Looking at my hygrometer, showing 89% humidity, one may wonder do we really need a cabin full of hot and humid air in Goa? But like always if you dig deeper into it, you will be surprised by finding that sauna is practiced not only in freezing cold Finland but in Mexico (temazcal) and in the South of US (sweat lodges) since ancient times as well. The idea behind sauna is cleaning (again) the body through intensive sweating, taking a cold bath or shower afterwards to cool down and resting for some time (very important). From my own experience I never suffered from flu or cold while going thrice a week for half an hour into the sauna. So my wish is, have more saunas in Goa and swallow fewer antibiotics … 41
The Wander In surrealistic suspension the time seeming arcane Environs odd, garb strange neither bucolic nor urbane Chaste air, vistas pristine, world sort of make believe Nearly same not dissimilar to all what I often perceive A strange bizarre accident to inexplicably incubate If award some mysterious or a simple play up of fate Unspoken was heard aloud the untouched manifestly felt Most veiled vividly visible unscented noticeably smelt Wandered in state of stupor didnâ€™t once ceased to amaze Magical play of wonderment as far as one chose to gaze Farewells devoid of sorrow accidental meetings full of joy Scene seemed bit astounding watch each to the brim enjoy Near perfect thought utopia if one were destined to find Itâ€™s here to amble back again for an ultimate peace of mind photography 42
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his is one of my very special Goan stories. In the winter of my years I can hardly remember how often and how many audiences I have told it to. Not having an enemy many be great burden to any one. A sworn enemy will not call on you in hospital when you are in a diabetic coma. A friend will, always with a box of your favorite chocolates. An enemy will not phone you asking you to judge a fancy dress contest. A friend will, right in middle of your Sunday siesta. What is more, enemies don’t borrow your books or try to date your wife when you are away. Worse still they return your wife but never your precious books.
“Very sweet of you” said the old girl having regained her posal. I can never repay you enough for fixing my son in that foreign firm in Mumbai.” The old girl was visibly impressed. She opened her handbag and handed over an expensive gift for Santan’s wife. A gift that had been bought for a much loved aunt. Santan directed us to the car, handed over the keys and jumped into a Tourist Hotel bus leaving for the city.
It took us the entire day to get the car across the 25 odd miles to our ancestral home in Divar. Finally it went completely dead on the ferry boat much to the More than anything else, enemies never ask for embarrassment of our kids. jobs for their nephews, serve you wine that tastes Having pushed the thing to a relative’s place and like Waterbury’s Compound or badger you to find taken the only taxi in the village to drop the family a match for their cross eyed sister. These are strictly to the house, I had to take several auto rickshaws the prerogatives of friends. the next day to have the car towed to a garage. Above all enemies don’t offer you the use of their It cost me several hundred rupees to treat the cars. If you don’t get what I mean, let me come tonsillitis of the tappets and revive the dead engine. clean with my story. On the fourth day the axle broke and the horn refused We were going to Goa for a family celebration. to bleat, the wipers had a nervous breakdown and The days at our disposal were very few so we the consumption of fuel was so high that I could decided not to drive down. We would fly down and drive only within the radius of a few yards of the rent a car for our use. Since we wanted reliable petrol pump for fear of running dry. arrangements to be made at a reasonable cost we If we wanted to go any further to attend the wrote to a close friend. celebrations we had come for or to visit our aunts, He met us at Dabolim airport, his hair well oiled, we had to rent a taxi. his cream trousers pressed for the first time since By the end of the week however, with the reckless the Portuguese days, and a muddy straw hat in his use of my credit card, we had got the car in hand. immaculate shape. “It was nice of you, Santan, to have come all the way Tearing himself from a farewell embrace Santan to the airport” I said while the old girl was trying to said that the car was at our entire disposal anytime extricate herself from his adhesive embrace. “Not we visited Goa. Could I fix his second son in another at all, not at all” he said. “Can I forget the favours foreign firm, he asked. you have done for me in my moments of great From our Goan friends, O Lord, deliver us. despair?” 45
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yurveda has its own history of Evolution - like for rest, Necessity is the mother of invention, Ayurveda science came into existence with the very requirement of it being necessary. Epidemics, change in climatic condition, seasonal disease, disease occurring during cohesion of season, war which was an era of death threat, casualties, fatalities, intoxication, poisonous and harmful effects of weapons made it essential to explore the medicinal valves of the flora-fauna in the surrounding. In the beginning it was the Herbal Medicine - which was tested for its medicinal properties in terms of Taste (Rasa), Potency (Virya) and Vipaka (post digestion characteristic) and which part of the herb carried the medicinal properties. The extract of the herb - chemical composition was known by the Ayurveda Researchers, Philosophers and Scientist and the medicinal use of the herb was been determined. Then came the stage of Herbo-Mineral Medicine and metals and ore from the earth surface was tested for its medicinal properties and Incorporated as medicine. The parts of an animal body with components of calcium, essential elements were used to treat related deficiency. Surgery was practised and the surgeries conducted in the past are still unbelieved by the modern day surgeons. Mordern surgery books pay their gratitude towards Sushruta - the great Surgeon, for his tremendous contribution for sophisticated surgery techniques. Fine surgery was conducted on vital organs of ear, nose, throat, brain and corrective surgery was well-advanced. Transplant was common and major surgeries were conducted in the biggest universities of Nalanda, Takshashila and others. Students from the whole of Asian Region travelled to Indian Universities and Research was conducted on a regular basis. Eventually with invasions from the muslim countries and later the British, they strategically planned to curb our science and make popular the medical science that they carried with them, and they succeeded in their mission with the very fact that we are ignorant about Ayurveda has our own original, foremost, mother of all science and that it was advent in our own country. The Allopathic Medicine has given a great boon in surgical science 48
but in terms of the other especially to treat disease not indicated for surgery, it has failed to establish faith in people. It is rare that a person who has begun taking allopathic pills for a chronic disease has been able to get rid of them. The Allopathic medicine treat the disease symptom and not the disease, and the side effect, adverse reaction lead to more medicine and the cycle continues. Doctors advice to continue medication lifelong and people are now calculating the no of years that they have been under medication and more years counting and the money that they have spend and will spend more on these medications. Our body is not a machine and the systems and organs are interrelated, and hence if one part of our body is effected, the effect is general and hence it is important that the treatment is generalized and aimed at treating the root cause of the disease and not merely the disease. Ayurveda treats a individual and hence a ayurveda physician has to know the Prakruti (Body Constitution) of a person before commencing the treatment. WHO has defined Health as not only absence of disease but a state of Physical soundness and mental well-being. Ayurveda has stated the same thousand years back. The science and theories of Ayurveda have stood strong which were been established years back and not changing. But the Research findings are changing day by day. It is wrong to imply a single formula to all human races of varied climate, geographical and other variants. It is also wrong to have fixed units to determine state of health in an individual and hence Ayurveda emphasizes on Individualized treatment. ANHCâ€™s Aarogya Clinic is doings its bit to spread awareness on Preventive Medicine - to postulate disease pathogenesis and correct them by Food and Life style. Ayurveda Clinic is the biggest and oldest clinic in Goa and has facility of Ayurveda Specialist in respective field and has a facility to treat 25 patients at a time. ANHC has all facilities and infrastructure pertaining to Ayurveda and many have gained in terms of health and well-being. For more information, log on to: www.healthandayurveda.com
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Nature’s Nest Eco-Lodge Are you are looking for some peace and tranquility with a high dose of adventure not too far from the hustle and bustle of Goa? If yes, then we recommend you immediately take a trip to the base of the western ghats in Goa, nestled there is ‘Nature’s Nest’ an eco-lodge that offers a true nature and countryside experience. One can enjoy a stay in rustic mud-lined cottages, relish Goan cuisine, participate in guided excursions, and get absorbed in their countryside hospitality. Nature’s Nest is located in Surla- Sacordem, a village on the border of Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. You may choose to stay at one of the 10 well-appointed cottages, placed amidst an organic farm, with a calm river flowing alongside the lodge. The cottages are cozy but spacious enough keeping in mind their guest’s comfort. Constructed by local experts, the cottages are perfect for the local climate and culture. The bedrooms are rather spacious with old styled red-oxide flooring; mud- lined walls and a tiled roof. Each cottage has a wide mud-dung floored veranda, and a sit-out. Every cottage is equipped with a western styled bathroom with 24 hour water supply. When hunger strikes make your way to the restaurant, which is open through the day for buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sample some fabulous Goan, vegetarian and non-vegetarian options here and when you are done you can relax with a book from their natural history library. You may also choose to snooze out on the hammock. ‘Nature’s Nest’ offers two complementary nature walks with your stay. The nature walks are led in
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yurveda - translated from the Sanskrit language, “Ayus” means life and “Veda” for knowledge - is the science of life. Ayurveda is one of the oldest medical systems in the world and has its origins in India. In traditional Indian medicine, the patient is considered as a whole: physical, mental and spiritual aspects to be included in the therapy to the health of the people - to bring into balance - through the use of natural resources. Ayurveda is the ancient super science of healing naturally, focuses on preventive healthcare, and endorses the essential diet and lifestyle modifications for a healthy and cheerful life. The principles of self-healing laid down by our ancient sages thousands of years ago are equally true even today. Owing to the variety of lifestyle diseases, mental ailments, behavioral discrepancies at all, we are more or less left with the choice of taking our health in our hands. This is where Dosha Healing comes into play. Dosha Healing is an important tool of Ayurveda wisdom sciences which guides you to make the essential diet and lifestyle modifications particularly designed for your basic dosha type. As Ayurveda lays great focus on prevention of the disease, it becomes obligatory to understand about what kind of foods and everyday habits are useful for you, what could be causing harm and also how you could provide self-care to yourself (and your loved ones), so as to live your life fully enjoying the fruit of wellness and contentment. Dosha Healing is all about how you can become your own healer! This wisdom science of Ayurveda focuses on Selfidentification, self- understanding and self- care. 1. Identify yourself (in accordance to the dosha which is dominant within you) 2. Understand yourself (how your dominant dosha makes you different in both the spheres of physical constitution and mental temperament; which is recognized as your Prakriti).
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3. Take care of yourself (and become aware of the imbalances or Vikriti that might be setting into your system owing to the diet and lifestyle incongruity). The Healer lies Within Dosha Healing is great aid to identify, understand and take care of yourself lifelong. In other words, you need to comprehend that it is rather imperative to discover and understand your natural entity today, so you could be your own guide lifelong! This is because assessing your basic and inborn nature at first helps you to accept yourself, and then you aptly intend to make lifestyle changes in accordance to your own self. Consequently it is perhaps the only therapy you need in both Curative as well as Preventive terms, so as to enjoy till the last breath a life full of virtues of natural wellness and freedom from disease. These three doshas or humors of the body are the prime attributes that are significant for not only the upholding of the human body, but also in every little aspect that causes balance or even imbalance within the body. Vata or the air, Pitta or the fire and kapha or the Phlegm are entirely imbibed within the body. Ayurveda Tridosha Philosophy - Vata, Pitta & Kapha Doshas The Prakriti of a person may be defined as the totality comprising of his physical attributes, his mental characteristics, and his innate nature. The prakriti or the basic constitution (and temperament) of an individual is believed to be innate and more or less remains the same throughout his or her life span. According to Ayurveda philosophy, every living body in the universe is believed to be a combination of the three doshas or body humors viz. Vata or the air, Pitta or the fire and Kapha or the phlegm. The human prakriti can broadly be categorized into three distinct types. These are Vata Type, Pitta Type and Kapha Type. We need to understand that most 55
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of the qualities, both good and bad—the looks, the • Vata Dosha imbalance may result into diseases talents, and attitudes are necessarily God-gifted like muscular cramps, joint pains, stiffness, and inborn. It is believed that there are three basic palpitations, deafness, partial loss of vision etc. types of constitutions based on the three doshas or • Ailments like burning sensation in the entire the body humors. Each person falls into one of these body, excessive perspiration, foul body odour, three constitutions so read on for the explanation of fainting, mouth ulcers etc demonstrate of Pitta each definition (One of the three doshas could be dosha imbalance. dominant within your personality!). • Kapha dosha imbalance and vitiation presents itself in the form of diseases like drowsiness, Dosha Healing Reveals Dosha Imbalance lethargy, excessive sleep, obesity, suppression Ayurveda believes that whenever a disease takes of digestion, skin allergy at all. form and sets into your system, the primary cause is imbalanced Dosha (body humor). Therefore, so as The Need for Dosha Healing to combat the ailment, the basic principle to get rid The three doshas - vata, pitta, and kapha get of the same and also to restore and retain wellness, easily influenced by our everyday diet and lifestyle, would certainly be of balancing the vitiated Dosha. wherein the doshas lose their equilibrium. They Dosha Healing, thus is an easy tool for identifying tend to either decrease or increase in the body and this makes them to result in forming of a disease. the dosha imbalance. Vata, or the air, is responsible for eighty types of Also, when you are experiencing the ancient ailments. Ayurveda wisdom of Dosha Healing, you are able to take a more serious note of the maladies that The Pitta or fire humor accounts for forty types. the vitiation or aggravation of either of the three The third, kapha, or the phlegm body humor, doshas viz. Vata, Pitta and Kapha, is bound to results in production of twenty types of maladies. present itself within your system. Although in many Balancing the Doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha cases you might have already frequented some of • Balancing the Vata dosha the ailments relating to Dosha imbalance. In order to combat Vata imbalance, one needs to take charge of his diet and routine just like serving How Dosha Healing Helps a close friend. Keeping the stomach empty would Although most of us today seem to have mixed invite aggravation of the air body humor or the personalities, there still is a dominant element in Vata dosha. The meals should not be too heavy but all of us. And this basic element governs our totality more frequent. and makes up our indispensable personality. This • Balancing the Pitta Dosha basic element or Dosha as proclaimed in our To combat a pitta imbalance, it is recommended to primordial text, subsists in three prime forms viz. take up the regime that renders opposing qualities Vata or the air, Pitta or the fire and Kapha or the as that of the fire humor. As the property of the fire phlegm. When the air is dominant, it is apt to humor is hot and intense, Ayurveda suggests living make you erratic, whereas the fire type individuals in cooler, soothing and calming environments, would be naturally stimulated and yet supremacy away from sweating and parching heat. The of phlegm in the system reasons for physical and imbalance can be refined by imbibing whatever is mental permanence. Thus, Dosha Healing is a sure cooling and soothing. support to make you identify, understand and take • Balancing the Kapha dosha care of your natural wellness lifelong. Kapha imbalance needs more grave lines of selfhandling. This is because the Kapha individual has Dosha Imbalance Causes Disease Ayurveda believes that imbalance of the Vata dosha a propensity to be more static and stubborn with (air body humor) results into production of 80 his likes and tastes. The stubborn Kapha is rather types of diseases or disorders. Whereas the fire or tricky to treat. This is mainly because of the inert Pitta dosha can cause 40 types and Kapha dosha trait of the earth element that this humor imbibes. (phlegm) would stand responsible for 20 types of Hence all intricate activities and potent stimulating diet is meant for the phlegm humor types. ailments. 57
Mrs. Rekha Chaudhari is an industry veteran since the past 25 years. She has set new horizons & a clear meaning to the concept of spa & wellness in India. A firm believer in the bright future of the industry, she has redefined the concept of feeling genuine, high energy, being stress resilient, enjoying a positive attitude with a healthy body weight and age defying appearance. Some amongst her many contributions to the industry include patented therapies such as the Novel Rope Massage, the Geo Thermo Therapy and Hand and Foot Spa. Her patented therapy the ‘Novel Rope Massage’ is a winner of GeoSpa AsiaSpa award as The Most Innovative Spa Treatment personality 2010.
FUTURE OF THE MEN SPA IN INDIA It’s no secret that the male grooming market is growing worldwide and the same can be seen in India too. Data from Euro Monitor International reveals that the global male grooming market grew by an average of 6% between 2006 and 2011, reaching £22billion in 2011 in the international market. As per my study and survey in the Indian market I found that for the first time, men now spend longer time on personal grooming and getting ready than women. Where normally a woman takes 75 minutes to get ready, our survey says 81 minutes a day for men as compared to women.
was asking for a male-only brand”. VITAMAN, an Australian natural grooming range for men that was established in1999, was one of the first skincare brands in the world dedicated exclusively to men − adds that “over the past 14 years, there has been a drastic rise in the market.” This is a burgeoning market, full of potential. In India I see in coming few years Male spa-goers will be a constantly growing factor and the demand for men having facials will grow enormously.
A GROWING MARKET This development is one that spas, salons and product brands around the world are not only aware of but are increasingly tapping into, introducing treatments and product ranges specifically for men. Brands like VITAMAN have specially developed products only for male and are bringing new concept in the men’s world. They have understood this years back and have launched this beautiful product line in professional segment. Why I have designed specific treatments for men With the concept of MENSPACE, where men are and launched VITAMAN in Indian market is because treated like a KING by offering them regular our male customer base is growing all the time, services like Hot shaving, Facials, Body Massages particularly in spas where our company is serving product services. etc. International market comprises majority of female Clare Matthews – co-founder Vitaman says “This guests 54% compared to 46% men, where as today is such a big growing market worldwide, in leaps INDIAN spa industry has 60 % men and 40 % and bounds and the view that there has been a female. noticeably increased demand for products for men. We launched the brand to meet the demand We realised that more and more men are coming from the general consumer, because everyone to spas, not only in search of relaxation but for 58
aesthetic treatments and that they normally have different treatments compared to women. Many spas are introducing a programme tailormade for men. Offering special devoted men product line like Vitaman products and treatments helps gain special revenue and will attract more and more men client for using its unique range and services.
raiding the bathroom cabinet and sneakily using their partner’s products. I also believe it is media influence. “The celebrity factor is important, the fact that men are seeing celebrities promoting men’s products motivate them.”
Once they’re comfortable using the men’s products, they’re quite happy to explore the use of other The number of spas in India catering for men with products and services as well. dedicated treatments or packages is also on the rise. Men’s skin is different, largely as a result of the fact that they shave their face, which is why we wanted a range fully designed for their skin. Commenting on the difference between men and women skincare needs, shaving is the main variance. “Shaving is the key difference. It can be quite damaging to skin, particularly for those who naturally suffer from sensitive skin, so it’s important for men to keep their skin in good condition; nourished and hydrated.” Lifestyle can also play a part in men’s skin differing from women. “Looking at Indian Culture as an example, men spend 65% more time outside than women, hence their skin is exposed to the elements “With the continued growth in the men’s market, much more which results in more dehydrated, aged we are seeing these treatments and programmes and wrinkled skin. rapidly increase. Over the past eight years, we have seen tremendous growth in the number of services The nature of men’s skin means the treatment process could take slightly longer. Therapists just offered to men.” need to be aware that with men, a higher number Social Changes of treatments might be required, because the hair It is generally agreed that the boom in the male is stronger, there is more hair to work with and grooming market, manifested both in a global rise testosterone level is quite strong. in product sales and an increase in the number of men visiting spas, is a consequence of shifting Men come to the spa or beauty clinic for slightly social attitudes and a greater acceptance of men different reasons than women. Men are more worried about stress than women and they require taking pride in their appearance. more deep tissue massages, while women prefer A renewed interest by men in personal grooming treatments such as body wraps or gentle massages. and a change in social attitudes towards male vanity When it comes to the products proving most has been at the heart of the industry’s growth. In existing major market like Europe and the US, popular with male customers, Vitaman’s face and it’s become much more acceptable for men to buy shave categories that top the list (the brand also offers body and hair ranges). grooming products.” I believe that the growth in the male market is According to me I can see that India has upcoming down to a shift in perception, male grooming is future for only male grooming centres and spa now regarded as the norm, with men no longer lounges. 59
ESPA The Leela Palace Udaipur
The Leela Palace Udaipur ESPA AT THE LEELA PALAC UDAIPUR: The Leela Palace Udaipur presents the perfect setting for indulgent relaxation and rejuvenation amidst serene surroundings. Spanning over 10,000 square feet, ESPA, India’s only tented luxury spa, is majestically located in the courtyard gardens with views over the lake and provide holistic and deeply therapeutic treatments with products developed from the finest, organic plant extracts and oils from around the world. The spa’s one-of-a-kind air-conditioned tents, set amidst private pools and fragrant gardens, fuse centuries-old local artisanal designs of Rajasthan. Its Aroma Steam rooms, featuring amethyst crystals and anthracite glass tiles are set amidst a story of heritage and architectural beauty, offering a calming prelude to the treatment experience. ESPA Treatments are performed in the privacy of the spa tents. For those who wish to enjoy their spa journey with a loved one, the Couples and Palace Suites offer specially created couple’s ceremonies along with a private swimming pool and relaxation area with stunning views of the lake. The special ESPA Ceremonies - from Intensive Facials and Massages to Signature Ayurvedic Treatments - are a unique fusion of western and eastern therapies to nourish the mind, body and soul. An extensive menu of luxurious ESPA facials, body treatments, hot stone massages and signature rituals is available to suit individual needs and skin type. The serene surroundings are an ideal setting for inner reflection and increased awareness with private guided Yoga and Meditation sessions. ESPA at The Leela Palace Udaipur is the ultimate in relaxation amidst world class luxury.
Sohum Spa & Wellness Sanctuary Kenilworht Goa
A b s o l u t e We l l n e s s Sohum Spa at Kenilworth Goa is a holistic facility offering wellrounded wellness programs. Energy healing, yoga, modern fitness, beach sports, Ayurveda and Spa therapies are combined seamlessly to promote health and harmony. Spread over 8,000 square feet, the facility boasts of 6 therapy suites with exclusively designed couple therapy suites. Whatâ€™s more, the facility boasts of a well laid out balneotherapy section for soothing water therapy with precise digital controls. For those on short visits, the spa offers relaxation therapies indoors, a professional salon and even relaxing feet massages under the gently swaying palms caressed by the balmy sea breeze. Special packages for corporate conferences and wedding groups, including Groom and Bridal make ups, are for the asking. After all, beauty inside out is what we aim for. For the seasoned traveler, Sohum Spa offers 4 types of Ayurveda packages. While each of the packages address a specific need, they all have in common a wide choice of time tested Ayurveda based International cuisine, daily interactions with our wellness experts and therapies with potent natural herbs and plant extracts. Relax: A 3-day package that involves not just a one on one with the in-house Ayurveda physician but also Ayurveda energy massage, soothing third-eye therapy, warm oil anointing and herb bolus massage. Destress: A 5-day package specifically designed to reduce mental stress and chronic physical fatigue. Daily wellness plan comprises of a relaxed routine where easy yoga practices help you to experience relaxing Ayurveda therapies on a very deep level. Apart from the above therapies the much acclaimed â€œChampiâ€? (Indian Head Massage) and herbal exfoliation are an addition in this package. Many patrons report a sense of lightness and deep relaxation by the 5th day. Rejuve: This 7-day package includes specialized Ayurveda therapies that use herbal mixtures in a base paste of a rare indigenous quick growing rice that is famous for its strengthening properties. Deep progressive guided relaxation and energy healing ensure that your experience wellness across multiple dimensions.
Heal: This 14-day package involves not just Ayurveda and Yoga, but also water based therapies. Most guests report a connect with their natural state of a being-of vibrant health and a tranquil mind. Glowing skin and a spring in the step are the commonly reported side effects. If that was not enough, our wellness experts are happy to help you to turn the biological clock backwards and introduce a new you to your family. Sohum Spa at Kenilworth Goa is managed by Dr. Ushakiran, BAMS, DYN, a qualified Ayurvedic Physician, with a bachelor degree in Ayurveda from Alva’s Ayurvedic Medical College, Moodabidri and over 10 years of working experience in the field of Ayurveda and other spa therapies. Dr. Ushakrian provides personal consultation to understand guests’ body constitution and advise them on a suitable Ayurveda/Spa package, diet, yoga, and meditation. While we weave out magic, the Goan landscape-and the world-class, five star facilities at Kenilworth Resort & Spa-will lull you away from all the worries of the world. The resort, located in Utorda in South Goa, is a luxurious beachside property with stunning tropical beauty, swish amenities and flawless service. The only question you would ask yourself at the end of your stay is –“do I want to go back?”
Jiva Spa Overlooking the powdery sands and azure waters of sunny North Goa is the Jiva Spa at Vivanta by Taj – Fort Aguada and Vivanta by Taj – Holiday Village. Goan-Portuguese heritage is in sync with tropical rusticity in the couple treatment suites, each with its own soak pool, yoga & meditation rooms. Feel comfortable in your skin in the steam , separate for men and women. Pamper yourself in the beauty salon. Invigorate your mind and body in the gym and fitness centre. Sip on a fresh juice or herbal tea at the Health Juice Bar. Indulge in a signature treatment specially designed to leave you with a feeling of complete wellbeing, inside out. Blending ancient Indian wisdom with contemporary therapies, Jiva offers the best in Indian rejuvenation therapies ranging from Signature experiences, Indian aromatherapy massages, time-honored Indian treatments, body scrubs and wraps. The Jiva Spa’s rejuvenating experiences are masterminded by well-trained experts armed with exclusive natural products and a gentle approach to all round healing. In true Indian tradition, Jiva believes in the timehonoured adage `Atithi Devo Bhava’, that means, `The Guest is God’. The exquisite traditional and Indian ethos of Jiva Spas is accentuated through holistic treatments, enlivening and meaningful rituals and ceremonies and unique natural products that are integrated with the experiences. The 100% natural range of Jiva Spa products are made with a deep understanding of the therapeutic benefits of Indian herbs and essential oils. The linen is made of hand combed organic cotton and the robes and uniform are herbally dyed and sun bleached.
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Ayurveda is the ancient Indian science of life and at the Divya Spa it is practised to perfection in eight treatment rooms, each room marries state-of-the-art amenities with centuries-old wisdom and learning, to give treatments for a host of ailments, both for the mind and the body. Spend a few days here and imbibe the very spirit of rejuvenation. The Ayurvedic programmes offered at the Divya Spa range from one to twenty eight days. Guests spending a shorter time at The Leela Kovalam can indulge in the Ayurvedic de-stress programme which is a one-day package or the Ayurvedic detox and de-stress programme a two-day package or the Ayurveda refreshment programme which is a three-day package. For those wishing to prolong their relaxation or relief from an ailment, the five to 28 day programmes are split in two categories, with category one focusing on wellness and preventative treatments and category two focusing on therapeutic and curative programmes. Each programme is available for five, seven, fourteen, twenty one or twenty eight days. All the Ayurvedic treatment programmes at The Leela Kovalam are strictly personalized following an in-depth consultation with the Divya Spaâ€™s resident doctor. All the treatment programme prices are inclusive of one-to-one consultations with the Ayurvedic doctor, herbal medicines for the duration of the treatment and a daily 90 minute therapeutic Ayurvedic treatment. In addition, special dietary options to contribute to the success of the programmes are also available. Running alongside the spa treatment packages, guests can complement their therapies with yoga and meditation taught on an individual or group basis for three, seven or fourteen days. The Divya Spa also boasts of their signature treatments like the Kalari Massage and the Chavutti Thirummu
Healthy life =
yurveda is a Sanskrit term which is made up of two words, “Ayu” which means life and “veda” meaning knowledge or science. According to Ayurveda, Ayu or life is comprises of the body, mind and spirit. Ayurveda uses the inherent principles of nature to help maintain health in a person by keeping the individual’s body, mind and spirit in perfect equilibrium with nature. The two main aims of Ayurveda are to protect health or prolong life (“Swasthyas swasthya rakshanam”) and to eliminate diseases of the body (“Aturasya vikar prashamanamcha”)
to remove these unwanted toxins. This purification therapy is a classical form of treatment in Ayurveda. They not only help in treating the body and mind but also help in preventing diseases in the future.
Ayurvedic treatment differs in every individual according to his “Prakruti” or body type. Every individual has a unique body type and therefore it is very important for the physician treating the individual to know his or her body type. The physician has to take into account his or her needs for nutrition, exercise, personal hygiene, social interaction, and other lifestyle elements .Also a Every day we make choices that create either clinical examination to diagnose the root cause of wellness or imbalance and pain. Relieving your the ailment is done by the physician. By doing this pain and living instead with abundant health the doctor will understand your body type and will comes down to what you do on a daily basis .This draw up a timetable for Ayurvedic treatment and includes your food, activities, sleep patterns, and therapy to commence. The treatment is designed to self-care routines. You need to know what will treat the root cause of your problem. serve you best each day, not only according to your This is achieved by Ayurvedic medications, diet, individual needs but in relation to the changing yoga, different types of oil and powder massages, external factors in life. different types of steams, exercises. Applications in No matter what type of pain we go through, the form of herbal pastes etc , daily routines called physical, mental or emotional it prevents you from dincharya, and seasonal regimens called ritucharya enjoying the things you love and drains your time, are recommended. Following these individualized money, and energy. plans, Ayurveda helps to attain robust physical health as well as mental and spiritual harmony. Ayurveda Wellness helps you take back your health and live your best life. Ayurveda suggests specific Duration of the Treatment: lifestyle and nutritional guidelines to help individuals Generally, at least a couple of weeks are needed maintain good health. Due to imbalances, toxins in to complete a full course of Ayurvedic treatment. the body are abundant in the body. A purification However it’s also possible to get simple Ayurvedic therapy known as panchakarma is recommended treatments like a full body massage done with
= Wealthy Life Ayurvedic oils or a head massage etc which do not require fix duration. The best time to receive Ayurvedic treatment in Goa is between June to September and November to February because the climate remains cool, moist, and dust free. Also these seasons are strengthening the body and help the body and mind to maintain a balance. The herbal oils and therapies become more receptive during this time of the year. Ayurvedic treatments done for different ailments: Ayurveda offers a holistic solution for everything; from a healthy lifestyle, food habits and the art of positive living to treatment management and the cure of chronic ailments without any harmful side effects. Ayurvedic treatments are effective for Acidity, Arthritis, Bone related disorders, Sports injuries, Spondylosis, Frozen Shoulder, Paralysis, Sciatica, Piles, Cold and Coughs, Asthama, Psoriasis, Skin Problems, Acne and other Skin conditions, Weight reduction, Low sperm count, Infertility, Urinary problems, Hairfall, Menstrual disorders, Sleep related problems, Cholesterol, Migraine, Liver problems, Depression, Hypertension, Anemia, Memory loss and Sinusitis. Today Ayurvedic doctors take aid of modern investigations to diagnose the disease accurately and treat it in accordance to ayurveda principles.
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external body is done to send you back disease free to enjoy life to its fullest. Some of the important therapies done at our clinic Natureâ€™s Healing Centre are: SHIRODHARA: This therapy is good for mental stress, insomnia, memory loss and is an excellent relaxation therapy. JANU BASTI: This therapy helps in the treatment of knee related problems and chronic osteoarthritis ailments. KATI BASTI: This therapy helps in the treatment of back and spine related problems. MANYA BASTI: This therapy helps in the treatment of cervical Spondylosis, frozen shoulder and other pain related to the neck and shoulder. PINDA SWEDA: This therapy is useful in the treatment of Paralysis or frozen joints, it helps increase blood circulation. SHIRO PICHU: This therapy helps in stopping falling and graying of hair. TARPANA: This therapy helps in nourishing the eyes, it helps to give clear vision, reduces dryness of eyes, redness of eyes. UDVARTANA: This therapy is done to counter diseases like obesity.
Emphasis on yoga, exercise, diet, lifestyle, panchakarma (www.goaayurvedacenter.com/ For further details: www.goaayurvedacenter.com. panchakarma), medicines and therapies on the
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Typically colonial architecture, the Secretariat as it is known, is Panaji´s oldest surviving building, originally built by the Muslim ruler Yusuf Adil Shah of Bijapur around 1500 as Adil Shah´s summer palace cum fortress which formed an important part of his defense with an arsenal of a salt water moat and 55 canons but this was no match for the might of the Portuguese. Afonso de Albuquerque´s troops stormed the building in 1510 and was converted into a rest house for the Portuguese Viceroys, who used it for an overnight stop, on their way to and from Portugal. The Portuguese carried out quite a few demolitions and renovations changing the overall appearance of the building, which retained its official viceregal residence status until the Viceroys moved to a new residence at Cabo near Dona Paula in 1918. Since the time of Goa´s liberation in 1961, the building served as the home of the Goan State Legislature or Assembly and was known as the Secretariat.
motorcycle pilot - cheaper means of conveyance found only in the state of Goa
Street your heart out this June...
Goa Marriott Resort & Spa brings to you the myriad flavours of the world, with the International Street Food Festival at Waterfront Terrace & Bar from 7th to 22nd June 2014! Nothing thrills the soul like the exquisitely authentic mouth-watering street fare dished out along the roads, beckoning one to halt and indulge in a carefree snack or two! Relish the tantalizing treats of the worldâ€™s streets at this very unique dinner buffet extravaganza. Acknowledging the universal appeal for street food, our expert Chefs are set to lay out an abundant spread of the most popular and mouth-watering fare sold off the roads that instantly delight both, the palate and the heart. Savour the ubiquitous Chaats and Vada Pav from the streets of Delhi and Mumbai, or the Kathi Rolls and Kuttu Parathas from the streets of Kolkata and Chennai. Go global with the yummiest of Crepes from France, Okonomiyaki from Japan, Tacos from Mexico, and Satay from Indonesia. Gorge on American Burgers loaded with your favourite meats, Italian Pizzas laden with the choicest of toppings, piping hot Kebabs and Wraps from the Middle East, and the humbly delectable Japanese Egg Rolls, to name a few. Thereâ€™s plenty more to dig into at our scrumptious street fest!
very fishy Goaâ€™s last catch of the season...
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Angelica Ibardaloza is the Chef de Partie at the Hunters Room & Grill at Westin Dubai. Started her culinary dream as a Commis 3 in a French restaurant in the Philippines and moved to The Address Montgomery Dubai and the went on to become a Demi Chef de Partie at Atmosphere, Burj Khalifa, Dubai.
Ingredients 1 seabass fillet Cauliflower Puree: 200g cauliflower cut into small pieces 50ml chicken stock 50ml fresh cream Salt to taste Crushed Cauliflower: 200g fresh cauliflower finely chopped 20ml lemon juice Olive oil Salt to taste Pickled Baby Beetroot: 4pcs baby beetroot 250ml water 20ml olive oil 40g salt 50ml white vinegar 10ml sherry vinegar 20g white sugar Pumpkin & Orange: 4pcs thinly slice pumpkin 100ml orange juice Salt to taste Fennel Bulb: 1pc fennel Orange zest Olive oil Star anise, salt and sugar Blanched Vegetables: 1pc asparagus 2pcs baby carrots 2pcs pearl onion 2pcs baby potatoes 100
Seabass & Garden Vegetables Method: Cauliflower Puree: In a hot pan with butter, add the cauliflower and cook in 3 mins. Add the chicken stock and cream together until reduced to half, put it in a blender until a smooth consistency, add seasoning and set aside. Crushed Cauliflower: Mix the finely chopped cauliflower, lemon juice and olive oil together and add salt to taste. Pickled Baby Beetroot: In a pan, add water, olive oil and salt, and bring to a boil. Add the vinegar and sugar. Slow cook on a low fire and add the baby beetroot. Pumpkin & Orange: Boil the orange juice and season it, remove from the fire and add the thinly slices of pumpkin, cover it with cling film and set aside until cold. Fennel Bulb: Put all ingredients all together, cook on a low fire, make sure fennel is covered with olive oil.
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Pan Seared Sea Bass Fillet: In a very hot pan with corn oil, add the fillet skin side down until 70% of the fish is cooked, add butter, thyme garlic and lemon juice, turn it over and remove from fire, let it rest until thoroughly cook. 101
From traditional favourites to the modern new flavours is what makes Aungkyawswar an award winning chef who is the Sous Chef at the French Brasserie ‘Latest Recipe’, Le Méridien Minah Seyahi Beach Resort, Dubai. Aungkyawswar started his culinary journey in 2002 at the award winning luxury hotel The Kandawygi Palace Hotel Myanmar, four years later he moved to the Middle East as a Demi Chef at Tang a fine dining restaurant at the Le Méridien Minah Seyahi and at Nautilus at the Viceroy Hotel in Abu Dhabi. In 2012 he returned back to the Le Méridien Minah Seyahi where he leads a vibrant kitchen team in delivering the highest quality of food consistently.
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Warm Mussel Salad
tamarind dressing & tomato marmalade
Serves Four Carrot sliced 100g Cucumber sliced rolled 100g Parsley 20leaves Shallot chopped 50g Mussel meat 200g King prawn 4no (peeled) Olive oil 50g White wine 100ml (optional) Salt and pepper (to taste) SautĂŠ shallot in olive oil, add mussel and prawn, Deglaze with white wine and leave 3-4min. Tamarind and raisin dressing Raisin chopped 20g Tamarind seedless 50g Water 50lm Grape seeds oil 100ml Sock the tamarind in water 1hr than strain. Mix raisin, oil and tamarind tuice
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Tomato marmalade 4pic of tomato and dice I pic of white onion chopped 1 pic of orange segment and zest 1 pic of lemon segment and zest Honey to taste Salt to taste. Put altogether in pan and cook gently 20min. 103
Apple & Kiwi Parfait Serves Two Ripe kiwi- 1pcs Green apple-1 pcs Vanilla bean-1pcs Sugar -160gm Honey-220gm Water-60gm Egg yolk- 200gm Whipped cream-750gm Lime zest-1pcs Gelatin leaves – 6gm Method First Cut the kiwi in small pieces and blend to a puree. Dice the green apple in small pieces and place in a pan over medium heat, add the vanilla bean and sauté the apples(do not add any fat or any sugar in it), cool it in the refrigerator. Put sugar, honey and water in a sauce pan and heat until mixture reach 120˚. Put the egg yokes in a mixing bowl and once the sugar mixture reaches 120˚ pour it into the bowl, whisk the egg yokes and the sugar mixture until the mixture thickens (sabayon). Whip cream and keep in a refrigerator. Fold the cream with kiwi puree, lime zest and sauté apples in to the sabayon mixture until it combines together. 104
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Rusly Ahmed - The artistic presentation of a beautiful dessert is most important than any other part of the meal, people want something that is a feast for their eyes as well as their palate. Rusly just seems to have that quality to put several components and elements which are assembled individually and then brings them together to create a beautiful desert.
Soak the gelatin in cold water for 5 minutes, squeeze the water from the gelatin and melt it in the microwave until the gelatin sheets are completely dissolvesd, add in to parfait mixture and mix it well. Oats & Cranberry Bar Roasted oats- 200gm Acacia honey- 70gm Dry cranberry- 50gm Combine all together and spread on tray then cut in to shapes that you want. Mandarin Compote Lemongrass â€“ 1pcs Black peppercorns-10gm Orange peel (skin) - 1pcs Orange flower water- 20gm Acacia honey- 125 gm Mandarines-250gm Bring all the ingredients (without mandarins) to boil. Then add the mandarin segments and allow it to cool. Garnishes Fresh raspberries Glaze green color Micro leaves (cress) Piece of chocolate 105
LATITUDE Vivanta by Taj Fort Aguada
You donâ€™t step out to dine; you step in to gain an experience. Latitude spoils you for choice by offering a fascinating range of Continental, Goan and North Indian cuisine. The look is chic, the vibe informal. Splashes of colour, trendy furnishings, and artistic food presentations set the tone. This trendy restaurant is built with elements of the sea. A stunning fresh, natural look during the daytime is balanced with strategic lights designed with white shades to offer a perfect evening ambience. A vibrant interactive kitchen, and an elaborate buffet spread create a special dining experience. The horse shoe shaped outdoor wooden deck seating is a delight. Feel the open air here, with the eclectic Latitude on one side and the pool overlooking the Arabian Sea on the other side. Recharge in the casual ambience with open, interactive kitchens and inside/outside dining that overlooks the pool and sea. Take your pick from the buffet (open April - September). Or sit back and relish a menu specially designed by our chefs. All, while you are looked after with the highest standards service. Always attentive. Never obtrusive.
Caravela, the all day dining restaurant at the Vivanta By Taj Holiday Village, spoils you for choice by offering a fascinating range of Mediterranean and North Indian cuisine. The look is chic, the vibe informal. Splashes of colour, trendy furnishings, and artistic food presentations set the tone. Recharge in the casual ambience with open, interactive kitchens and inside/outside dining that overlooks the sea. Take your pick from the buffet which is usually open between April to September. Or sit back and relish a menu specially designed by our chefs. All, while you are looked after with the highest standards service. Always attentive. Never obtrusive. 109
IL CAMINO Vivanta by Taj Fort Aguada
Allora! All Italian. If that’s what you want, this is the place. The illumination, the paintings on the wall and the chimney in the centre of the restaurant add to the rustic charm. “Il Camino” means “The Chimney” in Italian. The circular shape of the restaurant gives it an easy flowing feel. Adding to the latest innovations is the open show kitchen where a large pizza oven bakes delightful thin crust pizzas. The Italian buffet spread features a huge array of antipasti, soups and mains along with a huge dessert selection complete with chocolate fountain. The restaurant has large French windows overlooking the Arabian Sea. Reserve a celebration tables near the pool side before someone else does.
BANYAN TREE Vivanta by Taj Holiday Village
Enjoy the subtle and complex flavours of Thai cuisine made more evocative because of the setting. Dine in the shadows of a 300 year old Banyan Tree. It’s a restaurant experience like no other. Savour the fresh specialties that are made possible because of the resort’s spice garden and experience the curry wagon from the renowned Chef Santi, cooking Thai delicacies to your taste at your tableside. Some must tries are the deep fried king prawns with garlic and pepper sauce, the spicy raw papaya salad, or the classic Thai green curry with chicken. The Banyan Tree’s signature dishes - spicy and sour prawn soup, crispy fried vegetables in roasted chili sauce and sweet water chestnuts in coconut milk.
MORISCO Vivanta by Taj Fort Aguada
This elegant destination which overlooks the CandolimCalangute-Baga beach stretch, serves fresh seafood. Executive Chef Amarendra Mishra offers the finest preparations from Oriental, Continental and Goan cuisine. The live interactive kitchen works wonders with the freshest seafood, try resisting the tiger prawns and lobsters. The celebration tables near the entrance, overlooking the sea and the beach stretch are most sought after. Come, fish here. 114
DRIFT BAR Vivanta by Taj Holiday Village
The high-energy bar that brings exotic beverages and a unique brand of nightlife to the seashore. Quench your thirst for eclectic style. Soak in the vital, modern interiors. Chill to the wide range of world music with dramatic views of the sea as a backdrop. Sample the mix of signature Vivanta by Taj cocktails, Sushi, Sake and Tapas. Bask in a mellow afterglow of calmness as the sun teases its way down to the other side of the hemisphere. Get serious with your evening out. Drift into the zone. 116
Vivanta by Taj Holiday Village
Beach House is where the action is. The Goan and seafood speciality restaurant which has Master Chef Regoâ€™s special touch. Hereâ€™s where a live kitchen counter challenges you to get adventurous. Take on a whole new world of Goan-Portuguese fusion food. Authentic to the core. And if you are bold enough, let Cashew Feni be the spirit behind your meal. Chef Rego can fix you an extra special dinner, by prior reservation.
Go With The Flow
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The tourist hub of Baga has been famous for its thumping nightlife and bustling eateries for as long as we can remember. However, deep down on the Baga creek road, nestled in the lawn of an old Portuguese home is a place where a bit of Brazilian magic is being created at a charming restaurant called ‘Go with the flow’. The restaurant has a cozy intimate alfresco dining area on the ground level and an elevated dining area with a stunning panoramic view of the Baga River. The cuisine at ‘Go with the flow’ is predominantly Brazilian with Chef Guto Souza adding a bit of Mediterranean and fusion to the mix. Chef Souza has been in the business of creating culinary magic for the past 22 years, with restaurants in Amsterdam, Portugal, Belgium and Brazil. The Michelin star nominee made Goa his home 8 years ago, when he opened the famous ‘Fusion’ in Majorda. The menu at ‘Go with the flow’ is perfectly concise with specials changing often. Chef Guto Souza sources his meats from as far and wide as Belgium for pork belly, Rajasthan for lamb and Brazil for dried beef. He personally looks into every aspect of the kitchen making sure he sends you to culinary heaven! 122
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For starters we tried the ‘Escondidinho’ a Brazilian style dried beef dish in a tower of pumpkin puree, mascarpone and pamegiani cheese and the ‘Prawn salad’ on a bed of fresh salmon sashimi and parma ham chips. For the main course Chef Guto recommended the ‘Roasted pork belly’ glazed with a sweet and sour sauce, apple puree and truffle filled momos, ‘The fillet of fish’ with soya sauce, fresh curry leaves, ginger and chilli, atop a pineapple carpaccio was served with coconut rice and crisp zucchini- both were out of this world. The vegetarian option we tried out was a blue cheese and fresh mushroom filled ‘Spinach roll’ served with a side of fresh vegetables. The menu also offers small bites which go well will the delectable cocktails being churned out at the bar. Sunday is a good day to kick back with the live band belting out some jazz, blues and bossanova. After all that decadence you’ll be happy to know that you’ve scored some good karma points as all the restaurant profits go to the Samarpan foundation- a nonprofit charitable trust. Average meal for two- INR 2000/123
Route 66 Smoke House N Grill The best route out of hunger Text
Ladies and gentlemen make you way to Route 66 Smoke House N Grill where you may now gorge on unbeatable burgers in the heart of Panjim city. The recently opened 10 table eatery has replaced ‘Avanti’ the traditional Goan restaurant of yore. Its new avatar is reminiscent of a cozy deli with indoor and outdoor seating, where your senses are engulfed in all kinds of delicious aromas. We were welcomed with refreshing cold towels, the perfect respite from the killing summer heat. We settled down outside only to be seduced by the site of the chef churning out decadent, freshly baked buns bursting with hand ground burger patties, laden with exotic sauces and loads of other delicious fillings. The man behind this newly opened joint is Chef Xavs Norr (Also the man behind Tin Tin in Vagator) This biking enthusiast has always dreamt of riding his hog down Route 66, hence the name. What better way to feed a bikers adrenaline than with a nice fat juicy burger! Xavs has been nurturing his dream of opening Route 66 for eight long years and luckily his dream has been realized in the form of a chilled out joint for us hungry folk to come together for a full power binge, accompanied by drinks from the wellstocked bar. The USP at Route 66 is the fact that Xavs has managed to take the humble burger and give it a gourmet twist, while still keeping it affordable. The top favorites here are the ‘SOB’ where a fresh 4oz beef patty meets a 4oz pork patty basted with 124
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sauce, cheese, onions and a whole load of other goodness; ‘The wolverine’ which is a grilled beef patty, topped with crisp bacon, grilled hot dog, chipotle chillies, adobo sauce and jalapenos and the legendary signature ‘Route 66 burger’ which is a hickory BBQ bacon cheeseburger basted with special sauces, caramelized onions and topped with smoked bacon and melted cheese. Vegetarians need not despair ‘cause there is plenty of fare to feed you too, the ‘MCB’ and ‘Jolie’ burgers are great veggie stomach stuffers. If your cravings call for more than just a burger, Xavs has plenty more options on the menu in the form of some fantastic entrees, pizzas, pastas, salads, sandwiches, hotdogs and desserts. The seafood on the menu is sourced from the Indian Ocean so expect to find the distant exotic relatives of our local catch, in the form of Mahi Mahi, Himalayan trout, Sand lobsters and Langoustines! route66 hickory barbeque burger
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The trendy bistro, in the heart of downtown Panjim is fast becoming a favorite hangout spot for Goa’s young hipsters. Set in a 100 year old villa is this contemporary restobar that puts you in a New York state of mind. ‘Adequately plush and infinitely laid back’ aptly describes the ambiance at The Black Sheep Bistro also known colloquially as BSB- the perfect spot to kick back over pitchers of Sangrias and tapas. After- work hours in the rain will never be the same without ‘The Dill fling’ or ‘The Paan’ BSB’s freshly muddled, handcrafted cocktails. Sabreen and Prahlad Sukhtankar, the brains behind the bistro have nurtured this Black Sheep into existence through their shared passion for food and wine. The couple met when they were studying at Les Roches the famed culinary school in Switzerland. Through the years they have managed luxury hotels like the Four Seasons across Europe and North America before returning home to Goa. Their passion for what they do is evident in the way Prahlad describes every dish on the menu; the way the flavors of each dish are balanced out; the fact that they only use ingredients that are locally sourced within 100 miles of the bistro and the fact that they have gone beyond conventional cuisine to create contemporary fusion food inspired by their world travels. The Sukhtankars have added unusual twists to suit the Indian palate giving the people of Goa a shot at high end dining at very down- to-earth rates. 126
At the Black Sheep Bistro you will discover all kinds of forgotten local flavors like the absolutely delicious and relatively unknown fish- treadfin bream, sole and kalundra. The specials change often, depending on the fresh wholesome produce available at the local markets. At present you will find Mangilal mangoes tucked in ‘Mangi Hilario Rolls’, ‘Medium rare local Big Eye Tataki’ tuna, the decadent ‘Saunaalo’ threadfin bream pan-seared with french beans, sweet potato mash, mango karam and Kerala spiced caramelized onions. The Sukhtankar’s quirky take on food can be seen in the ‘Inspired Chorizo Pav’ this hot favorite at the bistro has some juicy Goan chorizo, caramelized onions and dark chocolate shavings tucked in Peter’s homemade poi. Prahlad also a certified sommelier has been kind enough to recommend wine pairings for each dish. You should definitely try out the unique ‘wine flight’ concept available at the bistro. The menu contains a long worldly list of wines, single malts, world whiskeys, fine Scottish blends, pilsners, pale ales and stouts both domestic and international. The Black Sheep Bistro is presently open from 7pm to 11pm for dinner, after which you can continue snacking and drinking until 1 am. Women of Goa please note that the bistro is a safe haven for you get happy high with your gal pals; it is also touted to be a great place to make new friends. We suggest you book your table and make a beeline to BSB ASAP. Average meal for two- INR 1200/-
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