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Friday, May 31, 2013

DAHLIA FERNANDES ON RADIO MANGO

Dahlia Fernandes 
Live Interview and 2 Songs from her EP on

RADIO MANGO
KONKANI FM 101.3

Please tune in tomorrow
Saturday, June 1st 2013
Between 7pm and 8 pm
with the suave-voiced
hosts Milena & Wilson.

RADIO MANGO - KONKANI FM 101.3 FM
THE FIRST RADIO STATION EVER
IN CANADA

Radio Mango Toronto
broadcasting Konkani songs
of Goa and Mangalore.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

ALL JOKES ASIDE

WHAT IS YOUR REAL NAME?

Real-life experiences at Arts & Crafts Shows

Customer, seeing my book
on display, goes:  "Goa, Memories of My Homeland.
                             Whose memories are these?"

Me:               Mine.

Customer:     And you wrote this book?

Me:               Yes, I did.

Customer:     So, what is your real name?

Me:               The one on the cover, of course...Tony Fernandes...why?

Customer:     How come you have a Christian name?

Me:               Because there are Christians in India.

Customer:     Really? How? Why? And where exactly is Goa?

Me:               http://bit.ly/117ynWQ        
                      

SO, WHAT IS YOUR REAL NAME?


REAL NAME

I sell my book ‘GOA—Memories of My Homeland’ at Arts & Craft Shows. It’s there, placed on a stand at the point of sale, so visitors to the show can see the publication.

Here are some FAQs:

1. Where is Goa?
2. So, you wrote this book?
3. Whose Memories are these?
4. So, what is Goa?
5. So, who is Tony Fernandes?
6. What is your real name?
7. Why do you have a western name?
8. Are there any Christians in India?

So here are some
Brief Notes about Goa


Calm and Serene
Mandrem, North Goa


The magnificent Church of
Our Lady of Immaculate Conception
Panjim - Capital

Known around the world for its serene beauty, GOA is located south of Mumbai, India. 

The poems were written by me over the last many years. They are memories of my childhood years as I grew up and studied in Goa during the rule of the erstwhile Portuguese, studied Segundo Grau Portuguese as a second language, served Mass in Latin as an altar boy, and graduated from an English speaking High school, run by the Order of the Franciscans Minor Capuchins. Anthony is my original name and 'real' name. Fondly called Tony - given to me at birth, baptized and confirmed in a church-going Catholic family.

Tony, which is my real name, has never been changed from another name. Many people have Christian names in India for the simple reason that there are so many Christians in various different denominations of Christianity in India - a fact that some people in the west do not know about. 

It gained full-fledged statehood on 12th August 1987. Prior to that, it was a Union Territory for 26 years, after four and a half centuries of Portuguese rule. It is 1,022 metres above sea-level with an area of 3700 sq.km.

Its capital is Panaji.  Goa comprises of districts like Ilhas, Bardez, Salcette, Ponda, Marmagoa, Bicholim, Satari, Pernem, Quepem, Sanguem, and Canacona. Its captital is Panaji. Its other major cities are  Margao,  Mapsa and Vasco da Gama and Marmagoa which has a natural
harbour.



Statue of Abade Faria, Master of Hypnotism
Panjim

Goa’s  main rivers are the Zuari, Mandovi and Chapora. It has beautiful palm-fringed and scenic beaches like Colva, Candolim , Calangute, Vagator and Arambol with golden sands all along its western coast line. Spanning across the eastern part of Goa is the magnificent mountain range called the Western Ghats. Nestled among those hills are the famous 3-tier water-falls called Dudsagar.

Tiracol River, North Goa

With a total population of approximately 1.2 million, it is bustling with activity. It is a world famous tourist destination with excellent air, sea, rail and interstate bus connections. Besides having the first lighthouse in Asia, and the first printing press in India (1556) established by the Jesuits, it has numerous archaeological sites like ancient forts for the connoisseur to study and explore besides ancient temples and churches.


Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa.

Goa is famous for its architectural grandeur – its ancient churches, temples and mosques. Goans are a peace-loving people with a strong sense of community, taking pride in their own distinct culture and heritage.

In a modern cosmopolitan world, Goa has managed to preserve its old world charm.





Friday, May 24, 2013

DAHLIA'S EP RELEASED






This passed Thursday, May 23rd was a great night for my daughter Dahlia Fernandes who launched her CD at the Emerge Artist Showcase on the Moskito & Bite Stage in Toronto. The showcase had a powerful and talented roster of 12 upcoming artists in our beautiful city. The live music venue was filled eager and excited fans, family and friends all cheering the talent on stage.

Dahlia sang three tunes off her EP including the jazz-influenced crowd-pleaser titled 'Jump!'

I am glad to share that you can get your hands on your own copy of her EP titled 'Between the Lines' off CDBaby ($12) or even personally from her if you are in the Greater Toronto Area for ($10)

Link to purchase EP through CD Baby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/dahliafernandes

For all you devout Apple fans, not to worry her EP hits ITunes in only a few weeks!

We appreciate all your 'Likes' on her Facebook Fanpage - Please click on the link below.

Dahlia's Facebook Fanpage https://www.facebook.com/dahliafernandes

One Proud Father & Member of the Dahlia SoulSquad Team,

TONY FERNANDES

Thursday, May 23, 2013

BIG DAY FOR DAHLIA

BIG DAY FOR DAHLIA
(my daughter!)

Dahlia Fernandes will be performing tracks
 from her debut EP tonight at Moskito + Bite in Toronto.
 Come out for some great live music.
It's going to be an amazing evening with a ton of talent.
12 singers will perform this evening


Show Ready #showcase #emerge #tonight @emergeartists
#Toronto moskito+bite college st.

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All Jokes Aside


FAVOURITE GETAWAY
(Real-life experiences at Arts & Crafts Show)

Yet another favourite and proven getaway: He pretends he’s is in a hurry. He stands opposite the booth immediately after yours, looks over his shoulder and examines your merchandise.

Repeats the above process at every booth.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

ALL JOKES ASIDE


CONFUSED BUYER
Real-life experiences at Arts & Crafts Shows

This guy comes straight in. He has a typical unmistakable air about him. He thinks he knows everything, he pretends. Reads the sign out loud. “EDNA’S PICKLES”. “Who’s Edna?” he barks in a demanding tone. Looks minutely at all products. Backs off a little. Steps forward again. Checks one more time. Tastes. Smacks audibly. Backs off yet again. Disappears. Comes again and promises to buy at the next show.


Monday, May 20, 2013

ALL JOKES ASIDE

QUOTABLE QUOTES
REAL LIFE EXPERIENCES AT ART & CRAFT SHOWS

PRETENCE DEVELOPED INTO A FORM OF FINE ART!

This guy walks slowly hugging any one side of an aisle, and while he does that he looks away from the row of booths on that side while maintaining his constant gaze towards your side – that way he completely gets away in ignoring both sides of the aisle – one by looking away yet remaining close to it and the other by keeping the distance. Clever bloke! 


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Hasta Mañana at Khan Creek, Sharjah, UAE


HASTA  MANANA


Where is the spring and the summer
 that once was yours and mine?
Where did it go?
I just don't know.


AL KHAN CREEK - Sharjah, 1974 - United Arab Emirates
Water colour painting by Tony Fernandes
Size 20" x 16 "

Warm summer evening, humidity is in the air. As usual on such days, our friends meet us the creek there. Swimming or just relaxing on the beach, watching the sunset. Talking, catching up on things. We carried our portable radio with us and tuned in to Dubai FM. 'Hasta Manana' turned out to be yet another hit for 'ABBA' among other songs of that era that got a lot of air time. 

The late evening scene, just like my water colour painting above, was warm, still, serene. Beautiful and sleepy little ancient village of Al Khan at sunset. Then in the twilight, towards the east glowed dimly the lights of Sharjah town, and in the distance, west by south-west, glimmered the lights of Dubai, and their hopes and dreams of becoming modern and beautiful cities.

Click on the link below to give a listen, just for old times’ sake,
to that wonderful old classic of 40 years ago. 

......Hasta Manana 'til we meet again,
my good old friends.
Don't know where, don't know when.....


Sunday, May 12, 2013

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY


MOTHER OF MINE

Dubai 1972 – Airwaves around the world are abuzz with Jimmy Osmond’s ‘Mother of Mine’ and the UAE is no exception. The song turns out to be a huge hit for Jimmy, the youngest of nine children in the Osmond clan, who at the time was only nine years old. I thought about my Mum in Goa every time I heard it, and constantly hummed the tune or sang the lyrics under my breath. Two years later I lost my mother. She was my best friend who I miss up to this day. She taught me all that I know and set an example living her own simple life and made my own worth living. Not a single day goes by without thoughts of her good values. She died young. I have outlived her so far by five years.

Forty-three years after the song ‘Mother of Mine’ first captured the air-waves, I rededicate my favourite song to mothers everywhere. Hope it’s your favourite too.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY


Tuesday, May 07, 2013

TAKE ME HOME COUNTRY ROADS





TAKE ME HOME, COUNTRY ROADS

The afternoon has now slowly turning into evening.  A great and joyous picnic has just ended. The sun will shortly go down over the Hajjar mountain range. John Denver’s vibrant voice in ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’ is playing on my Mazda station wagon’s cassette tape-recorder. A huge hit for John Denver, singing ‘Country Road’ was not missed out any party, dance, picnic or get-together. Heading north by north-west from Fujeirah towards Sharjah, it will be a long drive ahead and our mini-convoy of cars will shortly disappear into the sunset over Masafi, as we hope to safely make it home, before eight o’clock - lest we forget, it is still Friday – as we simply cannot afford to miss out on one of the greatest and longest series of the time that delighted us all, and that’s none other ‘Dallas’ and the conniving ways of JR!
Circa 1980.





Monday, May 06, 2013

WAITING FOR SPRING...AT LAST...SPRING IS HERE!

THE TRANSITION
Weston Quarry Garden,
Don Valley 
near Don River
Evergreen Brick Works
and Evergreen Garden Market
Toronto. Ontario

 WAITING IN EARNEST FOR SPRING
16 March 2013

 THERE'S HOPE
SPRING IS ON ITS WAY
13th April 2013


FINALLY SPRING IS HERE...HOORAY!
4th May 2013

Sunday, May 05, 2013

MALAIKA - Life in the Emirates


When everyone sang 'Malaika'


'Dubai Creek 1970'
Oil painting by Tony Fernandes
Size 3ft x 2ft
View of Bur Dubai across the Creek from Ras Deira
Dubai - United Arab Emirates

MALAIKA


Grand New Year’s Eve Ball, Intercon Dubai. Circa 1976. After a short break, the dance band on stage strikes up a few distinct initial bars of a familiar song. It is quite evident what the song choice has been. It is a slow piece. Couples rise and gently walk to the floor as the lights dim and begin dancing close. The band’s crooner sings the song – none other than the famous Kenyan singer/composer Fadhili William’s  famous Swahili song ‘Malaika’ popularized by Miriam Makeba, Harry Belafonte, Boney M and Sal Davis – as the couples on the dance floor seem to lip-sync “Malaika, nakupenda Malaika…Nashindwa na mali sina we…”.

Everybody seemed to know the lyrics even if they did not speak Swahili! Wow! All I knew was the meaning of the song 'Malaika' which means 'Angel'. I remember watching an English version sung by Sal Davis on Dubai TV. Please click on the link below to listen to a beautiful rendition in a duet arrangement by Harry Belafonte and Miriam Makeba.

No dance gala was ever complete then, nor is complete even now without ‘Malaika’ at any Goan function. A great song indeed and a beautiful catchy tune.

Please click on the link below to listen to
a beautiful duet
by Harry Belafonte and Miriam Makeba


Friday, May 03, 2013

THOSE WERE THE DAYS MY FRIEND!


DUBAI CREEK
1967
Line Artwork Drawing
by Tony Fernandes 

THOSE WERE THE DAYS

Before the days of FM Radio Transmission in the UAE, the pionering expatriate folks who worked and lived there relied on western music reception from the ARAMCO oilfields base in Saudi Arabia. The definitive 3 FM radio stations were Light Music on 100, Classical on 96 and Popular on 88 MHz. The only other radio program that broadcast on FM radio was station in Sharjah which began in the early 1970's after the British Royal Air Force Base closed down its programs of western music on Medium Wave radio.

One of my favourite hit songs of that era was 'Those were the days' sung by Welsh singer Mary Hopkin which was aired on a regular basis by these radio stations of another era. As I reminisce today those were the days indeed. Please click on the link below to listen to a fabulous song of those days. Those days, which were the days then, are the days even now!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KODZtjOIPg

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

'CAT-MANTIS' - The Praying Cat.




'CAT-MANTIS' - The Praying Cat.


(Captured on film. Nikon 401X. Pomburpa Creek, Bardez, Goa, 1997)

"In the beginning, God created man,
but seeing him so feeble,
 He gave him the cat".
 - Warren Eckstein