**************DEVACHEA NAVAN ANI GOEMCARANCHEA MANNANK******************* This blog is an attempt to delve into the traditions, heritage, culture, lore and ambience that spawned an enigma. A state of mind. And to perchance perform a perfunctory probe into the psyche of the Goemcar. ************************************************************************************************* GOEMCAR: Any person anywhere in the world - Goemcar rogtacho!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Valente Lobo - Rest in peace

A son of the vaddo of Pirazona in the village of Moira, Valente lived most of his life abroad. In Africa and the UK. He was the brother of the well known engineer and Goan environmentalist Urban Lobo and the first cousin of Padr Athanasio Lobo; who used to be a Professor in the Seminary of Rachol and the Secretary to the Patriarch of the East Indies. Padr Lobo was considered in his time and even now is, one of Goa’s foremost preachers’. Valente's wife is the sister of the late Goemcar culinary genius Gines Viegas of O'Coqueiro, the erstwhile flagship of Goan cuisine.

Valente was amongst the founder members of the Moira Association in London. He was also its President, being elected to the role unanimously on at least three occasions. As a leading light in his community he was well known, liked and respected.

In his death the Moidecars in London have lost a very socially active and an ever helpful fellow ganvcar.

May GOD grant him eternal rest.


Xanno Moidecar

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Uncle Jose rest in peace

Jose De Souza was not really an uncle of mine. But that nice Goemcar practice of anybody over forty being given the avuncular title, meant that this man was, as the norm dictated, Uncle. And much liked.

Jose was well known in Moira. He was the scion of one of the ‘vhoddli’ families. I believe, his family tree spans the Nazares’, Gamas’, Pais’. All societal pillars in the village of Moira. As is with such families, Jose was related to myriad men and women of the cloth, as also dotors and advocates. Padr Luis Caitan, his brother was the long standing chaplain of the capella in the vaddo of Pirazona. And the present Patriach of the East Indies too, is one of his multitudinous cousins. An aside to these facts, virtually every house around Jose’s has given forth either a priest or a nun.

In his own right Jose was extremely proud of the fact that he was a member of that famous Paranjoti Chorus. He never tired of narrating his trips to Europe where he and his fellows regaled, apparently, distinguished audiences.

The vaddo of Pirazona has lost a stalwart. Moira a good and well liked ganvcar.

He will be missed. Very much.

May GOD grant his soul eternal rest.


Xanno Moidecar