Friday, 24 May 2013

Traditional Ox-driven Oil Mill

Heard about 'Tela Ghanno'  (Oil Mill), also saw it 2-3 times in the museums but  did not have a clue as to how it was actually working until our visit to Bollear, Agonda in Canacona on 23rd May 2013.

The owner of the mill in this tradition for over 50 years.
Busy 7 days a week particularly during April - May, people seen coming here early morning and go home in the evening.
The oil extracted by this traditional method is considered to be pure and good for health.
Average 100 kg copra or khobrem crushed per day
The mill remains closed during monsoon

Ox or bull driven mill that crash copra giving out oil and the by-product is called 'Pendd' (coconut cake), as kids we even ate it.

I remember the noisy Mills that run on diesel power with smoke chimney on the roof top. It was somewhere in the mid 70s it was changed over to Electric power motors.

Some pics

The ox or bull driven mill


way to the mill

Mill hut

 coconut Cake or pendd(i)

Copra – Cutting into pieces, av, 10 per coconut

Oil outlet

filtered Oil

Check this Video:

The modern Electric power run oil mills

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Konkan Fruit Fest 2013 (Margao)

Organised by BSG (Botanical Society of Goa)
in association with BPS Club Margao and MMC, Margao.
At BPS Club, 10 - 12th May 2013

I remember attending Konkan Fruit Festival in the year 2005
Then again in 2008 the fifth festival, 2011, 2012 and now 2013.
However, I think there was a break of about 2 years in between where NO KFF was held
(in the year 2009 & 2010 ? )


Here are some pics

Big fat ponnos


Love apples
Zaam wax fruits

Red chillies


 Xidram / Cidra
Shidram soro

 Passion fruits

Rumddam rumad

Sour sop
Cure Cancer ?

Velvet apples

Fresh Caju apples

Otumba solam

Red Mexican bananas



Fruit wines - Santanse

Desmondji Wines

 Cazulo feni
Coconut and caju fenni

 Mangoes - Xavier, Aphons, Mancurad, Malgesh etc

Yellow coconuts

 Krishi Viyan Kendra, Ela Old Goa

these mancurad Mangoes
Rs. 350 / doz

Flowers and plants

Sold out and out for delivery in a pick-up
With mangoes on the tree

Banner KFF

Video 1 (Photo Show)

Video 2 (A short tour)

 pics and videos of prev. years

 Pics of 2005
Videos of





Saturday, 4 May 2013

Holy Cross Feast, Baradi 3.5.13

Feast of Holy Cross,
Baradi, Velim, Goa


I thought I read on newspaper that the feast high mass is at 11.30am
Looks like I read it wrong, the feast mass was at 9.30am followed by a lower mass at 11.30.
That’s why we arrived very late,  at the end of the last mass.
At least we got a blessing by a young or new priest - watch video

First time have been here was in 2006 (a part of our South Goa Pvt. tour) see a pic below

 Here are some pics and  videos of today 3.5.2013

Baradi chapel



the Main altar


The Miraculous Cross


People on top

 also seen in the Video

Beautiful view from the Cross / Chapel
River Sal meeting Arabian Sea
Betul / Mobor beach

 A 2006 pic of the same

another view

Cutbona fishing jetty

coconuts view

Flower women

Dos, khajem, kaddio – boddio

Video 1

After 9 days of preparations, there come the Feast Day..
Special  things for  the festive day be it in the form of dress code, violin,
Decorations, snacks / drinks and not forgetting the special  litany on
the day – We call it ‘basha’ ladin

Litany can be sung in various tunes – low tempo, med. and fast.
If you want to finish it quickly, we used quicker mode etc
(usually when litany started late, rainy day or one has to attend more
than one litany same evening etc)

But on the feast day it is 1.5 times or 2 times longer than the normal
mode or tempo.
We did not have that many festive tunes, may 2 or 3.

Here is one  (in Latin)
On 3rd May 2013
Recorded at Velsao

I have also added beautiful festive pics / scenes of Baradi cross feast.
I am sure you will love it

You can also Sing along.. see video 2

More of Litany and orasao etc

Video 2 (Photo show with Festive Litany in Latin)

More one Betul beach, fort, mobor beach etc