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From exhibitions, concerts, dance, food and drink to performing arts, libraries and more, GoGoaNow is the definitive guide to events in Goa.
From Grandma’s Kitchen: Mango Sasav
A delicious traditional mango gravy Ingredients: 1 half ripe Alphonso mango ½ tsp chilli powder 3 tbsp grated coconut 1 tsp sugarcane jaggery 1 green chilli ½ tsp turmeric powder 1 tsp mustard seeds 1tsp curry leaves Method: Put salt on mango pieces and let it marinate Grind the chilli powder, coconut, jaggery, green chilli, and turmeric powder, to a paste. Heat some oil in a pan and put in the mustard seeds and curry leaves. Then add the mangoes, ground paste, and a little water. Cook till ready.
Artists make Goa proud
The 45th State Art Exhibition (2019-2020) was inaugurated by Shri. Daulat Hawaldar, IAS Commissioner & Secretary (Finance) Govt. of Goa at Kala Academy’s Art Gallery. The walls of the gallery have different works under Painting and Graphic Print, Applied Art and Graphic Design, and Sculpture. There were many coloured, black & white, and monochrome paintings which depicted still life, portraits, animals, surrealism, abstract themes, and more. One memorable exhibit was an artist’s depiction of how he remembers Goa and tells the viewers through written words to wake up because the Goa he loves is vanishing. Other eye-catching exhibits were the sculptures of marine life, faces, and other objects like a long row of teeth. (The exhibition will be open to the public until 30th December – 10 am to 7 pm) Winners ARTIST WORK Painting and Graphic Print Vitesh Naik Kaliyug Omkar Banaule Untitled Dhiraj Pednekar The Act of Stealing Applied Art and Graphic Design Sharmila Coutinho To Achieve Gender Equality Fabian Gonsalves A Goa I Knew Gautam Bambolkar Work Life Balance Sculpture Akshay Chari Untitled Rohil Satodkar Flying Dream Kalidas Mhamal Valuable
Sabreena Shah talks from the heart
In a bid to bring to the fore, ordinary individuals and their extraordinary stories and achievements, The Navhind Times organized a talk with body positive campaigner, Sabreena Shah who shared her amazing story of her trials and tribulations of living with Polycystic Ovarian Disorder (PCOD) and overcoming the same. Sabreena began with a brief introduction about herself and recounted the onset of the disorder at age 15. She narrated how the first panic attack made her realize something was amiss. From the initial misdiagnosis to learning about the condition, she spoke from her heart. “When the doctor finally diagnosed I had PCOD, I was clueless about the disorder. I was terrified and thought I was going to die since I had never heard of it. There wasn’t much information about it then,” she said and went on to explain about the disorder and syndrome through a PowerPoint presentation. From the symptoms to the treatment, she spoke knowledgeably from her personal experience and in-depth study. She then spoke about the humiliation and ridicule she faced as a bearded girl and said,” It was extremely traumatic. The stares, the whispers, the grins and laughs were often just too much. There were days, […]
Award-winning musician talks about life now
Music is a language everybody understands. Alvaro Pereria, the musician who has helped boost classical Western music in Goa, talks to NT GoGoaNow about his days during the past few weeks. Sheryl Gonsalves – NT GoGoaNow This Goa State Cultural Award holder spent his days mostly playing badminton, reading, and practicing classical music. He was supposed to perform at a music concert in June but it had to be called off due to the pandemic. “We worked on a whole new Schubert trio (for the concert) to try something new. It takes more than forty minutes to perform,” Alvaro reveals. They also practiced Beethoven pieces and a Mozart trio. Alvaro usually composes church music and performs at weddings but all that is now cancelled. He feels that music can help quite a lot and didn’t find the lockdown boring. He says, “Inspiration is there everyday whether there is a lockdown or not.”
Catch The Navhind Times’ ‘Talk from the Heart’ live series on the Goa365 channel
The Navhind Times held the first live episode of ‘Talk from the Heart’ on the Goa365 channel on Sunday, May 24 from 11 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. One of India’s leading experts on nutrition, and author of the book ‘Nourish with Food & Flourish with Health’, Harpreet Pasricha, was the guest on the maiden show. The live series will have eminent personalities from various fields, sharing their knowledge, giving expert tips, and answering queries that viewers can send online. Pasricha began the talk by explaining about nutrigenomics a field she has studied besides paediatric and sports nutrition. She then spoke at length on the importance of immunity and its role in overall wellness. Alcohol, stress, processed foods, aerated beverages, insufficient sleep, and lack of exercise, she stressed, weaken immunity. “A well-balanced diet is what is important and please do not go on crash or fad diets or avoid any food groups,” she warned. She then spoke about the benefits of incorporating Indian herbs and spices like cinnamon, kadi patha, jeera, ajwain, green chillies, etc, regularly in the diet. “These have anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties and should be used to advantage,” she stated. Having a sleep cycle, she explained, was as […]
Mum’s Kitchen owner shares Thoughts about Life
For Maria Martins, the proud owner of Mum’s Kitchen restaurant, the lockdown has been quite eye-opening. She has a heart to heart chat with NT GoGoaNow and shares her thoughts and reflections during Covid-19. Sheryl Gonsalves | NT GoGoaNow Picture Credit – SHIVANG MISHRA II NTGOGOANOW The lockdown was a bad phase for her as Maria was used to a hectic life and had to adjust to a slow-paced lifestyle. However, it was good in a way because she realized many things about life like the fact her worries are fewer in comparison to other people who are less fortunate. She has now comprehended what is actually required or not required in life. The bond between her and her workmates became stronger as she got to know the problems that they go through. “We can do away with a lot of things and still be happy. Life doesn’t revolve around money. It needs human touch, love, and respect. We’ve to respect everyone no matter what they work as,” Maria says. During these days she spent her time gardening and also brushed up on stitching and embroidery which she hadn’t done since her college days. At the moment she is selling […]
From Grandma’s Kitchen: Tender Coconut Pudding
A soft jiggly dessert with coconut goodness that is seen at some Goa functions. Ingredients: 2 cups of milk ½ tin sweetened condensed milk 1 cup tender coconut water 1 cup tender coconut flesh ½ cup china grass Method: Take out the tender coconut pulp (without the water) and blend. Let the china grass soak in the tender coconut water for 8-10 minutes. Boil the milk and condensed milk together. Heat the china grass and coconut water till the china grass melts. Mix it into the milk mixture. Add the blended coconut pulp and mix. Pour the mixture into a tray or bowls, let it cool and then refrigerate.
When a Literature student practices social distancing…
“When you read, it’s like you travel even though you’re stuck at home. Imagination is such a great thing. I advise people to read during this time,” says Desiree D’souza – a final year M.A English student at Goa University. She shares with NT GoGoaNow about how she has been coping with the lockdown and social distancing. Sheryl Gonsalves | NT GoGoaNow Desiree knows that she won’t be a student for long and has to one day step out into the world get a professional job. Being at home for 2 months and not wanting to waste any more time she decided to take up a 1-month online course from Harvardx about Shakespeare as she admires his works. She has also been improving her cooking skills and exercising to remain fit. Desiree describes herself as an introvert and therefore doesn’t really get bored and finds a lot of things to do at home. Reading has been one of her main activities. “The details in novels give vivid mental images. Reading can change a person’s mood. It can make a boring day at home fun. I especially like reading crime fiction and enjoy the suspense,” Desiree reveals. However, one thing that […]
Fontainhas – Goa’s Latin Quarter
Experience the vibrancy of Portuguese architecture in this quarter of Panaji. The Fontainhas is the oldest Latin Quarter located in Panaji. In the late 1700s, this locality belonged to a Goan expat who was also known as ‘Mossmikar’, as he hailed from the Portuguese colony of Mozambique in East Africa. Since this place was an open space it was called as ‘Mollo’, finally leading to be identified as ‘Mala’.The ‘Mossmikar’ later converted this land into coconut plantation hence called as Palmar Grande. The Fontainhas became more civilized when the Portuguese moved out from Old Goa to Panjim in the 1840’s due to sanitary problems that led to repeated outbreaks of plague in Old Goa.Since this was a plain area, it became the first choice of habitation for the Portuguese. When the Kadambas ruled Goa, what we now know as Panaji was called as Pancham Khali. The Portuguese called it as Novo Goa or New Goa as they had moved out of Old Goa.The city of Panaji was built around Fonte de Phoenix. Fonte De Phoenix (Fountain of Phoenix) is a water reservoir which was constructed in the Portuguese era. On the top of the fountain there was a plate which […]
Goan women and cuisine excel at the Goan Woman Chef of the Year 2019
Edition III of the Goan Woman Chef of the Year was held on Saturday, August 17 at Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, Benaulim. The culinary competition which has been growing in popularity and number of participants, was organised by The Navhind Times in collaboration with IHCL Goa. Designed exclusively for women, the competition was conceptualised with the objective to appreciate gastronomic talents of Goan ladies from all walks of life irrespective of caste, creed, race or religion while inculcating a spirit of healthy competition and a passion for creativity; in addition to promoting culinary passion, taste for excellence and bringing to the fore some traditional recipes that have been handed down through generations. The minimum age to apply was 18 and it was heartening to see several 18 year olds participating with gusto. Senior ladies too in their 60s and 70s participated with equal enthusiasm. More than 30% of the participants were in fact in the age group of 50 years and above. The senior-most participant was 79-year old Aninha de Noronha, who will soon be celebrating her 80th birthday. Registration commenced at 8.30 a.m, and the buzz and excitement as the contestants arrived and registered was palpable. Hundred ladies […]