Ask an Indian this question. The most likely answer is no. Ask a Brit the same question and he certainly would say that there is a lot to see and do. What if we ask this question to a Saudi? Well, I will come to the most probable answer immediately.Thirty six years have elapsed since I first set my foot in 1977 on the pearly island of Manama, the capital of Bahrain. Like for most travelers, Bahrain was one of three transit airports in a long journey to my final destination in a southern state of United States of America. The others were London and New York.
Hilda Dsouza down to earth lady and enterprising working as a Finance Manager for one of the leading cleaning companies in U.A.E. WEST COAST CO. L.L.C. dealing with Cleaning and Environmental Services and having employed more than 7500 employees in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Hilda was born in Pidamale, Niddodi, Mangalore and did her Education in Mahaveera College Moodabidriand did her MBA in Finance.
Few weeks back, when I had to go to Bangalore to attend my late brother’s first death anniversary memorial mass, my sister-in-law on phone asked me to get the Soursop also known as the fruit from the Graviola tree, called ‘Vodamba’ in the local language here. When asked the reason, she said that one of her acquaintances who has been the victim of cancer had requested her to get the Soursop fruit and leaves of the plant if possible as it is believed that the Soursop is 10,000 times more effective cancer killer than the chemotherapy. [By Dr. Eugene DSouza]
“Don’t be overconfident of winning, because Raju Shetty is in the rival team…” This warning used to be common in practically all Kabaddi tournaments in Maharashtra from 1966 to 1977. The fans of Raju Shetty used to come in large numbers when the ace Kabaddi player used to play in tournaments. They would cheer when Raju would smash all the six players at one go. They would be spellbound, when Raju who was weighing 105 kilograms like a hungry tiger would jump 5.5 feet high. The daily newspapers used to carry reports along with pictures of Raju of his prowess in Kabaddi [By Ashwin Lawrence]
They give us Indians visa on arrival in Bangkok. Deplane and follow fellow Indians. If you erred in answering nature’s call, brushing your teeth or freshening you after a red-eye midnight night flight from Mumbai, don’t make the second mistake: Seek help from Information desk. The ladies manning those counters at Suvernabhumi Airport speak no English.Instead, wander around a bit, look for signs, find them and follow. Q-up, have patience, documents pre-checks and waiting to be called for stamping visa is serious consular business. [By Philip Mudartha]
Khain Properties, city’s prominent builder, are proud to be the Title Sponsors of the hit TV show ‘Bale Thelipaale Season 2.’ The show is in its second season and hugely popular among native Tulu-speaking communities in the coastal Karnataka, GCC countries, Mumbai and other towns and cities across India. It has got record-breaking hits in social media all over the world.
Politics makes strange bed-fellows. The irony is that sworn enemies of Indian politics, BJP and INC, embraced in a Valentines act. Their mission: to prevent tabling of Delhi Jan Lok Pal (DJLP) Bill-2014 in Delhi NCT legislative assembly by arch-rival AAP. Their argument:a CM sworn to protect the constitution has to obey its interpretation by union government. Both BJP and INC say they are against corruption. Both say they have the guts to send the corrupt to jail [By Philip Mudartha]
As the Valentine’s Day (February 14) approaches, souvenir shops are busy stocking ‘Valentine’s Day’ memorabilia, spouses and young lovers who have been following the ‘Valentine’s Day’ tradition have great expectations from their counterparts as to how they would manifest their love and affection towards them on this special day. On the other hand, the right-wing activists who have been not only opposed but have had the tradition of disrupting such ‘un-Indian’ culture have been sharpening their claws to pounce upon shops selling any symbol of expression of love-may be heart shaped or any kind of Valentine Cards, memorabilia or even roses meant for the Valentine’s Day [By Dr. Eugene DSouza]
Award-winning sculptor and stone mason Delayne Corbett has spent the last few months in Kuwait as part of an international team building the world’s largest sand sculpture park for the Remal International Sand and Light Sculpture Festival at P2BK (Proud to be Kuwaiti) 2014 in Kuwait. Corbett, who is from Canada worked on the project creating massive sculptures, which is considered to be among the largest ever constructed. Modeled on around 40 different scenes from the famous book, ”Elf layla wa Layla” (1001 Nights), the sand sculptures take around 28,000 square meters[By John V Tauro]
I arrive at IGI Airport in Delhi and rush through its swanky terminal 3 with both pride and awe. The terminal is one of the best in the world. It is spick clean and shining. It is efficient. I walk the red carpet to the Meru Cab booking desk, sign a register, and escorted to the back seat of a clean air-conditioned cab. I spend twelve minutes of the journey admiring the broad expressway, the glass and steel office buildings, the star hotels and flyovers. I befriend the cabbie. When we arrive at my destination 12 minutes later, I have a fairly good idea of life of an aamaadmi in the capital[By Philip Mudartha]
The first Bishop of Chikmagalur Diocese and presently Archbishop Emeritus of Bangalore Most Rev. Dr. Alphonse Mathias completes 50 years of being ordained a Bishop on 5 February 2014. His Episcopal ordination had taken place on 5 February 1964 and he had served the then newly formed Chikmagalur Diocese for 23 years and was later appointed as the Archbishop of Bangalore in1986 and served the Archdiocese for 12 years till 1998. [By Dr. Eugene DSouza]
The General Elections are round the corner. The country is on election mode for more than a year now. Larger than life cut-outs of Narendra Modi have been glaring down at us in most towns and village nukkads in battlefield states all over the country. No to be left behind, Rahul Gandhi too flashes his Amul Baby Charm benevolently at us. Have you heard of AAP? I asked the stranger sitting next to me in a rickety bus plying through Moodubelle. He retorted: Yes, my knee is weak at 65, but my mind is sharp. I probed him further: Tell me then why AAP and Kejriwal are not on billboards in this region?[By Philip Mudartha]
It is heartening to witness and experience the emergence of a number young talented artists especially in the field of singing and music in Konkani language. The tradition of Mangalorean Konkani Music that had been set in motion by legendary composers and singers such as late Jerome D’Souza, Henry D’Souza and late ‘Konkan Kogul’ Wilfy Remimbus has been continued by a score of young composers and singers who have been making waves in live concerts as well as by bringing out CDs. Among these present talented composers and singers Prajoth D’Sa...
In the beginning, there was chai paani. It matriculated into karcha paani, and later graduated into tel aur makkan. Before we could wink, small time greasing of palms of officials and politicians turned a demon known as large scale corruption in every sphere of our life; both in private and public affairs.Then a little more than three years ago, private murmurs and public grievances gave birth to India Against Corruption (IAC) led by Anna Hazare. [By Philip Mudartha]
Attur-Karkala: Expansion work in full-swing at St. Lawrence Shrine in anticipation of large number of Pilgrims
With the beginning of the nine days long novena to prepare spiritually, the countdown for the grand annual feast of the Shrine of St. Lawrence at Attur-Karkala has begun since Sunday, 19 January 2014. However, since November 2013, expansion work at the shrine to accommodate the ever increasing devotees of St. Lawrence and pilgrims has been going on under the instructions of the Bishop of Udupi, Most Rev. Dr. Gerald Isaac Lobo and the direction of the dynamic parish priest of Attur Rev. Fr. George D’Souza, who had taken charge as the Rector of the Shrine since 1 June 2013. [By Dr. Eugene DSouza]