Launch of River of Stories, 25th Anniversary Collector’s Hard Cover Edition

We are thrilled to invite you for the launch of the new edition of River of Stories, the 25th Anniversary Collector’s Hard Cover.

This Graphic novel published by @blaftpublications Chennai, has a special place in Indian comics history. The narrative is an insightful, sharp observation on immediacy of environmentally degenerative development projects.

A conversation with @orijitzen the author, and Archa Sancou, Assistant Professor, English @chowgulecollegeofficial is scheduled at @the_dogears_bookshop at 6 pm, on 19th November, 2022.

Details about @goaheritagefestival 3 PM on 18 | 11 | 22 & @literatigoa 6.30 PM on 25 | 11 | 22 programs are coming soon.

See you there.

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Stranded Marine Animals | A conversation #mondayfixgoa 28th June 7.30 pm

The dazzling Goan coastline is also a tragic site for stranded – often sick, injured or dead – marine animals like dolphins, porpoise and turtles. Ever since 2017, through a concerted coordinated network, these incidents are being recorded, researched and the stranded animals being rescued and treated. Please join us on a panel with members of the Goa Marine Wildlife Stranding Network to understand the scale, challenges and urgent support needed to strengthen the ongoing work of research and rescue.

John Fernandez, (RFO, Goa Forest Department), Dr. Suranjana Ganguly and Dr. Shantanu Kalambi (Reef Watch); Puja Mita (Terra Conscious) and Divya Sharma (Drishti Marine) will be in a conversation on this special edition THUS panel June 28th, 7.30pm.

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Premier | Goenchi Maati Movement film, at Design Centre, Porvorim, 6 pm, March 18th 2021

with the film makers – Living Heritage Foundation and Goenchi Maati Movement team

Film by Living Heritage Foundation.
Directed by Marc Francis & Mohan Kumar Mochi
Premiere by Thus.
Hosted by Design Center

“Goenchi Mati: A new perspective on mining in Goa” Directed by Marc Francis and Mohan Kumar Mochi, this 43 minute film includes notable figures such as Raju Nayak, editor – Lokmat, Haresh Melwani – mine owner & Late Dadubhai Mandrekar – poet, writer and social activist and Claude Alvares, Director, Goa Foundation. It also features five songs & a tiatr skit created and performed exclusively for the film by Joyalita and her friends.

The Goenchi Mati Movement insists that natural resources including minerals are a shared inheritance of all Goans living in the state, and it is our responsibility to ensure that our children and future generation inherit at least as much as we did. We are a non-partisan movement and are the Goan arm of “The Future We Need,” a global movement to make intergenerational equity foundational for civilization starting with minerals. The film has been commissioned in order to invite the citizens of Goa to come forward and join the Goenchi Mati movement to save the soil of Goa.

Audiences are requested to park their vehicles near Nexa Service Station, the road ahead is steep and narrow. Limited Seating with social distancing guidelines.

Wiki World : A glimpse into the fascinating world of wiki editors- 20th year of Wikipedia – 15th February 2021 7.30 pm

Wikipedia is ranked between the fifth to 15th most-visited websites in the world – a free online encyclopedia, created and edited by volunteers around the world and hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation.

This year we celebrate Wikipedia’s 20th birthday. Now Wikipedia has over 100,000 active volunteers working in 270 languages.

Frederick Noronha is once the ‘Editor of the Week’ (March 2020) and a driving force of Goan wikipedia community. Him and editors of Goan Wiki group, on 15th Feb # will tell us about their efforts – the mission of creating entries about every single village in Goa. Volunteers have already completed Bardez, and are currently working on the villages of Ponda Taluka.


Denzil Simoes ran into the Wikipedia as an engg student a decade-and-half ago. Uses both his tech and language skills to push things significantly forward. Done a lot to promote the Konkani Wiktionary. One of two Wikipedia (Konkani) admins in Goa.

Tanmay Pereira Naik – young techie, great at explaining technical issues in a simple language, and co-founded the Wikipedia Weekends initiatives that have pushed volunteers forward significantly here. Is also a part of various other Goan communities.

Anup Shanbag discovered that the Konkani Wikipedia ( is not restricted to Devanagari alone, and has been doing a great job in building it both technically and by linking it with other scripts.

Aliya Abreu teaches French, has been a journalist, and has pushed everyone forward in the recent revival of Wikipedia volunteering in Goa.

Frederick Noronha has been an editor (with spurts and ebbs in activity) on the Wikipedia for over 15 years. Editor-of-the-Week in March 2020.

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What is The Republic | A Discussion – Jan 25th 7.30 pm

with Albertina Almeida, Miguel Braganza and Saidutt Kamat this Mondayfixgoa 7.30 pm

Albertina Almeida, Miguel Braganza and Saidutt Kamat in a free wheeling discussion about what Federalism and Republic means to them, on the eve of Republic Day.

Albertina Almeida is a human rights activist, a Goa-based lawyer practicing for the last 30 years and an independent researcher and she writes regularly for the local press and occasionally for the national press.

Miguel Braganza is an agriculturist and the brain behind the Konkan Fruit Fest and the Festival of Flowers among others. He’s currently an agricultural consultant. He is inspiring a bunch of Agricultural graduates to work towards popularising organic farming.

Saidutt Kamat is multi talented, a mimicry artist, voice actor, Cricket commentator, public speaker and an entrepreneur.

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Snake Tales | A Discussion | 7th December 7.30 pm 2020 #mondayfixgoa

Join us for a discussion this #mondayfixgoa with some of Goa’s resident experts on snakes and wildlife rescue in Goa. The panel will answer questions from the audience, discuss and dispel myths and superstitions and help us to live more in harmony with these remarkable and misunderstood creatures.

Snakes may be some of the most feared and misunderstood of any creature on this planet. This is not without good reason, as some of them are venomous enough to kill a human with ease. Most however, are harmless and even dangerous ones become harmless with a little knowledge! Wherever there are people, there are myths and rumours abound with snakes as the main villain!

On Monday we will be joined by four of Goa’s snake rescuers to give you an intimate and honest insight into snakes and snake rescue in Goa. From dispelling myths to practical solutions that can make you and your family more safe, this discussion will be an opportunity to ask the experts any of those questions or stories and learn a little about the creatures that invoke fear in almost all of us.

So join us, as we take a journey into the hidden yet fascinating world of snakes.

Panelists :

Benhail Antao is a great resource on all matters related to the Wildlife in Goa and has been an Honorary Wildlife Warden, appointed by the Forest Department of Goa.

Twenty-one-year-old environment activist, journalist and youth coordinator Sherry Fernandes is a Goan who has been exploring the forests of Mollem for many years. As a young girl, she was actively involved in animal rescue, tending to cases of domestic as well as wild animals. Her love for snakes led her to frequent trips to the forests and from here grew a deep love for Goa’s flora and fauna. On learning about the threat being posed to Mollem’s biodiversity, her desire to help protect it came naturally. As a Vasco resident, she has seen the adverse effects of the coal industry on Goa’s residents and her forests.

Alex Carpenter runs the Tribe goa in agonda and has been a nature lover since childhood. He is a conservationist best known for his passion for snakes and ecosystem restoration.

Aaron Fernandes has been a passionate advocate for nature and rescuer for wildlife for as long as he can remember. He has worked with king cobra research and conservation in the andamans and has a deep understanding of snakes and nature.

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Nourished by the Jungle: Feeding Mythology | 23rd Nov 2020 7.30 pm

With Devdutt Pattanaik and Vikram Doctor

Nourished by the Jungle: Feeding Mythology

The jungle looms large in Indian mythology. In both the great epics, the heroes must spend large parts of their lives there – they may not go there willingly, yet it seems important that they do. The jungle is dangerous, yet it also seems to be a source of strength and vitality.

The jungle also influences how we eat. Human settlement, which is the opposite of the jungle, is marked by farmed crops and domesticated animals. The jungle contains powerful forces, like Aranyani, the goddess of the forest but settled life has its own deities – including specific ones for food, like Shakhambari, the goddess of vegetables, and Annapurna, the goddess of the kitchen. They are the ones who will ensure that the life of villages and cities will not know hunger.

Yet the jungle is not devoid of food either and those who are in it learn how to sustain themselves, from foraged foods and hunting. In fact, jungle food seems to have particular value, which is why so many upvas or fasting foods are specifically cooked from foraged foods, or at least not the regular cultivated ones. There is a value to the jungle, just as there is a value to the settled life, and both can sustain us in different ways.

With Devdutta Pattanaik and Vikram Doctor in conversation this #mondayfixgoa

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Devdutt Pattanaik is an Indian mythologist, speaker, illustrator and author, known for his writing on sacred lore, legends, folklore, fables and parables. His work focuses largely on the areas of myth, religion, mythology, and management.

Vikram Doctor is a journalist with the Economic Times. He writes features, mostly on material culture in India and with a special focus on the many roles and functions of food in Indian society.

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Cows, Cars, Collisions – A discussion on the problem of abandoned Cows on Goa’s roads #mondayfixgoa 16th Nov 7.30 pm

with Swati Shilkar, Atul Sarin, Karlette Fernandes and Alok Hisarwalla

No drive through Goa these days seems to happen without close encounters of the bovine kind.

It may seem cute at first, but it is actually very dangerous. 100s of cows, including young, newly born calves, end up at shelters across Goa after being run over by cars. Many die a painful death.

The cows need protection, but their abandonment on the roads shows a systemic failure of policy.

Goa is at the cusp of change between its rural identity and the influx of new urban immigrants and tourists. Farmers have abandoned farming, and their cows with it, leaving them no home but the roads.

Please join us in conversation with experts to understand what we can do collectively to provide safety to the cows in Kadamba’s Govapuri.

Monday, November 16th, 7.30-9pm. Please see the zoom link below to join:

Atul Sarin, Founder of Welfare of Animals Goa

Atul moved to goa 15 years ago from the UK. He soon realized there were very few rescue facilities for stray animals, especially cattle. He then set up WAG, and now has 10 employees, including a a full time vet. WAG rescues and treats more than 500 injured, old, sick and abandoned cattle every year. He is also a member of the Goa State Animal Welfare Board and constantly pioneers for long term solutions for the ever suffering animals of Goa.

Swati Shilkar, Goa head of Dhyan Foundation

Swati Shilker has worked for the Department of Customs, Central Excise & Service Tax for 20 years. Since 2014, she is associated with Dhyan Foundation, a spiritual charitable organisation. Now she is a full time volunteer at Dhyan Foundation and is their Co-ordinator for the state of Goa. In Goa, DF is mainly engaged in rescuing cattle injured in road accidents. Since Feb 2013 they have rescued hundreds of such cattle injured in road accidents. Currently they are taking care of about 700 injured cattle and those rescued from slaughter houses at our three gaushalas located at :

A) Kholkar Farm, Quitla, Betul, Goa : 476 cattle
B) Shree Damodar Devasthan, Zamaulim, Goa : 167 cattle.
C) Kasod Shirvoi : 60 cattle.

Dr Karlette Ann Ferndandes, WVS Goa Director of Animal Welfare

Karlette grew up in the village of Aldona (GOA), where she completed her initial schooling. From a young age, she had a fond affection for animals, which was actively nurtured by both her parents on their farm. Following her passion, she pursued Bachelors and Masters degrees in Veterinary Medicine from two reported Universities in India. Karlette ran WVS and Mission Rabies in Assagao for several years and is now busy setting up a large animal birth control program in South Goa. Karlette is also a member of the North Goa District Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Alok Hisarwalla is a Lawyer and Animal Rights Activist.

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Living Heritage Tree Tagging App Launch 2nd October 2020 7.30 pm

Living Heritage Tree Tagging App Launch

Rapid urbanisation has made it critical for us to conserve the environment, now more than ever. Accountability is the need of the hour and creating a database of all the trees ought to be a good start. The Living Heritage App is the way forward as it enables you to geo-tag trees, do health checks and send S.O.S. Join us this Friday for a brief introduction of the App followed by a panel discussion on how the App can be instrumental for conservation, education and litigation among other things.

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Miguel Braganza is an agriculturist and the brain behind the Konkan Fruit Fest and the Festival of Flowers among others. He’s currently an agricultural consultant.

Sreeja Chakraborty is an Environmental lawyer and Co-Founder of Living Environment Advocacy Foundation (LEAF).

Avertino Miranda is a Journalist/Activist and co-founder of Goa’s Green Brigade.

Alex Carpenter is a Conservationist who runs The Tribe, an off the grid, sustainable tourism endeavour.

Harshada Gauns is a Zoologist who is into conservation and environmentalism. She is the founder of Arannya, an environmental research organization.

Hycintha Aguiar is a Zoologist and the Chairperson of the Biodiversity Management Committee of VP Goltim Navelim on Divar Island. She works closely with local communities to document and chronicle this crucial knowledge.

Shelton Desouza is a Technology Coordinator with Nova Semita, the company that developed the App.

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The People’s Biodiversity Register (Goa) – Hycintha Aguiar | #mondayfixgoa 7.30 pm | 7th September 2020

Goa has a People’s Biodiversity Register that contains detailed information about local biological resources along with the medicinal and other traditional knowledge associated with them. Preparing these registers is mandated under India’s Biological Diversity Act, 2002 and Rules, 2004.

Being a qualified Zoologist and the Chairperson of the Biodiversity Management Committee of VP Goltim Navelim on Divar Island, Hycintha Aguiar works closely with local communities to document and chronicle this crucial knowledge.

In this presentation, she will share her experience of working on the People’s Biodiversity Register; stressing on the importance of drawing up this register as well as the importance of people’s participation in this crucial scientific activity.

Presentation by Hycintha Aguiar, Zoologist, Chairperson of the Biodiversity Management Committee of VP Goltim Navelim on Divar Island, Goa

As many as 6449 PBRs been put together so far covering 21 of the 29 states in India. Karnataka has 1777 PBRs while Sikkim has four as per NBA’s updated list. – National Biodiversity Authority, India-

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