Friday, November 16, 2012

MAPUSA Yesterday & Today - a book by Domnic PF Fernandes released in Kuwait

Goan Book:  MAPUSA Yesterday & Today released in Kuwait

C. Gaspar Almeida, a well-known Goan writer, press reporter, and moderator of one and only popular Gulf-Goans e-Newsletter (since 1994),, released the second Book:  "MAPUSA Yesterday & Today", written by the well known Goa-based Domnic PF Fernandes, at a book inauguration function held during the staging of Salu Faleiro's Konkani  drama "Aitar Budvar" on November 16, 2012 at the Kuwait Medical Assocation Auditorium, Jabriya, Kuwait. 

Photo: Gaspar Almeida (2nd from Right) inaugurating the book "MAPUSA Yesterday & Today", flanked by Bab Agnel (extreme right) and Domingos Araujo & Salu Faleiro (1st & 2nd from Left) on November 16, 2012 in Kuwait

The book gives a reminiscent tour in a street by street walk through today's bustling Mapusa town, contrasting it with the place that existed a couple of generations ago.  The author meticulously records the places, lanes and the mores of another era and the book carries thumbnail sketches, and photographs by Frederick Noronha.

The president of Kala Mogui Kuwait, Domingos Araujo, gave a brief insight and introduction on the author and on the subject book  in the presence of Gaspar Almeida, and the popular tiatr director Salu Faleiro and Konkani stage singer Bab Agnel.

The 308 page book "Mapusa Yesterday & Today" has Miguel Arcanjo de Braganza's "Foreword" and  is published by Goa1556  (e-catalogued at ).

Recently the book was released at a launch ceremony at the hands of Goa's Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar.  The book is dedicated by Domnic PF Fernandes to his first teacher, Iria Maria dos Milagres da Costa e Rodrigues, cover design done by Dina Nayak and is priced at Rs. 350/- (in Goa) and Euro 24.95 (Overseas). 

The author's first book "Domnic's Goa" published in 2007 also is a veritable treasure trove of information on the customs and traditions of Goa, evoking nostalgic and poignant memories for those who knew the Goa of yesteryears. 
"MAPUSA Yesterday & Today" can be ordered online via or directly from the publisher: email or  from the author: email  Mob: +91 8805237604 and Goa's major book outlets: Broadway (Panjim), Golden Heart (Margao), Other India (Mapusa) &  Literati (Calangute).  For the author's fan followers in  Kuwait and the Gulf region, the book can be obtained by contacting the team, email:, or; or Kala Mogui Kuwait email:, without any additional charges for airmail/courier.


Photos by Professional Photographer:  Simon Dias  
Additional Photos at the book release event in Kuwait on November 16, 2012

(Photos courtesy: Gennifer Marshall)


Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar spoke on the occasion:

The author Domnic P.F. Fernandes speaks....

Minguel Braganza introducing the author....

(Audio clips courtesy: Joel D'Souza, Assagao-Goa)


The 1st Konkani Music Station Online in 2000 created by Ulysses Menezes
& Gaspar Almeida, Kuwait-based Goans.

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