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The results of the state elections in Goa are just in: Manohar Parrikar and his team have emerged victorious and are set to return after 7 years of political exile. He is expected to be sworn in as Chief Minister shortly.   On a visit to California in January 2010, I took Manohar-bab to Google’s […]

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Silicon Valley legend Steve Wozniak (“Woz”) is one of the pioneers of the personal computer revolution. He co-founded Apple Computer in 1976 along with Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne. It was Woz, the engineering genius, who designed and built the company’s first products, the Apple I and Apple II. I met Woz and his charming […]

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For over 1000 years, the Icelandic sheep has remained a pure breed. Raised wholly on natural mountain grass and without hormones, the quality of Icelandic wool and lamb meat is rated to be the finest in the world. The annual sheep roundup in September, known as réttir, is an important cultural tradition, an occasion for […]

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[Update: Anthony Gonsalves passed away in Goa on January 18, 2012, at the age of 84.] In the 1977 movie AMAR AKBAR ANTHONY, composer Pyarelal (of the Laxmikant-Pyarelal duo) scored the music for the number My Name is Anthony Gonsalves that went on to become a super hit in India. Not as well known is […]

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Harvesting salt from the land is an ancient practice in Goa, one that predates the Portuguese by centuries. Not long ago, wide open spaces of salt pans graced the Goan countryside. Specific villages and sub-communities – such as the mithgaude (“mith” being the Konkani word for salt) – specialized in the occupation of salt farming. […]

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