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Monthly E-Newsletter for Members of YGC

Issue 012–April 2018

Insight: TUMKANCH LAGON AMI All coverage from the event

(Page 3-5) UPCOMING EVENT May Queen Ball 2018 (Page 6-7) EXPLORING GOA

Galgibaga Beach (Page 8)


Nightlife in Goa (Page 9-10)

YGC EXTRA Adieus Lucio! (Page 11) SHC SPOTLIGHT Direct from the Church (Page 13) and Other Exciting Features


EDITORS: Chris Noronha Silvester Mascarenhas Blake Dsouza LAYOUT & DESIGN BY: Blake Dsouza NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY:

Young Goans Club P.O.BOX 20390 Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain President: Noel Fernandes Vice President: Steven Dias

The Young Goans Club in Bahrain was established in the year 1953 with a motto ‘UNITY IS STRENGTH’. It is one of the oldest Expatriate club formed and also the only Registered Goan community club in Bahrain and follows the guidelines for expat clubs, established by the Government of Bahrain. The club hosts various Goan Traditional festivals & events like feasts, Carnival and Cultural, Culinary & Sporting activities. It serves as a place for the lonely Goan expatriate worker to visit and mingle with fellow Goans as well as families and children to get together for various Goan activities. YGC aims to foster and maintain the Goan fraternal identity among all in the Goan community in Bahrain, which is what makes its events that much more enjoyable and programs that much more meaningful.

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YGC MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA 2018 On Thursday, 5th April Konkani culture came alive with a unique live performance at the Young Goans Musical Extravaganza entitled “Tumkanch Lagon Ami” which was held at the Indian Club. It encompassed all the genres of Konkani Music performed across the globe and was directed by Maestro Shahu Almeida. With stars from Goa, Kuwait, Qatar, United Kingdom, the Cayman Islands as well as some well-known local artistes, the Goan/Konkani speaking community was treated to a truly enjoyable evening. Music and laughter echoed through the halls with hilarious comedy by Comedians John D’Silva and Prince Jacob, performances by mimicry artiste AmreshKamat from Qatar, SanioFernandes from Dubai, Agnel D’Souza from the United Kingdom as well as performers from Kuwait Gracy Rodrigues, Clemmie Almeida, Exparansa, Katty de Navelim, Gaspar Crasto, Seby & Seby and the renowned Kuwait Trio consisting of Cajetan de Sanvordem, Mario de Majorda and Michael D’Silva. Songs with a truly unique blend of many facets were performed by other artistes such as Rafael Noel from the Cayman Islands and upcoming political sensation Alison Gomes, aka Junior Francis de Tuem who made his debut on the Bahrain stage. Local artistes Ophelia, Quixote D’Cruz along with their youngest son Shawnel, and MeninoFernandes also entertained the audience. During a short break, there was a felicitation of the Chief Guest, MLA of Curtorim Mr. Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco………....(who else???) Our thanks and appreciation goes out to all our sponsors, well-wishers and attend-


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The re-elected Executive Committee of the Young Goans Club, will be organizing the annual YGC May Queen Ball on Thursday, 10th May commencing from 8pm onwards at the Indian Club in Manama. As part of the festivities, all ladies are invited to participate in the search for the May Queen 2018. This annual celebration of the club has become one of the major events of the year with women from all over the globe with various nationalities vying against each other with their beauty as well as their brains. In addition to the May Queen, gifts will also be awarded to the 1st Runner Up, 2nd Runner Up, Best Smile and Best Hairdo with prizes in gold, cash, electronics and air tickets up for grabs. For the undecided, there will be a professional local choreographer who will conduct training and grooming sessions. Last date for registration is 1st May. Highlights of this event include the crowning of the Queen, a lavish buffet, spot prizes throughout the evening, music and dancing. Please contact Mob. 35140559 or 32156029 for further details. Page 6



SLENZITTA DCRUZ (MAY QUEEN 2017): A beauty pageant brings out the type of personality, sense of humour and bravery to stand for a cause, it requires self-confidence, inner strength and determination. Its a combination of beauty and brain. Look at this platform as an opportunity more than a competition and most importantly, be yourself, smile and have courage. Wishing all the May Queen contestants best of luck in the light of individuality and glamour. ROANNA MIRANDA (1st RUNNER-UP): It was just a year being in Bahrain when i heard about the May Queen Pageant being conducted by the Young Goans Club. From the time we had the first meeting to the practices we had & the mentoring by the seniors, all helped in creating a big impact on how i presented myself.So Girls, this is your time, give it your best. im sure you’ll have a great time like i did! Believe in yourself and all the best.Thanks YGC once again for this opportunity & this memory will be cherished. ANUSHA JOSEPH (2nd RUNNER-UP): May Queen held by Young Goans Club gives you a great platform for women to come up with their skills and enrich their confidence. It was filled with amazing memories and Page experiences.



GALGIBAGA – TURTLE BEACH IN SOUTH GOA Galgibaga Beach or as it is also called Galgibagh Beach is located in the south of Goa in Canacona region. Galgibaga Beach is also known as the Turtle Beach and is one of three other Goa beaches (alongside with Agonda and Morjim Beaches), where the state forest department runs a conservation program for the protection & preservation of the Olive Ridley sea-turtles due to their dwindling numbers. The whole northern part of this beautiful beach is used for turtles nesting. The beach strip is about 1.7 km long and is covered with dense pine vegetation. The place is almost empty and has a kind of sharp entering into the Sea. Swimming here isn’t very safe at times, yet with its beautiful and serene natural charm it offers holiday-makers great pleasure from lazing around and swimming in the waters of this paradise resort. In the southern part of the Galgibaga Beach there are a few thatched-palm leaf / bamboo shacks with little basic menus of different dishes and drinks. These are reasonably priced and affordable. There are however not so many places to stay-in there: there are few comfortable huts at the beach, some nice & suitable villas in the village and a small family hotel not so far away from the afore-mentioned villas. The beautiful Galgibaga Beach resort is really an amazing place for a peaceful, quiet and leisurely hangout with its comfortable environs offering swimming, sunbathing, golden soft sand and warm soothing Arabian Sea waters. A must try destination for those who desire to experience nature at is best & closest without the usually heavy holiday costs... What else Page would one need for an unforgettable holiday? 8



Dubbed as the party capital of India, Goa is very famous among tourists for its intoxicating nightlife. Though nightlife is not so popular in India, it is very much accepted in Goa, which bears much of the Portuguese influence. Goa is the place to be if you want to let your hair down and enjoy yourself. Goa is a paradise for party goers. Parties are considered to be another name to Goa. This is because the hippie culture which has been present in the state since the 60’s. It’s not unusual to see Goan families for a night out of fun & merriment. As the sun goes down, the night in Goa comes to life with rave and vibrant parties, the various beaches transform themselves into an altogether different world at night. If you’re a party animal than Goa is definitely the place to be. There are plenty to choose from you can sit and listen to the sound of live entertainment or dance your way at one of the many clubs. Regardless of your pleasure, you are bound to have the time of your life. Even the developed metros cannot compete with the nightlife of Goa. Visitors and locals throng to the nightclubs in Goa and party the night away. Undoubtedly the beaches are very popular, but what makes them popular is the never dying party spirit of the people. Ever since the hippies made Goa their hangout zone, partying has come to be an integral part. The laws of the state are liberal with alcohol; you can get a drink at almost any spot in the state. However, it is strictly against drunken driving, nudity, and drugs. The pounding music system on the beach, it’s a rave party venue around Christmas and New Year. Thousands of tourist flock into Goa during this time. It is said to be the best time to be in Goa, as the most happening events take place during this time of the year. You are definitely assured to have a really good time.

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CONTINUED... ‘Trance’ is the unique Goan style of music developed by local music bands. Night clubs in Goa celebrate parties, which are now called as trance parties with dance and live bands performing, and controlled drinking. Anjuna also was known as the ‘Freak capital of the world’ is popular for it’s all night long trance parties. But it’s not just Anjuna raving with parties, Calangute, Baga, Colva, Dona Paula is all party points. In south Goa, nightclubs are mostly limited to the five-star hotels, which all have their own clubs, bars and sometimes gaming rooms. And as you had expected, these are frequently visited by hotel guests, well groomed Indian and foreign tourists. But they are open to any decently dressed person. The party scene in the south of Goa is compact enough to make finding the party quite straightforward. But in the north, you are going to need to put in some effort. A few obvious spots for picking up the scent of out-of-the-way parties are the Saturday night bazaar in Arpora. Anjuna’s Wednesday market, which is a popular flea market close to the Anjuna beach, it really picks up a beat on Wednesdays, when the market crowd redeploys here to continue the revelry, and the sunset scene is a virtual tourist cliché. If you are tired exploring Goa throughout the day and are in no mood for a party or if you’re looking for something relaxing than heading down to a beach party is definitely not advisable. Goa has something to offer to everyone. You could spend the evening savoring on some zesty seafood and chilled beer in a beachside shack. The shack owners in the evening organize bonfires and beachside barbecues. Just look for a shack and enjoy the fire, take your guitar or listen to recorded Goan trance. Or better still sit listening to the waves sipping your cocktail. For a truly out of world experience and a party in a different way try the Goa night cruises. Several options are available on Mandovi River. Music, dance, drink and food all are included in the ticket or else take a luxury yacht. The journey will take you through the lights of Panjim – Miramar, on one hand, and Aguada fort and Reis Magos on the other side. You can also hire a private yacht for party purposes or other such affairs. Now whether you want to party all night long or just relax under the moonlight is up to you. You will definitely enjoy your stay in Goa and more importantly the nightlife of Goa. A state that believes in partying for almost every occasion, the nightlife of Goa is sure to remain etched in your memory for a long time to come.

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Lucio Noronha, a well known DJ here in Bahrain is bidding goodbye to the island soon. Apart from being an active member of the YGC Bahrain, he also played for many of our events in the past. He’s wife; Velly and daughter’s Evita and Olivia will continue to stay back on the island. Th Executive committee of the YGC would like to wish him all the very best in his future endevours.


Jerolyn Dsouza loving wife of Fredrick Dsouza and loving Mother of Jo nella/John, Jocelyn & Jacob passed away on 12th April in Bahrain. Her funeral was held on 16th April at 3pm at the Sacred Heart Church Bahrain followed by burial at Salmabad. Being a member of Young Goans Club, the Executive Committee of the YGC would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family of the deceased and may her soul rest in peace.

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Shawnel Dcruz, 7 year old son of konkani stage mogi’s Ophelia & Quixote at the recent Musical Show ‘TUMKANCH LAGON AMI’ by Maestro Shahu Almeida organizied by Young Goans Club, Bahrain. Shawnels older sister Slenzitta Dcruz also a promising konkani stage artist bagged the Young Goans Club May Queen crown last year. A truly talented family exemplifying true love for Amchi Maim Bhas Konkani.


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GOAN CHICKEN CURRY Ingredients: 1 kilogram chicken breast (cut in bite size pieces) 1 large onion (chopped fine) 1 tablespoon ginger/garlic paste (ginger/garlic paste recipe) 3 medium potatoes (cut in cubes) 1 tomato (chopped fine), 1 can coconut milk (400ml) 1 cube chicken stock , salt to taste Masala Ingredients (to grind): 1 tablespoon coriander seeds, 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, 1 teaspoon turmeric 1 inch cinnamon, 5 cardamom, 5 cloves and 5 peppercorn. Directions: 1. Prep your ingredients and spices before you begin to save time while cooking. 2. Marinate the chicken for half hour with the ginger/garlic paste and one teaspoon salt. 3. Grind the masala ingredients to a fine powder. 4. Heat a little oil in a pan, and saute the onions. 5. Once the onions start to brown, add in the ground masala and fry for a few minutes on medium heat. 6. Add the chopped tomatoes next. 7. The chicken stock cube can go in as well. 8. Add the chicken next and fry for a few minutes, so that the spice mix coats the chicken well. 9. Add a cup of water to the pan and mix well. 10. Add the coconut milk before the mix gets too hot. Mix well. 11. Add the potatoes to the curry mix. Cover and let cook until the potatoes are done.

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Sneak Peak into activities of Sacred Heart Church Bahrain

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Ygc newsletter april 2018  
Ygc newsletter april 2018