This sketch of the 'Log' was done by Javie Dsouza. This picture has been picked from the original website he had created; which unfortunately has been taken down by Yahoo!.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Musings of a Gulfie

My first memory of someone coming back from "abroad" (i mean foreign here... i learnt about guys coming back from a "broad" much later in life) was possibly the same time i heard about TR (or transfer of residence), of Air conditioning with ducting for all rooms and of Mazda as a foreign car- in particular a silver hatchback.

For those who haven’t caught on yet, I’m referring to the return of Dr Cedric and family from Doha - this was a event where as kids we stood and watched trucks coming in with boxes after boxes after boxes that were unloaded and carried up to their house. It would have taken years to open all those boxes and it probably did.

The contents of those boxes revealed wonders to some of us who had never been exposed; to the first glimpse of a coulour TV, a VCR, VHS & Betamax cassettes, push button telephones, sofas (which were not double beds) a cooking range. Today all the above are found in every home, but for a kid in the late 70’s early 80’s this was a revelation; something that he could boast about and ridicule his peers who had no clue about what he was talking.

While in most albums of the early gulfies, there would always be a photo of the guy (in goggles - most probably Ray Ban) standing next to a swanky looking car – in all probability a Datsun, a Mazda or some Huge American gass guzzler with tail fins. (this was much before Toyota & Honda became popular and before Datsun became Nissan) and you always admired the car and envied the guy for the same - so to see Dr Cedric’s Mazda in real life, to ride in it and feel the cold air from the A/c was definitely a dream come true.

So thank you Dr Cedric and family for providing me these experiences very early in life; I write this blog sitting in Doha where I have come to work, a good 30 years after you have left. I keep wondering how different the place would have been then, as compared to now and whether you would like it as much now as you did then.

To Gillian ( Raymond Lopez’s) daughter who has preceded me in Doha, thank you for the warm Marinagar welcome you have given me, for making me feel comfortable, helping me look for a house and showing me the restaurant where i can get kheema like Paramount. Thank you.

Friday, June 11, 2010

latest news - hopefully contnuously

Nestor (Frank Coutino’s son) has created which gives the current happenings in Marinagar.

And it is my fervent hope that Nestor and the guys administering this site have the tenacity to keep this site alive and give us Non resident Marinagarites regular updates on whats going on in our colony.

Lets encourage these guys by logging on, becoming members and giving your feedback and comments.

In case you missed it, here is the link again – so please use it....Now.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Love All Play

Have written a lot about the guys, thought it’s time for the ladies of Marinagar to have their share of reminisces.

Christmas 2009 brought back lots of memories with the married men vs bachelors football and volleyball and the married women vs spinsters throwball matches.

It was great to see Karen, and Ramona Sylvie, Nirmala, Ninette and the other married ladies playing against the youngsters and spinsters. The fact that some of them had their daughters playing against them did not dissuade them or hold them back from the spins, the smashes, the overhead throws and the complicated rotation policy (Z format) which the spinsters could not master through all 3 games played.

The matches were hard fought but in the end it was the experience that triumphed over the younger fitter opponents. The married women winning this years edition.

The current lot of girls are pretty god, Tamara (Evitas daughter) was one who stood out. But they have quite a way to go to match the levels of Lara, Desiree, Christie, Fiona in their age group. Nirmala Sylvie, Germaine, Effie, Cheryl, Yulette in theirs, And Karen, Rodette, Clemy, Maria, Ninette, Annette, Ramona in theirs.

I’m sure that i have missed out some of the very talented players and seek apology now itself for not giving them recognition.

As for the boys; we liked to encourage the girls to play throwball, especially if they started early and finished before we came onto the ground to play volleyball.

But there is one thing that still perplexes us. Why is it that when serving and calling the score, the right leg goes up?

If any of you know, please let me know.

Till then...Service Over, Love All.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

One day at a time

This post is an update on our friend Melville Pinheiro who was extremely badly burnt in a fire that happened at his place of work.

After around 2 months in hospital Mel was released to go home where i met him a few days ago and i must state that Mel's spririt is unbeatable.

This photo for which Mel has asked me tp put up is of him (bandages and all) saying Hi and a big thank you to all for your prayers and support (financial and otherwise).

Mel is making good progress - while his back is healing well, his hands, knees, head and chin still need healing and there is a long way to go.

But Mel is extremely positive - he has had some victories by being able to have the motor functions back in both his hands, but there is still a long way to go for recovery.

But then Mel has always taken one day at a time - for those who know him would know that he has been taking one day at a time for qite a few years now. This is just another challenge for him and he is confident of overcoming it one day at a time.

But he still needs our prayers and our support; so please give both...generously.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Thooie Paitra - losing your marbles

For those who have no clue what i am writing amount; the below should help

Requirements: One wall, a square drawn in the mud, a gull(hole) in the centre and 3 dubs (cement balls or steel ball bearings - preferably one bigger than the other 2 ...and game on.

Rules: from a line a few feet away from the square you needed to throw 2 dubs into the square (praying that one went into the gul) and then on indication from your opponent; try to hit the dub with the 3rd one with you.
If one of the dubs went outside the square – the opponent can place the dub on a side of the square and push it with the aim of getting oth dubs to touch for you to hit
If one of the dubs went outside the square and the other in the gull – the opponent can place the dub on a side of the square and push it with the aim of getting oth dubs to touch for you to hit
If both dubs went outsibe the square; one dub could be place any where in the square for you to hit

Points: Hitting the dub got you 10 points and another dau (turn)
Getting one dub into the gull gets an additional 10 points and another dau
Having the hitting dub bounce outside the square gets a negative 10 points and loss of your dau
Having the hitting dub go full toss on the wall gets a negative 10 points and loss of your dau
Having the hitting dub bounce inside the square without hitting any of the 2 dubs within results only in loss of your dau
He who reaches 100 first wins. And if more than 2 players – they keep playing till all but one reaches 100.

Penalties: to make the game more interesting – you could place bets with marbles at stake – losers giving their marbles to the winners.

Or the loser would becone the Den for the hide and seek that would follow.

Alternativey and more painfully, the loser wuld be subjected to penalties – the most popular being the loser folding his hands and splitting them before the winners can hit them. This would go on till all the wnners missed their hits. Have losers cried...of course. Have others stepped in to save the losers...of course. Did they take the hits for the losers... of course. Did they cry too...of course. Did we way; we were pretty sadistic back then.

So what the hell is Thooie Paitra?
A disgruntled genius who did not get his turn often enough put in a rule that if the player left his line without calling Thooie paitra before he did; his opponent could capture his spot behind the line and take his dau.

Hows that for some genuine Marinagar lingo??

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Get Well Mel

Most of you would have already received this appeal. But in case you haven't, please read and extend any help you can.

Thanks Selwyn and Ivan for taking this initiative.


Our friend from Marinagar, Melville Pinheiro (Noblix/Khada) got badly burnt while at work in a garment factory. This happened in early February 2010. He suffered about 30% burns and continues to be in hospital. Besides, he will have to make frequent visits to the hospital for about a year, for treatment.

While we are grateful to the almighty for having saved him miraculously, the reality is that he will be out of a job initially and will have to incur recurring hospital expenses over and above the expenses already incurred. We must also remember that he has three school/college going children to take care of, the last being in the 4th Standard.
As a simple token of our solidarity towards our Marinagar chappie who would come and stitch our colony Christmas star at the last minute, we are attempting a cash collection drive. Our intention is to collect at least Rs. 2 lakhs. As a well-wisher of Melville, we appeal to your generosity. Contributions of Rs. 5,000/- and above will be greatly appreciated.

Kindly send the amount either to Selwyn Paul or Ivan (Putta) Rodrigues.

Selwyn Paul's mobile No. 9967722238
email address :

Ivan Rodrigues : mobile No. 9821234620
email address :

On behalf of Melville and his family, we wish to thank you in advance for your generosity. More importantly, we seek your continued prayers for Melville.
Wishing each of you and your families a blessed Holy Week and a joyous Easter.