Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Are Balla

Are Balla, sarke vatten chol
Xetan Bhat piklam pol
Fuddlea mirgak xet roi
Khandar gheun pan-kudoi
Magir tum painnean dhol
Futtu-futtu zata ge maim iede ratiku
Xezarnilo Pedru maim marta Mariku
Are Balla...
2a) Itlo temp khuim re tum aslo Nareshu
Voilea bhattan bandla vhoddlo khurisu
b) Vhoddlo khurisu bandla Bambolim
Libramento fest zata ganvan Benaulim
2c a) Udentiku udela suria
Dongor zhaddam sorvbhonvtim doria
b) Ponnje than adlea Goeam kednaim pavon sorxi
Igorzo-konvent polloun zaiat dhadoxi
3a) Cholon-cholon cholon votan paiank aile foddu
Disui bhor chint'tam boson khoponk nam goddu
Asnoddea ganvan gel'lim hanv, thuim ailem moddu
b) Sukoi sukoi re baba sukoi sukoi
Kongottche bangdde haddun sukoi sukoi

Ghoddpi: Jackson Dias
Gavpi: Astria & Carran
This manddo is dedicated to Musical Warriors and to all Goans.

Sherlock Holmes & The Sherlock Holmes Society

Jackson Dias

For a century, people faced with a perplexing problem have written to the great detective Sherlock Holmes at 21 Baker Street, London. They appear undeterred by the fact that Holmes is an entirely fictional character.
At the Baker Street address, there is a Sherlock Holmes Museum, where the rooms at his fictitious lodgings have been lovingly recreated with furniture, paintings, newspapers, and odds and ends of the time.
The Sherlock Holmes Society of London is devoted to studying the detective and his colleague Dr. Watson, with due acknowledgement to their creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The society, which has a reputation for scholarship and dedicated research into aspects of life in the Victorian and Edwardian times, has a worldwide membership.

Brilliant Scholar
Conan Doyle was a keen sportsman and brilliant scholar. He studies medicine at the university in his home town of Edinburgh where he met Dr. Joseph Bell, who had some of the uncanny investigative and observational ability which Sherlock Holmes was later to display.
After qualifying and some adventures as a doctor on an Arctic whaling ship, followed by a voyage to West Africa – Conan Doyle set up practice in Southsea in southern England. Despite his busy schedule, he still had time for writing. He had set his mind on creating a detective who would have the analytical ability of Dr. Joseph Bell, and hit upon the name Sherlock Holmes. Such a detective would need a less-inspired sidekick and a rather ponderous doctor, named Dr. John Watson.

Great Success
As well as developing Sherlock Holmes, Conan Doyle was working on a novel Micah Clarke, set in the 17th century. This novel became a great success and the Holmes stories began making such an impact that Conan Doyle found that he could almost name his own price for them.
But ironically, he got tired of the character, and in the story “The Final Problem” he had Holmes and his arch-rival Moriarty plunging to their deaths at the Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland.
The reading public went frantic and the people in the streets of London wore mourning bands on their sleeves. But Conan Doyle was unmoved and carried on with some more historical novels and a play. Then with the outbreak of the South African war, he volunteered for service as a doctor. He went back to Britain after the war and he stood, unsuccessfully, for Parliament.
An American publisher offered US$5,000 a story to find some means of bringing Holmes “back to life”. And a British publisher came up with another tempting financial offer. It was enough to convince him. Holmes’ dramatic fight at the Reichenbach Falls had not, it now transpired, killed him. The public crowded into the bookshops for his new adventures.
Conan Doyle was given a knighthood, not for writing the Holmes novels as everybody assumed, but for his various services in public life.

Volunteer Battalion
During World War I, Holmes formed a volunteer battalion in which he became active. He pestered the War Office with suggestions for improvements in everything from machine guns to battleships. In 1917, Holmes’ last achievement was recorded in “His Last Bow” and Doyle’s lively mind switched to a deep and sincere belief in spiritualism. He died in 1930 but interest in him continued. Watson, who appears as narrator of many of the tales, recorded his impressions: “His very person and appearance were such as to strike the attention of the most casual observer. In height he was over six feet, and so excessively lean that he seemed to be considerably taller. His eyes were sharp and piercing, and his thin hawk-like nose gave his whole expression an air of alertness and decision. Also, his chin had the prominence and squareness which mark the man of determination.”

For followers of Sherlock Holmes, life is never dull. Conan Doyle would surely have been delighted that after so many years his fictional character can still arouse such interest.

Legend of the Ring

Jackson Dias

Muhammad Ali was truly the world’s greatest boxer and an inspiration to a generation. “I am the greatest,” Ali repeatedly told the world and, to this day, many still believe he was. Ali was not only an incredible boxer but also a man who risked everything for his principles – his career, his world title, his personal relationships and also jail.

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay in 1942 to a middle class family in Louisville, Kentucky, he stumbled into boxing at the age of 12 when his bicycle was stolen and he wanted to be able to dish out some damage to the thieves should he ever catch them.

Right from the start, he was something special in the ring and in 1960 took gold at the Rome Olympics. But back home, Clay was treated like a second-class citizen, and was dependent on “white” money to continue boxing professionally.

“Floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee,” Clay was a phenomenon. He moved so fast in the ring he barely took a hit and went 18 straight matches without a defeat. In 1964 he took the world championship title from the fearsome Sonny Liston – and two days later announced his conversion to Islam and his new name: Muhammad Ali.

Often predicting the round in which he would win, Ali took on and “whupped” the best in the heavyweight division. His glittering career came to an abrupt halt in 1967, however, when he refused to join the army and fight in Vietnam on grounds of his religion. Stripped of his title, sentenced to five years in jail and banned from boxing, Ali found himself vilified in the press.

Though legal appeals kept him out of jail, he lost what would probably have been the best three years of his career before the mood of the country shifted and the Supreme Court overturned his conviction. Still unbeaten in the ring, Ali set out to regain his title from Joe Frazier, who was then the reigning champion. Though Ali’s style had noticeably altered – less footwork but greater strength – the unthinkable happened; Ali was knocked down. He refused to stay on the canvas, however, and even though Frazier won by decision Ali had gained precious respect. 

Ali continued to fight this way through the circuit and in 1974 challenged George Foreman in what was to become one of the greatest heavyweight fights – the “Rumble in the Jungle” in Zaire. Although the boxing community backed the younger Foreman, the crowd was behind Ali. “I’m the champion,” he announced, “The real champion. There will never be one like me.” Ali took a battering for the first six rounds, but finally turned the tables and floored Foreman with a colossal punch. He lost and won the world championship title one more time in the next few years, before finally retiring in 1981. Now nearing 74 and suffering from Parkinson’s disease, Ali will always be remembered for his outspoken self belief, his incredible boxing and his good looks – and, of course, for being The Greatest.

Monday, March 21, 2016

A Good Samaritan

By Lucas Matos

Jesus Christ in the parable  of a Good Samaritan tells how a wounded man was helped by the Samaritan.

First a nobleman passed, he didn’t help him. Then a  Levite priest passing by didn’t help him. A passing-by Samaritan felt pity on him, dressed his wounds and kept him in a nearby inn and paid his dues. This was a parable Jesus told in the Bible. We all are sinners, we need God’s mercy. Jesus Christ rescued a woman who committed adultery and she was brought to Jesus to  be condemned to death. Jesus Christ saved Mary Magdalene of her sins. At the dying moment of His life he forgave the right hand side thief on the cross. As poor little sinners, we need God’s Mercy.

Sudeep Dalvi was a good Samaritan for Jackson Dias, in the form of a man from somewhere who came and helped a wounded man from our village. He admitted Jackson in a hospital and then kept him at his residence at Mapuca for a couple of weeks. Sudeep’s mother also used to take care of Jackson. She used to serve food and give medicines to him in a timely manner. Jackson completed his therapy course for 14 days. Now he is back in  St. Estevam after spending some time with his friend Sudeep's place.

God has His own plan, and good Samaritans are working in this wounded world even today. May God give us an inspiration to help us to see how a man suffers physically, emotionally, socially when he is alone.

We are all sinners and we need God’s Mercy. Good Samaritans are there even today.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Oxem Kednaim Ghoddta

Jedna boball zalo Englandant goribanchea eka vattarant Englandache ranniechi dhuv bhett divpachi asli tedna hozarani lok tika pollounk toiear zalo. Punn konnakuch khobor nasli ti khuinchean ieteli poi ti. Tea vattarantlo lok gorib aslo.

Ek dis tea vattarantle eke khompttent ek ostori aplea bhurgeak gheun bhitor sorli. Te khompttent ravtelea cheddvan ticho zaito poramus kelo ani tika visov gheunk sanglem kiteak Englandache ranniechi dhuv ievpachi asa.

Tika ievkar diunk vetana sogllo lok uchamboll zalolo. Jedna lokacho zomo khomptte lagim pavlo, tea cheddvan tankam sanglem tumi fudde vochonanakat, ti fattleantuch asteli mhunn. Itlean ti ostori te khompintli bhair sorli ani lokak salam marlo. Tedna gomon ailem tich ostori Englandache ranniechi dhuv mhunn. Tem cheddum roddonk laglem ani mhunnonk laglem apnnak gomlelem ti ranniechi dhuv mhunn zalear apunn ticho anink boro poramus kortelim aslim mhunn.

Vetanam rannieche dhuven tea cheddvak ek hozar pounds dile. Ani thuinchea lokachea bhurgeank xikunk funkott pustokam dilint ani tankam adhar korunk ek scheme kaddli. Thuim ek xalla bandli ani xikovpeank ravunk sovlot (accommodation) dili. Tea vattarantlo lok zaite xekdde zale patthim (backward) aslo tea pasot ti thuim gel’li tankam adhar diunk. Aiz thoimsor don escolam asat, ek Primary ani ek High School. Hea High schoolak vhoddlem hall assa, dor Aitara don misam zatat. Ek atth horar ani dusrem dha horar. Dha horar thuim mis zata tem Katolk lokachem. Adim tankam vepar haddtolo zalear xarant vechem poddtalem. Chear horanchi vatt cholon vechem poddtalem. Atam to lok dhondo korta. Atam tankam xarant vechi goroz nam. Sokallchea sat horar tankam dudh mellta. Ikra horar nistem mellta. Nustem bhorun mottoram ietat. Football ground asa, zaite bhurge kheltat. Kaim bhurge Englandachea third divisionak khelltat. Atam to lok zonglli nam.

Oxench amchea jivitant ghoddta. Ami munxeank vollkhonanv ani te munis vhoddle zalearuch tankam respeit-man ditanv.

Jackson Dias