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Saturday, August 08, 2009

The Greatest Konkani Song Hits

Goanetter Francis Rodrigues (Vasco/Toronto) unveils his book,
The Greatest Konkani Song Hits. Launch dates: Goa (Kala
Academy) on 9 Aug. 4 pm. U.K. (Staines) on 15 Aug. Canada on
20 Aug and US on 30 Aug. Details:

* FIRST time ever - all original best-selling music of the last fifty
years, not just Konkani, but even Portuguese and Swahili! Unavailable
music of Chris Perry, Frank Fernand, Wilfy Rebimbus, M. Boyer, Alfred
Rose, H. Britton, Fadhili Williams, Henry D'Souza, B. Magno, Los
Payos, Paulo Borges, Manuel Alphonso, Silviano Barbosa, Romeo Mendes,
Reginald Fernandes, etc!

* SHEET-MUSIC - available for the very first time - transcribed
perfectly note-for-note. Songs include: "Cathrina", "Adeus Korchea
Vellar", "Claudia", "Mog Tuzo Kithlo Axelom", "Lisboa", "Kampala",
"Sacrament Zoddlo", "Bandra Festak", "Mollbailo Dou", "Malaika" "Maria
Isabel", "Encosta Tua Cabecinha", "Cecilia", "Mogacho Divo", "Proud To
Be A Goan", "Marialina", "Maria Pitache", "Calangute", "Bebdo",
"Sweater Kori", Tambdde Roza", "Hanv Saiba", "Don Kallzam", etc.

* CHORDS - not only have the chords been annotated to the music, but
intricate chord-diagrams supplied throughout each song! The songs can
now even be accompanied by harmonic instruments without sheet- music
like the piano, accordion, keyboard, guitar, etc.

* GUITAR TAB: For bands/groups worldwide, separate music in tablature
for the guitar are a stunning addition!

* LYRICS - original and authentic, cross-referenced from myriad
sources, conveying both the composer's intentions and the background
behind each song!

* TRANSLATIONS - a fantastic innovation, worth many times the cost of
the book! Each song has not only been beautifully and accurately
translated, but the translations have been set to verse/rhymed - now
not only can the songs be poetically re-sung in English, but bring our
music to the doorsteps of the world!

* PROGRAM NOTES - another superb plus, original and detailed
historical liner-notes, anecdotes, painstakingly cross-checked and
researched from numerous sources, to not only authenticate the
background, but illuminate the legend behind each song!

* FREE DVD: a priceless bonus!! ALL the songs have been filmed
performed by Canadian master pianist Victor Martins, so you can
observe close-up in intricate detail how to perform this superb music.
The invaluable DVD cost alone is worth its weight in gold!

* RELEASE: the book is being released worldwide for World Goa Day on
20 August, 2009.

Launch copies available in Goa at Pedro Fernandes and Furtados
(Panjim). International orders will be filled online, so please
register free here to be informed of availability. Or drop us a line
to register, at

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Documentary images of high tide in Mumbai & Bandra-Worli Sea

Mumbai had recently witnessed high tide waves measuring 5.05 meters which was rated as tide of the century.

During the tide I visited the fishing community of Worli village, Mumbai to find out how they had cope with the tide. I bring you documentary images of the high tide in Mumbai.

Another event that took place in Mumbai was the coming up of long waited Bandra-Worli Sea link. Here is the link to the series of images on the Sea link.

My friend and colleague Rajen Nair would like to share this documentary in picture form with you.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Gluten-free Indian Food!

At Last!!!!!! Now here is something I can REALLY sink my teeth into! Shabash!!!!!!!!!

Gluten-free Indian food

Friday, July 24, 2009

Konkani Song Book

Greatest Konkani Song Hits - Newsletter

The girl was slender with the most beautiful tresses. The boy was tall and tanned and fell in love with her poetry. When they finally met it was love at first sight, but......

Her father would have none of it!

So they fled to Italy, and Elisabeth and Robert Browning became the most famous Romantic poets in history. And she wrote these magical lines for him -

"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways..."

Almost a hundred and thirty years later another young poet from Mangalore, India, also wrote -

"How do I love thee? And yet I cannot have..." Mog tuzo kithlo axelom, thitloi labonk na maka

Wilfy Rebimbus was asked to compose the music for the 1977 Konkani movie "Mog ani Moipass", out of which emerged this fabulous melody.

A unique Indian flavour in a Western tune....

And therein lies the beauty of Konkani music. But you don't have to elope to grab this lovely!

"Mog Tuzo Kithlo Axelom" is another diamond from the "Greatest Konkani Song Hits, Vol.1" SongBook, coming your way on 20 August.

Enjoy the full version on the free DVD included with the sheet-music, lyrics, chords, etc.:

Konkani Song Book #16

The countdown's on!

Twenty-eight, twenty-seven......


Musically yours,

P.S. The SongBook's Goa launch is on Sunday 9
August at the Kala Academy at 4 pm. Free concert,
free refreshments, free autographs - make a date!


Monday, July 20, 2009

Dark Horse Adaptations

Hi all,

When you get a chance, please check out my new blog, which advertises my professional proofreading and copy writing service.

Dark Horse Adaptations

Friday, June 12, 2009

The Loudest Firecracker

Here is an excerpt from the review and interview with author Arun Krishnan and his book The Loudest Firecracker.

Arun Krishnan is the author of the The Loudest Firecracker , an interesting tale told through the eyes of ten-year-old Siddharth, complete with the perfect blend of wit and somberness. It centers on the repercussions of an untimely firecracker blast at the end of a cricket match between India and Pakistan - tragically turning Siddharth’s life upside-down.

Read in its entirety here

Friday, May 29, 2009

Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Last night, 13-year-old Kavya Shivashankar won the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Aishwarya Pastapur, also 13, finished in third place. This is the second consecutive year that an Indian-American competitor has won. She's the eighth Indian-American overall to win; the first was Balu Natarajan of Illinois in 1985.

Read coverage and commentary by SAJAforum editor ARUN VENUGOPAL

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Radio boost for marginalised women

By Supriya Menon
BBC India Business Report

In the hot and arid countryside of Andhra Pradesh, T Manjula goes from house to house checking the year's harvest.

Born on the fringes of Indian society, she has fought her way up through hard work and guts.

A volunteer with the Deccan Development Society (DDS), she now tries to help other poor women, most of whom are Dalits, the lowest group in the Indian social hierarchy.

Full Article

Monday, May 25, 2009

Gluten-free India

Here is an interesting travel log for gluten-free eating in India. It's called
Gluten-Free India

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Travel Tips: Discovering India

India is a beautiful country with many hidden treasures dotted all over. The best way to discover this country is to travel by rail or road. Here are some tips to make your travel safe and hassle free. Read on.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

One Child Lost is One Too Many

Every 25 seconds someone dies as a result of an unsafe injection - this film highlights the problem, and an address from Kiran Bedi provides the solution.

Please watch this important film. Then to find out more, please visit SafePointFilms

Sachin - The deadly push - SafePoint Films

Monday, April 20, 2009

My new Bollywood Column!

I just starting writing for a desi magazine in Florida, USA. It's called CityMasala. My first Bollywood column appeared this month. Please check it out and let me know what you think of it.

Access Bollywood

Monday, March 16, 2009


Masala Chai or Masala Tea is a very popular beverage in the Indian subcontinent and it is good for health too

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Thursday, February 05, 2009

D O U G H. Near Jodhpur

A Rajasthani woman preparing the dough to make Millet chapatis in a farm south of Jodhpur.

Delhi from a rickshaw

Delhi from a rickshaw
Originally uploaded by wili_hybrid
Looks like a painting.

Dance Pose

Originally uploaded by Haleona

Simplified Beauty

Originally uploaded by Haleona

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

The Loudest Firecracker: Arun Krishnan's Debut Novel

Newly Released - Arun Krishnan's debut book - The Loudest Firecracker - Order it today!


It is India versus Pakistan and as the excitement soars in the final over of a memorable cricket match, ten-year-old Siddharth sets off a firecracker. The blast that follows will change his life. Siddharth discovers that growing up isn’t easy: he has to handle a tragic death, his best friend is gravitating to a right wing political party, and his filmmaker father has troubles of his own as he shifts away from the commercial but lucrative world of Hindi movies; and Poona is nothing at all like Bombay.

Will tennis matches help, or can his mother’s beautifully retold myths do the trick? Will instant noodles come to Siddharth’s rescue, or will it be his old elocution standby, The Charge of the Light Brigade? In this touching, poignant and often hilarious debut novel, Arun Krishnan has created a world we all recognize, one that will appeal equally to young adults and a more mature audience.


“The novel is excellent reading for friends and family, so don’t feel scared to order more than one copy. (I think the Surgeon General recommends 4).

If those friends and family turn against you, you can use specific portions in Chapter 4 and 9 that can be read out aloud as a form of retribution (recommended by the Government as an effective alternative to water-boarding).”

Monday, February 02, 2009

Tunnel Portal

Tunnel Portal
Originally uploaded by t_davis45
Although this is in Florida, Massachusetts, USA, it reminds me of the train scene in Dil Se.

Beautiful Sunset

Beautiful Sunset
Originally uploaded by Sujith..
Wish I was there.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Chicken Tanduri Full (9 pcs)

Ok now I'm HUNGRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Goa, India - Nature

Goa, India - Nature
Originally uploaded by Joel's Goa Pics
Simply Gorgeous!

Vasco da Gama

Vasco da Gama
Originally uploaded by joegoauk1
I LOVE trains!

Indian Proverb - the cracked pot

"But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us." ~2 Corinthians 4:7~

There is an ancient Indian proverb that tells as follows:

A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the masters house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water in his masters house.

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. "I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you."

"Why?" asked the bearer. "What are you ashamed of?"

"I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your masters house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don't get full value from your efforts." The pot said.

The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his compassion he said, "As we return to the masters house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path."

Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again the Pot apologized to the bearer for its failure.

The bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path, but not on the other pots side? That's because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you've watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my masters table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house."

There is an obvious moral to the story. God can even use flawed creatures like us. Our inadequacies do not stop God from fulfilling His purpose for us. That is enough cause to rejoice!

But let's think further and deeper. God does not settle for us because He has nothing better to work with; it is not as if He resigns and says, "Well, it's the best I can do with what I created! I guess I'll just have to be content with who they turned out to be!" Do we think that God is not sovereign? On the contrary! God has ordained the situations and pain and cracks and brokenness in our lives because it is what brings Him the most glory.

We are to live fully as broken vessels. Beautiful vessels. Vessels that let the Living Water drip from our jars of clay to produce flowers along the path that we travel.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

My Little Pakora - Organic Living

I just came across the cutest, most innovative website for parents who want to raise "green" babies. My Little Pakora, an organic children’s clothing retailer and online multi-cultural resource center, blends the latest information about organic and sustainable lifestyles with the uniquely similar cultural traditions of South Asia and other cultures around the world.

Sonia Gupta is the creator of My Little Pakora (the nickname for her daughter Anika) It is a site dedicated to creating fun, while offering South Asian inspired clothing that is eco-friendly for pakoras of all sizes. Please visit their website for organic baby clothing and educational material.

The article on appeared in INDIA New England Newspaper. You can read the entire INEN article here.

First Konkani animation film focuses on Goa environment

Finally a film about Goa and in the Konkani language. Although it is an animation film, it will still address the issues of the environment surrounding the state of Goa. Here is an excerpt of the article.

"Groundwater contamination, mega residential projects, killing of frogs for meat - all this and more find voice in the first ever Konkani animation film 'Saimakaden Samvad' that focuses on environmental degradation in the coastal state of Goa, famous for its beaches.

Directed and scripted by Rajshree Bandodkar Karapurkar, a physics lecturer and Konkani sci-fi writer, the 20-minute short animation film echoes the intensified contemporary tussle between nature and rampant unplanned development, which has been the cause of prolonged civil unrest in Goa of late."

To read the rest of the story, please click here.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Software reviews: Rosetta Stone Hindi

I just finished by review on the Rosetta Stone Hindi Language program. Here are the opening statements.

"Rosetta Stone Hindi (or any of their 30 language courses) uses an amazing system of teaching the language to a child or an adult. Without having any previous knowledge of Hindi, it is possible to master the language using the five-step method:

Dynamic Immersion"

If you would like to read the full article, please go here. Thank you.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Palbasha's Album Releases Soon!

This is a new song called Ei Amake by Palbasha and Imon... enjoy it... It is from her first album Audhora, coming out this February!

Monday, January 05, 2009

Nutrition Book for Indians

AAPI NUTRITION BOOK - A comprehensive nutrition book for all who are of Indian origin

"Nutrition guide for Indians compiled by outstanding dietitians" Presented by Thakor G. Patel, MD MACP Advisor, Public Health Committee and Shardad Lakhampal, MD - President, AAPI

Introduction: Sudha Raj PhD RD
Heart Disease: Geeta Sikand MA RD FADA CDE
North Indian Cuisine: Madhu Gadia MS RD CDE
Nepali Cuisine: Suraj Mathema MS RD CDN MBA
Oriya & Bengali Cuisine: Ranjita Misra PhD CHES
South Indian Cuisine: Nirmala Ramasubramanian MS RD CDN CDE
Maharashtrain Cuisine: Keya Deshpande MS
Gujarati Cuisine: Rita (Shah) Batheja MS RD CDN
Choosing Healthy Snacks: Janaki N. Sengupta MSc RD CDN
Desserts of India: Sharmila Chatterjee MSc MS RD
Low Fat Cooking & How to Modify a Recipe: Nimesh Bhargava MS RD CNSD MBA
Managing Your Menu is an Indian Restaurant: Karmeen Kulkarni MS RD CD CDE BC-ADM
Summary: Padmini Balagopal MS B.ED RD CDE IBCLC
Exchange Lists for Indians with Diabetes: Chhaya Patel MA RD CSR
Glossary: Nirmala Abraham MS RD & Theja Mahalingaiah MA RD CFPP
Diabetes Information in English and 5 Regional Languages

You can download it from following links:


The Story of India

The Story of India by Michael Wood is a six-part documentary on PBS here in the States. It will be telecast for 3 Mondays in a row - Jan. 5, Jan 12, and Jan 19. from 9-11 EST (two parts each night). Don't miss it. The official website for the show with resources for teachers, tell your story of growing up in India section, ask Michael questions and more can be found here

You can also by the book and the entire series on DVD. So learn something new about India tonight.

The soundtrack can be found on iTunes. Enjoy!