Goan dispora can apply for overseas citizenship of India cards in state
TNN Nov 3, 2012, 02.21AM IST

PANAJI: From December 1 this year, Goans settled abroad can now visit their home state without going through Delhi’s administration. The ministry of home affairs has decided to delegate the powers of granting of overseas citizenship of India (OCI) cards to foreign citizens of Goan origin to foreigners regional registration office (FRRO) Goa from December 1.

The Goa government has said that those interested in obtaining OCI card should apply for the same at the FRRO Goa as applications will not be accepted at the OCI cell of the ministry of home affairs at New Delhi after December 1.

A Recipe Book or an Adventure Novel?

“The Adventures of Barnaby Sprout” combines two enchanting elements – Fantasy and Food. Blend the two together and a “StoryCook” book unfolds.

Our adventure begins on a faraway magical land called Asic, the inhabitants of which, are known as Alumni. A proud bunch they are, priding themselves in all sorts of things, but most importantly, cooking exquisite delicacies! Out comes Barnaby Sprout, the youngest Alumni of the lot, but strikingly unique to the others on the land. For starters, poor Barnaby could not stir something together for the life of him.

The thing you should know about Alumni, is that when they are born, each one of them is paired with a pink bird-like creature called a Flapingo. Throughout their lives these two form a strong bond of friendship that see the both of them help each other out in any way possible. Barnaby however was born without his buddy, and some say may be the cause of him not knowing how to cook.

Accompany ‘him’ along the journey as Barnaby embarks on an adventure of a lifetime in search of his very own Flapingo. On the way he bumps into an array of fairy tale creatures, one wackier than the other that teach him all sorts of things, most importantly – how to cook! Learn to make these easy to prepare recipes yourself, whilst at the same time embark on a breathtaking voyage that lets your imagination run wild. Continue reading the adventure..

Ryan Thomas, is the son of our members Silroy and Yvette Thomas. This Children Story cook book is called ” the Adventures of Barnaby Sprout “. You can read about it and purchase it on www.storycook.com.

This book has recipes that are oriented to not only children, but the adults too would find them interesting!

Ryan has been excited since the publisher Bookpal picked it and agreed to publish it. Please spread the word around.

Here’s an interesting bit of Goan news, surprisingly published in Karachi.

The world’s two richest Catholic Goans

By: Radharao F.Gracias

This last week saw the death of Gracias Saldanha, undisputedly the richest Goan in the world. At the time of his death he was ranked 69th on the list of richest Indians, with a net worth of 805 million dollars, according to Forbes. No other Goan figures in the list. He kept a low profile and not surprisingly there was very little mention of him in the Goan media at the time of his death.

He was Chairman Emeritus of Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, a company headquartered in Bombay, he founded with his pension fund in the year 1977. The company now has drug manufacturing units in Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Goa and elsewhere. Glenmark has a presence in ninety five countries in the world. Saldanha earlier worked with leading pharmaceutical companies like Abbott Laboratories and E Merck and was an MSc from Bombay University with a diploma in management studies from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.

His Business Profile reads: “Gracias Saldanha is another reclusive billionaire. This 70-year-old is the owner of Glenmark, one of India’s top harmacy firms where he has clocked over four decades. The real difference between him and other pharmacy billionaires is his quest for drug discovery. He is betting big money not just on generic drugs, but also ensuring that he can find some new stand-alone products. This is a risky and expensive bet and could determine the kind of legacy he leaves the industry. His other push is acquisitions, with the latest being a Czech drug firm last year. Very little is known about his personal interests, but it is believed that he has a fondness for art and is also a collector of antiques.”

Besides pharmaceuticals Saldanha’s other interest was horse raising, and “Game to Remember” a horse owned by him won the upper division of the Confucious Plate for horses five-year old and over in Bangalore the day he died. Gracias Saldanha made the health of the nation his priority, and wealth followed. Saldanha hails from Saligao (where else? The village seems to have an uncanny ability to produce great men), and he still owns his ancestral house. Glenmark is now headed by his son Glen Saldanha.

As Saldanha bloomed in Mumbai, the second richest Goan in the world is flying high in Malayasia. Anthony Francis Fernandes is the fifteenth richest man in Malayasia with a net worth of 650 million dollars, according to Forbes. Tony, as he is generally known, is the son of Dr.Steven Fernandes from Carxeta, Velim, Salcete, who married a Malacca Kristeng (descendants of Christians from the former Portuguese colony of Malacca, where the body of St.Francis Xavier was initially buried after he had died in Sancian, China). Tony studied at Eton and later graduated from Epsom College. After working for Virgin Atlantic and Warner Music Group he decided to start a budget/no-frills airline. He was advised by the Malayasian Government to take over Air Asia, a heavily indebted and failing airline. Pulling all his resources after mortgaging his house he took over the airline and as others laughed at him, turned it around and today it is the most successful airline in South East Asia. He is also into hoteliering and has started a hotel chain, Tune Hotels which like his airlines is a no frills concept, with hotels in Malayasia and Indonesia.

True to his Goan roots he is into Sports and is President of the ASEAN Basketball league. He is also into Formula car racing and is the owner of Lotus Racing F1 Team. And he has done something that every Goan should be proud of – he is now the Chairman of Queens Park Rangers (QPR) holdings having purchased sixty six percent of their shares. He thus becomes the first Goan to own a football team in the English Premier League, which is an incentive for Goans to shift their allegiance from Manchester United to QPR.

Fernandes has been honoured by the King of Malaysia with title Tan Sri, Dato’ Sri and also by the Government of France with the Legion d’Honneur Order.
In 2011 Tony Fernandes was awarded a CBE or Commander of the Order of the British Empire “for services to promote commercial and educational links” between Malaysia and the UK. He has won innumberable awards including the 2010 Forbes Asia Businessman of the Year.

From the success of these two Goans, it is evident that a Goan has to go out to get on in life. And, it is equally clear, that one can achieve huge wealth through honest hard work, something which cannot be said about the super rich in Goa who have amassed huge wealth in one of two ways, namely, rampant destruction of the environment through dubious mining or realestate activity. And these are classified as the patriotic Goans.

To Tony Colaco our fellow Colleagues in NSW

I am going to Goa in Oct this year after a very long time. Living in Australia and not having Rabies in this country has prompted me to do something for Goa and also make it a safer place especially for all that live there as well as the tourist industry as I have been hearing for some years now quite a few tourists that have gone back to Europe and USA died after having contracted Rabies in Goa.

Being Goa’s first private veterinary practitioner I am still passionate about helping Goa and will be helping the IAR ( International Animal Rescue ) team in North Goa in a vaccination camp for stray dogs as well as will be funding the vaccines for this project. Already I have managed in the last few months to motivate ex Bombay Vet College Colleagues from California and South Africa to do the same when they come to India on their next holiday as many of them come every year or 2 years. I am aware that there is help but to eliminate this problem these NGO’s require funding and so the process is slow hence I want to help and motivate other overseas Goans to help and also get more people to donate towards vaccine costs especially with the AUD being such a good rate compared to the INR so this enables us to get the vaccines easily.. more vaccinations and neutering means reduction in the number of strays as well as the disease.

There is another Animal Welfare Organization in South Goa ( GAWT) and even though they are still getting back to me I would also like to help them with money if the funds are enough to go around ) towards vaccination and neutering the strays as they too are doing similar work.

Kind regards

Dr Joy de Souza

Mumbai-born British Soprano,
Patricia Rozario
to be feted by the Prince of Wales.

Goa’s most famous classical music export will soon add yet another feather to her cap. Patricia Rozario, the critically-acclaimed, London-based opera star who originally hails from Assagao, was recently confirmed to the prestigious fellowship of the Royal College of Music (RCM), thereby becoming the first Goan and only the second Indian (after Zubin Mehta in 1989) to feature on the list.

A letter Rozario received from Colin Lawson, director of the institution, states: “It gives me great pleasure to inform you that on the recommendation of the Council of the Royal College of Music, our president, Charles, The Prince of Wales, has graciously approved the nomination for you to become a fellow of the Royal College of Music.”

The formal presentation of the fellowship will take place next spring, when Rozario receives the award from Prince Charles in a traditional ceremony in London. On that day, she will sign a document that puts her on par with the fellowship’s other past awardees, some of whom are now recognized as stalwarts in their field. Apart from Mehta, one of the modern era’s finest conductors, the RCM’s elite list also contains its fair share of legends from around the world.

American violin virtuoso Yehudi Menuhin, who gained popularity in India in the late-20th century after his association with Ravi Shankar, is among RCM’s more prominent fellows. Others Rozario will share space with include composers Benjamin Britten and Richard Strauss, musical theatre king Andrew Lloyd Webber, cellist Edward Elgar, pianist Arthur Rubinstein, conductor Arturo Toscanini, and tenor Placido Domingo.

“It (the fellowship) is a great honour, and I will be able to put the letters FRCM after my name, after the ceremony next spring,” a jubilant Rozario, who is presently in Mumbai, told TOI. Royal honours, however, are not new to the soprano. She had previously been awarded the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth-II in 2001.

Meanwhile, Rozario, whose ‘Giving voice to India’ project attempts to identify and train young opera talent in the country, will hold a five-day workshop in Goa later this month. One of its beneficiaries, Oscar Castellino, is another Goan who had a tryst with royalty—in June, he, along with the RCM choir and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, serenaded Queen Elizabeth-II on a barge on the Thames, as she celebrated 60 years as the Monarch of England.

NB: Patricia Rozario is our member Glenn Mathias’s first cousin. Patricia is also first cousin to Mark and Roberta DeSouza and niece to Aunty Merlyn DeSouza.