Discussion:
HOW I LEARNED KONKANI!
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domnic fernandes
2004-08-20 16:25:05 UTC
Permalink
Sometime ago, one of the Goanetters in the USA asked me through private
email: "You mean to say you taught yourself to read and write Konkani?" My
reply was: ?Yes?. Many Goanetters, active as well as silent, have recently
posed the same question to me privately and my answer remains the same.
Here is how it all happened:

My father was a musician and a parochial school teacher first at Oxel,
Siolim and then at Vai-Dongor, Mandrem. He told us he earned Rs.5.00 per
month and supported his parents and three sisters. He then shifted to
Bombay where he played for a resident band in the ?Green Hotel?. I am yet
to find out this hotel, if it exists. He finally left Goa for Kuwait in
1947 and joined Kuwait Oil Company for Rs.90.00 per month, so he told us.
He retired and returned to Goa in 1970 and passed away on April 28, 1983.
Seb dc
2004-08-21 15:41:08 UTC
Permalink
Bravo!! Pleased to read... I am immensely and equally amazed by your
in-depth knowledge of Konkani... On a serious note Domnic, from where do you
comeup with all this. Your konkani notes; flood memories back of bygone era.

Thnx and keep going.

hAVE a nICE dAY !!
Seb
Post by domnic fernandes
Sometime ago, one of the Goanetters in the USA asked me through private
email: "You mean to say you taught yourself to read and write Konkani?"
My
Post by domnic fernandes
reply was: "Yes". Many Goanetters, active as well as silent, have
recently
Post by domnic fernandes
posed the same question to me privately and my answer remains the same.
My father was a musician and a parochial school teacher first at Oxel,
Siolim and then at Vai-Dongor, Mandrem. He told us he earned Rs.5.00 per
month and supported his parents and three sisters. He then shifted to
Bombay where he played for a resident band in the "Green Hotel". I am yet
to find out this hotel, if it exists. He finally left Goa for Kuwait in
1947 and joined Kuwait Oil Company for Rs.90.00 per month, so he told us.
He retired and returned to Goa in 1970 and passed away on April 28, 1983.
From my childhood, I always saw four big metal trunks piled upon each
other
Post by domnic fernandes
in a corner in one of the bedrooms. These trunks were placed on two flat,
round grinding stones which belonged to a "Dantem" (manual grinder).
Whenever I chased rats at night with my gun (they came to eat paddy stored
in the room), they would run and hide under these trunks. The trunks were
quite heavy. One fine day I asked my mother what they contained. To my
surprise, she told me she did not know. Although there were no locks on
the
Post by domnic fernandes
trunks, my mother had never bothered to check the contents. In those
days,
Post by domnic fernandes
a wife did not touch anything that belonged to her husband unless she was
asked to. So, I suggested to my mother that we would open the trunks and
check the contents. When we opened one of the trunks, we had to run away
because cockroaches and silverfishes came out of the trunk and ran in
every
Post by domnic fernandes
direction. Since it was night time, we gave up, closed the trunk and
continued with the operation on the next day, Sunday. My mother, sister
and
Post by domnic fernandes
a neighbor of ours carried the trunk out of the house. As soon as we
opened
Post by domnic fernandes
the trunk, again armies of cockroaches and silverfishes ran out of it. As
we kept on digging into the trunk, we found nothing but music notes
(solfas)
Post by domnic fernandes
but all of them were very badly eaten up. We emptied the whole trunk and
set fire to those notes. My mother was upset but I consoled and told her
that I would explain everything to father when he came home on vacation.
We continued checking/emptying the remaining trunks - one trunk per week.
In the fourth week, we emptied the last trunk. On the top of this trunk,
I
Post by domnic fernandes
found a crumpled violin in a cloth bag which had been completely eaten up
by
Post by domnic fernandes
silverfishes. I also found some books but again they were all eaten up by
silverfishes except for one book which had 35 pages. Its cover was quite
intact but the title was eaten up and so was the writer's name except for
the last four letters of the name - "dade", and the last three letters of
the surname "des". I figured out later in my life that the writer was
none
Post by domnic fernandes
other than CARIDADE FERNANDES. I opened the book and tried to read it.
Yes, I was able to read it slowly but could not understand anything. I
did
Post by domnic fernandes
not throw away the book. Over the weekend, I decided to give it another
try. As I kept on reading, the words sounded very much like the ones we
used in our daily conversation; I had a connection. I started comparing
day
Post by domnic fernandes
to day words with those on the book and bingo - they matched. I gradually
read the whole book and was able to understand some of it. Thus, barely
at
Post by domnic fernandes
the age 10, I was able to read Konkani without anyone's guidance. I liked
the new language very much. I had found something different to read
besides
Post by domnic fernandes
Portuguese which I was studying. I read the book several times until I
had
Post by domnic fernandes
a fair idea of its contents. I wanted to read more Konkani books but did
not know where to get them. I enquired with my friends and neighbors but
they could not help me. They did not know what I was talking about.
I finished my Segundo Grau in Escola Primaria de Anjuna (anyone could get
a
Post by domnic fernandes
job then if he/she passed this qualification). When I appeared for the
final exam of Segundo Grau in Mapusa in the school premises adjacent to
the
Post by domnic fernandes
Post Office, a 60-year old gentleman from Tivim appeared for the exam with
us. I joined Escola Technica (ET) in Mapusa at the age of twelve. This
is
Post by domnic fernandes
where I came across one Domingos Mendes from Ucassaim. He too had a
liking
Post by domnic fernandes
for "Romansi" (Konkani novels). In fact, he brought Romansi to ET and
read
Post by domnic fernandes
them during lunch time. We were in the same class but he was about eight
years elder to me. There was another boy at ET, Conceicao Lobo, from
Corjuem, who also shared his Romansi with me. I had at last found the
source of Konkani novels which lasted for two years. By then I had found
a
Post by domnic fernandes
shop in Mapusa which sold Romansi. Later, I also came across a person in
our ward who read Romansi. So, we exchanged Romansi.
Next, I began to read "VAURADDEANCHO IXTT", the only Konkani newspaper
written in Roman script then and now. I laid my hands on everything that
was available in Konkani at that time and educated myself. My Konkani
remained dormant in Saudi Arabia from the time I arrived here in 1981
until
Post by domnic fernandes
last year. I began writing Konkani on Goanet last year after around 22
years!!!
The purpose of this message is to reaffirm the fact that nothing is
impossible. "Mog aslear, hun-hun vodde ghanttar pavtat, nam zalear xevele
torui pavonant" (where there is will, there is a way!)
Today is an auspicious day because it happens to be the day Konkani was
included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. So, why are you
waiting, go for Konkani and be a proud Goan!
Viva amchi maim bhas Konkani!
Moi-mogan,
Domnic Fernandes
Anjuna/Dhahran, KSA
domnic fernandes
2004-08-22 07:07:31 UTC
Permalink
Thank you very much, Seb. By the grace of God, I remember every minute
detail from the age of around four. I have been very inquisitive from my
childhood and I always make it my business to know as much as I can. I
recently lost two computers but my personal hard disk is still intact, and I
call that Creator?s wonder! Every bit of information of my life?s precious
moments is stored in my ?bhezo?. All I do is press the ?recall? button
(imaginary) in order to get the required information and voila ? I get
whatever I want. I have had a wonderful life and I would like to share my
experiences with my fellow Goans. No, I don?t have anyone to talk to or
consult with whenever I write, but when my Goenkar bhav-bhoinni tell me via
Goanet or through personal emails that they read my postings, I feel
connected with them, and that connection gives me the best satisfaction. I
sincerely thank each and every one for their love, support and appreciation
of my work.

As for Konkani, I grew up with it and I breathe it every day. I have always
had a penchant for our mother tongue from my childhood and my love for it
increases by the day. Yes, Konkani is my inspiration and it is my desire to
see it become the inspiration of every Goan at home and abroad. When I
think of the bygone era and recall it, I am proud to say that I do it in
Konkani. Just two days ago, we celebrated ?World Goa Day? globally. Are we
going to wait for another year to celebrate it? We don?t have to. We may
have a yearly function, but our work must go on every day and we must
accomplish as much as we can. We have too much to do but less time to be
around. So, let us not postpone today?s plans for tomorrow. Let us
continue to build global unity every day and promote our mother tongue on an
accelerated basis. Let us not feel ashamed to talk Konkani. Let us
proudly tell the world that Konkani is our mother tongue and speak it
without any hesitation. As I have said time and again, Konkani is our only
true identity. So, let us put on the badge of our identity and display it
to the world proudly!

Viva amchi maim bhas Konkani!

Moi-mogan,
Domnic Fernandes
Anjuna/Dhahran, KSA

Bravo!! Pleased to read... I am immensely and equally amazed by your
in-depth knowledge of Konkani... On a serious note Domnic, from where do you
comeup with all this. Your konkani notes; flood memories back of bygone era.

Thnx and keep going.

hAVE a nICE dAY !!
Seb
Post by domnic fernandes
Sometime ago, one of the Goanetters in the USA asked me through private
email: "You mean to say you taught yourself to read and write Konkani?"
My
Post by domnic fernandes
reply was: "Yes". Many Goanetters, active as well as silent, have
recently
Post by domnic fernandes
posed the same question to me privately and my answer remains the same.
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jerry fernandes
2004-08-22 07:10:19 UTC
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HellovDomnic

I read your article, and liked it, like you, I too learnt konkanni on my
own. My story goes back many years when I was staying in Corjuem. One of our
neighbor had cleaned her house, and all unwanted things were thrown out. My
sister always curious to read anything brought one book called ARABESKA by
Reginald Fernandes. After she finished reading it, I took the book to read.
Goanet Mail Reformatted
2004-08-22 15:54:03 UTC
Permalink
----- Forwarded message from fausto <fausto at mantraonline.com> -----

Date: Sun, 22 Aug 2004 21:11:47 +0530
From: fausto <fausto at mantraonline.com>


Hi Domnic,

I liked your article PURVILE GOENKAR. There is a lot of information about
our culture.

If possible, I would like to carry it on The Goan Review or Gulab magazine
with your kind permission.

Regards
Fausto

Subject: [Goanet]HOW I LEARNED KONKANI!
Post by domnic fernandes
Sometime ago, one of the Goanetters in the USA asked me through private
email: "You mean to say you taught yourself to read and write Konkani?"
----- End forwarded message -----

Goanet - http://www.goanet.org - Goa's premier mailing list is 10 years old
D'Souza, Avelino
2004-08-23 06:46:22 UTC
Permalink
Thank you Domnic for the beautiful Konkani write ups on Goa. Every article on Goa in
Konkani is "amazing". Every time I read, it took me down memory lane. It evoked my feelings, refreshed my memory and I feel I am born again. I feel my childhood
experiences, and my growing up in Goa is recorded in your writings. Its like going
back in time, retracing every step, every moment.

As Jerry mentioned, I had the opportunity to read some of the novels (Romansi) by
Reginald Fernandes and Joao Inacio. In addition to Jerry's list I remember reading
Valencia & Padmini. In the beginning it was difficult to understand. My childhood
friend and neighbor John Almeida, tiatr writer and director, helped me with the
meanings of the words. Encouraged me to read Konkani. I wished I could express
my self better in Konkani. Looking forward for more write ups in Konkani.

Magtam Dhonia Deva lagim tuka bori saud ani boll.

Avelino
Bastora/Kuwait

*********************************


HellovDomnic

I read your article, and liked it, like you, I too learnt konkanni on my
own. My story goes back many years when I was staying in Corjuem. One of our
neighbor had cleaned her house, and all unwanted things were thrown out. My
sister always curious to read anything brought one book called ARABESKA by
Reginald Fernandes. After she finished reading it, I took the book to read.
domnic fernandes
2004-08-20 16:25:05 UTC
Permalink
Sometime ago, one of the Goanetters in the USA asked me through private
email: "You mean to say you taught yourself to read and write Konkani?" My
reply was: ?Yes?. Many Goanetters, active as well as silent, have recently
posed the same question to me privately and my answer remains the same.
Here is how it all happened:

My father was a musician and a parochial school teacher first at Oxel,
Siolim and then at Vai-Dongor, Mandrem. He told us he earned Rs.5.00 per
month and supported his parents and three sisters. He then shifted to
Bombay where he played for a resident band in the ?Green Hotel?. I am yet
to find out this hotel, if it exists. He finally left Goa for Kuwait in
1947 and joined Kuwait Oil Company for Rs.90.00 per month, so he told us.
He retired and returned to Goa in 1970 and passed away on April 28, 1983.
Seb dc
2004-08-21 15:41:08 UTC
Permalink
Bravo!! Pleased to read... I am immensely and equally amazed by your
in-depth knowledge of Konkani... On a serious note Domnic, from where do you
comeup with all this. Your konkani notes; flood memories back of bygone era.

Thnx and keep going.

hAVE a nICE dAY !!
Seb
Post by domnic fernandes
Sometime ago, one of the Goanetters in the USA asked me through private
email: "You mean to say you taught yourself to read and write Konkani?"
My
Post by domnic fernandes
reply was: "Yes". Many Goanetters, active as well as silent, have
recently
Post by domnic fernandes
posed the same question to me privately and my answer remains the same.
My father was a musician and a parochial school teacher first at Oxel,
Siolim and then at Vai-Dongor, Mandrem. He told us he earned Rs.5.00 per
month and supported his parents and three sisters. He then shifted to
Bombay where he played for a resident band in the "Green Hotel". I am yet
to find out this hotel, if it exists. He finally left Goa for Kuwait in
1947 and joined Kuwait Oil Company for Rs.90.00 per month, so he told us.
He retired and returned to Goa in 1970 and passed away on April 28, 1983.
From my childhood, I always saw four big metal trunks piled upon each
other
Post by domnic fernandes
in a corner in one of the bedrooms. These trunks were placed on two flat,
round grinding stones which belonged to a "Dantem" (manual grinder).
Whenever I chased rats at night with my gun (they came to eat paddy stored
in the room), they would run and hide under these trunks. The trunks were
quite heavy. One fine day I asked my mother what they contained. To my
surprise, she told me she did not know. Although there were no locks on
the
Post by domnic fernandes
trunks, my mother had never bothered to check the contents. In those
days,
Post by domnic fernandes
a wife did not touch anything that belonged to her husband unless she was
asked to. So, I suggested to my mother that we would open the trunks and
check the contents. When we opened one of the trunks, we had to run away
because cockroaches and silverfishes came out of the trunk and ran in
every
Post by domnic fernandes
direction. Since it was night time, we gave up, closed the trunk and
continued with the operation on the next day, Sunday. My mother, sister
and
Post by domnic fernandes
a neighbor of ours carried the trunk out of the house. As soon as we
opened
Post by domnic fernandes
the trunk, again armies of cockroaches and silverfishes ran out of it. As
we kept on digging into the trunk, we found nothing but music notes
(solfas)
Post by domnic fernandes
but all of them were very badly eaten up. We emptied the whole trunk and
set fire to those notes. My mother was upset but I consoled and told her
that I would explain everything to father when he came home on vacation.
We continued checking/emptying the remaining trunks - one trunk per week.
In the fourth week, we emptied the last trunk. On the top of this trunk,
I
Post by domnic fernandes
found a crumpled violin in a cloth bag which had been completely eaten up
by
Post by domnic fernandes
silverfishes. I also found some books but again they were all eaten up by
silverfishes except for one book which had 35 pages. Its cover was quite
intact but the title was eaten up and so was the writer's name except for
the last four letters of the name - "dade", and the last three letters of
the surname "des". I figured out later in my life that the writer was
none
Post by domnic fernandes
other than CARIDADE FERNANDES. I opened the book and tried to read it.
Yes, I was able to read it slowly but could not understand anything. I
did
Post by domnic fernandes
not throw away the book. Over the weekend, I decided to give it another
try. As I kept on reading, the words sounded very much like the ones we
used in our daily conversation; I had a connection. I started comparing
day
Post by domnic fernandes
to day words with those on the book and bingo - they matched. I gradually
read the whole book and was able to understand some of it. Thus, barely
at
Post by domnic fernandes
the age 10, I was able to read Konkani without anyone's guidance. I liked
the new language very much. I had found something different to read
besides
Post by domnic fernandes
Portuguese which I was studying. I read the book several times until I
had
Post by domnic fernandes
a fair idea of its contents. I wanted to read more Konkani books but did
not know where to get them. I enquired with my friends and neighbors but
they could not help me. They did not know what I was talking about.
I finished my Segundo Grau in Escola Primaria de Anjuna (anyone could get
a
Post by domnic fernandes
job then if he/she passed this qualification). When I appeared for the
final exam of Segundo Grau in Mapusa in the school premises adjacent to
the
Post by domnic fernandes
Post Office, a 60-year old gentleman from Tivim appeared for the exam with
us. I joined Escola Technica (ET) in Mapusa at the age of twelve. This
is
Post by domnic fernandes
where I came across one Domingos Mendes from Ucassaim. He too had a
liking
Post by domnic fernandes
for "Romansi" (Konkani novels). In fact, he brought Romansi to ET and
read
Post by domnic fernandes
them during lunch time. We were in the same class but he was about eight
years elder to me. There was another boy at ET, Conceicao Lobo, from
Corjuem, who also shared his Romansi with me. I had at last found the
source of Konkani novels which lasted for two years. By then I had found
a
Post by domnic fernandes
shop in Mapusa which sold Romansi. Later, I also came across a person in
our ward who read Romansi. So, we exchanged Romansi.
Next, I began to read "VAURADDEANCHO IXTT", the only Konkani newspaper
written in Roman script then and now. I laid my hands on everything that
was available in Konkani at that time and educated myself. My Konkani
remained dormant in Saudi Arabia from the time I arrived here in 1981
until
Post by domnic fernandes
last year. I began writing Konkani on Goanet last year after around 22
years!!!
The purpose of this message is to reaffirm the fact that nothing is
impossible. "Mog aslear, hun-hun vodde ghanttar pavtat, nam zalear xevele
torui pavonant" (where there is will, there is a way!)
Today is an auspicious day because it happens to be the day Konkani was
included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. So, why are you
waiting, go for Konkani and be a proud Goan!
Viva amchi maim bhas Konkani!
Moi-mogan,
Domnic Fernandes
Anjuna/Dhahran, KSA
domnic fernandes
2004-08-22 07:07:31 UTC
Permalink
Thank you very much, Seb. By the grace of God, I remember every minute
detail from the age of around four. I have been very inquisitive from my
childhood and I always make it my business to know as much as I can. I
recently lost two computers but my personal hard disk is still intact, and I
call that Creator?s wonder! Every bit of information of my life?s precious
moments is stored in my ?bhezo?. All I do is press the ?recall? button
(imaginary) in order to get the required information and voila ? I get
whatever I want. I have had a wonderful life and I would like to share my
experiences with my fellow Goans. No, I don?t have anyone to talk to or
consult with whenever I write, but when my Goenkar bhav-bhoinni tell me via
Goanet or through personal emails that they read my postings, I feel
connected with them, and that connection gives me the best satisfaction. I
sincerely thank each and every one for their love, support and appreciation
of my work.

As for Konkani, I grew up with it and I breathe it every day. I have always
had a penchant for our mother tongue from my childhood and my love for it
increases by the day. Yes, Konkani is my inspiration and it is my desire to
see it become the inspiration of every Goan at home and abroad. When I
think of the bygone era and recall it, I am proud to say that I do it in
Konkani. Just two days ago, we celebrated ?World Goa Day? globally. Are we
going to wait for another year to celebrate it? We don?t have to. We may
have a yearly function, but our work must go on every day and we must
accomplish as much as we can. We have too much to do but less time to be
around. So, let us not postpone today?s plans for tomorrow. Let us
continue to build global unity every day and promote our mother tongue on an
accelerated basis. Let us not feel ashamed to talk Konkani. Let us
proudly tell the world that Konkani is our mother tongue and speak it
without any hesitation. As I have said time and again, Konkani is our only
true identity. So, let us put on the badge of our identity and display it
to the world proudly!

Viva amchi maim bhas Konkani!

Moi-mogan,
Domnic Fernandes
Anjuna/Dhahran, KSA

Bravo!! Pleased to read... I am immensely and equally amazed by your
in-depth knowledge of Konkani... On a serious note Domnic, from where do you
comeup with all this. Your konkani notes; flood memories back of bygone era.

Thnx and keep going.

hAVE a nICE dAY !!
Seb
Post by domnic fernandes
Sometime ago, one of the Goanetters in the USA asked me through private
email: "You mean to say you taught yourself to read and write Konkani?"
My
Post by domnic fernandes
reply was: "Yes". Many Goanetters, active as well as silent, have
recently
Post by domnic fernandes
posed the same question to me privately and my answer remains the same.
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jerry fernandes
2004-08-22 07:10:19 UTC
Permalink
HellovDomnic

I read your article, and liked it, like you, I too learnt konkanni on my
own. My story goes back many years when I was staying in Corjuem. One of our
neighbor had cleaned her house, and all unwanted things were thrown out. My
sister always curious to read anything brought one book called ARABESKA by
Reginald Fernandes. After she finished reading it, I took the book to read.
Goanet Mail Reformatted
2004-08-22 15:54:03 UTC
Permalink
----- Forwarded message from fausto <fausto at mantraonline.com> -----

Date: Sun, 22 Aug 2004 21:11:47 +0530
From: fausto <fausto at mantraonline.com>


Hi Domnic,

I liked your article PURVILE GOENKAR. There is a lot of information about
our culture.

If possible, I would like to carry it on The Goan Review or Gulab magazine
with your kind permission.

Regards
Fausto

Subject: [Goanet]HOW I LEARNED KONKANI!
Post by domnic fernandes
Sometime ago, one of the Goanetters in the USA asked me through private
email: "You mean to say you taught yourself to read and write Konkani?"
----- End forwarded message -----

Goanet - http://www.goanet.org - Goa's premier mailing list is 10 years old
D'Souza, Avelino
2004-08-23 06:46:22 UTC
Permalink
Thank you Domnic for the beautiful Konkani write ups on Goa. Every article on Goa in
Konkani is "amazing". Every time I read, it took me down memory lane. It evoked my feelings, refreshed my memory and I feel I am born again. I feel my childhood
experiences, and my growing up in Goa is recorded in your writings. Its like going
back in time, retracing every step, every moment.

As Jerry mentioned, I had the opportunity to read some of the novels (Romansi) by
Reginald Fernandes and Joao Inacio. In addition to Jerry's list I remember reading
Valencia & Padmini. In the beginning it was difficult to understand. My childhood
friend and neighbor John Almeida, tiatr writer and director, helped me with the
meanings of the words. Encouraged me to read Konkani. I wished I could express
my self better in Konkani. Looking forward for more write ups in Konkani.

Magtam Dhonia Deva lagim tuka bori saud ani boll.

Avelino
Bastora/Kuwait

*********************************


HellovDomnic

I read your article, and liked it, like you, I too learnt konkanni on my
own. My story goes back many years when I was staying in Corjuem. One of our
neighbor had cleaned her house, and all unwanted things were thrown out. My
sister always curious to read anything brought one book called ARABESKA by
Reginald Fernandes. After she finished reading it, I took the book to read.
domnic fernandes
2004-08-20 16:25:05 UTC
Permalink
Sometime ago, one of the Goanetters in the USA asked me through private
email: "You mean to say you taught yourself to read and write Konkani?" My
reply was: ?Yes?. Many Goanetters, active as well as silent, have recently
posed the same question to me privately and my answer remains the same.
Here is how it all happened:

My father was a musician and a parochial school teacher first at Oxel,
Siolim and then at Vai-Dongor, Mandrem. He told us he earned Rs.5.00 per
month and supported his parents and three sisters. He then shifted to
Bombay where he played for a resident band in the ?Green Hotel?. I am yet
to find out this hotel, if it exists. He finally left Goa for Kuwait in
1947 and joined Kuwait Oil Company for Rs.90.00 per month, so he told us.
He retired and returned to Goa in 1970 and passed away on April 28, 1983.
Seb dc
2004-08-21 15:41:08 UTC
Permalink
Bravo!! Pleased to read... I am immensely and equally amazed by your
in-depth knowledge of Konkani... On a serious note Domnic, from where do you
comeup with all this. Your konkani notes; flood memories back of bygone era.

Thnx and keep going.

hAVE a nICE dAY !!
Seb
Post by domnic fernandes
Sometime ago, one of the Goanetters in the USA asked me through private
email: "You mean to say you taught yourself to read and write Konkani?"
My
Post by domnic fernandes
reply was: "Yes". Many Goanetters, active as well as silent, have
recently
Post by domnic fernandes
posed the same question to me privately and my answer remains the same.
My father was a musician and a parochial school teacher first at Oxel,
Siolim and then at Vai-Dongor, Mandrem. He told us he earned Rs.5.00 per
month and supported his parents and three sisters. He then shifted to
Bombay where he played for a resident band in the "Green Hotel". I am yet
to find out this hotel, if it exists. He finally left Goa for Kuwait in
1947 and joined Kuwait Oil Company for Rs.90.00 per month, so he told us.
He retired and returned to Goa in 1970 and passed away on April 28, 1983.
From my childhood, I always saw four big metal trunks piled upon each
other
Post by domnic fernandes
in a corner in one of the bedrooms. These trunks were placed on two flat,
round grinding stones which belonged to a "Dantem" (manual grinder).
Whenever I chased rats at night with my gun (they came to eat paddy stored
in the room), they would run and hide under these trunks. The trunks were
quite heavy. One fine day I asked my mother what they contained. To my
surprise, she told me she did not know. Although there were no locks on
the
Post by domnic fernandes
trunks, my mother had never bothered to check the contents. In those
days,
Post by domnic fernandes
a wife did not touch anything that belonged to her husband unless she was
asked to. So, I suggested to my mother that we would open the trunks and
check the contents. When we opened one of the trunks, we had to run away
because cockroaches and silverfishes came out of the trunk and ran in
every
Post by domnic fernandes
direction. Since it was night time, we gave up, closed the trunk and
continued with the operation on the next day, Sunday. My mother, sister
and
Post by domnic fernandes
a neighbor of ours carried the trunk out of the house. As soon as we
opened
Post by domnic fernandes
the trunk, again armies of cockroaches and silverfishes ran out of it. As
we kept on digging into the trunk, we found nothing but music notes
(solfas)
Post by domnic fernandes
but all of them were very badly eaten up. We emptied the whole trunk and
set fire to those notes. My mother was upset but I consoled and told her
that I would explain everything to father when he came home on vacation.
We continued checking/emptying the remaining trunks - one trunk per week.
In the fourth week, we emptied the last trunk. On the top of this trunk,
I
Post by domnic fernandes
found a crumpled violin in a cloth bag which had been completely eaten up
by
Post by domnic fernandes
silverfishes. I also found some books but again they were all eaten up by
silverfishes except for one book which had 35 pages. Its cover was quite
intact but the title was eaten up and so was the writer's name except for
the last four letters of the name - "dade", and the last three letters of
the surname "des". I figured out later in my life that the writer was
none
Post by domnic fernandes
other than CARIDADE FERNANDES. I opened the book and tried to read it.
Yes, I was able to read it slowly but could not understand anything. I
did
Post by domnic fernandes
not throw away the book. Over the weekend, I decided to give it another
try. As I kept on reading, the words sounded very much like the ones we
used in our daily conversation; I had a connection. I started comparing
day
Post by domnic fernandes
to day words with those on the book and bingo - they matched. I gradually
read the whole book and was able to understand some of it. Thus, barely
at
Post by domnic fernandes
the age 10, I was able to read Konkani without anyone's guidance. I liked
the new language very much. I had found something different to read
besides
Post by domnic fernandes
Portuguese which I was studying. I read the book several times until I
had
Post by domnic fernandes
a fair idea of its contents. I wanted to read more Konkani books but did
not know where to get them. I enquired with my friends and neighbors but
they could not help me. They did not know what I was talking about.
I finished my Segundo Grau in Escola Primaria de Anjuna (anyone could get
a
Post by domnic fernandes
job then if he/she passed this qualification). When I appeared for the
final exam of Segundo Grau in Mapusa in the school premises adjacent to
the
Post by domnic fernandes
Post Office, a 60-year old gentleman from Tivim appeared for the exam with
us. I joined Escola Technica (ET) in Mapusa at the age of twelve. This
is
Post by domnic fernandes
where I came across one Domingos Mendes from Ucassaim. He too had a
liking
Post by domnic fernandes
for "Romansi" (Konkani novels). In fact, he brought Romansi to ET and
read
Post by domnic fernandes
them during lunch time. We were in the same class but he was about eight
years elder to me. There was another boy at ET, Conceicao Lobo, from
Corjuem, who also shared his Romansi with me. I had at last found the
source of Konkani novels which lasted for two years. By then I had found
a
Post by domnic fernandes
shop in Mapusa which sold Romansi. Later, I also came across a person in
our ward who read Romansi. So, we exchanged Romansi.
Next, I began to read "VAURADDEANCHO IXTT", the only Konkani newspaper
written in Roman script then and now. I laid my hands on everything that
was available in Konkani at that time and educated myself. My Konkani
remained dormant in Saudi Arabia from the time I arrived here in 1981
until
Post by domnic fernandes
last year. I began writing Konkani on Goanet last year after around 22
years!!!
The purpose of this message is to reaffirm the fact that nothing is
impossible. "Mog aslear, hun-hun vodde ghanttar pavtat, nam zalear xevele
torui pavonant" (where there is will, there is a way!)
Today is an auspicious day because it happens to be the day Konkani was
included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. So, why are you
waiting, go for Konkani and be a proud Goan!
Viva amchi maim bhas Konkani!
Moi-mogan,
Domnic Fernandes
Anjuna/Dhahran, KSA
domnic fernandes
2004-08-22 07:07:31 UTC
Permalink
Thank you very much, Seb. By the grace of God, I remember every minute
detail from the age of around four. I have been very inquisitive from my
childhood and I always make it my business to know as much as I can. I
recently lost two computers but my personal hard disk is still intact, and I
call that Creator?s wonder! Every bit of information of my life?s precious
moments is stored in my ?bhezo?. All I do is press the ?recall? button
(imaginary) in order to get the required information and voila ? I get
whatever I want. I have had a wonderful life and I would like to share my
experiences with my fellow Goans. No, I don?t have anyone to talk to or
consult with whenever I write, but when my Goenkar bhav-bhoinni tell me via
Goanet or through personal emails that they read my postings, I feel
connected with them, and that connection gives me the best satisfaction. I
sincerely thank each and every one for their love, support and appreciation
of my work.

As for Konkani, I grew up with it and I breathe it every day. I have always
had a penchant for our mother tongue from my childhood and my love for it
increases by the day. Yes, Konkani is my inspiration and it is my desire to
see it become the inspiration of every Goan at home and abroad. When I
think of the bygone era and recall it, I am proud to say that I do it in
Konkani. Just two days ago, we celebrated ?World Goa Day? globally. Are we
going to wait for another year to celebrate it? We don?t have to. We may
have a yearly function, but our work must go on every day and we must
accomplish as much as we can. We have too much to do but less time to be
around. So, let us not postpone today?s plans for tomorrow. Let us
continue to build global unity every day and promote our mother tongue on an
accelerated basis. Let us not feel ashamed to talk Konkani. Let us
proudly tell the world that Konkani is our mother tongue and speak it
without any hesitation. As I have said time and again, Konkani is our only
true identity. So, let us put on the badge of our identity and display it
to the world proudly!

Viva amchi maim bhas Konkani!

Moi-mogan,
Domnic Fernandes
Anjuna/Dhahran, KSA

Bravo!! Pleased to read... I am immensely and equally amazed by your
in-depth knowledge of Konkani... On a serious note Domnic, from where do you
comeup with all this. Your konkani notes; flood memories back of bygone era.

Thnx and keep going.

hAVE a nICE dAY !!
Seb
Post by domnic fernandes
Sometime ago, one of the Goanetters in the USA asked me through private
email: "You mean to say you taught yourself to read and write Konkani?"
My
Post by domnic fernandes
reply was: "Yes". Many Goanetters, active as well as silent, have
recently
Post by domnic fernandes
posed the same question to me privately and my answer remains the same.
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2004-08-22 07:10:19 UTC
Permalink
HellovDomnic

I read your article, and liked it, like you, I too learnt konkanni on my
own. My story goes back many years when I was staying in Corjuem. One of our
neighbor had cleaned her house, and all unwanted things were thrown out. My
sister always curious to read anything brought one book called ARABESKA by
Reginald Fernandes. After she finished reading it, I took the book to read.
Goanet Mail Reformatted
2004-08-22 15:54:03 UTC
Permalink
----- Forwarded message from fausto <fausto at mantraonline.com> -----

Date: Sun, 22 Aug 2004 21:11:47 +0530
From: fausto <fausto at mantraonline.com>


Hi Domnic,

I liked your article PURVILE GOENKAR. There is a lot of information about
our culture.

If possible, I would like to carry it on The Goan Review or Gulab magazine
with your kind permission.

Regards
Fausto

Subject: [Goanet]HOW I LEARNED KONKANI!
Post by domnic fernandes
Sometime ago, one of the Goanetters in the USA asked me through private
email: "You mean to say you taught yourself to read and write Konkani?"
----- End forwarded message -----

Goanet - http://www.goanet.org - Goa's premier mailing list is 10 years old
D'Souza, Avelino
2004-08-23 06:46:22 UTC
Permalink
Thank you Domnic for the beautiful Konkani write ups on Goa. Every article on Goa in
Konkani is "amazing". Every time I read, it took me down memory lane. It evoked my feelings, refreshed my memory and I feel I am born again. I feel my childhood
experiences, and my growing up in Goa is recorded in your writings. Its like going
back in time, retracing every step, every moment.

As Jerry mentioned, I had the opportunity to read some of the novels (Romansi) by
Reginald Fernandes and Joao Inacio. In addition to Jerry's list I remember reading
Valencia & Padmini. In the beginning it was difficult to understand. My childhood
friend and neighbor John Almeida, tiatr writer and director, helped me with the
meanings of the words. Encouraged me to read Konkani. I wished I could express
my self better in Konkani. Looking forward for more write ups in Konkani.

Magtam Dhonia Deva lagim tuka bori saud ani boll.

Avelino
Bastora/Kuwait

*********************************


HellovDomnic

I read your article, and liked it, like you, I too learnt konkanni on my
own. My story goes back many years when I was staying in Corjuem. One of our
neighbor had cleaned her house, and all unwanted things were thrown out. My
sister always curious to read anything brought one book called ARABESKA by
Reginald Fernandes. After she finished reading it, I took the book to read.
domnic fernandes
2004-08-20 16:25:05 UTC
Permalink
Sometime ago, one of the Goanetters in the USA asked me through private
email: "You mean to say you taught yourself to read and write Konkani?" My
reply was: ?Yes?. Many Goanetters, active as well as silent, have recently
posed the same question to me privately and my answer remains the same.
Here is how it all happened:

My father was a musician and a parochial school teacher first at Oxel,
Siolim and then at Vai-Dongor, Mandrem. He told us he earned Rs.5.00 per
month and supported his parents and three sisters. He then shifted to
Bombay where he played for a resident band in the ?Green Hotel?. I am yet
to find out this hotel, if it exists. He finally left Goa for Kuwait in
1947 and joined Kuwait Oil Company for Rs.90.00 per month, so he told us.
He retired and returned to Goa in 1970 and passed away on April 28, 1983.
Seb dc
2004-08-21 15:41:08 UTC
Permalink
Bravo!! Pleased to read... I am immensely and equally amazed by your
in-depth knowledge of Konkani... On a serious note Domnic, from where do you
comeup with all this. Your konkani notes; flood memories back of bygone era.

Thnx and keep going.

hAVE a nICE dAY !!
Seb
Post by domnic fernandes
Sometime ago, one of the Goanetters in the USA asked me through private
email: "You mean to say you taught yourself to read and write Konkani?"
My
Post by domnic fernandes
reply was: "Yes". Many Goanetters, active as well as silent, have
recently
Post by domnic fernandes
posed the same question to me privately and my answer remains the same.
My father was a musician and a parochial school teacher first at Oxel,
Siolim and then at Vai-Dongor, Mandrem. He told us he earned Rs.5.00 per
month and supported his parents and three sisters. He then shifted to
Bombay where he played for a resident band in the "Green Hotel". I am yet
to find out this hotel, if it exists. He finally left Goa for Kuwait in
1947 and joined Kuwait Oil Company for Rs.90.00 per month, so he told us.
He retired and returned to Goa in 1970 and passed away on April 28, 1983.
From my childhood, I always saw four big metal trunks piled upon each
other
Post by domnic fernandes
in a corner in one of the bedrooms. These trunks were placed on two flat,
round grinding stones which belonged to a "Dantem" (manual grinder).
Whenever I chased rats at night with my gun (they came to eat paddy stored
in the room), they would run and hide under these trunks. The trunks were
quite heavy. One fine day I asked my mother what they contained. To my
surprise, she told me she did not know. Although there were no locks on
the
Post by domnic fernandes
trunks, my mother had never bothered to check the contents. In those
days,
Post by domnic fernandes
a wife did not touch anything that belonged to her husband unless she was
asked to. So, I suggested to my mother that we would open the trunks and
check the contents. When we opened one of the trunks, we had to run away
because cockroaches and silverfishes came out of the trunk and ran in
every
Post by domnic fernandes
direction. Since it was night time, we gave up, closed the trunk and
continued with the operation on the next day, Sunday. My mother, sister
and
Post by domnic fernandes
a neighbor of ours carried the trunk out of the house. As soon as we
opened
Post by domnic fernandes
the trunk, again armies of cockroaches and silverfishes ran out of it. As
we kept on digging into the trunk, we found nothing but music notes
(solfas)
Post by domnic fernandes
but all of them were very badly eaten up. We emptied the whole trunk and
set fire to those notes. My mother was upset but I consoled and told her
that I would explain everything to father when he came home on vacation.
We continued checking/emptying the remaining trunks - one trunk per week.
In the fourth week, we emptied the last trunk. On the top of this trunk,
I
Post by domnic fernandes
found a crumpled violin in a cloth bag which had been completely eaten up
by
Post by domnic fernandes
silverfishes. I also found some books but again they were all eaten up by
silverfishes except for one book which had 35 pages. Its cover was quite
intact but the title was eaten up and so was the writer's name except for
the last four letters of the name - "dade", and the last three letters of
the surname "des". I figured out later in my life that the writer was
none
Post by domnic fernandes
other than CARIDADE FERNANDES. I opened the book and tried to read it.
Yes, I was able to read it slowly but could not understand anything. I
did
Post by domnic fernandes
not throw away the book. Over the weekend, I decided to give it another
try. As I kept on reading, the words sounded very much like the ones we
used in our daily conversation; I had a connection. I started comparing
day
Post by domnic fernandes
to day words with those on the book and bingo - they matched. I gradually
read the whole book and was able to understand some of it. Thus, barely
at
Post by domnic fernandes
the age 10, I was able to read Konkani without anyone's guidance. I liked
the new language very much. I had found something different to read
besides
Post by domnic fernandes
Portuguese which I was studying. I read the book several times until I
had
Post by domnic fernandes
a fair idea of its contents. I wanted to read more Konkani books but did
not know where to get them. I enquired with my friends and neighbors but
they could not help me. They did not know what I was talking about.
I finished my Segundo Grau in Escola Primaria de Anjuna (anyone could get
a
Post by domnic fernandes
job then if he/she passed this qualification). When I appeared for the
final exam of Segundo Grau in Mapusa in the school premises adjacent to
the
Post by domnic fernandes
Post Office, a 60-year old gentleman from Tivim appeared for the exam with
us. I joined Escola Technica (ET) in Mapusa at the age of twelve. This
is
Post by domnic fernandes
where I came across one Domingos Mendes from Ucassaim. He too had a
liking
Post by domnic fernandes
for "Romansi" (Konkani novels). In fact, he brought Romansi to ET and
read
Post by domnic fernandes
them during lunch time. We were in the same class but he was about eight
years elder to me. There was another boy at ET, Conceicao Lobo, from
Corjuem, who also shared his Romansi with me. I had at last found the
source of Konkani novels which lasted for two years. By then I had found
a
Post by domnic fernandes
shop in Mapusa which sold Romansi. Later, I also came across a person in
our ward who read Romansi. So, we exchanged Romansi.
Next, I began to read "VAURADDEANCHO IXTT", the only Konkani newspaper
written in Roman script then and now. I laid my hands on everything that
was available in Konkani at that time and educated myself. My Konkani
remained dormant in Saudi Arabia from the time I arrived here in 1981
until
Post by domnic fernandes
last year. I began writing Konkani on Goanet last year after around 22
years!!!
The purpose of this message is to reaffirm the fact that nothing is
impossible. "Mog aslear, hun-hun vodde ghanttar pavtat, nam zalear xevele
torui pavonant" (where there is will, there is a way!)
Today is an auspicious day because it happens to be the day Konkani was
included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. So, why are you
waiting, go for Konkani and be a proud Goan!
Viva amchi maim bhas Konkani!
Moi-mogan,
Domnic Fernandes
Anjuna/Dhahran, KSA
domnic fernandes
2004-08-22 07:07:31 UTC
Permalink
Thank you very much, Seb. By the grace of God, I remember every minute
detail from the age of around four. I have been very inquisitive from my
childhood and I always make it my business to know as much as I can. I
recently lost two computers but my personal hard disk is still intact, and I
call that Creator?s wonder! Every bit of information of my life?s precious
moments is stored in my ?bhezo?. All I do is press the ?recall? button
(imaginary) in order to get the required information and voila ? I get
whatever I want. I have had a wonderful life and I would like to share my
experiences with my fellow Goans. No, I don?t have anyone to talk to or
consult with whenever I write, but when my Goenkar bhav-bhoinni tell me via
Goanet or through personal emails that they read my postings, I feel
connected with them, and that connection gives me the best satisfaction. I
sincerely thank each and every one for their love, support and appreciation
of my work.

As for Konkani, I grew up with it and I breathe it every day. I have always
had a penchant for our mother tongue from my childhood and my love for it
increases by the day. Yes, Konkani is my inspiration and it is my desire to
see it become the inspiration of every Goan at home and abroad. When I
think of the bygone era and recall it, I am proud to say that I do it in
Konkani. Just two days ago, we celebrated ?World Goa Day? globally. Are we
going to wait for another year to celebrate it? We don?t have to. We may
have a yearly function, but our work must go on every day and we must
accomplish as much as we can. We have too much to do but less time to be
around. So, let us not postpone today?s plans for tomorrow. Let us
continue to build global unity every day and promote our mother tongue on an
accelerated basis. Let us not feel ashamed to talk Konkani. Let us
proudly tell the world that Konkani is our mother tongue and speak it
without any hesitation. As I have said time and again, Konkani is our only
true identity. So, let us put on the badge of our identity and display it
to the world proudly!

Viva amchi maim bhas Konkani!

Moi-mogan,
Domnic Fernandes
Anjuna/Dhahran, KSA

Bravo!! Pleased to read... I am immensely and equally amazed by your
in-depth knowledge of Konkani... On a serious note Domnic, from where do you
comeup with all this. Your konkani notes; flood memories back of bygone era.

Thnx and keep going.

hAVE a nICE dAY !!
Seb
Post by domnic fernandes
Sometime ago, one of the Goanetters in the USA asked me through private
email: "You mean to say you taught yourself to read and write Konkani?"
My
Post by domnic fernandes
reply was: "Yes". Many Goanetters, active as well as silent, have
recently
Post by domnic fernandes
posed the same question to me privately and my answer remains the same.
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2004-08-22 07:10:19 UTC
Permalink
HellovDomnic

I read your article, and liked it, like you, I too learnt konkanni on my
own. My story goes back many years when I was staying in Corjuem. One of our
neighbor had cleaned her house, and all unwanted things were thrown out. My
sister always curious to read anything brought one book called ARABESKA by
Reginald Fernandes. After she finished reading it, I took the book to read.
Goanet Mail Reformatted
2004-08-22 15:54:03 UTC
Permalink
----- Forwarded message from fausto <fausto at mantraonline.com> -----

Date: Sun, 22 Aug 2004 21:11:47 +0530
From: fausto <fausto at mantraonline.com>


Hi Domnic,

I liked your article PURVILE GOENKAR. There is a lot of information about
our culture.

If possible, I would like to carry it on The Goan Review or Gulab magazine
with your kind permission.

Regards
Fausto

Subject: [Goanet]HOW I LEARNED KONKANI!
Post by domnic fernandes
Sometime ago, one of the Goanetters in the USA asked me through private
email: "You mean to say you taught yourself to read and write Konkani?"
----- End forwarded message -----

Goanet - http://www.goanet.org - Goa's premier mailing list is 10 years old
D'Souza, Avelino
2004-08-23 06:46:22 UTC
Permalink
Thank you Domnic for the beautiful Konkani write ups on Goa. Every article on Goa in
Konkani is "amazing". Every time I read, it took me down memory lane. It evoked my feelings, refreshed my memory and I feel I am born again. I feel my childhood
experiences, and my growing up in Goa is recorded in your writings. Its like going
back in time, retracing every step, every moment.

As Jerry mentioned, I had the opportunity to read some of the novels (Romansi) by
Reginald Fernandes and Joao Inacio. In addition to Jerry's list I remember reading
Valencia & Padmini. In the beginning it was difficult to understand. My childhood
friend and neighbor John Almeida, tiatr writer and director, helped me with the
meanings of the words. Encouraged me to read Konkani. I wished I could express
my self better in Konkani. Looking forward for more write ups in Konkani.

Magtam Dhonia Deva lagim tuka bori saud ani boll.

Avelino
Bastora/Kuwait

*********************************


HellovDomnic

I read your article, and liked it, like you, I too learnt konkanni on my
own. My story goes back many years when I was staying in Corjuem. One of our
neighbor had cleaned her house, and all unwanted things were thrown out. My
sister always curious to read anything brought one book called ARABESKA by
Reginald Fernandes. After she finished reading it, I took the book to read.
domnic fernandes
2004-08-20 16:25:05 UTC
Permalink
Sometime ago, one of the Goanetters in the USA asked me through private
email: "You mean to say you taught yourself to read and write Konkani?" My
reply was: ?Yes?. Many Goanetters, active as well as silent, have recently
posed the same question to me privately and my answer remains the same.
Here is how it all happened:

My father was a musician and a parochial school teacher first at Oxel,
Siolim and then at Vai-Dongor, Mandrem. He told us he earned Rs.5.00 per
month and supported his parents and three sisters. He then shifted to
Bombay where he played for a resident band in the ?Green Hotel?. I am yet
to find out this hotel, if it exists. He finally left Goa for Kuwait in
1947 and joined Kuwait Oil Company for Rs.90.00 per month, so he told us.
He retired and returned to Goa in 1970 and passed away on April 28, 1983.
Seb dc
2004-08-21 15:41:08 UTC
Permalink
Bravo!! Pleased to read... I am immensely and equally amazed by your
in-depth knowledge of Konkani... On a serious note Domnic, from where do you
comeup with all this. Your konkani notes; flood memories back of bygone era.

Thnx and keep going.

hAVE a nICE dAY !!
Seb
Post by domnic fernandes
Sometime ago, one of the Goanetters in the USA asked me through private
email: "You mean to say you taught yourself to read and write Konkani?"
My
Post by domnic fernandes
reply was: "Yes". Many Goanetters, active as well as silent, have
recently
Post by domnic fernandes
posed the same question to me privately and my answer remains the same.
My father was a musician and a parochial school teacher first at Oxel,
Siolim and then at Vai-Dongor, Mandrem. He told us he earned Rs.5.00 per
month and supported his parents and three sisters. He then shifted to
Bombay where he played for a resident band in the "Green Hotel". I am yet
to find out this hotel, if it exists. He finally left Goa for Kuwait in
1947 and joined Kuwait Oil Company for Rs.90.00 per month, so he told us.
He retired and returned to Goa in 1970 and passed away on April 28, 1983.
From my childhood, I always saw four big metal trunks piled upon each
other
Post by domnic fernandes
in a corner in one of the bedrooms. These trunks were placed on two flat,
round grinding stones which belonged to a "Dantem" (manual grinder).
Whenever I chased rats at night with my gun (they came to eat paddy stored
in the room), they would run and hide under these trunks. The trunks were
quite heavy. One fine day I asked my mother what they contained. To my
surprise, she told me she did not know. Although there were no locks on
the
Post by domnic fernandes
trunks, my mother had never bothered to check the contents. In those
days,
Post by domnic fernandes
a wife did not touch anything that belonged to her husband unless she was
asked to. So, I suggested to my mother that we would open the trunks and
check the contents. When we opened one of the trunks, we had to run away
because cockroaches and silverfishes came out of the trunk and ran in
every
Post by domnic fernandes
direction. Since it was night time, we gave up, closed the trunk and
continued with the operation on the next day, Sunday. My mother, sister
and
Post by domnic fernandes
a neighbor of ours carried the trunk out of the house. As soon as we
opened
Post by domnic fernandes
the trunk, again armies of cockroaches and silverfishes ran out of it. As
we kept on digging into the trunk, we found nothing but music notes
(solfas)
Post by domnic fernandes
but all of them were very badly eaten up. We emptied the whole trunk and
set fire to those notes. My mother was upset but I consoled and told her
that I would explain everything to father when he came home on vacation.
We continued checking/emptying the remaining trunks - one trunk per week.
In the fourth week, we emptied the last trunk. On the top of this trunk,
I
Post by domnic fernandes
found a crumpled violin in a cloth bag which had been completely eaten up
by
Post by domnic fernandes
silverfishes. I also found some books but again they were all eaten up by
silverfishes except for one book which had 35 pages. Its cover was quite
intact but the title was eaten up and so was the writer's name except for
the last four letters of the name - "dade", and the last three letters of
the surname "des". I figured out later in my life that the writer was
none
Post by domnic fernandes
other than CARIDADE FERNANDES. I opened the book and tried to read it.
Yes, I was able to read it slowly but could not understand anything. I
did
Post by domnic fernandes
not throw away the book. Over the weekend, I decided to give it another
try. As I kept on reading, the words sounded very much like the ones we
used in our daily conversation; I had a connection. I started comparing
day
Post by domnic fernandes
to day words with those on the book and bingo - they matched. I gradually
read the whole book and was able to understand some of it. Thus, barely
at
Post by domnic fernandes
the age 10, I was able to read Konkani without anyone's guidance. I liked
the new language very much. I had found something different to read
besides
Post by domnic fernandes
Portuguese which I was studying. I read the book several times until I
had
Post by domnic fernandes
a fair idea of its contents. I wanted to read more Konkani books but did
not know where to get them. I enquired with my friends and neighbors but
they could not help me. They did not know what I was talking about.
I finished my Segundo Grau in Escola Primaria de Anjuna (anyone could get
a
Post by domnic fernandes
job then if he/she passed this qualification). When I appeared for the
final exam of Segundo Grau in Mapusa in the school premises adjacent to
the
Post by domnic fernandes
Post Office, a 60-year old gentleman from Tivim appeared for the exam with
us. I joined Escola Technica (ET) in Mapusa at the age of twelve. This
is
Post by domnic fernandes
where I came across one Domingos Mendes from Ucassaim. He too had a
liking
Post by domnic fernandes
for "Romansi" (Konkani novels). In fact, he brought Romansi to ET and
read
Post by domnic fernandes
them during lunch time. We were in the same class but he was about eight
years elder to me. There was another boy at ET, Conceicao Lobo, from
Corjuem, who also shared his Romansi with me. I had at last found the
source of Konkani novels which lasted for two years. By then I had found
a
Post by domnic fernandes
shop in Mapusa which sold Romansi. Later, I also came across a person in
our ward who read Romansi. So, we exchanged Romansi.
Next, I began to read "VAURADDEANCHO IXTT", the only Konkani newspaper
written in Roman script then and now. I laid my hands on everything that
was available in Konkani at that time and educated myself. My Konkani
remained dormant in Saudi Arabia from the time I arrived here in 1981
until
Post by domnic fernandes
last year. I began writing Konkani on Goanet last year after around 22
years!!!
The purpose of this message is to reaffirm the fact that nothing is
impossible. "Mog aslear, hun-hun vodde ghanttar pavtat, nam zalear xevele
torui pavonant" (where there is will, there is a way!)
Today is an auspicious day because it happens to be the day Konkani was
included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. So, why are you
waiting, go for Konkani and be a proud Goan!
Viva amchi maim bhas Konkani!
Moi-mogan,
Domnic Fernandes
Anjuna/Dhahran, KSA
domnic fernandes
2004-08-22 07:07:31 UTC
Permalink
Thank you very much, Seb. By the grace of God, I remember every minute
detail from the age of around four. I have been very inquisitive from my
childhood and I always make it my business to know as much as I can. I
recently lost two computers but my personal hard disk is still intact, and I
call that Creator?s wonder! Every bit of information of my life?s precious
moments is stored in my ?bhezo?. All I do is press the ?recall? button
(imaginary) in order to get the required information and voila ? I get
whatever I want. I have had a wonderful life and I would like to share my
experiences with my fellow Goans. No, I don?t have anyone to talk to or
consult with whenever I write, but when my Goenkar bhav-bhoinni tell me via
Goanet or through personal emails that they read my postings, I feel
connected with them, and that connection gives me the best satisfaction. I
sincerely thank each and every one for their love, support and appreciation
of my work.

As for Konkani, I grew up with it and I breathe it every day. I have always
had a penchant for our mother tongue from my childhood and my love for it
increases by the day. Yes, Konkani is my inspiration and it is my desire to
see it become the inspiration of every Goan at home and abroad. When I
think of the bygone era and recall it, I am proud to say that I do it in
Konkani. Just two days ago, we celebrated ?World Goa Day? globally. Are we
going to wait for another year to celebrate it? We don?t have to. We may
have a yearly function, but our work must go on every day and we must
accomplish as much as we can. We have too much to do but less time to be
around. So, let us not postpone today?s plans for tomorrow. Let us
continue to build global unity every day and promote our mother tongue on an
accelerated basis. Let us not feel ashamed to talk Konkani. Let us
proudly tell the world that Konkani is our mother tongue and speak it
without any hesitation. As I have said time and again, Konkani is our only
true identity. So, let us put on the badge of our identity and display it
to the world proudly!

Viva amchi maim bhas Konkani!

Moi-mogan,
Domnic Fernandes
Anjuna/Dhahran, KSA

Bravo!! Pleased to read... I am immensely and equally amazed by your
in-depth knowledge of Konkani... On a serious note Domnic, from where do you
comeup with all this. Your konkani notes; flood memories back of bygone era.

Thnx and keep going.

hAVE a nICE dAY !!
Seb
Post by domnic fernandes
Sometime ago, one of the Goanetters in the USA asked me through private
email: "You mean to say you taught yourself to read and write Konkani?"
My
Post by domnic fernandes
reply was: "Yes". Many Goanetters, active as well as silent, have
recently
Post by domnic fernandes
posed the same question to me privately and my answer remains the same.
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2004-08-22 07:10:19 UTC
Permalink
HellovDomnic

I read your article, and liked it, like you, I too learnt konkanni on my
own. My story goes back many years when I was staying in Corjuem. One of our
neighbor had cleaned her house, and all unwanted things were thrown out. My
sister always curious to read anything brought one book called ARABESKA by
Reginald Fernandes. After she finished reading it, I took the book to read.
Goanet Mail Reformatted
2004-08-22 15:54:03 UTC
Permalink
----- Forwarded message from fausto <fausto at mantraonline.com> -----

Date: Sun, 22 Aug 2004 21:11:47 +0530
From: fausto <fausto at mantraonline.com>


Hi Domnic,

I liked your article PURVILE GOENKAR. There is a lot of information about
our culture.

If possible, I would like to carry it on The Goan Review or Gulab magazine
with your kind permission.

Regards
Fausto

Subject: [Goanet]HOW I LEARNED KONKANI!
Post by domnic fernandes
Sometime ago, one of the Goanetters in the USA asked me through private
email: "You mean to say you taught yourself to read and write Konkani?"
----- End forwarded message -----

Goanet - http://www.goanet.org - Goa's premier mailing list is 10 years old
D'Souza, Avelino
2004-08-23 06:46:22 UTC
Permalink
Thank you Domnic for the beautiful Konkani write ups on Goa. Every article on Goa in
Konkani is "amazing". Every time I read, it took me down memory lane. It evoked my feelings, refreshed my memory and I feel I am born again. I feel my childhood
experiences, and my growing up in Goa is recorded in your writings. Its like going
back in time, retracing every step, every moment.

As Jerry mentioned, I had the opportunity to read some of the novels (Romansi) by
Reginald Fernandes and Joao Inacio. In addition to Jerry's list I remember reading
Valencia & Padmini. In the beginning it was difficult to understand. My childhood
friend and neighbor John Almeida, tiatr writer and director, helped me with the
meanings of the words. Encouraged me to read Konkani. I wished I could express
my self better in Konkani. Looking forward for more write ups in Konkani.

Magtam Dhonia Deva lagim tuka bori saud ani boll.

Avelino
Bastora/Kuwait

*********************************


HellovDomnic

I read your article, and liked it, like you, I too learnt konkanni on my
own. My story goes back many years when I was staying in Corjuem. One of our
neighbor had cleaned her house, and all unwanted things were thrown out. My
sister always curious to read anything brought one book called ARABESKA by
Reginald Fernandes. After she finished reading it, I took the book to read.
domnic fernandes
2004-08-20 16:25:05 UTC
Permalink
Sometime ago, one of the Goanetters in the USA asked me through private
email: "You mean to say you taught yourself to read and write Konkani?" My
reply was: ?Yes?. Many Goanetters, active as well as silent, have recently
posed the same question to me privately and my answer remains the same.
Here is how it all happened:

My father was a musician and a parochial school teacher first at Oxel,
Siolim and then at Vai-Dongor, Mandrem. He told us he earned Rs.5.00 per
month and supported his parents and three sisters. He then shifted to
Bombay where he played for a resident band in the ?Green Hotel?. I am yet
to find out this hotel, if it exists. He finally left Goa for Kuwait in
1947 and joined Kuwait Oil Company for Rs.90.00 per month, so he told us.
He retired and returned to Goa in 1970 and passed away on April 28, 1983.
Seb dc
2004-08-21 15:41:08 UTC
Permalink
Bravo!! Pleased to read... I am immensely and equally amazed by your
in-depth knowledge of Konkani... On a serious note Domnic, from where do you
comeup with all this. Your konkani notes; flood memories back of bygone era.

Thnx and keep going.

hAVE a nICE dAY !!
Seb
Post by domnic fernandes
Sometime ago, one of the Goanetters in the USA asked me through private
email: "You mean to say you taught yourself to read and write Konkani?"
My
Post by domnic fernandes
reply was: "Yes". Many Goanetters, active as well as silent, have
recently
Post by domnic fernandes
posed the same question to me privately and my answer remains the same.
My father was a musician and a parochial school teacher first at Oxel,
Siolim and then at Vai-Dongor, Mandrem. He told us he earned Rs.5.00 per
month and supported his parents and three sisters. He then shifted to
Bombay where he played for a resident band in the "Green Hotel". I am yet
to find out this hotel, if it exists. He finally left Goa for Kuwait in
1947 and joined Kuwait Oil Company for Rs.90.00 per month, so he told us.
He retired and returned to Goa in 1970 and passed away on April 28, 1983.
From my childhood, I always saw four big metal trunks piled upon each
other
Post by domnic fernandes
in a corner in one of the bedrooms. These trunks were placed on two flat,
round grinding stones which belonged to a "Dantem" (manual grinder).
Whenever I chased rats at night with my gun (they came to eat paddy stored
in the room), they would run and hide under these trunks. The trunks were
quite heavy. One fine day I asked my mother what they contained. To my
surprise, she told me she did not know. Although there were no locks on
the
Post by domnic fernandes
trunks, my mother had never bothered to check the contents. In those
days,
Post by domnic fernandes
a wife did not touch anything that belonged to her husband unless she was
asked to. So, I suggested to my mother that we would open the trunks and
check the contents. When we opened one of the trunks, we had to run away
because cockroaches and silverfishes came out of the trunk and ran in
every
Post by domnic fernandes
direction. Since it was night time, we gave up, closed the trunk and
continued with the operation on the next day, Sunday. My mother, sister
and
Post by domnic fernandes
a neighbor of ours carried the trunk out of the house. As soon as we
opened
Post by domnic fernandes
the trunk, again armies of cockroaches and silverfishes ran out of it. As
we kept on digging into the trunk, we found nothing but music notes
(solfas)
Post by domnic fernandes
but all of them were very badly eaten up. We emptied the whole trunk and
set fire to those notes. My mother was upset but I consoled and told her
that I would explain everything to father when he came home on vacation.
We continued checking/emptying the remaining trunks - one trunk per week.
In the fourth week, we emptied the last trunk. On the top of this trunk,
I
Post by domnic fernandes
found a crumpled violin in a cloth bag which had been completely eaten up
by
Post by domnic fernandes
silverfishes. I also found some books but again they were all eaten up by
silverfishes except for one book which had 35 pages. Its cover was quite
intact but the title was eaten up and so was the writer's name except for
the last four letters of the name - "dade", and the last three letters of
the surname "des". I figured out later in my life that the writer was
none
Post by domnic fernandes
other than CARIDADE FERNANDES. I opened the book and tried to read it.
Yes, I was able to read it slowly but could not understand anything. I
did
Post by domnic fernandes
not throw away the book. Over the weekend, I decided to give it another
try. As I kept on reading, the words sounded very much like the ones we
used in our daily conversation; I had a connection. I started comparing
day
Post by domnic fernandes
to day words with those on the book and bingo - they matched. I gradually
read the whole book and was able to understand some of it. Thus, barely
at
Post by domnic fernandes
the age 10, I was able to read Konkani without anyone's guidance. I liked
the new language very much. I had found something different to read
besides
Post by domnic fernandes
Portuguese which I was studying. I read the book several times until I
had
Post by domnic fernandes
a fair idea of its contents. I wanted to read more Konkani books but did
not know where to get them. I enquired with my friends and neighbors but
they could not help me. They did not know what I was talking about.
I finished my Segundo Grau in Escola Primaria de Anjuna (anyone could get
a
Post by domnic fernandes
job then if he/she passed this qualification). When I appeared for the
final exam of Segundo Grau in Mapusa in the school premises adjacent to
the
Post by domnic fernandes
Post Office, a 60-year old gentleman from Tivim appeared for the exam with
us. I joined Escola Technica (ET) in Mapusa at the age of twelve. This
is
Post by domnic fernandes
where I came across one Domingos Mendes from Ucassaim. He too had a
liking
Post by domnic fernandes
for "Romansi" (Konkani novels). In fact, he brought Romansi to ET and
read
Post by domnic fernandes
them during lunch time. We were in the same class but he was about eight
years elder to me. There was another boy at ET, Conceicao Lobo, from
Corjuem, who also shared his Romansi with me. I had at last found the
source of Konkani novels which lasted for two years. By then I had found
a
Post by domnic fernandes
shop in Mapusa which sold Romansi. Later, I also came across a person in
our ward who read Romansi. So, we exchanged Romansi.
Next, I began to read "VAURADDEANCHO IXTT", the only Konkani newspaper
written in Roman script then and now. I laid my hands on everything that
was available in Konkani at that time and educated myself. My Konkani
remained dormant in Saudi Arabia from the time I arrived here in 1981
until
Post by domnic fernandes
last year. I began writing Konkani on Goanet last year after around 22
years!!!
The purpose of this message is to reaffirm the fact that nothing is
impossible. "Mog aslear, hun-hun vodde ghanttar pavtat, nam zalear xevele
torui pavonant" (where there is will, there is a way!)
Today is an auspicious day because it happens to be the day Konkani was
included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. So, why are you
waiting, go for Konkani and be a proud Goan!
Viva amchi maim bhas Konkani!
Moi-mogan,
Domnic Fernandes
Anjuna/Dhahran, KSA
domnic fernandes
2004-08-22 07:07:31 UTC
Permalink
Thank you very much, Seb. By the grace of God, I remember every minute
detail from the age of around four. I have been very inquisitive from my
childhood and I always make it my business to know as much as I can. I
recently lost two computers but my personal hard disk is still intact, and I
call that Creator?s wonder! Every bit of information of my life?s precious
moments is stored in my ?bhezo?. All I do is press the ?recall? button
(imaginary) in order to get the required information and voila ? I get
whatever I want. I have had a wonderful life and I would like to share my
experiences with my fellow Goans. No, I don?t have anyone to talk to or
consult with whenever I write, but when my Goenkar bhav-bhoinni tell me via
Goanet or through personal emails that they read my postings, I feel
connected with them, and that connection gives me the best satisfaction. I
sincerely thank each and every one for their love, support and appreciation
of my work.

As for Konkani, I grew up with it and I breathe it every day. I have always
had a penchant for our mother tongue from my childhood and my love for it
increases by the day. Yes, Konkani is my inspiration and it is my desire to
see it become the inspiration of every Goan at home and abroad. When I
think of the bygone era and recall it, I am proud to say that I do it in
Konkani. Just two days ago, we celebrated ?World Goa Day? globally. Are we
going to wait for another year to celebrate it? We don?t have to. We may
have a yearly function, but our work must go on every day and we must
accomplish as much as we can. We have too much to do but less time to be
around. So, let us not postpone today?s plans for tomorrow. Let us
continue to build global unity every day and promote our mother tongue on an
accelerated basis. Let us not feel ashamed to talk Konkani. Let us
proudly tell the world that Konkani is our mother tongue and speak it
without any hesitation. As I have said time and again, Konkani is our only
true identity. So, let us put on the badge of our identity and display it
to the world proudly!

Viva amchi maim bhas Konkani!

Moi-mogan,
Domnic Fernandes
Anjuna/Dhahran, KSA

Bravo!! Pleased to read... I am immensely and equally amazed by your
in-depth knowledge of Konkani... On a serious note Domnic, from where do you
comeup with all this. Your konkani notes; flood memories back of bygone era.

Thnx and keep going.

hAVE a nICE dAY !!
Seb
Post by domnic fernandes
Sometime ago, one of the Goanetters in the USA asked me through private
email: "You mean to say you taught yourself to read and write Konkani?"
My
Post by domnic fernandes
reply was: "Yes". Many Goanetters, active as well as silent, have
recently
Post by domnic fernandes
posed the same question to me privately and my answer remains the same.
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2004-08-22 07:10:19 UTC
Permalink
HellovDomnic

I read your article, and liked it, like you, I too learnt konkanni on my
own. My story goes back many years when I was staying in Corjuem. One of our
neighbor had cleaned her house, and all unwanted things were thrown out. My
sister always curious to read anything brought one book called ARABESKA by
Reginald Fernandes. After she finished reading it, I took the book to read.
Goanet Mail Reformatted
2004-08-22 15:54:03 UTC
Permalink
----- Forwarded message from fausto <fausto at mantraonline.com> -----

Date: Sun, 22 Aug 2004 21:11:47 +0530
From: fausto <fausto at mantraonline.com>


Hi Domnic,

I liked your article PURVILE GOENKAR. There is a lot of information about
our culture.

If possible, I would like to carry it on The Goan Review or Gulab magazine
with your kind permission.

Regards
Fausto

Subject: [Goanet]HOW I LEARNED KONKANI!
Post by domnic fernandes
Sometime ago, one of the Goanetters in the USA asked me through private
email: "You mean to say you taught yourself to read and write Konkani?"
----- End forwarded message -----

Goanet - http://www.goanet.org - Goa's premier mailing list is 10 years old
D'Souza, Avelino
2004-08-23 06:46:22 UTC
Permalink
Thank you Domnic for the beautiful Konkani write ups on Goa. Every article on Goa in
Konkani is "amazing". Every time I read, it took me down memory lane. It evoked my feelings, refreshed my memory and I feel I am born again. I feel my childhood
experiences, and my growing up in Goa is recorded in your writings. Its like going
back in time, retracing every step, every moment.

As Jerry mentioned, I had the opportunity to read some of the novels (Romansi) by
Reginald Fernandes and Joao Inacio. In addition to Jerry's list I remember reading
Valencia & Padmini. In the beginning it was difficult to understand. My childhood
friend and neighbor John Almeida, tiatr writer and director, helped me with the
meanings of the words. Encouraged me to read Konkani. I wished I could express
my self better in Konkani. Looking forward for more write ups in Konkani.

Magtam Dhonia Deva lagim tuka bori saud ani boll.

Avelino
Bastora/Kuwait

*********************************


HellovDomnic

I read your article, and liked it, like you, I too learnt konkanni on my
own. My story goes back many years when I was staying in Corjuem. One of our
neighbor had cleaned her house, and all unwanted things were thrown out. My
sister always curious to read anything brought one book called ARABESKA by
Reginald Fernandes. After she finished reading it, I took the book to read.
domnic fernandes
2004-08-20 16:25:05 UTC
Permalink
Sometime ago, one of the Goanetters in the USA asked me through private
email: "You mean to say you taught yourself to read and write Konkani?" My
reply was: ?Yes?. Many Goanetters, active as well as silent, have recently
posed the same question to me privately and my answer remains the same.
Here is how it all happened:

My father was a musician and a parochial school teacher first at Oxel,
Siolim and then at Vai-Dongor, Mandrem. He told us he earned Rs.5.00 per
month and supported his parents and three sisters. He then shifted to
Bombay where he played for a resident band in the ?Green Hotel?. I am yet
to find out this hotel, if it exists. He finally left Goa for Kuwait in
1947 and joined Kuwait Oil Company for Rs.90.00 per month, so he told us.
He retired and returned to Goa in 1970 and passed away on April 28, 1983.
Seb dc
2004-08-21 15:41:08 UTC
Permalink
Bravo!! Pleased to read... I am immensely and equally amazed by your
in-depth knowledge of Konkani... On a serious note Domnic, from where do you
comeup with all this. Your konkani notes; flood memories back of bygone era.

Thnx and keep going.

hAVE a nICE dAY !!
Seb
Post by domnic fernandes
Sometime ago, one of the Goanetters in the USA asked me through private
email: "You mean to say you taught yourself to read and write Konkani?"
My
Post by domnic fernandes
reply was: "Yes". Many Goanetters, active as well as silent, have
recently
Post by domnic fernandes
posed the same question to me privately and my answer remains the same.
My father was a musician and a parochial school teacher first at Oxel,
Siolim and then at Vai-Dongor, Mandrem. He told us he earned Rs.5.00 per
month and supported his parents and three sisters. He then shifted to
Bombay where he played for a resident band in the "Green Hotel". I am yet
to find out this hotel, if it exists. He finally left Goa for Kuwait in
1947 and joined Kuwait Oil Company for Rs.90.00 per month, so he told us.
He retired and returned to Goa in 1970 and passed away on April 28, 1983.
From my childhood, I always saw four big metal trunks piled upon each
other
Post by domnic fernandes
in a corner in one of the bedrooms. These trunks were placed on two flat,
round grinding stones which belonged to a "Dantem" (manual grinder).
Whenever I chased rats at night with my gun (they came to eat paddy stored
in the room), they would run and hide under these trunks. The trunks were
quite heavy. One fine day I asked my mother what they contained. To my
surprise, she told me she did not know. Although there were no locks on
the
Post by domnic fernandes
trunks, my mother had never bothered to check the contents. In those
days,
Post by domnic fernandes
a wife did not touch anything that belonged to her husband unless she was
asked to. So, I suggested to my mother that we would open the trunks and
check the contents. When we opened one of the trunks, we had to run away
because cockroaches and silverfishes came out of the trunk and ran in
every
Post by domnic fernandes
direction. Since it was night time, we gave up, closed the trunk and
continued with the operation on the next day, Sunday. My mother, sister
and
Post by domnic fernandes
a neighbor of ours carried the trunk out of the house. As soon as we
opened
Post by domnic fernandes
the trunk, again armies of cockroaches and silverfishes ran out of it. As
we kept on digging into the trunk, we found nothing but music notes
(solfas)
Post by domnic fernandes
but all of them were very badly eaten up. We emptied the whole trunk and
set fire to those notes. My mother was upset but I consoled and told her
that I would explain everything to father when he came home on vacation.
We continued checking/emptying the remaining trunks - one trunk per week.
In the fourth week, we emptied the last trunk. On the top of this trunk,
I
Post by domnic fernandes
found a crumpled violin in a cloth bag which had been completely eaten up
by
Post by domnic fernandes
silverfishes. I also found some books but again they were all eaten up by
silverfishes except for one book which had 35 pages. Its cover was quite
intact but the title was eaten up and so was the writer's name except for
the last four letters of the name - "dade", and the last three letters of
the surname "des". I figured out later in my life that the writer was
none
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other than CARIDADE FERNANDES. I opened the book and tried to read it.
Yes, I was able to read it slowly but could not understand anything. I
did
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not throw away the book. Over the weekend, I decided to give it another
try. As I kept on reading, the words sounded very much like the ones we
used in our daily conversation; I had a connection. I started comparing
day
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to day words with those on the book and bingo - they matched. I gradually
read the whole book and was able to understand some of it. Thus, barely
at
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the age 10, I was able to read Konkani without anyone's guidance. I liked
the new language very much. I had found something different to read
besides
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Portuguese which I was studying. I read the book several times until I
had
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a fair idea of its contents. I wanted to read more Konkani books but did
not know where to get them. I enquired with my friends and neighbors but
they could not help me. They did not know what I was talking about.
I finished my Segundo Grau in Escola Primaria de Anjuna (anyone could get
a
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job then if he/she passed this qualification). When I appeared for the
final exam of Segundo Grau in Mapusa in the school premises adjacent to
the
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Post Office, a 60-year old gentleman from Tivim appeared for the exam with
us. I joined Escola Technica (ET) in Mapusa at the age of twelve. This
is
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where I came across one Domingos Mendes from Ucassaim. He too had a
liking
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for "Romansi" (Konkani novels). In fact, he brought Romansi to ET and
read
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them during lunch time. We were in the same class but he was about eight
years elder to me. There was another boy at ET, Conceicao Lobo, from
Corjuem, who also shared his Romansi with me. I had at last found the
source of Konkani novels which lasted for two years. By then I had found
a
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shop in Mapusa which sold Romansi. Later, I also came across a person in
our ward who read Romansi. So, we exchanged Romansi.
Next, I began to read "VAURADDEANCHO IXTT", the only Konkani newspaper
written in Roman script then and now. I laid my hands on everything that
was available in Konkani at that time and educated myself. My Konkani
remained dormant in Saudi Arabia from the time I arrived here in 1981
until
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last year. I began writing Konkani on Goanet last year after around 22
years!!!
The purpose of this message is to reaffirm the fact that nothing is
impossible. "Mog aslear, hun-hun vodde ghanttar pavtat, nam zalear xevele
torui pavonant" (where there is will, there is a way!)
Today is an auspicious day because it happens to be the day Konkani was
included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. So, why are you
waiting, go for Konkani and be a proud Goan!
Viva amchi maim bhas Konkani!
Moi-mogan,
Domnic Fernandes
Anjuna/Dhahran, KSA
domnic fernandes
2004-08-22 07:07:31 UTC
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Thank you very much, Seb. By the grace of God, I remember every minute
detail from the age of around four. I have been very inquisitive from my
childhood and I always make it my business to know as much as I can. I
recently lost two computers but my personal hard disk is still intact, and I
call that Creator?s wonder! Every bit of information of my life?s precious
moments is stored in my ?bhezo?. All I do is press the ?recall? button
(imaginary) in order to get the required information and voila ? I get
whatever I want. I have had a wonderful life and I would like to share my
experiences with my fellow Goans. No, I don?t have anyone to talk to or
consult with whenever I write, but when my Goenkar bhav-bhoinni tell me via
Goanet or through personal emails that they read my postings, I feel
connected with them, and that connection gives me the best satisfaction. I
sincerely thank each and every one for their love, support and appreciation
of my work.

As for Konkani, I grew up with it and I breathe it every day. I have always
had a penchant for our mother tongue from my childhood and my love for it
increases by the day. Yes, Konkani is my inspiration and it is my desire to
see it become the inspiration of every Goan at home and abroad. When I
think of the bygone era and recall it, I am proud to say that I do it in
Konkani. Just two days ago, we celebrated ?World Goa Day? globally. Are we
going to wait for another year to celebrate it? We don?t have to. We may
have a yearly function, but our work must go on every day and we must
accomplish as much as we can. We have too much to do but less time to be
around. So, let us not postpone today?s plans for tomorrow. Let us
continue to build global unity every day and promote our mother tongue on an
accelerated basis. Let us not feel ashamed to talk Konkani. Let us
proudly tell the world that Konkani is our mother tongue and speak it
without any hesitation. As I have said time and again, Konkani is our only
true identity. So, let us put on the badge of our identity and display it
to the world proudly!

Viva amchi maim bhas Konkani!

Moi-mogan,
Domnic Fernandes
Anjuna/Dhahran, KSA

Bravo!! Pleased to read... I am immensely and equally amazed by your
in-depth knowledge of Konkani... On a serious note Domnic, from where do you
comeup with all this. Your konkani notes; flood memories back of bygone era.

Thnx and keep going.

hAVE a nICE dAY !!
Seb
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Sometime ago, one of the Goanetters in the USA asked me through private
email: "You mean to say you taught yourself to read and write Konkani?"
My
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reply was: "Yes". Many Goanetters, active as well as silent, have
recently
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posed the same question to me privately and my answer remains the same.
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jerry fernandes
2004-08-22 07:10:19 UTC
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HellovDomnic

I read your article, and liked it, like you, I too learnt konkanni on my
own. My story goes back many years when I was staying in Corjuem. One of our
neighbor had cleaned her house, and all unwanted things were thrown out. My
sister always curious to read anything brought one book called ARABESKA by
Reginald Fernandes. After she finished reading it, I took the book to read.
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----- Forwarded message from fausto <fausto at mantraonline.com> -----

Date: Sun, 22 Aug 2004 21:11:47 +0530
From: fausto <fausto at mantraonline.com>


Hi Domnic,

I liked your article PURVILE GOENKAR. There is a lot of information about
our culture.

If possible, I would like to carry it on The Goan Review or Gulab magazine
with your kind permission.

Regards
Fausto

Subject: [Goanet]HOW I LEARNED KONKANI!
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Sometime ago, one of the Goanetters in the USA asked me through private
email: "You mean to say you taught yourself to read and write Konkani?"
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D'Souza, Avelino
2004-08-23 06:46:22 UTC
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Thank you Domnic for the beautiful Konkani write ups on Goa. Every article on Goa in
Konkani is "amazing". Every time I read, it took me down memory lane. It evoked my feelings, refreshed my memory and I feel I am born again. I feel my childhood
experiences, and my growing up in Goa is recorded in your writings. Its like going
back in time, retracing every step, every moment.

As Jerry mentioned, I had the opportunity to read some of the novels (Romansi) by
Reginald Fernandes and Joao Inacio. In addition to Jerry's list I remember reading
Valencia & Padmini. In the beginning it was difficult to understand. My childhood
friend and neighbor John Almeida, tiatr writer and director, helped me with the
meanings of the words. Encouraged me to read Konkani. I wished I could express
my self better in Konkani. Looking forward for more write ups in Konkani.

Magtam Dhonia Deva lagim tuka bori saud ani boll.

Avelino
Bastora/Kuwait

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HellovDomnic

I read your article, and liked it, like you, I too learnt konkanni on my
own. My story goes back many years when I was staying in Corjuem. One of our
neighbor had cleaned her house, and all unwanted things were thrown out. My
sister always curious to read anything brought one book called ARABESKA by
Reginald Fernandes. After she finished reading it, I took the book to read.
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