Discussion:
Sunday papers... some Goa links
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Frederick Noronha (FN)
2006-02-20 05:10:33 UTC
Permalink
While visiting Uganda, where daily newspapers are priced the equivalent
of 50 US cents (about 1000 Ugandan shillings), it suddenly struck me how
inexpensive and affordable Indian newspapers are. A paper here costs Rs
2-3 on a weekday (under 10 cents US) and about Rs 5 on a weekend.

But papers that are advertisement-driven can be a bit (or
more) reader-unfriendly at time. One compromise is the
Sunday newspapers, and most outstation weekend-editions tend
to have a fair amount of reading material.

My joke on myself was that the Sunday Deccan Herald used to be a very
readable product... till I joined (from 1987-1994) and started writing
for it ;-) Anyway, whenever the chance comes along, one does like to
pick up the Sunday papers. Problem is: these editions come only to the
towns (Panjim mainly, Mapusa doesn't get all) and Sunday is a day when
one is seldom in town!

Yesterday's papers did have some Goa links in them...

Deccan Herald's art and culture page had this tory on the Opera House in
Mumbai. It read:

The fat lady sings only in Mumbai! Its rich history and
intricate architecture make the Royal Opera House in
Mumbai a major tourist attraction. K D L Khan on the
only opera house in India. The Opera House in Mumbai
waits to regain its past glory...

One wondered: with all the talent, couldn't Goa have something even
remotely like this? Never mind that the sun has set on the British
Empire!

And whiele reading, a Goan link presented itself. Apparently, the (then)
Bombay Opera House was constructed in the Baroque style, and was the
brainchild of Maurice E Bandmann, a renowned entertainer from Calcutta
and Jehangir Framji Karaka, who headed a coal brokers' firm. The article
further says:

An advantageous corner site was leased at the northern
end of Queen's Road in the vicinity of the Sandhurst and
Kennedy bridges, and in 1908, Karaka and Bandmann drew up
designs for the theatre. Bandmann's manager was responsible
for the deisgn of the auditorium while a Goan, Collaco, took
charge of the construction...

Almost expected it! A Goan link there. As one reads a little of history,
the Parsi-Goan links and the role they played in British colonial
history of India keeps coming up. Even if the Goan often seems to be a
junior partner in such endeavours. Interesting that Collaco is referred
to only by his surname here. Does anyone have more details?

Another article in the DH is Marianne de Nazareth's review of Manohar
Malgaonkar's *Inside Goa* (published by Architecture Autonomous, pp 495,
Rs 695). Year of publication is not mentioned.

She writes: "Written in a fluid and easy reading style, Malgaonkar takes
every Goan back to the days when their Portuguese 'masters' converted
them to Christianity forcibly -- "Let him who wants to live in the
islands become Christian". The others ran away to Mangalore and remained
Hindu..."

That, to me, seems a bit too simplistic. In post-colonial times, it's
fashionable to claim that the Portuguese converted "forcibly". It would
seem more believable that many simply saw opportunity in this
switch-over. Likewise, one thought that migration further south down the
coast (to Karnataka and Kerala) started in pre-Portuguese times. It
might be fashionable now-a-days to blame this on colonialism alone.

Another article in the SUNDAY Times of India (the paper I love to
hate... it has changed the idea of what newspapers are so drastically,
but you still can't afford to miss its adverts!) has this rather
convoluted article on Wendell Rodricks, about a February 10 event in
Colombo but written from Mumbai.

It begins thus: "The fashion world is in a state of shock. The attack on
designer Wendell Rodricks at a fashion show in Colombo on February 10
has left a bad taste in the mouths of the glad-rag brigade."

After reading two-thirds of the piece, one lears that it probably was
some rivalry between designers... or something to that effect.
Apparently some designers had been invited to showcase their work at a
charity event coordinated by a (?) Sumita Radhakrishna from Colombo on
behalf of the Rotary Club of Colombo East.

Maybe one is just missing something here!

In the Deccan Herald, there's also another profile of Satish Gujral, the
brother of former Indian PM Inder Kumar Gujral. We're told his "thirst
for life and creativity led him to dabble in many artistic mediums".

Wonder how many would agree that his design of the Goa University was
something worth writing home about? -- FN 20022006 1035 IST
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Eddie Fernandes
2006-02-20 12:26:18 UTC
Permalink
Re: Convoluted article on Wendell Rodricks

The fullest account is probably:
Headline: Indian designer war spills out in Colombo
By Namrata Sharma Zakaria
Source: Indian Express 17 Feb. 2006 at
http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=88070

Sub-title: Wendell Rodricks says Delhi fashion house's MD got him stopped
from going on ramp, Satya Paul's Kapoor denies it

Full text:

An unpleasant sideshow of Indian fashion industry unfolded in Colombo last
week. Goan Wendell Rodricks, who was invited to a local fashion show on
Saturday, was stopped when he was about to go on the ramp and take a bow. He
was physically held back by the president of Rotary Club of Colombo East,
Cida Subramaniam, and allegedly told, ''If you go on the ramp, you'll be
bumped off on the way to the airport. This is Sri Lanka, you know.''

Rodricks says the Rotary official did it at the behest of Delhi-based
fashion house Satya Paul's MD, Sanjay Kapoor. ''Sanjay was making life
difficult for the organisers saying his label and Deepika Gehani's should be
the only two showing,'' says Rodricks. Rodricks, who eventually pushed aside
the bouncers and went on stage, adds: ''I saw Kapoor jump out of seat at
seeing me, like a bat out of hell, and storm out.''

Kapoor denies the allegations. ''This is Greek to me, I didn't know any of
this happened. If Wendell was manhandled, he shouldn't have been. The
organisers were very unprofessional, none of our commitments were
fructified,'' he says.

Rodricks was invited by Chennai boutique, Studio Saks, to present in
Colombo. Other designers invited were Shane and Falguni Peacock, Neeta Lulla
and Anna Singh. Satya Paul and Gehani (her label is owned by Satya Paul)
were told that the charity fashion show would showcase clothes by several
Sri Lankan designers with the finale by Gehani, and that no other Indian
designer would be present.

Gehani says: ''I have emails from the organisers stating the flow of events
and that we'd be the only ones showing... We only asked the organisers to do
the event the way it was meant to be.''

''Initially, we had asked only Gehani to do the show for us,'' clarifies
Sumeeta Radha of the Sri Lankan Rotary. ''But Rodricks has a large fan base
in Colombo and we wanted to bring him down as well. We presumed the
designers would understand once they were here, and didn't think things
would get out of hand.''

Radha confirms Kapoor was against any other designer showing and Rodricks
taking the ramp. ''As for Subramaniam, he was under the influence of alcohol
and regretful. He even apologised to Rodricks later.''

Model Anchal Kumar was aghast at the treatment meted to Rodricks and refused
to model for Gehani's ensuing collection. ''I don't want to comment but I
did what I thought was the right thing,'' she says.

Another model, Mridula Chandrashekhar says: ''It was neither a competition
nor a paid show, people should have left their egos at home.''

===============================================

----- Original Message -----
From: "Frederick Noronha (FN)" <fred at bytesforall.org>
To: <goanet at goanet.org>
Sent: Monday, February 20, 2006 5:10 AM
Subject: [Goanet] Sunday papers... some Goa links
Post by Frederick Noronha (FN)
Another article in the SUNDAY Times of India (the paper I love to
hate... it has changed the idea of what newspapers are so drastically,
but you still can't afford to miss its adverts!) has this rather
convoluted article on Wendell Rodricks, about a February 10 event in
Colombo but written from Mumbai.
It begins thus: "The fashion world is in a state of shock. The attack on
designer Wendell Rodricks at a fashion show in Colombo on February 10
has left a bad taste in the mouths of the glad-rag brigade."
After reading two-thirds of the piece, one lears that it probably was
some rivalry between designers... or something to that effect.
Apparently some designers had been invited to showcase their work at a
charity event coordinated by a (?) Sumita Radhakrishna from Colombo on
behalf of the Rotary Club of Colombo East.
Maybe one is just missing something here!
Frederick Noronha
2006-02-20 17:42:06 UTC
Permalink
Actually, I missed seeing the Indian Express article, which makes things more understandable. I was referring to the one in Sunday's Times of India... FN

============================================================
From: "Eddie Fernandes" <eddie at fernandes.u-net.com>
Date: 2006/02/20 Mon PM 05:56:18 GMT+05:30
To: <fred at bytesforall.org>,
"Goa's premiere mailing list,estb. 1994!" <goanet at goanet.org>
Subject: Re: [Goanet] Sunday papers... some Goa links

Re: Convoluted article on Wendell Rodricks

The fullest account is probably:
Headline: Indian designer war spills out in Colombo
By Namrata Sharma Zakaria
Source: Indian Express 17 Feb. 2006 at
http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=88070

Sub-title: Wendell Rodricks says Delhi fashion house's MD got him stopped
from going on ramp, Satya Paul's Kapoor denies it

Full text:

An unpleasant sideshow of Indian fashion industry unfolded in Colombo last
week. Goan Wendell Rodricks, who was invited to a local fashion show on
Saturday, was stopped when he was about to go on the ramp and take a bow. He ...

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Bernado Colaco
2006-02-21 03:47:10 UTC
Permalink
Post by Frederick Noronha (FN)
That, to me, seems a bit too simplistic. In
post-colonial times, it's
fashionable to claim that the Portuguese converted
"forcibly". It would
seem more believable that many simply saw
opportunity in this
switch-over. Likewise, one thought that migration
further south down the
coast (to Karnataka and Kerala) started in
pre-Portuguese times. It
might be fashionable now-a-days to blame this on
colonialism alone.
Being a very nice lad innit?

BC





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Frederick Noronha
2006-02-21 09:11:33 UTC
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Yeah, our grandparents were probably mercenaries. And, unlike you, I believe that the colonial experience in Goa had many shades of grey. Not just black and white... (though there were black and white too).FN

============================================================
From: Bernado Colaco <ole_xac at yahoo.co.uk>
Date: 2006/02/21 Tue AM 09:17:10 GMT+05:30
To: fred at bytesforall.org,
"Goa's premiere mailing list, estb. 1994!" <goanet at goanet.org>
Subject: Re: [Goanet] Sunday papers... some Goa links
Post by Frederick Noronha (FN)
That, to me, seems a bit too simplistic. In
post-colonial times, it's
fashionable to claim that the Portuguese converted
"forcibly". It would
seem more believable that many simply saw
opportunity in this
switch-over. Likewise, one thought that migration
further south down the
coast (to Karnataka and Kerala) started in
pre-Portuguese times. It
might be fashionable now-a-days to blame this on
colonialism alone.
Being a very nice lad innit?

BC





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Bernado Colaco
2006-02-22 04:01:55 UTC
Permalink
Post by Frederick Noronha
Yeah, our grandparents were probably mercenaries.
And, unlike you, I believe that the colonial
experience in Goa had many shades of grey. Not just
black and white... (though there were black and
white too).FN
==============
Ich liebe dich!

BC





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Frederick Noronha (FN)
2006-02-20 05:10:33 UTC
Permalink
While visiting Uganda, where daily newspapers are priced the equivalent
of 50 US cents (about 1000 Ugandan shillings), it suddenly struck me how
inexpensive and affordable Indian newspapers are. A paper here costs Rs
2-3 on a weekday (under 10 cents US) and about Rs 5 on a weekend.

But papers that are advertisement-driven can be a bit (or
more) reader-unfriendly at time. One compromise is the
Sunday newspapers, and most outstation weekend-editions tend
to have a fair amount of reading material.

My joke on myself was that the Sunday Deccan Herald used to be a very
readable product... till I joined (from 1987-1994) and started writing
for it ;-) Anyway, whenever the chance comes along, one does like to
pick up the Sunday papers. Problem is: these editions come only to the
towns (Panjim mainly, Mapusa doesn't get all) and Sunday is a day when
one is seldom in town!

Yesterday's papers did have some Goa links in them...

Deccan Herald's art and culture page had this tory on the Opera House in
Mumbai. It read:

The fat lady sings only in Mumbai! Its rich history and
intricate architecture make the Royal Opera House in
Mumbai a major tourist attraction. K D L Khan on the
only opera house in India. The Opera House in Mumbai
waits to regain its past glory...

One wondered: with all the talent, couldn't Goa have something even
remotely like this? Never mind that the sun has set on the British
Empire!

And whiele reading, a Goan link presented itself. Apparently, the (then)
Bombay Opera House was constructed in the Baroque style, and was the
brainchild of Maurice E Bandmann, a renowned entertainer from Calcutta
and Jehangir Framji Karaka, who headed a coal brokers' firm. The article
further says:

An advantageous corner site was leased at the northern
end of Queen's Road in the vicinity of the Sandhurst and
Kennedy bridges, and in 1908, Karaka and Bandmann drew up
designs for the theatre. Bandmann's manager was responsible
for the deisgn of the auditorium while a Goan, Collaco, took
charge of the construction...

Almost expected it! A Goan link there. As one reads a little of history,
the Parsi-Goan links and the role they played in British colonial
history of India keeps coming up. Even if the Goan often seems to be a
junior partner in such endeavours. Interesting that Collaco is referred
to only by his surname here. Does anyone have more details?

Another article in the DH is Marianne de Nazareth's review of Manohar
Malgaonkar's *Inside Goa* (published by Architecture Autonomous, pp 495,
Rs 695). Year of publication is not mentioned.

She writes: "Written in a fluid and easy reading style, Malgaonkar takes
every Goan back to the days when their Portuguese 'masters' converted
them to Christianity forcibly -- "Let him who wants to live in the
islands become Christian". The others ran away to Mangalore and remained
Hindu..."

That, to me, seems a bit too simplistic. In post-colonial times, it's
fashionable to claim that the Portuguese converted "forcibly". It would
seem more believable that many simply saw opportunity in this
switch-over. Likewise, one thought that migration further south down the
coast (to Karnataka and Kerala) started in pre-Portuguese times. It
might be fashionable now-a-days to blame this on colonialism alone.

Another article in the SUNDAY Times of India (the paper I love to
hate... it has changed the idea of what newspapers are so drastically,
but you still can't afford to miss its adverts!) has this rather
convoluted article on Wendell Rodricks, about a February 10 event in
Colombo but written from Mumbai.

It begins thus: "The fashion world is in a state of shock. The attack on
designer Wendell Rodricks at a fashion show in Colombo on February 10
has left a bad taste in the mouths of the glad-rag brigade."

After reading two-thirds of the piece, one lears that it probably was
some rivalry between designers... or something to that effect.
Apparently some designers had been invited to showcase their work at a
charity event coordinated by a (?) Sumita Radhakrishna from Colombo on
behalf of the Rotary Club of Colombo East.

Maybe one is just missing something here!

In the Deccan Herald, there's also another profile of Satish Gujral, the
brother of former Indian PM Inder Kumar Gujral. We're told his "thirst
for life and creativity led him to dabble in many artistic mediums".

Wonder how many would agree that his design of the Goa University was
something worth writing home about? -- FN 20022006 1035 IST
--
----------------------------------------------------------
Frederick 'FN' Noronha | Yahoomssngr/Skype: fredericknoronha
Saligao, Goa, India | fred at bytesforall.org
Independent Journalist | +91(832)2409490 Cell 9822122436
----------------------------------------------------------
Eddie Fernandes
2006-02-20 12:26:18 UTC
Permalink
Re: Convoluted article on Wendell Rodricks

The fullest account is probably:
Headline: Indian designer war spills out in Colombo
By Namrata Sharma Zakaria
Source: Indian Express 17 Feb. 2006 at
http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=88070

Sub-title: Wendell Rodricks says Delhi fashion house's MD got him stopped
from going on ramp, Satya Paul's Kapoor denies it

Full text:

An unpleasant sideshow of Indian fashion industry unfolded in Colombo last
week. Goan Wendell Rodricks, who was invited to a local fashion show on
Saturday, was stopped when he was about to go on the ramp and take a bow. He
was physically held back by the president of Rotary Club of Colombo East,
Cida Subramaniam, and allegedly told, ''If you go on the ramp, you'll be
bumped off on the way to the airport. This is Sri Lanka, you know.''

Rodricks says the Rotary official did it at the behest of Delhi-based
fashion house Satya Paul's MD, Sanjay Kapoor. ''Sanjay was making life
difficult for the organisers saying his label and Deepika Gehani's should be
the only two showing,'' says Rodricks. Rodricks, who eventually pushed aside
the bouncers and went on stage, adds: ''I saw Kapoor jump out of seat at
seeing me, like a bat out of hell, and storm out.''

Kapoor denies the allegations. ''This is Greek to me, I didn't know any of
this happened. If Wendell was manhandled, he shouldn't have been. The
organisers were very unprofessional, none of our commitments were
fructified,'' he says.

Rodricks was invited by Chennai boutique, Studio Saks, to present in
Colombo. Other designers invited were Shane and Falguni Peacock, Neeta Lulla
and Anna Singh. Satya Paul and Gehani (her label is owned by Satya Paul)
were told that the charity fashion show would showcase clothes by several
Sri Lankan designers with the finale by Gehani, and that no other Indian
designer would be present.

Gehani says: ''I have emails from the organisers stating the flow of events
and that we'd be the only ones showing... We only asked the organisers to do
the event the way it was meant to be.''

''Initially, we had asked only Gehani to do the show for us,'' clarifies
Sumeeta Radha of the Sri Lankan Rotary. ''But Rodricks has a large fan base
in Colombo and we wanted to bring him down as well. We presumed the
designers would understand once they were here, and didn't think things
would get out of hand.''

Radha confirms Kapoor was against any other designer showing and Rodricks
taking the ramp. ''As for Subramaniam, he was under the influence of alcohol
and regretful. He even apologised to Rodricks later.''

Model Anchal Kumar was aghast at the treatment meted to Rodricks and refused
to model for Gehani's ensuing collection. ''I don't want to comment but I
did what I thought was the right thing,'' she says.

Another model, Mridula Chandrashekhar says: ''It was neither a competition
nor a paid show, people should have left their egos at home.''

===============================================

----- Original Message -----
From: "Frederick Noronha (FN)" <fred at bytesforall.org>
To: <goanet at goanet.org>
Sent: Monday, February 20, 2006 5:10 AM
Subject: [Goanet] Sunday papers... some Goa links
Post by Frederick Noronha (FN)
Another article in the SUNDAY Times of India (the paper I love to
hate... it has changed the idea of what newspapers are so drastically,
but you still can't afford to miss its adverts!) has this rather
convoluted article on Wendell Rodricks, about a February 10 event in
Colombo but written from Mumbai.
It begins thus: "The fashion world is in a state of shock. The attack on
designer Wendell Rodricks at a fashion show in Colombo on February 10
has left a bad taste in the mouths of the glad-rag brigade."
After reading two-thirds of the piece, one lears that it probably was
some rivalry between designers... or something to that effect.
Apparently some designers had been invited to showcase their work at a
charity event coordinated by a (?) Sumita Radhakrishna from Colombo on
behalf of the Rotary Club of Colombo East.
Maybe one is just missing something here!
Frederick Noronha
2006-02-20 17:42:06 UTC
Permalink
Actually, I missed seeing the Indian Express article, which makes things more understandable. I was referring to the one in Sunday's Times of India... FN

============================================================
From: "Eddie Fernandes" <eddie at fernandes.u-net.com>
Date: 2006/02/20 Mon PM 05:56:18 GMT+05:30
To: <fred at bytesforall.org>,
"Goa's premiere mailing list,estb. 1994!" <goanet at goanet.org>
Subject: Re: [Goanet] Sunday papers... some Goa links

Re: Convoluted article on Wendell Rodricks

The fullest account is probably:
Headline: Indian designer war spills out in Colombo
By Namrata Sharma Zakaria
Source: Indian Express 17 Feb. 2006 at
http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=88070

Sub-title: Wendell Rodricks says Delhi fashion house's MD got him stopped
from going on ramp, Satya Paul's Kapoor denies it

Full text:

An unpleasant sideshow of Indian fashion industry unfolded in Colombo last
week. Goan Wendell Rodricks, who was invited to a local fashion show on
Saturday, was stopped when he was about to go on the ramp and take a bow. He ...

------------------------------------------------------------------------
Frederick Noronha 784 Near Convent, Sonarbhat SALIGAO GOA India
Freelance Journalist TEL: +91-832-2409490 MOBILE: 9822122436
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Bernado Colaco
2006-02-21 03:47:10 UTC
Permalink
Post by Frederick Noronha (FN)
That, to me, seems a bit too simplistic. In
post-colonial times, it's
fashionable to claim that the Portuguese converted
"forcibly". It would
seem more believable that many simply saw
opportunity in this
switch-over. Likewise, one thought that migration
further south down the
coast (to Karnataka and Kerala) started in
pre-Portuguese times. It
might be fashionable now-a-days to blame this on
colonialism alone.
Being a very nice lad innit?

BC





___________________________________________________________
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Frederick Noronha
2006-02-21 09:11:33 UTC
Permalink
Yeah, our grandparents were probably mercenaries. And, unlike you, I believe that the colonial experience in Goa had many shades of grey. Not just black and white... (though there were black and white too).FN

============================================================
From: Bernado Colaco <ole_xac at yahoo.co.uk>
Date: 2006/02/21 Tue AM 09:17:10 GMT+05:30
To: fred at bytesforall.org,
"Goa's premiere mailing list, estb. 1994!" <goanet at goanet.org>
Subject: Re: [Goanet] Sunday papers... some Goa links
Post by Frederick Noronha (FN)
That, to me, seems a bit too simplistic. In
post-colonial times, it's
fashionable to claim that the Portuguese converted
"forcibly". It would
seem more believable that many simply saw
opportunity in this
switch-over. Likewise, one thought that migration
further south down the
coast (to Karnataka and Kerala) started in
pre-Portuguese times. It
might be fashionable now-a-days to blame this on
colonialism alone.
Being a very nice lad innit?

BC





___________________________________________________________
Yahoo! Messenger - NEW crystal clear PC to PC calling worldwide with voicemail http://uk.messenger.yahoo.com
============================================================


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Freelance Journalist TEL: +91-832-2409490 MOBILE: 9822122436
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Bernado Colaco
2006-02-22 04:01:55 UTC
Permalink
Post by Frederick Noronha
Yeah, our grandparents were probably mercenaries.
And, unlike you, I believe that the colonial
experience in Goa had many shades of grey. Not just
black and white... (though there were black and
white too).FN
==============
Ich liebe dich!

BC





___________________________________________________________
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Frederick Noronha (FN)
2006-02-20 05:10:33 UTC
Permalink
While visiting Uganda, where daily newspapers are priced the equivalent
of 50 US cents (about 1000 Ugandan shillings), it suddenly struck me how
inexpensive and affordable Indian newspapers are. A paper here costs Rs
2-3 on a weekday (under 10 cents US) and about Rs 5 on a weekend.

But papers that are advertisement-driven can be a bit (or
more) reader-unfriendly at time. One compromise is the
Sunday newspapers, and most outstation weekend-editions tend
to have a fair amount of reading material.

My joke on myself was that the Sunday Deccan Herald used to be a very
readable product... till I joined (from 1987-1994) and started writing
for it ;-) Anyway, whenever the chance comes along, one does like to
pick up the Sunday papers. Problem is: these editions come only to the
towns (Panjim mainly, Mapusa doesn't get all) and Sunday is a day when
one is seldom in town!

Yesterday's papers did have some Goa links in them...

Deccan Herald's art and culture page had this tory on the Opera House in
Mumbai. It read:

The fat lady sings only in Mumbai! Its rich history and
intricate architecture make the Royal Opera House in
Mumbai a major tourist attraction. K D L Khan on the
only opera house in India. The Opera House in Mumbai
waits to regain its past glory...

One wondered: with all the talent, couldn't Goa have something even
remotely like this? Never mind that the sun has set on the British
Empire!

And whiele reading, a Goan link presented itself. Apparently, the (then)
Bombay Opera House was constructed in the Baroque style, and was the
brainchild of Maurice E Bandmann, a renowned entertainer from Calcutta
and Jehangir Framji Karaka, who headed a coal brokers' firm. The article
further says:

An advantageous corner site was leased at the northern
end of Queen's Road in the vicinity of the Sandhurst and
Kennedy bridges, and in 1908, Karaka and Bandmann drew up
designs for the theatre. Bandmann's manager was responsible
for the deisgn of the auditorium while a Goan, Collaco, took
charge of the construction...

Almost expected it! A Goan link there. As one reads a little of history,
the Parsi-Goan links and the role they played in British colonial
history of India keeps coming up. Even if the Goan often seems to be a
junior partner in such endeavours. Interesting that Collaco is referred
to only by his surname here. Does anyone have more details?

Another article in the DH is Marianne de Nazareth's review of Manohar
Malgaonkar's *Inside Goa* (published by Architecture Autonomous, pp 495,
Rs 695). Year of publication is not mentioned.

She writes: "Written in a fluid and easy reading style, Malgaonkar takes
every Goan back to the days when their Portuguese 'masters' converted
them to Christianity forcibly -- "Let him who wants to live in the
islands become Christian". The others ran away to Mangalore and remained
Hindu..."

That, to me, seems a bit too simplistic. In post-colonial times, it's
fashionable to claim that the Portuguese converted "forcibly". It would
seem more believable that many simply saw opportunity in this
switch-over. Likewise, one thought that migration further south down the
coast (to Karnataka and Kerala) started in pre-Portuguese times. It
might be fashionable now-a-days to blame this on colonialism alone.

Another article in the SUNDAY Times of India (the paper I love to
hate... it has changed the idea of what newspapers are so drastically,
but you still can't afford to miss its adverts!) has this rather
convoluted article on Wendell Rodricks, about a February 10 event in
Colombo but written from Mumbai.

It begins thus: "The fashion world is in a state of shock. The attack on
designer Wendell Rodricks at a fashion show in Colombo on February 10
has left a bad taste in the mouths of the glad-rag brigade."

After reading two-thirds of the piece, one lears that it probably was
some rivalry between designers... or something to that effect.
Apparently some designers had been invited to showcase their work at a
charity event coordinated by a (?) Sumita Radhakrishna from Colombo on
behalf of the Rotary Club of Colombo East.

Maybe one is just missing something here!

In the Deccan Herald, there's also another profile of Satish Gujral, the
brother of former Indian PM Inder Kumar Gujral. We're told his "thirst
for life and creativity led him to dabble in many artistic mediums".

Wonder how many would agree that his design of the Goa University was
something worth writing home about? -- FN 20022006 1035 IST
--
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Saligao, Goa, India | fred at bytesforall.org
Independent Journalist | +91(832)2409490 Cell 9822122436
----------------------------------------------------------
Eddie Fernandes
2006-02-20 12:26:18 UTC
Permalink
Re: Convoluted article on Wendell Rodricks

The fullest account is probably:
Headline: Indian designer war spills out in Colombo
By Namrata Sharma Zakaria
Source: Indian Express 17 Feb. 2006 at
http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=88070

Sub-title: Wendell Rodricks says Delhi fashion house's MD got him stopped
from going on ramp, Satya Paul's Kapoor denies it

Full text:

An unpleasant sideshow of Indian fashion industry unfolded in Colombo last
week. Goan Wendell Rodricks, who was invited to a local fashion show on
Saturday, was stopped when he was about to go on the ramp and take a bow. He
was physically held back by the president of Rotary Club of Colombo East,
Cida Subramaniam, and allegedly told, ''If you go on the ramp, you'll be
bumped off on the way to the airport. This is Sri Lanka, you know.''

Rodricks says the Rotary official did it at the behest of Delhi-based
fashion house Satya Paul's MD, Sanjay Kapoor. ''Sanjay was making life
difficult for the organisers saying his label and Deepika Gehani's should be
the only two showing,'' says Rodricks. Rodricks, who eventually pushed aside
the bouncers and went on stage, adds: ''I saw Kapoor jump out of seat at
seeing me, like a bat out of hell, and storm out.''

Kapoor denies the allegations. ''This is Greek to me, I didn't know any of
this happened. If Wendell was manhandled, he shouldn't have been. The
organisers were very unprofessional, none of our commitments were
fructified,'' he says.

Rodricks was invited by Chennai boutique, Studio Saks, to present in
Colombo. Other designers invited were Shane and Falguni Peacock, Neeta Lulla
and Anna Singh. Satya Paul and Gehani (her label is owned by Satya Paul)
were told that the charity fashion show would showcase clothes by several
Sri Lankan designers with the finale by Gehani, and that no other Indian
designer would be present.

Gehani says: ''I have emails from the organisers stating the flow of events
and that we'd be the only ones showing... We only asked the organisers to do
the event the way it was meant to be.''

''Initially, we had asked only Gehani to do the show for us,'' clarifies
Sumeeta Radha of the Sri Lankan Rotary. ''But Rodricks has a large fan base
in Colombo and we wanted to bring him down as well. We presumed the
designers would understand once they were here, and didn't think things
would get out of hand.''

Radha confirms Kapoor was against any other designer showing and Rodricks
taking the ramp. ''As for Subramaniam, he was under the influence of alcohol
and regretful. He even apologised to Rodricks later.''

Model Anchal Kumar was aghast at the treatment meted to Rodricks and refused
to model for Gehani's ensuing collection. ''I don't want to comment but I
did what I thought was the right thing,'' she says.

Another model, Mridula Chandrashekhar says: ''It was neither a competition
nor a paid show, people should have left their egos at home.''

===============================================

----- Original Message -----
From: "Frederick Noronha (FN)" <fred at bytesforall.org>
To: <goanet at goanet.org>
Sent: Monday, February 20, 2006 5:10 AM
Subject: [Goanet] Sunday papers... some Goa links
Post by Frederick Noronha (FN)
Another article in the SUNDAY Times of India (the paper I love to
hate... it has changed the idea of what newspapers are so drastically,
but you still can't afford to miss its adverts!) has this rather
convoluted article on Wendell Rodricks, about a February 10 event in
Colombo but written from Mumbai.
It begins thus: "The fashion world is in a state of shock. The attack on
designer Wendell Rodricks at a fashion show in Colombo on February 10
has left a bad taste in the mouths of the glad-rag brigade."
After reading two-thirds of the piece, one lears that it probably was
some rivalry between designers... or something to that effect.
Apparently some designers had been invited to showcase their work at a
charity event coordinated by a (?) Sumita Radhakrishna from Colombo on
behalf of the Rotary Club of Colombo East.
Maybe one is just missing something here!
Frederick Noronha
2006-02-20 17:42:06 UTC
Permalink
Actually, I missed seeing the Indian Express article, which makes things more understandable. I was referring to the one in Sunday's Times of India... FN

============================================================
From: "Eddie Fernandes" <eddie at fernandes.u-net.com>
Date: 2006/02/20 Mon PM 05:56:18 GMT+05:30
To: <fred at bytesforall.org>,
"Goa's premiere mailing list,estb. 1994!" <goanet at goanet.org>
Subject: Re: [Goanet] Sunday papers... some Goa links

Re: Convoluted article on Wendell Rodricks

The fullest account is probably:
Headline: Indian designer war spills out in Colombo
By Namrata Sharma Zakaria
Source: Indian Express 17 Feb. 2006 at
http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=88070

Sub-title: Wendell Rodricks says Delhi fashion house's MD got him stopped
from going on ramp, Satya Paul's Kapoor denies it

Full text:

An unpleasant sideshow of Indian fashion industry unfolded in Colombo last
week. Goan Wendell Rodricks, who was invited to a local fashion show on
Saturday, was stopped when he was about to go on the ramp and take a bow. He ...

------------------------------------------------------------------------
Frederick Noronha 784 Near Convent, Sonarbhat SALIGAO GOA India
Freelance Journalist TEL: +91-832-2409490 MOBILE: 9822122436
Skype/Yahoomessenger: fredericknoronha www.bytesforall.net
Bernado Colaco
2006-02-21 03:47:10 UTC
Permalink
Post by Frederick Noronha (FN)
That, to me, seems a bit too simplistic. In
post-colonial times, it's
fashionable to claim that the Portuguese converted
"forcibly". It would
seem more believable that many simply saw
opportunity in this
switch-over. Likewise, one thought that migration
further south down the
coast (to Karnataka and Kerala) started in
pre-Portuguese times. It
might be fashionable now-a-days to blame this on
colonialism alone.
Being a very nice lad innit?

BC





___________________________________________________________
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Frederick Noronha
2006-02-21 09:11:33 UTC
Permalink
Yeah, our grandparents were probably mercenaries. And, unlike you, I believe that the colonial experience in Goa had many shades of grey. Not just black and white... (though there were black and white too).FN

============================================================
From: Bernado Colaco <ole_xac at yahoo.co.uk>
Date: 2006/02/21 Tue AM 09:17:10 GMT+05:30
To: fred at bytesforall.org,
"Goa's premiere mailing list, estb. 1994!" <goanet at goanet.org>
Subject: Re: [Goanet] Sunday papers... some Goa links
Post by Frederick Noronha (FN)
That, to me, seems a bit too simplistic. In
post-colonial times, it's
fashionable to claim that the Portuguese converted
"forcibly". It would
seem more believable that many simply saw
opportunity in this
switch-over. Likewise, one thought that migration
further south down the
coast (to Karnataka and Kerala) started in
pre-Portuguese times. It
might be fashionable now-a-days to blame this on
colonialism alone.
Being a very nice lad innit?

BC





___________________________________________________________
Yahoo! Messenger - NEW crystal clear PC to PC calling worldwide with voicemail http://uk.messenger.yahoo.com
============================================================


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Bernado Colaco
2006-02-22 04:01:55 UTC
Permalink
Post by Frederick Noronha
Yeah, our grandparents were probably mercenaries.
And, unlike you, I believe that the colonial
experience in Goa had many shades of grey. Not just
black and white... (though there were black and
white too).FN
==============
Ich liebe dich!

BC





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Frederick Noronha (FN)
2006-02-20 05:10:33 UTC
Permalink
While visiting Uganda, where daily newspapers are priced the equivalent
of 50 US cents (about 1000 Ugandan shillings), it suddenly struck me how
inexpensive and affordable Indian newspapers are. A paper here costs Rs
2-3 on a weekday (under 10 cents US) and about Rs 5 on a weekend.

But papers that are advertisement-driven can be a bit (or
more) reader-unfriendly at time. One compromise is the
Sunday newspapers, and most outstation weekend-editions tend
to have a fair amount of reading material.

My joke on myself was that the Sunday Deccan Herald used to be a very
readable product... till I joined (from 1987-1994) and started writing
for it ;-) Anyway, whenever the chance comes along, one does like to
pick up the Sunday papers. Problem is: these editions come only to the
towns (Panjim mainly, Mapusa doesn't get all) and Sunday is a day when
one is seldom in town!

Yesterday's papers did have some Goa links in them...

Deccan Herald's art and culture page had this tory on the Opera House in
Mumbai. It read:

The fat lady sings only in Mumbai! Its rich history and
intricate architecture make the Royal Opera House in
Mumbai a major tourist attraction. K D L Khan on the
only opera house in India. The Opera House in Mumbai
waits to regain its past glory...

One wondered: with all the talent, couldn't Goa have something even
remotely like this? Never mind that the sun has set on the British
Empire!

And whiele reading, a Goan link presented itself. Apparently, the (then)
Bombay Opera House was constructed in the Baroque style, and was the
brainchild of Maurice E Bandmann, a renowned entertainer from Calcutta
and Jehangir Framji Karaka, who headed a coal brokers' firm. The article
further says:

An advantageous corner site was leased at the northern
end of Queen's Road in the vicinity of the Sandhurst and
Kennedy bridges, and in 1908, Karaka and Bandmann drew up
designs for the theatre. Bandmann's manager was responsible
for the deisgn of the auditorium while a Goan, Collaco, took
charge of the construction...

Almost expected it! A Goan link there. As one reads a little of history,
the Parsi-Goan links and the role they played in British colonial
history of India keeps coming up. Even if the Goan often seems to be a
junior partner in such endeavours. Interesting that Collaco is referred
to only by his surname here. Does anyone have more details?

Another article in the DH is Marianne de Nazareth's review of Manohar
Malgaonkar's *Inside Goa* (published by Architecture Autonomous, pp 495,
Rs 695). Year of publication is not mentioned.

She writes: "Written in a fluid and easy reading style, Malgaonkar takes
every Goan back to the days when their Portuguese 'masters' converted
them to Christianity forcibly -- "Let him who wants to live in the
islands become Christian". The others ran away to Mangalore and remained
Hindu..."

That, to me, seems a bit too simplistic. In post-colonial times, it's
fashionable to claim that the Portuguese converted "forcibly". It would
seem more believable that many simply saw opportunity in this
switch-over. Likewise, one thought that migration further south down the
coast (to Karnataka and Kerala) started in pre-Portuguese times. It
might be fashionable now-a-days to blame this on colonialism alone.

Another article in the SUNDAY Times of India (the paper I love to
hate... it has changed the idea of what newspapers are so drastically,
but you still can't afford to miss its adverts!) has this rather
convoluted article on Wendell Rodricks, about a February 10 event in
Colombo but written from Mumbai.

It begins thus: "The fashion world is in a state of shock. The attack on
designer Wendell Rodricks at a fashion show in Colombo on February 10
has left a bad taste in the mouths of the glad-rag brigade."

After reading two-thirds of the piece, one lears that it probably was
some rivalry between designers... or something to that effect.
Apparently some designers had been invited to showcase their work at a
charity event coordinated by a (?) Sumita Radhakrishna from Colombo on
behalf of the Rotary Club of Colombo East.

Maybe one is just missing something here!

In the Deccan Herald, there's also another profile of Satish Gujral, the
brother of former Indian PM Inder Kumar Gujral. We're told his "thirst
for life and creativity led him to dabble in many artistic mediums".

Wonder how many would agree that his design of the Goa University was
something worth writing home about? -- FN 20022006 1035 IST
--
----------------------------------------------------------
Frederick 'FN' Noronha | Yahoomssngr/Skype: fredericknoronha
Saligao, Goa, India | fred at bytesforall.org
Independent Journalist | +91(832)2409490 Cell 9822122436
----------------------------------------------------------
Eddie Fernandes
2006-02-20 12:26:18 UTC
Permalink
Re: Convoluted article on Wendell Rodricks

The fullest account is probably:
Headline: Indian designer war spills out in Colombo
By Namrata Sharma Zakaria
Source: Indian Express 17 Feb. 2006 at
http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=88070

Sub-title: Wendell Rodricks says Delhi fashion house's MD got him stopped
from going on ramp, Satya Paul's Kapoor denies it

Full text:

An unpleasant sideshow of Indian fashion industry unfolded in Colombo last
week. Goan Wendell Rodricks, who was invited to a local fashion show on
Saturday, was stopped when he was about to go on the ramp and take a bow. He
was physically held back by the president of Rotary Club of Colombo East,
Cida Subramaniam, and allegedly told, ''If you go on the ramp, you'll be
bumped off on the way to the airport. This is Sri Lanka, you know.''

Rodricks says the Rotary official did it at the behest of Delhi-based
fashion house Satya Paul's MD, Sanjay Kapoor. ''Sanjay was making life
difficult for the organisers saying his label and Deepika Gehani's should be
the only two showing,'' says Rodricks. Rodricks, who eventually pushed aside
the bouncers and went on stage, adds: ''I saw Kapoor jump out of seat at
seeing me, like a bat out of hell, and storm out.''

Kapoor denies the allegations. ''This is Greek to me, I didn't know any of
this happened. If Wendell was manhandled, he shouldn't have been. The
organisers were very unprofessional, none of our commitments were
fructified,'' he says.

Rodricks was invited by Chennai boutique, Studio Saks, to present in
Colombo. Other designers invited were Shane and Falguni Peacock, Neeta Lulla
and Anna Singh. Satya Paul and Gehani (her label is owned by Satya Paul)
were told that the charity fashion show would showcase clothes by several
Sri Lankan designers with the finale by Gehani, and that no other Indian
designer would be present.

Gehani says: ''I have emails from the organisers stating the flow of events
and that we'd be the only ones showing... We only asked the organisers to do
the event the way it was meant to be.''

''Initially, we had asked only Gehani to do the show for us,'' clarifies
Sumeeta Radha of the Sri Lankan Rotary. ''But Rodricks has a large fan base
in Colombo and we wanted to bring him down as well. We presumed the
designers would understand once they were here, and didn't think things
would get out of hand.''

Radha confirms Kapoor was against any other designer showing and Rodricks
taking the ramp. ''As for Subramaniam, he was under the influence of alcohol
and regretful. He even apologised to Rodricks later.''

Model Anchal Kumar was aghast at the treatment meted to Rodricks and refused
to model for Gehani's ensuing collection. ''I don't want to comment but I
did what I thought was the right thing,'' she says.

Another model, Mridula Chandrashekhar says: ''It was neither a competition
nor a paid show, people should have left their egos at home.''

===============================================

----- Original Message -----
From: "Frederick Noronha (FN)" <fred at bytesforall.org>
To: <goanet at goanet.org>
Sent: Monday, February 20, 2006 5:10 AM
Subject: [Goanet] Sunday papers... some Goa links
Post by Frederick Noronha (FN)
Another article in the SUNDAY Times of India (the paper I love to
hate... it has changed the idea of what newspapers are so drastically,
but you still can't afford to miss its adverts!) has this rather
convoluted article on Wendell Rodricks, about a February 10 event in
Colombo but written from Mumbai.
It begins thus: "The fashion world is in a state of shock. The attack on
designer Wendell Rodricks at a fashion show in Colombo on February 10
has left a bad taste in the mouths of the glad-rag brigade."
After reading two-thirds of the piece, one lears that it probably was
some rivalry between designers... or something to that effect.
Apparently some designers had been invited to showcase their work at a
charity event coordinated by a (?) Sumita Radhakrishna from Colombo on
behalf of the Rotary Club of Colombo East.
Maybe one is just missing something here!
Frederick Noronha
2006-02-20 17:42:06 UTC
Permalink
Actually, I missed seeing the Indian Express article, which makes things more understandable. I was referring to the one in Sunday's Times of India... FN

============================================================
From: "Eddie Fernandes" <eddie at fernandes.u-net.com>
Date: 2006/02/20 Mon PM 05:56:18 GMT+05:30
To: <fred at bytesforall.org>,
"Goa's premiere mailing list,estb. 1994!" <goanet at goanet.org>
Subject: Re: [Goanet] Sunday papers... some Goa links

Re: Convoluted article on Wendell Rodricks

The fullest account is probably:
Headline: Indian designer war spills out in Colombo
By Namrata Sharma Zakaria
Source: Indian Express 17 Feb. 2006 at
http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=88070

Sub-title: Wendell Rodricks says Delhi fashion house's MD got him stopped
from going on ramp, Satya Paul's Kapoor denies it

Full text:

An unpleasant sideshow of Indian fashion industry unfolded in Colombo last
week. Goan Wendell Rodricks, who was invited to a local fashion show on
Saturday, was stopped when he was about to go on the ramp and take a bow. He ...

------------------------------------------------------------------------
Frederick Noronha 784 Near Convent, Sonarbhat SALIGAO GOA India
Freelance Journalist TEL: +91-832-2409490 MOBILE: 9822122436
Skype/Yahoomessenger: fredericknoronha www.bytesforall.net
Bernado Colaco
2006-02-21 03:47:10 UTC
Permalink
Post by Frederick Noronha (FN)
That, to me, seems a bit too simplistic. In
post-colonial times, it's
fashionable to claim that the Portuguese converted
"forcibly". It would
seem more believable that many simply saw
opportunity in this
switch-over. Likewise, one thought that migration
further south down the
coast (to Karnataka and Kerala) started in
pre-Portuguese times. It
might be fashionable now-a-days to blame this on
colonialism alone.
Being a very nice lad innit?

BC





___________________________________________________________
Yahoo! Messenger - NEW crystal clear PC to PC calling worldwide with voicemail http://uk.messenger.yahoo.com
Frederick Noronha
2006-02-21 09:11:33 UTC
Permalink
Yeah, our grandparents were probably mercenaries. And, unlike you, I believe that the colonial experience in Goa had many shades of grey. Not just black and white... (though there were black and white too).FN

============================================================
From: Bernado Colaco <ole_xac at yahoo.co.uk>
Date: 2006/02/21 Tue AM 09:17:10 GMT+05:30
To: fred at bytesforall.org,
"Goa's premiere mailing list, estb. 1994!" <goanet at goanet.org>
Subject: Re: [Goanet] Sunday papers... some Goa links
Post by Frederick Noronha (FN)
That, to me, seems a bit too simplistic. In
post-colonial times, it's
fashionable to claim that the Portuguese converted
"forcibly". It would
seem more believable that many simply saw
opportunity in this
switch-over. Likewise, one thought that migration
further south down the
coast (to Karnataka and Kerala) started in
pre-Portuguese times. It
might be fashionable now-a-days to blame this on
colonialism alone.
Being a very nice lad innit?

BC





___________________________________________________________
Yahoo! Messenger - NEW crystal clear PC to PC calling worldwide with voicemail http://uk.messenger.yahoo.com
============================================================


------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Freelance Journalist TEL: +91-832-2409490 MOBILE: 9822122436
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Bernado Colaco
2006-02-22 04:01:55 UTC
Permalink
Post by Frederick Noronha
Yeah, our grandparents were probably mercenaries.
And, unlike you, I believe that the colonial
experience in Goa had many shades of grey. Not just
black and white... (though there were black and
white too).FN
==============
Ich liebe dich!

BC





___________________________________________________________
Yahoo! Messenger - NEW crystal clear PC to PC calling worldwide with voicemail http://uk.messenger.yahoo.com
Frederick Noronha (FN)
2006-02-20 05:10:33 UTC
Permalink
While visiting Uganda, where daily newspapers are priced the equivalent
of 50 US cents (about 1000 Ugandan shillings), it suddenly struck me how
inexpensive and affordable Indian newspapers are. A paper here costs Rs
2-3 on a weekday (under 10 cents US) and about Rs 5 on a weekend.

But papers that are advertisement-driven can be a bit (or
more) reader-unfriendly at time. One compromise is the
Sunday newspapers, and most outstation weekend-editions tend
to have a fair amount of reading material.

My joke on myself was that the Sunday Deccan Herald used to be a very
readable product... till I joined (from 1987-1994) and started writing
for it ;-) Anyway, whenever the chance comes along, one does like to
pick up the Sunday papers. Problem is: these editions come only to the
towns (Panjim mainly, Mapusa doesn't get all) and Sunday is a day when
one is seldom in town!

Yesterday's papers did have some Goa links in them...

Deccan Herald's art and culture page had this tory on the Opera House in
Mumbai. It read:

The fat lady sings only in Mumbai! Its rich history and
intricate architecture make the Royal Opera House in
Mumbai a major tourist attraction. K D L Khan on the
only opera house in India. The Opera House in Mumbai
waits to regain its past glory...

One wondered: with all the talent, couldn't Goa have something even
remotely like this? Never mind that the sun has set on the British
Empire!

And whiele reading, a Goan link presented itself. Apparently, the (then)
Bombay Opera House was constructed in the Baroque style, and was the
brainchild of Maurice E Bandmann, a renowned entertainer from Calcutta
and Jehangir Framji Karaka, who headed a coal brokers' firm. The article
further says:

An advantageous corner site was leased at the northern
end of Queen's Road in the vicinity of the Sandhurst and
Kennedy bridges, and in 1908, Karaka and Bandmann drew up
designs for the theatre. Bandmann's manager was responsible
for the deisgn of the auditorium while a Goan, Collaco, took
charge of the construction...

Almost expected it! A Goan link there. As one reads a little of history,
the Parsi-Goan links and the role they played in British colonial
history of India keeps coming up. Even if the Goan often seems to be a
junior partner in such endeavours. Interesting that Collaco is referred
to only by his surname here. Does anyone have more details?

Another article in the DH is Marianne de Nazareth's review of Manohar
Malgaonkar's *Inside Goa* (published by Architecture Autonomous, pp 495,
Rs 695). Year of publication is not mentioned.

She writes: "Written in a fluid and easy reading style, Malgaonkar takes
every Goan back to the days when their Portuguese 'masters' converted
them to Christianity forcibly -- "Let him who wants to live in the
islands become Christian". The others ran away to Mangalore and remained
Hindu..."

That, to me, seems a bit too simplistic. In post-colonial times, it's
fashionable to claim that the Portuguese converted "forcibly". It would
seem more believable that many simply saw opportunity in this
switch-over. Likewise, one thought that migration further south down the
coast (to Karnataka and Kerala) started in pre-Portuguese times. It
might be fashionable now-a-days to blame this on colonialism alone.

Another article in the SUNDAY Times of India (the paper I love to
hate... it has changed the idea of what newspapers are so drastically,
but you still can't afford to miss its adverts!) has this rather
convoluted article on Wendell Rodricks, about a February 10 event in
Colombo but written from Mumbai.

It begins thus: "The fashion world is in a state of shock. The attack on
designer Wendell Rodricks at a fashion show in Colombo on February 10
has left a bad taste in the mouths of the glad-rag brigade."

After reading two-thirds of the piece, one lears that it probably was
some rivalry between designers... or something to that effect.
Apparently some designers had been invited to showcase their work at a
charity event coordinated by a (?) Sumita Radhakrishna from Colombo on
behalf of the Rotary Club of Colombo East.

Maybe one is just missing something here!

In the Deccan Herald, there's also another profile of Satish Gujral, the
brother of former Indian PM Inder Kumar Gujral. We're told his "thirst
for life and creativity led him to dabble in many artistic mediums".

Wonder how many would agree that his design of the Goa University was
something worth writing home about? -- FN 20022006 1035 IST
--
----------------------------------------------------------
Frederick 'FN' Noronha | Yahoomssngr/Skype: fredericknoronha
Saligao, Goa, India | fred at bytesforall.org
Independent Journalist | +91(832)2409490 Cell 9822122436
----------------------------------------------------------
Eddie Fernandes
2006-02-20 12:26:18 UTC
Permalink
Re: Convoluted article on Wendell Rodricks

The fullest account is probably:
Headline: Indian designer war spills out in Colombo
By Namrata Sharma Zakaria
Source: Indian Express 17 Feb. 2006 at
http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=88070

Sub-title: Wendell Rodricks says Delhi fashion house's MD got him stopped
from going on ramp, Satya Paul's Kapoor denies it

Full text:

An unpleasant sideshow of Indian fashion industry unfolded in Colombo last
week. Goan Wendell Rodricks, who was invited to a local fashion show on
Saturday, was stopped when he was about to go on the ramp and take a bow. He
was physically held back by the president of Rotary Club of Colombo East,
Cida Subramaniam, and allegedly told, ''If you go on the ramp, you'll be
bumped off on the way to the airport. This is Sri Lanka, you know.''

Rodricks says the Rotary official did it at the behest of Delhi-based
fashion house Satya Paul's MD, Sanjay Kapoor. ''Sanjay was making life
difficult for the organisers saying his label and Deepika Gehani's should be
the only two showing,'' says Rodricks. Rodricks, who eventually pushed aside
the bouncers and went on stage, adds: ''I saw Kapoor jump out of seat at
seeing me, like a bat out of hell, and storm out.''

Kapoor denies the allegations. ''This is Greek to me, I didn't know any of
this happened. If Wendell was manhandled, he shouldn't have been. The
organisers were very unprofessional, none of our commitments were
fructified,'' he says.

Rodricks was invited by Chennai boutique, Studio Saks, to present in
Colombo. Other designers invited were Shane and Falguni Peacock, Neeta Lulla
and Anna Singh. Satya Paul and Gehani (her label is owned by Satya Paul)
were told that the charity fashion show would showcase clothes by several
Sri Lankan designers with the finale by Gehani, and that no other Indian
designer would be present.

Gehani says: ''I have emails from the organisers stating the flow of events
and that we'd be the only ones showing... We only asked the organisers to do
the event the way it was meant to be.''

''Initially, we had asked only Gehani to do the show for us,'' clarifies
Sumeeta Radha of the Sri Lankan Rotary. ''But Rodricks has a large fan base
in Colombo and we wanted to bring him down as well. We presumed the
designers would understand once they were here, and didn't think things
would get out of hand.''

Radha confirms Kapoor was against any other designer showing and Rodricks
taking the ramp. ''As for Subramaniam, he was under the influence of alcohol
and regretful. He even apologised to Rodricks later.''

Model Anchal Kumar was aghast at the treatment meted to Rodricks and refused
to model for Gehani's ensuing collection. ''I don't want to comment but I
did what I thought was the right thing,'' she says.

Another model, Mridula Chandrashekhar says: ''It was neither a competition
nor a paid show, people should have left their egos at home.''

===============================================

----- Original Message -----
From: "Frederick Noronha (FN)" <fred at bytesforall.org>
To: <goanet at goanet.org>
Sent: Monday, February 20, 2006 5:10 AM
Subject: [Goanet] Sunday papers... some Goa links
Post by Frederick Noronha (FN)
Another article in the SUNDAY Times of India (the paper I love to
hate... it has changed the idea of what newspapers are so drastically,
but you still can't afford to miss its adverts!) has this rather
convoluted article on Wendell Rodricks, about a February 10 event in
Colombo but written from Mumbai.
It begins thus: "The fashion world is in a state of shock. The attack on
designer Wendell Rodricks at a fashion show in Colombo on February 10
has left a bad taste in the mouths of the glad-rag brigade."
After reading two-thirds of the piece, one lears that it probably was
some rivalry between designers... or something to that effect.
Apparently some designers had been invited to showcase their work at a
charity event coordinated by a (?) Sumita Radhakrishna from Colombo on
behalf of the Rotary Club of Colombo East.
Maybe one is just missing something here!
Frederick Noronha
2006-02-20 17:42:06 UTC
Permalink
Actually, I missed seeing the Indian Express article, which makes things more understandable. I was referring to the one in Sunday's Times of India... FN

============================================================
From: "Eddie Fernandes" <eddie at fernandes.u-net.com>
Date: 2006/02/20 Mon PM 05:56:18 GMT+05:30
To: <fred at bytesforall.org>,
"Goa's premiere mailing list,estb. 1994!" <goanet at goanet.org>
Subject: Re: [Goanet] Sunday papers... some Goa links

Re: Convoluted article on Wendell Rodricks

The fullest account is probably:
Headline: Indian designer war spills out in Colombo
By Namrata Sharma Zakaria
Source: Indian Express 17 Feb. 2006 at
http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=88070

Sub-title: Wendell Rodricks says Delhi fashion house's MD got him stopped
from going on ramp, Satya Paul's Kapoor denies it

Full text:

An unpleasant sideshow of Indian fashion industry unfolded in Colombo last
week. Goan Wendell Rodricks, who was invited to a local fashion show on
Saturday, was stopped when he was about to go on the ramp and take a bow. He ...

------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Bernado Colaco
2006-02-21 03:47:10 UTC
Permalink
Post by Frederick Noronha (FN)
That, to me, seems a bit too simplistic. In
post-colonial times, it's
fashionable to claim that the Portuguese converted
"forcibly". It would
seem more believable that many simply saw
opportunity in this
switch-over. Likewise, one thought that migration
further south down the
coast (to Karnataka and Kerala) started in
pre-Portuguese times. It
might be fashionable now-a-days to blame this on
colonialism alone.
Being a very nice lad innit?

BC





___________________________________________________________
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Frederick Noronha
2006-02-21 09:11:33 UTC
Permalink
Yeah, our grandparents were probably mercenaries. And, unlike you, I believe that the colonial experience in Goa had many shades of grey. Not just black and white... (though there were black and white too).FN

============================================================
From: Bernado Colaco <ole_xac at yahoo.co.uk>
Date: 2006/02/21 Tue AM 09:17:10 GMT+05:30
To: fred at bytesforall.org,
"Goa's premiere mailing list, estb. 1994!" <goanet at goanet.org>
Subject: Re: [Goanet] Sunday papers... some Goa links
Post by Frederick Noronha (FN)
That, to me, seems a bit too simplistic. In
post-colonial times, it's
fashionable to claim that the Portuguese converted
"forcibly". It would
seem more believable that many simply saw
opportunity in this
switch-over. Likewise, one thought that migration
further south down the
coast (to Karnataka and Kerala) started in
pre-Portuguese times. It
might be fashionable now-a-days to blame this on
colonialism alone.
Being a very nice lad innit?

BC





___________________________________________________________
Yahoo! Messenger - NEW crystal clear PC to PC calling worldwide with voicemail http://uk.messenger.yahoo.com
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Bernado Colaco
2006-02-22 04:01:55 UTC
Permalink
Post by Frederick Noronha
Yeah, our grandparents were probably mercenaries.
And, unlike you, I believe that the colonial
experience in Goa had many shades of grey. Not just
black and white... (though there were black and
white too).FN
==============
Ich liebe dich!

BC





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Frederick Noronha (FN)
2006-02-20 05:10:33 UTC
Permalink
While visiting Uganda, where daily newspapers are priced the equivalent
of 50 US cents (about 1000 Ugandan shillings), it suddenly struck me how
inexpensive and affordable Indian newspapers are. A paper here costs Rs
2-3 on a weekday (under 10 cents US) and about Rs 5 on a weekend.

But papers that are advertisement-driven can be a bit (or
more) reader-unfriendly at time. One compromise is the
Sunday newspapers, and most outstation weekend-editions tend
to have a fair amount of reading material.

My joke on myself was that the Sunday Deccan Herald used to be a very
readable product... till I joined (from 1987-1994) and started writing
for it ;-) Anyway, whenever the chance comes along, one does like to
pick up the Sunday papers. Problem is: these editions come only to the
towns (Panjim mainly, Mapusa doesn't get all) and Sunday is a day when
one is seldom in town!

Yesterday's papers did have some Goa links in them...

Deccan Herald's art and culture page had this tory on the Opera House in
Mumbai. It read:

The fat lady sings only in Mumbai! Its rich history and
intricate architecture make the Royal Opera House in
Mumbai a major tourist attraction. K D L Khan on the
only opera house in India. The Opera House in Mumbai
waits to regain its past glory...

One wondered: with all the talent, couldn't Goa have something even
remotely like this? Never mind that the sun has set on the British
Empire!

And whiele reading, a Goan link presented itself. Apparently, the (then)
Bombay Opera House was constructed in the Baroque style, and was the
brainchild of Maurice E Bandmann, a renowned entertainer from Calcutta
and Jehangir Framji Karaka, who headed a coal brokers' firm. The article
further says:

An advantageous corner site was leased at the northern
end of Queen's Road in the vicinity of the Sandhurst and
Kennedy bridges, and in 1908, Karaka and Bandmann drew up
designs for the theatre. Bandmann's manager was responsible
for the deisgn of the auditorium while a Goan, Collaco, took
charge of the construction...

Almost expected it! A Goan link there. As one reads a little of history,
the Parsi-Goan links and the role they played in British colonial
history of India keeps coming up. Even if the Goan often seems to be a
junior partner in such endeavours. Interesting that Collaco is referred
to only by his surname here. Does anyone have more details?

Another article in the DH is Marianne de Nazareth's review of Manohar
Malgaonkar's *Inside Goa* (published by Architecture Autonomous, pp 495,
Rs 695). Year of publication is not mentioned.

She writes: "Written in a fluid and easy reading style, Malgaonkar takes
every Goan back to the days when their Portuguese 'masters' converted
them to Christianity forcibly -- "Let him who wants to live in the
islands become Christian". The others ran away to Mangalore and remained
Hindu..."

That, to me, seems a bit too simplistic. In post-colonial times, it's
fashionable to claim that the Portuguese converted "forcibly". It would
seem more believable that many simply saw opportunity in this
switch-over. Likewise, one thought that migration further south down the
coast (to Karnataka and Kerala) started in pre-Portuguese times. It
might be fashionable now-a-days to blame this on colonialism alone.

Another article in the SUNDAY Times of India (the paper I love to
hate... it has changed the idea of what newspapers are so drastically,
but you still can't afford to miss its adverts!) has this rather
convoluted article on Wendell Rodricks, about a February 10 event in
Colombo but written from Mumbai.

It begins thus: "The fashion world is in a state of shock. The attack on
designer Wendell Rodricks at a fashion show in Colombo on February 10
has left a bad taste in the mouths of the glad-rag brigade."

After reading two-thirds of the piece, one lears that it probably was
some rivalry between designers... or something to that effect.
Apparently some designers had been invited to showcase their work at a
charity event coordinated by a (?) Sumita Radhakrishna from Colombo on
behalf of the Rotary Club of Colombo East.

Maybe one is just missing something here!

In the Deccan Herald, there's also another profile of Satish Gujral, the
brother of former Indian PM Inder Kumar Gujral. We're told his "thirst
for life and creativity led him to dabble in many artistic mediums".

Wonder how many would agree that his design of the Goa University was
something worth writing home about? -- FN 20022006 1035 IST
--
----------------------------------------------------------
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Saligao, Goa, India | fred at bytesforall.org
Independent Journalist | +91(832)2409490 Cell 9822122436
----------------------------------------------------------
Eddie Fernandes
2006-02-20 12:26:18 UTC
Permalink
Re: Convoluted article on Wendell Rodricks

The fullest account is probably:
Headline: Indian designer war spills out in Colombo
By Namrata Sharma Zakaria
Source: Indian Express 17 Feb. 2006 at
http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=88070

Sub-title: Wendell Rodricks says Delhi fashion house's MD got him stopped
from going on ramp, Satya Paul's Kapoor denies it

Full text:

An unpleasant sideshow of Indian fashion industry unfolded in Colombo last
week. Goan Wendell Rodricks, who was invited to a local fashion show on
Saturday, was stopped when he was about to go on the ramp and take a bow. He
was physically held back by the president of Rotary Club of Colombo East,
Cida Subramaniam, and allegedly told, ''If you go on the ramp, you'll be
bumped off on the way to the airport. This is Sri Lanka, you know.''

Rodricks says the Rotary official did it at the behest of Delhi-based
fashion house Satya Paul's MD, Sanjay Kapoor. ''Sanjay was making life
difficult for the organisers saying his label and Deepika Gehani's should be
the only two showing,'' says Rodricks. Rodricks, who eventually pushed aside
the bouncers and went on stage, adds: ''I saw Kapoor jump out of seat at
seeing me, like a bat out of hell, and storm out.''

Kapoor denies the allegations. ''This is Greek to me, I didn't know any of
this happened. If Wendell was manhandled, he shouldn't have been. The
organisers were very unprofessional, none of our commitments were
fructified,'' he says.

Rodricks was invited by Chennai boutique, Studio Saks, to present in
Colombo. Other designers invited were Shane and Falguni Peacock, Neeta Lulla
and Anna Singh. Satya Paul and Gehani (her label is owned by Satya Paul)
were told that the charity fashion show would showcase clothes by several
Sri Lankan designers with the finale by Gehani, and that no other Indian
designer would be present.

Gehani says: ''I have emails from the organisers stating the flow of events
and that we'd be the only ones showing... We only asked the organisers to do
the event the way it was meant to be.''

''Initially, we had asked only Gehani to do the show for us,'' clarifies
Sumeeta Radha of the Sri Lankan Rotary. ''But Rodricks has a large fan base
in Colombo and we wanted to bring him down as well. We presumed the
designers would understand once they were here, and didn't think things
would get out of hand.''

Radha confirms Kapoor was against any other designer showing and Rodricks
taking the ramp. ''As for Subramaniam, he was under the influence of alcohol
and regretful. He even apologised to Rodricks later.''

Model Anchal Kumar was aghast at the treatment meted to Rodricks and refused
to model for Gehani's ensuing collection. ''I don't want to comment but I
did what I thought was the right thing,'' she says.

Another model, Mridula Chandrashekhar says: ''It was neither a competition
nor a paid show, people should have left their egos at home.''

===============================================

----- Original Message -----
From: "Frederick Noronha (FN)" <fred at bytesforall.org>
To: <goanet at goanet.org>
Sent: Monday, February 20, 2006 5:10 AM
Subject: [Goanet] Sunday papers... some Goa links
Post by Frederick Noronha (FN)
Another article in the SUNDAY Times of India (the paper I love to
hate... it has changed the idea of what newspapers are so drastically,
but you still can't afford to miss its adverts!) has this rather
convoluted article on Wendell Rodricks, about a February 10 event in
Colombo but written from Mumbai.
It begins thus: "The fashion world is in a state of shock. The attack on
designer Wendell Rodricks at a fashion show in Colombo on February 10
has left a bad taste in the mouths of the glad-rag brigade."
After reading two-thirds of the piece, one lears that it probably was
some rivalry between designers... or something to that effect.
Apparently some designers had been invited to showcase their work at a
charity event coordinated by a (?) Sumita Radhakrishna from Colombo on
behalf of the Rotary Club of Colombo East.
Maybe one is just missing something here!
Frederick Noronha
2006-02-20 17:42:06 UTC
Permalink
Actually, I missed seeing the Indian Express article, which makes things more understandable. I was referring to the one in Sunday's Times of India... FN

============================================================
From: "Eddie Fernandes" <eddie at fernandes.u-net.com>
Date: 2006/02/20 Mon PM 05:56:18 GMT+05:30
To: <fred at bytesforall.org>,
"Goa's premiere mailing list,estb. 1994!" <goanet at goanet.org>
Subject: Re: [Goanet] Sunday papers... some Goa links

Re: Convoluted article on Wendell Rodricks

The fullest account is probably:
Headline: Indian designer war spills out in Colombo
By Namrata Sharma Zakaria
Source: Indian Express 17 Feb. 2006 at
http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=88070

Sub-title: Wendell Rodricks says Delhi fashion house's MD got him stopped
from going on ramp, Satya Paul's Kapoor denies it

Full text:

An unpleasant sideshow of Indian fashion industry unfolded in Colombo last
week. Goan Wendell Rodricks, who was invited to a local fashion show on
Saturday, was stopped when he was about to go on the ramp and take a bow. He ...

------------------------------------------------------------------------
Frederick Noronha 784 Near Convent, Sonarbhat SALIGAO GOA India
Freelance Journalist TEL: +91-832-2409490 MOBILE: 9822122436
Skype/Yahoomessenger: fredericknoronha www.bytesforall.net
Bernado Colaco
2006-02-21 03:47:10 UTC
Permalink
Post by Frederick Noronha (FN)
That, to me, seems a bit too simplistic. In
post-colonial times, it's
fashionable to claim that the Portuguese converted
"forcibly". It would
seem more believable that many simply saw
opportunity in this
switch-over. Likewise, one thought that migration
further south down the
coast (to Karnataka and Kerala) started in
pre-Portuguese times. It
might be fashionable now-a-days to blame this on
colonialism alone.
Being a very nice lad innit?

BC





___________________________________________________________
Yahoo! Messenger - NEW crystal clear PC to PC calling worldwide with voicemail http://uk.messenger.yahoo.com
Frederick Noronha
2006-02-21 09:11:33 UTC
Permalink
Yeah, our grandparents were probably mercenaries. And, unlike you, I believe that the colonial experience in Goa had many shades of grey. Not just black and white... (though there were black and white too).FN

============================================================
From: Bernado Colaco <ole_xac at yahoo.co.uk>
Date: 2006/02/21 Tue AM 09:17:10 GMT+05:30
To: fred at bytesforall.org,
"Goa's premiere mailing list, estb. 1994!" <goanet at goanet.org>
Subject: Re: [Goanet] Sunday papers... some Goa links
Post by Frederick Noronha (FN)
That, to me, seems a bit too simplistic. In
post-colonial times, it's
fashionable to claim that the Portuguese converted
"forcibly". It would
seem more believable that many simply saw
opportunity in this
switch-over. Likewise, one thought that migration
further south down the
coast (to Karnataka and Kerala) started in
pre-Portuguese times. It
might be fashionable now-a-days to blame this on
colonialism alone.
Being a very nice lad innit?

BC





___________________________________________________________
Yahoo! Messenger - NEW crystal clear PC to PC calling worldwide with voicemail http://uk.messenger.yahoo.com
============================================================


------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Freelance Journalist TEL: +91-832-2409490 MOBILE: 9822122436
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Bernado Colaco
2006-02-22 04:01:55 UTC
Permalink
Post by Frederick Noronha
Yeah, our grandparents were probably mercenaries.
And, unlike you, I believe that the colonial
experience in Goa had many shades of grey. Not just
black and white... (though there were black and
white too).FN
==============
Ich liebe dich!

BC





___________________________________________________________
Yahoo! Messenger - NEW crystal clear PC to PC calling worldwide with voicemail http://uk.messenger.yahoo.com
Frederick Noronha (FN)
2006-02-20 05:10:33 UTC
Permalink
While visiting Uganda, where daily newspapers are priced the equivalent
of 50 US cents (about 1000 Ugandan shillings), it suddenly struck me how
inexpensive and affordable Indian newspapers are. A paper here costs Rs
2-3 on a weekday (under 10 cents US) and about Rs 5 on a weekend.

But papers that are advertisement-driven can be a bit (or
more) reader-unfriendly at time. One compromise is the
Sunday newspapers, and most outstation weekend-editions tend
to have a fair amount of reading material.

My joke on myself was that the Sunday Deccan Herald used to be a very
readable product... till I joined (from 1987-1994) and started writing
for it ;-) Anyway, whenever the chance comes along, one does like to
pick up the Sunday papers. Problem is: these editions come only to the
towns (Panjim mainly, Mapusa doesn't get all) and Sunday is a day when
one is seldom in town!

Yesterday's papers did have some Goa links in them...

Deccan Herald's art and culture page had this tory on the Opera House in
Mumbai. It read:

The fat lady sings only in Mumbai! Its rich history and
intricate architecture make the Royal Opera House in
Mumbai a major tourist attraction. K D L Khan on the
only opera house in India. The Opera House in Mumbai
waits to regain its past glory...

One wondered: with all the talent, couldn't Goa have something even
remotely like this? Never mind that the sun has set on the British
Empire!

And whiele reading, a Goan link presented itself. Apparently, the (then)
Bombay Opera House was constructed in the Baroque style, and was the
brainchild of Maurice E Bandmann, a renowned entertainer from Calcutta
and Jehangir Framji Karaka, who headed a coal brokers' firm. The article
further says:

An advantageous corner site was leased at the northern
end of Queen's Road in the vicinity of the Sandhurst and
Kennedy bridges, and in 1908, Karaka and Bandmann drew up
designs for the theatre. Bandmann's manager was responsible
for the deisgn of the auditorium while a Goan, Collaco, took
charge of the construction...

Almost expected it! A Goan link there. As one reads a little of history,
the Parsi-Goan links and the role they played in British colonial
history of India keeps coming up. Even if the Goan often seems to be a
junior partner in such endeavours. Interesting that Collaco is referred
to only by his surname here. Does anyone have more details?

Another article in the DH is Marianne de Nazareth's review of Manohar
Malgaonkar's *Inside Goa* (published by Architecture Autonomous, pp 495,
Rs 695). Year of publication is not mentioned.

She writes: "Written in a fluid and easy reading style, Malgaonkar takes
every Goan back to the days when their Portuguese 'masters' converted
them to Christianity forcibly -- "Let him who wants to live in the
islands become Christian". The others ran away to Mangalore and remained
Hindu..."

That, to me, seems a bit too simplistic. In post-colonial times, it's
fashionable to claim that the Portuguese converted "forcibly". It would
seem more believable that many simply saw opportunity in this
switch-over. Likewise, one thought that migration further south down the
coast (to Karnataka and Kerala) started in pre-Portuguese times. It
might be fashionable now-a-days to blame this on colonialism alone.

Another article in the SUNDAY Times of India (the paper I love to
hate... it has changed the idea of what newspapers are so drastically,
but you still can't afford to miss its adverts!) has this rather
convoluted article on Wendell Rodricks, about a February 10 event in
Colombo but written from Mumbai.

It begins thus: "The fashion world is in a state of shock. The attack on
designer Wendell Rodricks at a fashion show in Colombo on February 10
has left a bad taste in the mouths of the glad-rag brigade."

After reading two-thirds of the piece, one lears that it probably was
some rivalry between designers... or something to that effect.
Apparently some designers had been invited to showcase their work at a
charity event coordinated by a (?) Sumita Radhakrishna from Colombo on
behalf of the Rotary Club of Colombo East.

Maybe one is just missing something here!

In the Deccan Herald, there's also another profile of Satish Gujral, the
brother of former Indian PM Inder Kumar Gujral. We're told his "thirst
for life and creativity led him to dabble in many artistic mediums".

Wonder how many would agree that his design of the Goa University was
something worth writing home about? -- FN 20022006 1035 IST
--
----------------------------------------------------------
Frederick 'FN' Noronha | Yahoomssngr/Skype: fredericknoronha
Saligao, Goa, India | fred at bytesforall.org
Independent Journalist | +91(832)2409490 Cell 9822122436
----------------------------------------------------------
Eddie Fernandes
2006-02-20 12:26:18 UTC
Permalink
Re: Convoluted article on Wendell Rodricks

The fullest account is probably:
Headline: Indian designer war spills out in Colombo
By Namrata Sharma Zakaria
Source: Indian Express 17 Feb. 2006 at
http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=88070

Sub-title: Wendell Rodricks says Delhi fashion house's MD got him stopped
from going on ramp, Satya Paul's Kapoor denies it

Full text:

An unpleasant sideshow of Indian fashion industry unfolded in Colombo last
week. Goan Wendell Rodricks, who was invited to a local fashion show on
Saturday, was stopped when he was about to go on the ramp and take a bow. He
was physically held back by the president of Rotary Club of Colombo East,
Cida Subramaniam, and allegedly told, ''If you go on the ramp, you'll be
bumped off on the way to the airport. This is Sri Lanka, you know.''

Rodricks says the Rotary official did it at the behest of Delhi-based
fashion house Satya Paul's MD, Sanjay Kapoor. ''Sanjay was making life
difficult for the organisers saying his label and Deepika Gehani's should be
the only two showing,'' says Rodricks. Rodricks, who eventually pushed aside
the bouncers and went on stage, adds: ''I saw Kapoor jump out of seat at
seeing me, like a bat out of hell, and storm out.''

Kapoor denies the allegations. ''This is Greek to me, I didn't know any of
this happened. If Wendell was manhandled, he shouldn't have been. The
organisers were very unprofessional, none of our commitments were
fructified,'' he says.

Rodricks was invited by Chennai boutique, Studio Saks, to present in
Colombo. Other designers invited were Shane and Falguni Peacock, Neeta Lulla
and Anna Singh. Satya Paul and Gehani (her label is owned by Satya Paul)
were told that the charity fashion show would showcase clothes by several
Sri Lankan designers with the finale by Gehani, and that no other Indian
designer would be present.

Gehani says: ''I have emails from the organisers stating the flow of events
and that we'd be the only ones showing... We only asked the organisers to do
the event the way it was meant to be.''

''Initially, we had asked only Gehani to do the show for us,'' clarifies
Sumeeta Radha of the Sri Lankan Rotary. ''But Rodricks has a large fan base
in Colombo and we wanted to bring him down as well. We presumed the
designers would understand once they were here, and didn't think things
would get out of hand.''

Radha confirms Kapoor was against any other designer showing and Rodricks
taking the ramp. ''As for Subramaniam, he was under the influence of alcohol
and regretful. He even apologised to Rodricks later.''

Model Anchal Kumar was aghast at the treatment meted to Rodricks and refused
to model for Gehani's ensuing collection. ''I don't want to comment but I
did what I thought was the right thing,'' she says.

Another model, Mridula Chandrashekhar says: ''It was neither a competition
nor a paid show, people should have left their egos at home.''

===============================================

----- Original Message -----
From: "Frederick Noronha (FN)" <fred at bytesforall.org>
To: <goanet at goanet.org>
Sent: Monday, February 20, 2006 5:10 AM
Subject: [Goanet] Sunday papers... some Goa links
Post by Frederick Noronha (FN)
Another article in the SUNDAY Times of India (the paper I love to
hate... it has changed the idea of what newspapers are so drastically,
but you still can't afford to miss its adverts!) has this rather
convoluted article on Wendell Rodricks, about a February 10 event in
Colombo but written from Mumbai.
It begins thus: "The fashion world is in a state of shock. The attack on
designer Wendell Rodricks at a fashion show in Colombo on February 10
has left a bad taste in the mouths of the glad-rag brigade."
After reading two-thirds of the piece, one lears that it probably was
some rivalry between designers... or something to that effect.
Apparently some designers had been invited to showcase their work at a
charity event coordinated by a (?) Sumita Radhakrishna from Colombo on
behalf of the Rotary Club of Colombo East.
Maybe one is just missing something here!
Frederick Noronha
2006-02-20 17:42:06 UTC
Permalink
Actually, I missed seeing the Indian Express article, which makes things more understandable. I was referring to the one in Sunday's Times of India... FN

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From: "Eddie Fernandes" <eddie at fernandes.u-net.com>
Date: 2006/02/20 Mon PM 05:56:18 GMT+05:30
To: <fred at bytesforall.org>,
"Goa's premiere mailing list,estb. 1994!" <goanet at goanet.org>
Subject: Re: [Goanet] Sunday papers... some Goa links

Re: Convoluted article on Wendell Rodricks

The fullest account is probably:
Headline: Indian designer war spills out in Colombo
By Namrata Sharma Zakaria
Source: Indian Express 17 Feb. 2006 at
http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=88070

Sub-title: Wendell Rodricks says Delhi fashion house's MD got him stopped
from going on ramp, Satya Paul's Kapoor denies it

Full text:

An unpleasant sideshow of Indian fashion industry unfolded in Colombo last
week. Goan Wendell Rodricks, who was invited to a local fashion show on
Saturday, was stopped when he was about to go on the ramp and take a bow. He ...

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Bernado Colaco
2006-02-21 03:47:10 UTC
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Post by Frederick Noronha (FN)
That, to me, seems a bit too simplistic. In
post-colonial times, it's
fashionable to claim that the Portuguese converted
"forcibly". It would
seem more believable that many simply saw
opportunity in this
switch-over. Likewise, one thought that migration
further south down the
coast (to Karnataka and Kerala) started in
pre-Portuguese times. It
might be fashionable now-a-days to blame this on
colonialism alone.
Being a very nice lad innit?

BC





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Frederick Noronha
2006-02-21 09:11:33 UTC
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Yeah, our grandparents were probably mercenaries. And, unlike you, I believe that the colonial experience in Goa had many shades of grey. Not just black and white... (though there were black and white too).FN

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From: Bernado Colaco <ole_xac at yahoo.co.uk>
Date: 2006/02/21 Tue AM 09:17:10 GMT+05:30
To: fred at bytesforall.org,
"Goa's premiere mailing list, estb. 1994!" <goanet at goanet.org>
Subject: Re: [Goanet] Sunday papers... some Goa links
Post by Frederick Noronha (FN)
That, to me, seems a bit too simplistic. In
post-colonial times, it's
fashionable to claim that the Portuguese converted
"forcibly". It would
seem more believable that many simply saw
opportunity in this
switch-over. Likewise, one thought that migration
further south down the
coast (to Karnataka and Kerala) started in
pre-Portuguese times. It
might be fashionable now-a-days to blame this on
colonialism alone.
Being a very nice lad innit?

BC





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Frederick Noronha 784 Near Convent, Sonarbhat SALIGAO GOA India
Freelance Journalist TEL: +91-832-2409490 MOBILE: 9822122436
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Bernado Colaco
2006-02-22 04:01:55 UTC
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Post by Frederick Noronha
Yeah, our grandparents were probably mercenaries.
And, unlike you, I believe that the colonial
experience in Goa had many shades of grey. Not just
black and white... (though there were black and
white too).FN
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Ich liebe dich!

BC





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