Sunday, 21 August 2011

Traditional 'Bonderam' at Malar, Divar

Traditional ‘Bonderam’ (sort of flags festival) celebrated at Malar,
Divar Island on 20th Aug. 2011. Organised by St. Mathias Sports Club.

This is the first time I ever attended ‘Bonderam’ of Malar.
I think it consists of 4 wards from which four different floats/groups
participate in the parade, starting with traditional flags March with brass band.
The groups were dancing to the tune/songs of H Briton, Remo (O Maria),
Lorna etc
Besides, there was fancy dress competition for both young and old but was
not available to be watched by all. see pic
Our  tiatrist Com.64, also from Divar, dressed as Eunuchs or Hinjra
stole the show as can be seen in the video.

Here are some pics. (see video in the end)

Colourful Flags

St. Mathias sports club

Tourism Minister Nikant, MLA Pandurang Madkaikar, Parish Priest, Sarpanch etc

Minister, MLA, Sarpanch

MLA,  Minister

crowd for fancy dress competition

Padr vigar with MLA, Minister

Parade street

Traditional gumott, guitar, fans etc

some snapshots / floats parade

Calangute Beach beds

Beach scene

Brass band


Kharvi dance

Chak’ka Eunuchs Com.64


Next Saturday,  there is yet another such but grand festival at the same island at Piedade.
Like everything else in Goa, the festivals too never start on time. There is always a delay of upto 90 minutes or even more. e.g.  at Malar, it was announced at 4pm but actually it started soon after the VIPs like ministers arrived around 5.30pm. luckily it was not raining. it did rain rest of the day though. Piedade too never starts on time

Video - Malar Bonderam

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Friday, 19 August 2011

Don Bosco arrives in Goa

Don Bosco arrives in Goa

The sacred relic of St. John Bosco arrived in Goa on 18th August 2011
The Relic (right arm) of Don Bosco has been travelling around the world
as part of its international itinerary since 2009.
The Relic has come from  Oros (Kudal, Maharastra)  and will stay in
here in Panjim 18-21 Aug. 2011 before going to Vasco, Fatorda, Sirsi etc

18.8.11 Panjim from 5pm untill 21.8.11 (Mass at 9.15am then to Vasco)
21.8.11 Vasco from 11am
21.8.11 Fatorda (Margao) from 5pm until 23.8.11 morning (then to Sirsi)

John Bosco (Italian: Giovanni Melchiorre Bosco; 16 August 1815 – 31 January 1888), was an Italian Catholic priest, educator and writer of the 19th century, who put into practice the convictions of his religion, dedicating his life to the betterment and education of street children, juvenile delinquents, and other disadvantaged youth and employing teaching methods based on love rather than punishment, a method that is known as the preventive system.[2] A follower of the spirituality and philosophy of Francis de Sales, Bosco dedicated his works to him when he founded the Society of St. Francis de Sales (more commonly known as the Salesian Society or the Salesians of Don Bosco). Together with Maria Domenica Mazzarello, he founded the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, a religious congregation of nuns dedicated to the care and education of poor girls, and popularly known as Salesian Sisters. In 1876 Bosco founded a movement of laity, the Salesian Cooperators, with the same educational mission to the poor. In 1875 he published Bibliofilo Cattolico - Bollettino Salesiano Mensuale (The Catholic Book Lover - Salesian Monthly Bulletin.) The Bulletin has remained in continuous publication, and is currently published in 50 different editions and 30 languages

Bosco succeeded in establishing a network of organizations and centres to
carry on his work. He was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1934.

The Saint's Relic at Panjim Don Bosco Oratory 18/8/11  6pm

more pics - click on these links for even bigger views

outside Don Bosco Oratory, Panaji

Vehicle carrying Relic

Bishop of Goa

With Archbishop of Goa and Daman Rev. Filipe Neri Ferrão

with devotees

campus /Entrance

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Video - Panaji goa

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Day 2 - Relic (close-up)

Video - II  (Photo Slide show)

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Saturday, 6 August 2011

Dona Paula, hotspot for Bollywood film shooting (Murder2 , Singham etc)

Dona Paula, hotspot for Bollywood film shooting

The most recent films Murder2 and Singham were shot here.
Singham has many scenes at Dona Paula including main fights –
typical of a super cop.

Feb: 2019
Dona Paula jetty is closed for tourist from late 2018 for renovation
when it will be re-opened still not known.
First half of it  still open though

Latest video: 29.10.19

Video: 27.12.2017

Video: 26.4.15

In one scene, the hero cop (Ajay Devgn) shown lifting a lamp pole
with round lamp (from the fence). There are no such lamps at the jetty.

It may be reminded that  1981 hit film EK DUJE KE LIYE
with Kamal Hasan, Rati Agnihotri etc was also shot here at Dona Paula.

Another peculiarity of Dona Paula is that the whole road leading to the
jetty is like a fashion street of Dhobitalau.
Readymade Garments exclusively sold by the locals

(no outsiders, no migrants vendors).

Another, favourite item of mine is 'smoked corn/Maize' Rs. 20
again, sold by the locals, something I only seen and ate at Dona Paula

Dona Paula
'Dona Paula' is like saying Lady Paula  (or for that matter Lady Diana).
'Dona' is the title given to married woman  or  is a Portuguese custom to address
married ladies and hence Dona Sylvia, Dona Alcina, Dona Terezinha, Dona Maria etc
Men are addressed as 'Dom' e.g. Dom Quixote, Dom Matin
(or even Dom Perignon which is also a  name of a person).
Goa was under Portugal regime for over 450 years or until 1961.
Dona Paula or Lady Paula was a daughter of a rich man (Viceroy) of a Portuguese family.
She was so helpful to the locals / villagers that the villagers changed
their original village name  to 'Dona Paula' which is named after her (Paula died in 1682).

So, it may be wrong to say 'a crow sitting on Dona Paula'

The sculpture or the statues seen at the Jetty (see pic) may have nothing
 to do with Lady Paula.
Although many versions or legends associated with it.
Tourist guides may tell different stories about it e.g.
 Dona & Paulo are two different persons or lovers etc 
The statues could be around 150 years old.

We visted Dona Paula this evening at 6pm (5.8.11)

Here is the video clip


Rop / garments sale (by the locals only)

The jetty
did you know?
There was a regular vapor or boat or Launch services to and from 
Mormugao (Vasco) Harbour from here.
Now, our Govt. talking about the sea-link project costing over Rs.1000 crores
plus STD 10% minister's commission etc.
New BJP Govt  (2012) not in favour of Sea-link
It may consider fast ferry services instead.

Road to Dona Paula

goraitai (Fishing / angling)

Dona Paula Main

Famous statues / monuments (May not be of Dona Paula)

Corn / Maize

updated Dec. 2011

Dona Paula

O Pescador with Star


Readymade Garments sale exclusively by Locals

Dangerous or corroded railings

How many dogs you can see?

Ramp for Jet Skiing or Water Scooting

Jet Ski ride Rs.200 per round of 1 minute
Rs.300 Aug. 2013
Rs.350 ? Oct 2019, 75 seconds drive

Jet skiing etc – Video

The service also seen runing during late August (watch Video Aug 2013)

Hilly development

Aug 2013 pics and video

Jet Ski / Water Scooter
A view of the Chapel from the Jetty where Feast is celebrated on 8th Sept every year

 The Jetty

Flowers Hibiscus /Doxinn

Stairs to the top

Dangerous Stunt photography

 View from the Top

 the Sculpture often mistaken as Dona & Paula

 Fishing / angling from below / rocks

A view of a cross

 Big brother watching – Camera or CCTV
A crow nest also seen

 Broken railings that need Govt. attention

Rusted poles

Stray dogs

Jet Ski dock

 hilly view

A view from the beach Hawaii

 Market. Shops Half days for 10 days closed preparation for the feast
30th Aug – 8th Sept every year?

Singham Ice cream or Singham Masala, Lime soda etc also not available

Dona Paula Videos:


Video: 30.8.13

Video 5/8/11

Dona Paula July 2010 -Video
Video 2010

Dona Paula  - March 2008  -
Vidoe 2008

Dona Paula also shown in this 1995 footage - Video

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Thursday, 4 August 2011

August Month - Patollio or Patoddio or Patoyo

Patollio or patoyo are common with both Hindus and Christians in Goa.
Traditionally, dates for Patollio are Aust 5, 6 etc in the south (Salcette.Mormugao etc)
Many celebrate on 15th August.

Where as Goan Hindus celebrate it on Nag Panchami  which is today the 4th Aug. 2011.
Many Hindus will also prepare it on Ganesh Chaturti which falls on Sept.1 this year.

Patoyo or Patoddio are either baked on Tava etc
 or steamed (mostly steamed,  like that of San'nas /Idlies).

Main ingredients are:
Ground rice paste (some may even do with wheat flour etc, we used it too)
Grated coconut / Jaggery (godd) mixture for fillings
and offcourse, patolle panam (turmeric leaves as shown in the pic above)
(some even used pimpal leaves see pic/link and many even used 'Bendde Panan', 'Kelli Pannam'
 all other times' - We did with Pimpol and Benddi)

Click on any one and you will find there is atleast one which is common to all

Leaves and flowers (rare pic)

 amongst others (related) -Spices

With others (related2) - see Pimpal leaves - lower left

there are no leaves here but..

 or watch this - you will find the same is also appeared here
(amongst other Goan brands or trade marks)

This one made from banana leaves or kelli panan

see 'bhendde panan' here

here is another variety of wrappers (Ponnsa Panan / Jackfruit leaves)

Fole or pudde

Video of  other Goan brands or Trademarks

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