This website is about the GOAN Christian Community of Pakistan. Every Goan has ancestral roots in Goa, India, formerly a Portuguese colony. All Goans of Pakistan are predominantly Catholic. Although the 'Christian Community of Pakistan' has contributed immensely to nation-building; this endeavor is solely dedicated to researching, highlighting and archiving the GOAN community's historical background, cultural heritage, significant achievements and contribution to Pakistan, before and after independence.

 
FAM - Feedback, Appreciation & Memoirs!


September 1, 2010 - The GOANS OF PAKISTAN (www.goansofpakistan.org) project is a year old! I am happy that it has gone places and brought smiles, whispers and reminisces that have stretched across the miles! It has confirmed my feelings – after having noted all the FAM (Feedback, Appreciation & Memoirs) – that there will always be a little Pakistan in our hearts (as I said in my lead-story ‘Footprints on the Sands of time” one year ago). But I dread to say today, that this specie called the ‘Pakistani Goan’ is all but extinct in a country that we so loving call or called ‘home’.
Menin Rodrigues
(menin100@gmail.com)

September 28, 2012 – I am a Sister of Jesus and Mary residing and working in Murree and a Goan. I would like to congratulate you on the wonderful work of the history of Goans in Pakistan and all that you have written on the subject. Roland de Souza sent this to me (a good family friend of ours) and I must say I have enjoyed reading it. Thank you for this great achievement. God bless you and your family.

Sr. Marian Saldanha, RJM - Murree

August 21, 2012 – Hope you are fine. I would like to know the name of the wife of Mayor Manuel Misquita, mother of Noel and Alan Misquita.  The lady donated a lot of property to build Misquita Gardens and it would be nice to mention her name and the surname of her father so that she can be remembered, thank you, I have been following your sites and blogs, you are doing a great job

Zelia de Sa Miranda – USA

Zelia, her name was MRS. MARY MISQUITA and they lived at 107 Depot Lines. I got this information from Freddie Nazareth, as they lived next door at 108 Depot Lines. Menin)

August 6, 2012 – Menin, who is Cyril Almeida, would we know him? I was just curious. Now the only Cyril Almeida I knew back in our time was the Police Officer who happened to also be the father of Dolla/Frank etc., Almeida. Is Cyril any relative? Please let me know when you get a chance. I am just curious and all I would say, someone else we may know. Take care and have a great day.

Marilyn Correa - Canada

Cyril and his brother Norbert are the two boys of NORBERT (Late) & PATRICIA ALMEIDA. Patricia is the sister of Walter Fernandes (Late) and their other siblings (the Mendes clan). Patricia's mother and the wife of SP Cyril Almeida (Police) were sisters. I hope that helps, Menin).

August 4, 2012 - 'Goans of Pakistan' is an extremely interesting read - kudos to each and every one.  Congratulations to you for the time, hard work and effort put in to compile such a keepsake. If I may add to the List of Teachers: Mrs. Esther Pecus, St. Patrick's School; Ms. Margaret Pecus, Math teacher; St. Joseph's Convent School; Mrs. Emery Dean, St. Joseph's convent School; Mr. Julius Correa, Math teacher, St. Patrick's School; Mrs. Sylvia Pecus, St. Patrick's School. Hope to have been of help.

Beryl de Souza – Canada

July 18, 2012 – Thank you very much for sending me one of my fondest memories, would you believe me if I told you it’s the first picture I have of the play although I had seen a few at the time but in those days people hardly shared pictures or should I say made extra copies to give away. I am sure a lot of people might still have in their archive boxes or albums, wish I could see and get hold of them. It was the highest collection for charity ever in the Goan community. Thank you again very much. You are a super star.

Bobby Frederick – USA (Played lead role in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ 1976 Karachi)

July 14, 2012 – I got your address from a website for Goans of Pakistan. I am researching the Anglo Indian community and I would like to know if you can help. I am totally fascinated by them and I have a couple of hypothesis that I would like to present in regard to this community. For example, we are continually bombarded with how English is not our language, also we feel as if the Anglo Indians are not a part of our culture. I want to negate both these ideas. One of the things I feel is that maybe the railways are in this state today because the Railway jobs are no more with this community. It’s not as if I am stereotyping them, but I do feel that their railway expertise was not passed on to the present railway employee. All of this is just conjecture, and if you can offer any help, I would be absolutely glad.

Qudsia Sajjad – Pakistan

June 14, 2012 – Reference your website. I work in advertising and for one of our international brands we use doctors to drive credibility. We produce commercials for this brand not just for Pakistan but also for Mexico, Philippines and China. At the moment we are working on such a project and would like to cast doctors for the Mexico film from Pakistan ideally from the Goan community. Would you know any female doctors, aged between 35-45 but young looking, smart, pleasant looking, confident and expressive; and of course willing to appear in a commercial. They need to have valid doctors’ certificates and be practicing general practitioners or child specialists. If you know anyone who fits the bill, please do let me know as soon as possible. I would really appreciate it. 

Rashna Siddiqa Abdi - Pakistan

May 6 - 9, 2012 – I found the website you manage "Goans in Pakistan" interesting and illuminating. I'd be interested to know if there were post-partition constraints in travelling between India and Pakistan, up to about 1960. Was it easier to access Goa which till 1961 was a Portuguese colony? Would be much obliged to receive this info.

Giselle Mehta (Author), Mumbai, India

May 7, 2012: I am assuming that there were no constraints because 'Pilgrimages' from Karachi to Goa on large passenger ships were organized in the 1950s. 

May 8, 2012: I much appreciate your prompt response. Any idea of the most exclusive residential location of pre-partition Karachi, accessible to Indian Christians? I mean like Sadar, (was that its pre-Pakistan name?) Cincinnatus Town etc., which emerge as residential localities on some websites, were these elite locations? You mention Mansfield Street on your website in respect of Cardinal Gracias. My interest is a literary one, for purposes of a setting. But I guess I'm taking you out of your way, beyond your zone of primary focus.

Giselle Mehta (Author), Mumbai, India

May 9, 2012: Right...Yes, Saddar was the focal point for upscale activity. Most houses were in this area, the roads in the Saddar area included Clarke Street (with St. Patrick's Cathedral on its East end), and bisected by Mansfield Street, Napier Street, Frere Street, Sommerset Street, Elphinstone Street and Victoria Road (named after Queen Victoria rode through it). Elphinstone (or popularly known as 'Elphy') was the most fashionable precinct of Saddar, as a matter of fact, the entire city. All restaurants, some made so famous by poets, writers and story-tellers were all here. The best cinema houses, namely Paradise, Capitol, Palace, Bambino, Lyric, Godeon, Odeon, Naz, Nishat, Rex and Rio, were all within a radius of a mile. The best and oldest schools were also in this area, and so were the biggest hospitals, and also the main bus and tramcar junctions - so Saddar in essence was the epicenter of what Karachi was then, as a city. Cincinnatus Town (now called Garden East) was the first well-planned township in the city, envisioned entirely by nine Catholic families. It was named after 'Mr. Cincinnatus D'Abreo' a Collector of Customs and recorded as one of the 10 City Founders of Karachi. He was the initiator of the scheme. The beautiful houses in Cincinnatus Town were typically Portuguese in design, lots of open space on the plot, fruit trees and play areas. It was an affluent township. I hope this will help! Feel free to ask more.

May 9, 2012 – Thanks a million; that was a most informative response, Mr. Menin. You do have a passion for your city and its history! It appears from your account that life in Karachi for Goans was more vibrant than even in Bombay or Calcutta. Since you've so generously offered, I will touch you for details from time to time since this is a completely new but very interesting area for me. I will of course acknowledge your erudite and generous input when the work is done, as is my practice.  It's still a matter of interest as to why the migrations from Pakistan to greener pastures elsewhere took place when your website indicates internal opportunities were good.

Giselle Mehta (Author), Mumbai, India

May 9, 2012: Giselle, there are approx 6.2 million Christians in Pakistan, of which there are about 15,000 Goans only. This number of Goans, more or less, has been a constant, and never before or after Partition, this number has increased or decreased in a big way. Goans started to immigrate firstly to England, Canada, USA and Australia (in that order) sometime in the mid-50s. First it was a trickle, then in the 60s and 70 it was an exodus. The ones who left earlier were the crème de la crème of the community, the latter lot simply followed, mostly to Canada. The younger Goans then (latter half of 70s, 80s and 90s), who completed their education in Pakistan, spoke Urdu freely and mixed with mainstream groups at work and play, found opportunities here and chose to stay back. Anyone with good education, job skills and fluent communications can get very good jobs in bigger cities like Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. Goans are mainly in Karachi. Having said that, Goans (then) were influential (in education, medicine, music, sports and social sectors) but Goans (today) are relegated to almost non-entities, having taken the back seat because of multi-ethnicity. 

April 26, 2012 – Hello! I am Claire from DAWN.COM . We are currently working on a video that will be focusing on the Goan community in Karachi. I read about you on the Goans of Pakistan website and think that you will be able to contribute significantly to our video. The main objective of the video is to create awareness on the culture and lifestyle of the Goan community in Karachi. My supervisor for this project is Sara Faruqi. Your help would be greatly appreciated. I do hope to hear from you soon. Cheers.

Claire (JingYi) – Nanyang Technological University

Wee Kim Wee School of Information and Communication, Class of 2013

April 17, 2012 – Thank you very much for giving details of Goans in Pakistan especially during the initial years. From what I read in the newspapers there is persecution of minorities and forceful conversion of girls/women to Islam. Also I understand that minorities are the poorest of the families in Pakistan and most jobs are given to Muslims. Since some Hindus are coming back to India - I'm confused why Goans don't come back to their ancestral land - Goa. How about some group in Pakistan visiting Goa or having cultural link with Goan people or they prefer to visit or migrate to western countries. I think you forgot to mention about Cricketer Yousef Yohanna (now converted to Islam). I read about him, how his family survived in small hut like house beside the railways. His mother Alice worked as a sweeper and all siblings living in poverty. I was not happy what Yohanna did in his later years - but I believe only God knows why he did that - forced or willingly. Maybe you have not mentioned much about people who have gone astray? I believe those who migrated during the Portuguese rule in Goa to different places/countries were the best minds as those who were left couldn't decide or were lazy. I'm from South Goa, Salcette presently working in the Gulf.  History is my favorite subject and I passed out with History Major (Bombay University). Do you know presently how many Goans Catholic are living in Pakistan and are there other Christian groups non-catholic? Are marriages between Christian and non- Christian prevailing in Pakistan. Thanks again, and I hope to hear from you.

Rudy Fernandes – Middle East

April 17, 2012: Thank you for your feedback. Please go to the Home-Page of www.goansofpakistan.org and in the right top-box, go to 'Articles & Profiles' - in this section go to the article of Dec 20, 2003, and read it - some of your questions will be answered there! Here is an excerpt from the same article about Yousuf Youhana (now Mohammad Yousuf): We have been somewhat lucky with having our test cricketer Yousuf Youhana—with merit personified—in the Pakistan cricket team. His bold display of making the Sign of the Cross upon reaching a 50 or a 100 is, probably, the only sign of Christians being in Pakistan for the millions of masses who follow the game of cricket like their second religion. Two Goans have played test cricket for Pakistan in the late fifties, the late Wallis Mathais and Antao D'Souza. (Note: Youhana is now known as Mohammad Yousuf since his conversion to Islam two years ago). The Goan community in Pakistan is predominantly from Karachi - as this is where they sailed into in the early 1800s. They came here for change and economic (jobs) reasons; when they came here they found 'good education' too for their children, so they chose to stay back, when Pakistan came into being. They held responsible positions in government, city and corporate sectors, they were among the 'best teachers', 'best doctors' and 'best administrators' for a new country - they were treated well, respected and held in high esteem. These were the reasons Goans never thought of going back to Goa, as many had found a 'new home' in a new country. Today, Goans still live here, approx 15,000 in all, hold decent jobs and basically quite happy. This does not mean, there is no immigration, there is, it started in late 1950, the 60s and 70s were big, and later in 80s and 90s too many left, most to Canada, Australia, USA and a few to England. The fact, however, is that the Goan community in Pakistan was never any bigger than 15-20,000. My cousins are from Colva Beach and I visited them in 2009 and 2011 for Christmas.

April 14, 2012 – I was amazed to know there are Goans in Pakistan and you still make an effort to showcase that who you are (Goan) I’m a bit curious now since you'll leave in Pakistan what language do you'll speak with other Goans there in Pakistan, do you'll have churches to pray, do you'll enjoy the freedom of religion, do you'll visit Goa. have many question in my mind but hope you respond to these first.

Ram Pednekar – Goa, India

Hello Ram Pednekar! – Yes, there are about 15,000 Goans still living, happily, in Pakistan! Our community is held in high esteem by those who know the contributions made by Goans in the early days of Pakistan and continue to do so even today. Most Goans live in Karachi and are fluent in Urdu (the National language), English and of course our Mother tongue 'Konkani' - some families speak Konkani at homes, most speak in English. Pakistan has more than 400 majestic Catholic and Protestant churches built by the missionaries and the British many, many years ago, some as old at 150+ years! The total Christian population of Pakistan is approx 6.2 million! There is complete freedom for Christians in Pakistan for practicing our Faith, albeit, a few isolated cases of concern. A group of about 100 Goans visit GOA every year since the past 20 years during the months of Nov-Dec, for the feast of St. Francis Xavier and to meet relatives. Most Goans in Pakistan have relatives in Goa and it is a great feeling to come together at Christmas time! Please feel free to ask as many questions...

March 28, 2012 – Dear MENIN,  Good morning, it's  drizzling, GLIMPSES from my young days, BLAZE,  he worked for  Police Intelligence, I remember the office was in the new ILACO House, I heard that they were looking for an assistant, I tried, but did not succeed, I suppose, Blaze got in. ILACO was a Goan institution and all our boys got a job there and were happy as they could go home for lunch, no travel by bus. Returning to Blaze, I lived at the corner of Elphi and Dundas streets; it was a building owned by a Parsi lady, it provided some income for her. Her brother managed it. There was sanitation and water problem, but this problem was Municipality’s and not hers; in any case in 1970 she decided to sell the property. These were one room row houses with a kitchen; my house being a corner house on the first floor had two rooms and a kitchen and faced Dundas Street. One jeweler and a tailor were on the ground floor. The jeweler bought the property for Rs, 60,000, and then he made three or four workers sit at the back entrance of his shop. It so happened that a Goan family (MARY) also lived on the ground floor, next to the jeweler’s shop, so she had entrance problem to her house because of the workers.  She complained, so the new landlord made a case against her for eviction. Of course eviction was difficult, so he started harassing her somehow or the other. I didn’t know whether she knew Blaze, but he started visiting her once or twice a month, when the landlord came to know that she had support, he stopped harassing her but the case continued.  The landlord died of Cancer within two years, his son was a quiet guy but the case continued. Then the lady's son grew up and was getting married and issued an invite listing his new address, the landlord's son got hold of it and told the court that she has another house, on which ground she lost the case, after 20 years. The landlord also made a case for eviction against me but I had a lawyer from Hyderabad Deccan, known to me officially.  He put off my case every time, claiming he had another case in another court; then the time came for me to leave for Canada, but his son was good to me and paid me PUGREE money. Oh I forgot, his father made a complaint to Artillery Maidan Police Station that I was a trouble maker, one evening they came to my house and asked to me to come to the station, innocently I went with my wife.  When I entered the PS, they started beating me, my wife started crying, they told her to go home, they kept me in detention for an hour or so.  When I came home people said I should file a case, but as there were no visible marks on my body, I decided not to….I don’t want to lose this piece, it happens, so I will continue later…

Hilario Pinto, Ottawa, Canada

March 18 2012 – Dear Menin, I want to complete my job before I go, I have not called the hearse yet, I don't need one, my apartment is located next to Our Lady of Lourdes cemetery, the cemetery is like a garden, plenty of trees and flowers and only a headstone, on second thought, I'd like to be shot to another planet in a spacecraft, but that will be expensive, forget it. Jokes aside, I must now get down to work, Quaid-e-Azam's Estate, first of all, I was an employee of MM ISPAHANI LTD,  black tea growers and distributors in Calcutta, after Partition they moved to Dacca, two younger brothers moved to Karachi, MAH Ispahani joined Jinnah in their fight to throw the British out, so on Independence, he was appointed the first Ambassador to the USA where he remained for five years and then appointed High Commissioner to UK where he remained for two years, after that he  came to Karachi, he started doing public service, in which capacity he was appointed as one of the Administrators of Quaid-e-Azam's estate, which included cash in lakhs which was invested with MCB and Habib,  Mohatta Palace, Flagstaff House; I was assigned to help him in administration, which included attending meetings and  keeping contact  with Mohtarma Shirin Jinnah, another Administrator, an old lady, not active, living in one room at Mohatta Palace with her son Akbar Jinnah, the third Administrator being Hassanally Abdur Rahman, criminal lawyer, and father of  Sherry Rahman, the present  Pakistani Ambassador in Washington. Ispahani's youngest grand-daughter tried to keep up the family name and married Haqqani, former Ambassador to the US and father of the Memogate scandal. Farahnaz lived in Washington in the house which was occupied by her grandfather 65 years ago.  She is an American citizen. FLAGSTAFF HOUSE was the main topic of discussion, having received offers of lakhs of rupees from textile mill owners to open a cloth market, and another one to build a FIVE STAR Hotel. Both were rejected in favour of a MUSEUM, Jinnah also had land in Hawkesbay and BHULEJI where the fishermen refused to budge. I wonder if anything has happened there now. I enjoyed the hospitality of the fishermen who provided me with a hut whenever my family, friends and relatives went for an overnight singsong picnic. One of the huts was owned by the AGA KHAN.  We often saw turtles  laying eggs on the beach at night. Incidentally, I have to thank my wife, she won a 50cc YAMAHA motorcycle at St. John's Red Cross BINGO which helped me to carry out my errands. Mr. Ispahani was living at 2 Reay Road, beside an Arab who had built a residential fortress; his other old neighbour was NUSSERWANJEE. I will end here now as I don’t want to lose this piece and get back to you again, enjoy the day.

Hilario Pinto, Ottawa, Canada                

March 4, 2012 – I must get back to you regarding Quetta, when we went to Goa in May 1935, my village being CANCA, TIVIM. The Cancecares Club, present home of ROTTI PRESS was the Club’s own property. As you may know, ROTTI Press was located near Old Haji Camp, and my uncle, Fr. Tony's dad, worked there for many years. My father breathed his last in the club in August 1976, before my departure. It was a thriving club his young days, the club had a second floor for poor family members in emergency. Like all old houses, there was lot of wood work. Under present renovation, I think they got rid of the first floor and the wood work. I passed by it in 2000 when I visited Karachi. Turning back to Quetta, we returned to Karachi at the end of May and my father was getting ready to return when the earthquake took place, so we were luckily saved from death, as well as witnessing the disaster. I visited Quetta in 1951 just on holidays. In Karachi, we lived at the corner of Church Street and Mansfield Street. There were only 8 to 10 small houses there with a big open ground.  My elder uncle, Fr Tony's uncle lived there until Partition. We stayed there until my mother's death, after that we lived a nomadic life, but mostly in SIRSAIMCARES Club with Janu Vaz and others. We chose SIRSAIMCARES Club because it was close to our old house. The Club came down I think in the 1970s, luckily they did not have many members, only one young guy and he was at work. Now turning to Mules Mansion, here are the names of ladies who worked as wireless operators, Rose Cabral (Lobo) now living in Toronto, _______Quadros (Saldanha) was living in Calgary, Maggie Menezes (D’Mello), her father was a Concanim branch active member, Effie Blackwell (Castellino), and a Parsi girl. There were two Jews living next to SPEECHLY, Elphinstone Street. We used to play badminton there. One of the girls married Lenny Fernandes, living nearby; he died some years ago in San Francisco. Regarding Major Quadros,  a guy named Joseph Quadros was in my class and lived next to REGAL Cinema, another Quadros married to a Saldanha was in Calgary. Did you get any info, re Major Quadros?  That's it for the moment, until next time and as they say in Canada, HAVE A NICE DAY, thanks for doing good work with no financial consideration.

Hilario Pinto, Ottawa, Canada

It's lovely hearing from you again - always a pleasure to relish on those great memories. I am still on the 'Major Quodros' trail and would like to find out who this noble gentleman was...to have donated the Statue of the Christ the King atop the Christ The King Monument in Karachi as well as one that was sent to a village in Goa. You have mentioned about the 'Clubs' in Karachi - known as koors right? Would you be able to recall the 'Names' of the all the Koors in the city then and where they were located? You have noted two of them, knowing about more would be great - I want to put this on record. Thank you; by the way, which Fr. Tony are you referring to...?

March 4, 2012 – Good morning, I mentioned before that the late Fr. Anthony D'Cruz was my first cousin, meaning to say that his father and my mother were brothers and sisters, Thomas and Maria D’Cruz of Calgary and Vicki and Roque Pereira of Houston are my first cousins, as also Ursula and _________.They were residents of Depot Lines, as I said after my mother's death we became nomads and lost contact, it was late Fr Tony before going for priesthood visited us and renewed the relationship, I think but I am not sure, you lived in the vicinity of Depot Lines where Nazareths, Lobos, Mirandas, (my teachers) Gonsalves, Cordeiros (friends of Vicky), lived in my school days. I miss Karachi, I have a brother-in-law Noel Vaz who refused to leave Pakistan, he works for Hoshang Dinshaw on RA Lines, now he has completed 100 years there, I mean he and his late father. I worked for MM Ispahani for 10 years where I held an important portfolio for Pakistan, about which I shall write to you sooner than later, and in Ottawa for the Turkish Embassy for 25 years, happy to share memories,  be of good cheer, I know  this is difficult in Pakistan.

Hilario Pinto, Ottawa, Canada

February 15, 2012 - You have been doing us Pakistani born Goans proud with the website you have created. In fact when I attended the Goan Convention in London, your congratulatory message was conveyed to all present. Well, Menin, you will recall that I had written to your website informing of my interest in preserving family connections and to try and connect families separated due to partition, relocation, emigration etc. This has been of great success and I am constantly on the lookout for information. I was wondering how things stand at the Parish House at St Patrick’s. I am aware that before the creation of the various Parishes all baptisms were carried out at the Cathedral. I obtained my father’s birth certificate from there. Malcolm Mascarenhas told me that during a visit in 2001, he found that some of the old information was being stored electronically. Is that the case? Would it be possible to access this information as it would be crucial for genealogical research? I don’t know if you are aware but the Church of the Latter Day Saints had obtained all church records from Goa Parishes for the period 1914 to 1989. These have all been microfilmed and stored and can be ordered in some of the major cities of the world. There is also another matter which I would like to find out. Is there a way to find out the names of the Parents of the (Goan) Priests and Nuns ordained in Pakistan? I have a book in my possession which has such records from Goa for the period 1759 to 1927 and was wondering if we could collate an exhaustive list which would include Priests/Nuns ordained in the general diapora. I would like to hear from you on this.

Faust Desa, London, UK

Dear Faust: All well at this end, there's excitement of all kinds in Pakistan so we are forever entertained! 1. Baptismal Records at St. Patrick's - You have may to write to the Parish Priest at khidio@cyber.net.pk 2. Names of Parents of Priests Ordained in Karachi - Will work this out where possible and send when done (Most of these are listed on my website (www.goansofpakistan.org) under 'Religious' 

February 15, 2012 – Thank you very much for your prompt response. Yes, Pakistan always seems to be in the news for all the wrong reasons. I have to iterate and reiterate that the Pakistan I Iived in was not such a bad place, but most probably look at me cynically. I still recall the good old days there and will never forget my place of Birth even though it has started to affect me badly with regards to the current Indian Visa requirements. I don’t know if you are aware that my wife is from Goa and I tended to go there every year until December 2009 – when you were there. Sadly, I only learnt of it the day there was a talk given by you in Panjim and which happened to be on the same day as my in-laws wedding anniversary. I have not applied since then owing to the fact that a lot of people I know in this part of the world and who are Pakistan born are being issued visas after three months, so one has to plan months in advance. I tried mobilizing people in the US and Canada but most are more interested in traveling to the Caribbean or South America. But I did bring it out in the Forum at the Goan Convention and it was noted. Well, Menin, thank you for the email address. I will certainly write to them. But before that could you send me the name of the current Parish Priest at St Pats. I am totally out of sync with who is posted at the various Parishes. Also, Menin, I do recall reading in one of your articles that you were overwhelmed with meeting your relatives in Colva, Goa and in the time there were able to make a family tree. Would you mind sharing this with me? You see, I have for the last two to three years spent a lot of my time in my genealogical pursuits. Through Research, books both new and old as well as family trees, I have been able to create a large global Goan tree, which keeps growing day by day. It is possible that I might have come across your relatives and it would be nice to attach them to others I have come across. I have managed to locate many people now living across the globe and have got them connected and in contact with their relatives. If there is someone in Karachi trying to ascertain their roots in Goa, please do give them my email address as I may be able to assist them. I cannot make a promise but would try my very best.

Faust Desa, London, UK

February 6, 2012 – Here’s my first work place in Keamari, 1944  (Mules Mansion) issuing petrol coupons to NAVY wireless operators, (WRIN) mostly Goan girls, one or two of them are in Canada, interesting to read chronology of milestones on your Website, especially JANU VAZ,  we were room-mates in a club at the corner of Mansfield and Clarke Streets.  Also Manuel Mendes since I am a survivor of the Quetta earthquake on May 31, 1935, my father was an employee of the LOURDES HOTEL. The Concanim song, MAIACHE ETISAR SOCALIM TIN VORAR..., is a perennial reminder. Bernard Mscarenhas, was my neighbour, I have a write up on him in the newspaper, I will send it to you sometime.

Hilario Pinto, Ottawa, Canada

February 5, 2012 – Dear Menin, nice to hear from you and the good work you are doing, keep up the good work, and of course I would be interested to hear from you from time to time.  I learn that St. Anthony's Parish is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee and Fr Melito Dias, my classmate, is the Parish priest.  I am happy as I was there as a kid, it was in a small bungalow, happy memories. As I told you, late Fr. Tony D’Cruz was my first cousin and I am in touch with his family in Vancouver and Houston. St. Anthony bless you.

Hilario Pinto, Ottawa, Canada

February 3, 2012 - You have to be really proud of the work you are doing on behalf of not only Goans but of the Catholic community of Pakistan. I have come across your website by accident as I am doing a research into my wife's background and even as I write this I realize that even though my wife always thought of her having East Indian background i.e. her mother was born in India, I have now found out that her father Wilson James Caldeira was actually born in Karachi and his father was in the construction business and Wilson would have gone on trips to Bombay at the time where I suspect he married Martha my mother in law. They made their home in Karachi. I met and married in Bahrain where Wilson would have worked. It is very fascinating to try and find out who we truly are. At the moment I have just emailed my wife's nephew whom I have never met, a young man called Ashley Caldeira - I suspect he will be able to collate and I hope keep this precious memory in store but alive. I am very, very happy to have come across your website. I did know the last president of Pakistan was a St Patrick's ex student - but when I picked up that bit you wrote "that he had a reunion with his mentors" - I noticed a hint of human emotion. We all have this or you would not have created the website. Thank you and congratulations. God Bless

Cariton Pinto - USA

NB - My parents were Goan but I was born and raised in East Africa. I was in the Royal Navy and had the privilege of sailing into Karachi on a RN Minesweeper HMS Beachampton in 1970!

January 15, 2012 – Hello Mr. Menin, Dev Bore Korum...I am a Goan and my parents settled in the neigbouring Sawantwadi in Maharashtra. I am impressed by the way Goans have kept alive the Konkani language and Goan way of living in Karachi. I stumbled upon your website goansofpakistan.org accidentally. It contains a lot of info regarding Goans in Karachi. I will pray to Lord Jesus to shower his blessings upon you all. Again Dev Bore Korum (God Bless You)

Boney Sharaon, Maharashtra, India

January 14, 2012 - Just to introduce myself briefly, I am a Goan, 73 years old, hailing from Chorão, Ilhas, Goa. Started my work career in Bombay in early 1960s and then worked for over 30 years in the Middle East - Bahrain, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, retiring in 2004. I can understand how busy you are with diverse activities, as observed from your webpage, but sincerely hope you will find time to read my email and hopefully respond positively at your earliest. I am researching the history of the statue of Christ the King we have in Chorão, erected on a hilltop, away from our parish – St. Bartolomeu’s Church. This statue was supposedly brought to Chorão from Karachi by a Goan/our villager in the 1930's in a casket which was lying in St Bartholomeu Church premises for some years. Then in 1936 it was formerly placed on a huge pedestal with a surrounding compound on the top of a hill in the village. Other than finding that one Mr. Esperdião Matias Quadros was in the forefront for collecting donations and carrying out the work, there is no other official record in the Church or the village connected with the statue's arrival in Chorão or its establishment on the hilltop. From my researches I have found that one Major Quadros gifted the statue of Christ the King that is erected in front of St. Patrick's Cathedral in Karachi. Do you happen know if Major Quadros was a Karachi Goan and if so, can you or anyone furnish me more details on him. He is not in any lists of prominent Karachi Goans though. I have also found that Major Quadros was staying at the Cicinnatus Town developed by Cincinnatus Fabian D’Abreo, whose ancestors are from Saligão, like several other prominent Karachi Goans. So my surmise is that Major Quadros was also a Goan and perhaps from Chorão. I wonder if his full name is Esperdiao Matias Quadros or they were related in some way, for nowhere on the internet can I find Major Quadros' full name, if he was a major in the army nor full details of his precious gift of the statue to St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Every webpage just mentions …”Gifted by Major Quadros of Cincinnatus Town…”.

Like the statue of Christ the King at St Patrick's Cathedral, ours was also ravaged by weather conditions over the years and we have recently renovated it. Other interesting thing to know will be who was the sculptor of these statues. A Karachi Goan perhaps and if so, whether he had sculpted only these two statues or there are more around. It could possibly be these were imported from Italy by Major Quadros(?), first the Karachi one and then the one that was taken to Chorão, by person or persons unknown to date. I am sure you will be intrigued to find the history of the statues, similarly as I am, and shall eagerly look forward to hearing from you soon. Kind regards.
Andrew Xavier Fernandes – Ilhas, Goa, INDIA

January 10, 2012 – Dear Menin, It is a pleasure to be in contact with a Goan from Karachi. First of all I apologize for my poor English; it is not so good as yours. Here in Portugal we speak Portuguese, so I cannot improve my English. I have studied Portuguese in high school here. I am a retired bank employee and now write articles for a Goan magazine Ecos do Oriente (in Portuguese)…Echoes of the Orient. Soon I shall send you some questions about Karachi and roots of my father who died in 2006 here in Portugal. Your website is very interesting. My best regards

Pedro Mascarenhas, Lisbon, PORTUGAL

January 10, 2012 - Hi Menin, I was surprised to know that Karachi had a thriving Goan community. I was aware only of Cyril Almeida but unaware that there were distinguished people of Goan descent. What is the language spoken by Goans in Karachi? Is Konkani spoken among them? Congratulations on your website and all the best for the future. Regards,

Ranjit Neelakandani, INDIA

January 7, 2012 - Dear Mr. Menin, First of thank you very much for hosting such a wonderful website. It was my first visit to your website and I felt the good old memories of Karachi in the 60s & 70s when I used to have parties with my Goan friends. I wish and pray you are able to achieve your goal of a Diocesan Museum though there are always difficulties in such a task. God Bless you.

Mohammad Akram Butt – Doha, QATAR

January 4, 2012 - Hi Menin! First of all I would like to wish you Happy New Year 2012. I had great pleasure reading about the Goans in Pakistan and their contribution to the country. It is indeed an awesome effort on your part to research the vast areas in which Goans have made a contribution and to honour them by making mention of their names on your site. My email in particular refers to the section music and bands as I have made note of a few discrepancies that I came across. My aim is for you to have the correct information irrespective of whether it gets corrected or not. Firstly, that my good friend the late Alex Rodrigues a great musician was never associated with either Alamgir or Sheikhi. I first started playing with Alamgir in the early 70's and featured regularly on PTV's Sunday Ke Sunday and Jhankar. Later on I decided to play for Sheikhi too on a regular basis helping him out with a few compositions. If you would like to confirm that fact I would be more than happy to provide you with the contact numbers of both those artists. Secondly, the late Felix Carvalho also a good friend of mine and a brilliant musician was never associated with Alamgir. The fact of the matter is that Felix who also played in my band was not into eastern music. For your information I was the first Goan to be employed full time by Radio Pakistan as Music Director ( worked for 35 years ) and Pakistan Television as a sessions musician as I am well versed in both Western and Eastern music. I was also the first Goan to appear in a feature film " Dhamaka" in 1974 (opening scene with band on stage) starring Javed Sheikh. I also had the pleasure of playing along with Paul Gonsalves and The Duke Elington Band and Dave Brubeck Quartet. This was also misreported in Kaleem Omar's article (Nobody in Karachi whistles anymore) published in 2006. I was employed by Metropole Hotel at the time. I am now 84 years old and my memory is as good as ever. I migrated to Australia in 2005 and was a bit disappointed when I read that article online. I have tried to get the contact details of Kaleem Omar but have been unsuccessful. If by any chance you have his contact details please forward that to me so that I can clarify the matter. I still play the sax with the U3A(University of the Third Age) in Melbourne and jammed up with Don Burrows in Sydney a few years ago. I hope the information that I have provided you gives you more insight into the musical history of Pakistan. If I can be of any help and if you need further clarification on the above matters please don't hestitate to contact me via email or Facebook (Don Gonsalves) or telephonic contact 0061-3-97007791. God Bless.

Dominic Gonsalves – AUSTRALIA

January 4, 2012 - Good evening! Salaam sahib, I am from Mangalore Karnataka India. I was shocked to hear that there are Konkans in Karachi! Good to hear about it that we aren't present in one nation but beside our great lost nation Pakistan!!!!

Melwin Moras – Mangalore, INDIA

January 1, 2012 - Hi Menin! I came across your website while looking for Goan associations to join. Are there any Goan groups from Karachi here in London? It'll be great to talk to you. Happy New Year.

Rebecca D'Souza – London, UK

December 28, 2011 - Hello Mr. Rodrigues, I am a proud ex-student of St. Paul's High School Karachi. I did my Matriculation from this wonderful school in 1967 with distinction in six subjects. I am well settled in Canada now, but I still remember the good old days of 1960-1967 when I was a student there. Currently one of my nephews is a student of this school. Please include some history of my 'Alma Mater' on your web page and make me and my fellow ex-students proud. Thanks and regards

Mahmood Abdul-Kader – CANADA

December 16, 2011 - Dear Menin, It is so good to have the above on record. A lot of hard work must have gone into collating it. I would like to mention one point in connection with the staging of the Mikado - this was also staged in Dec 1956 to celebrate 70 yrs of the KGA. I have the programme with me, as my husband, Tiburtius and I took part in it. I do not recall the performance of 1954. The above may be of interest to you. Kind regards.

Lorna M. Gomes, UK

December 9, 2011 - I would like to congratulate you on the commendable work done by Goans in Karachi. It is my deepest interest to know more about your community. A question I would like to put forward to you is that why didn’t you migrate to India after partition? Why did you choose an Islamic country over a secular country? I know we in India are also not 100% free of anti Christian riots, but we are treated with great respect. Is there a sense of regret in your community in not being in India? I hope my questions do not offend you. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Thanking you

Presly Mathai, Kerala – INDIA

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Hello Presly! Thank you for your compliments and query. There are two answers that I can give you as my viewpoint: Firstly, (1) That just before and at the time of Independence (1947) Goans who lived in Karachi, India, found that this city (then coming under a new governance) had many things to offer in terms of a good secured future, a well-managed, clean & beautiful city with a very good civic sense, a devoted & strong Church, visionary community leaders, good educational and health institutions, job opportunities, complete freedom for all minorities as enshrined in the words of the country's founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah and a secular government that enforced law, order and respect for all communities. Thus, they opted to stay 'back' to give themselves a chance to live a better life than what Goa had to offer at that time. Therefore, it is believed that they opted for Pakistani citizenship.

Secondly (2) those who were born after 1947 as Pakistani citizens for obvious reasons were raised here in a very conducive environment all through the 1940s, 50s, 60s and even to an extent the 70s. So there was every reason for them to believe that they were first Pakistani Goans. As a minority we enjoyed and continue to enjoy complete freedom when it comes to celebration of Goan cultures and customs, and we continue to be recognized as an educated, trusted and hardworking community. We have great respect among the people of Karachi who are in the know-how of the contributions made by Goans towards building/educating the city and in general, Pakistan. Our revered schools - such as the 150-year old legendary institutions St. Patrick's and St. Joseph's - are an epitome of what the Goans have given to Karachi in terms of education. To this date, some of our Presidents, Prime Ministers and scores of Ministers have been educated in these schools and tutored predominantly by Goan teachers.
Therefore, I don't believe that Goans today would have any regrets continuing being Pakistani citizens. The connection to GOA remains and Goans from Pakistan make all efforts to join a Group of People (usually about a 100) who visit Goa every year in veneration of the Feast of St. Francis Xavier, to meet family & friends and also to enjoy Christmas! I hope you will be satisfied with the answers to your query and if there is anything else that you would like to know about the history of GOANS OF PAKISTAN ( www.goansofpakistan.org ) do contact me.)


Regards -
Menin Rodrigues

October 28, 2011 - Hello Menin, My name is Mario. We have not met but i came upon your website and wanted to ask you a question. I read recently that folks that were born in Pakistan and are of Goan heritage are now being allowed long term visa's to India. After 9/11 it became increasing difficult to obtain a visa to visit India. I am a US Citizen was born in Pakistan and both my parents were born in Goa. If you could shed some light, that would be greatly appreciated.

Much Peace!
Mario I - USA

August 16, 2011 - Hi Menin! Just by fluke I read your articles on your site about Goans of Pakistan/Karachi. Wow man what a great site - it really brought back great memories to me of all the famous names of the people, places, schools, events, situations, buildings, acts and so forth. To tell you the truth it made me as if I was there in place, in person, myself back in the late 60s and 70s. I really loved enjoying reading it and I am sure I will go through it a lot of times to swallow the whole nostalgic round trip you so nicely have put in your story telling and writing. Keep up the good work and I am looking forward to some more writings from you. I myself with my family used to live at Fazal Manzil, besides SM Dias furniture shop and near Lawrence Bakery. Take care and God Bless.

Sincerely Yours,
Mike Shee - DENMARK

June 30, 2011 - On behalfof the Board of Directors of the Goan Association (UK), I thank you for yourvery kind message - sent to the email address of our Chairman,Flavio Gracias. We areextremely grateful for your support and would encourage you, your fellowdirectors and members to introduce yourselves to us should you visit the UK- whether when attending our Convention and Festival or at any othertime. We have a vibrant and active calendar too during the year - dovisit our website for more info. A Convention website will also be up andrunning soon. Yourwebsite is certainly one of the most vibrant and informative we have everseen and we note that a lot of good work is done for yourmembers and community. May it long continue. With bestwishes.
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Anita Rebello - Public Relations Director, GOAN ASSOCIATION (UK)

December 5, 2010: My name is Hubert D'Mello and I now live in Toronto, Canada but was born in Karachi. I want to commend and thank for your wonderful site about the Karachi Goans. It is really
amazing what was accomplished by such a small and talented community and you are to be congratulated for recording this information. My grand-uncle was Augustus Rodrigues of the Rodrigues family of Britto Road (Dr. Frank Rodrigues was his brother). He was the civil engineer who oversaw the construction of Christ the King Monument on the grounds of St. Patrick's Cathedral. Also, my father (Aloysius D'Mello, also from Karachi and a nephew of Dr. Frank Rodrigues) was a recipient of the Tamgha-e-Khidmat from Ayub Khan after the 1965 war in commendation for his service as Deputy Secretary of the Board of Revenue. I was wondering if the web site could be updated to reflect this? Thanks
- Hubert D’Mello, Toronto, Canada


November 10, 2010: I am a Karachiite living abroad. I accidentally looked at your wonderful website “Goans of Pakistan”. Although I am not a GOAN, of course, but I loved the way you have preserved the glorious past of the city that I love and would die for. I really appreciate the wonderful things done by the goans in Pakistan and I abundantly agree to the fact that the amazing works by these beautiful people for the country and the city should be highlighted. I would also like to make mention of the two Goans that I know from Karachi. Peter Ignatius Franco and his family and Warren Peter Fernandez and his brothers (Amanzo and Carl). Both the gentlemen (Peter and Warren) are very professional in their fields (peter is a Web Designer with stunning abilities in Karachi and Warren is serving as manager HR in a multinational in Karachi). The reason I mentioned of these gentlemen in my email is that I have been deeply inspired with both of the hard working men and their abilities in the early years of my academic/professional life. That is the reason that I am still good friends with both of them and would love to stay in touch with them forever. Good luck to all the GOANS in Karachi and I wish they continue serving Pakistan as they have done in the past. May Allah Bless you all.
- Zubair Hassan, Karachi


October 22, 2010: I have the honour to say that I visited your website goansofpakistan.org which forward to me by Mr. Neil Anthony Miller Texas USA and second website www theoldpatricians.org forwarded by Mr. Azhar Karimjee. Both are found very interesting and informative. It is true that Goans of Pakistan have played major role in Pakistan in many fields like education, religion, medicine, social/community services, music, band, stage drama etc etc. I also read your interesting articles that appear in the Christian Voice from time to time. The last article appeared on 15th August 2010 under the subject Reflective Thought was also found very interesting. Thank you very much for taking the time in creating and maintaining such a nice and wonderful website
– Iqbal Kamdar, USA.


October 3, 2010: This is a message for all you Goans of Pakistan, still remaining in Karachi and living overseas in the far corners of this great big World, which with Genealogy does not look so big after all. Well, for the past one year or so, I have been actively pursuing a passion I have for genealogy and in my endeavours have been highly successful not only for myself but for others. Through a Genealogy tool, I have managed to make some very tricky connections. In my own case, I have traced some 10,000 blood relatives (both living and deceased), scattered round the four corners of the Universe and have on three sides obtained the name of the Hindu convert in Goa in 1500s. I have now decided to concentrate on connecting people from Karachi, Pakistan to their relatives in India and the rest of the world. As I was a resident of St Lawrence's Parish, I started my quest from there and it has so far been interesting reading, helped along the way with information from my cousin Zelia de Sa Miranda (New York). I still have gaps to fill and would seek the help of people wishing to know about their past and relatives to kindly contact me with details on my email faustodesa69@hotmail.com. Just for your information, I am the son of Flora and Orlando de Sa and I currently live in London. I look forward to hearing from you
– Fausto de Sa, London


September 8, 2010: Thanks for the milestones list. It made me appreciative of the Goan community's contribution in Pakistan. I am a Goan living in Bombay and visit Goa frequently. I work in Bahrain. Goans, though a small community, have cast long shadows. A few days ago I was reading about Dinesh D'Souza who has written several best sellers in the US but who unfortunately appears to have become a Protestant, the faith of his American-born wife. Then there's Tony Fernandes, owner of the budget airline Air Asia, Malaysia, and of course the two MPs in Britain - Keith Vaz and his sister (I've forgotten her name. She was elected only a few months ago in the latest general election there). I was also happy to learn that Fr Raymond D'Souza, serving in Canada where his parents emigrated from India, energetically defended the Pope in a substantial rejoinder to the New York Times which had attacked the Holy Father in an article several months ago. You can google to read that rejoinder. I have a query. Do Pakistani Goans speak Konkani?
– Salvador Almeida, Mumbai, India.


August 4, 2010 - This is Muhammad Bilal Awan, Engineering student from Islamabad. I read about you on Wikipedia and visited your web-site www.goansofpakistan.org . I was really impressed by your personality and the important role the Goan community has played in the service of Pakistan and the Catholic Community. People like you are the assets of any nation. May Allah help you and the Goan community through the future endeavors
– Muhammad Bilal Awan, Islamabad, Pakistan


June 15, 2010 - I thank you ever so much for Goans of Pakistan site on the internet. I have gone through it many times and have forwarded and mentioned your site to many Goans and Christians. A am forwarding some information to you which I have received from my cousin in England. Read it and see what you think of it. Maybe some information can be helpful. I am a Goan living in Karachi. Thanks again for your wonderful site. There is so much in it to make many of us proud to be Goans. Thanks
– Tony Fernandes, Karachi, Pakistan



April 5, 2010: I have enjoyed reading your web site Goans of Pakistan. I am not Goan my father came from Mangalore when he was three years old, his father had a soda water factory in Karadar and competed with Nusrvanjee.I wanted to inform you that O.B. Nazareth is my father's second cousin and he is not a Goan. My father's younger brother Archie Dsouza was as great hockey player in St Patrick's school as a goal keeper and became quite well known after he stopped the ball many times when St. Patrick's played against the Bhopal Raiders, he was known as Archie makrani for his curly hair and that he stopped the ball with his head when they played the Bhopal Raiders, Oswald Mascarenhas the former principal of St Patrick’s was his class mate. I was born and raised in Cincinnatus town and i left Karachi in 1972 I now live in Dallas Texas and I have retired from the United States Air Force. We have a few Karachitees in Dallas Gerry & Flavia Correa and her brother Derek Desouza. Keep up the good work.

Thank you
- Cedric Dsouza, Dallas, USA


March 17, 2010 - Many thanks for your kind communication of 16th instant. I do have some sepia coloured photos of some of the "Deslocados" as we were called then, and I do intend to write a few lines on the trials and tribulations of this part of the Diaspora once in Goa, before they get lost in the mists of forgetfulness. I am sure that there are many Goans in Karachi who would willingly come forward with their photos taken then as well as write a few lines on their contacts with us, once you put this little tete-a-tete on your website. I would really love to relive those lost moments of my stay in Karachi and thank you for your kind invitation to visit Karachi some time - if my old bones (I'm 75 now) would allow me and if the climate of suspicion between our two countries would subside. Not to put an end to our pleasant contact, however, please let me know if there could be any possibility of our meeting in Goa where we could then elaborate on the "Deslocados of Goa." As a very important member of the Goan Association in Rüsselsheim, Germany, permit me to say thank you for the good work you are doing for the Goans in your area.

 - Rodolfo de Sousa, Frankfurt, Germany.

March 16, 2010 - In your interesting chronology "Goans of Pakistan", may I mention, you forgot to note that many Goans landed in Karachi on their way to Portugal through Karachi after 19th December 1961. I was one of the many who made it that way and appreciate the six months that I passed there. I don't know how many migrated but you may ask the Portuguese Embassy for the number of Goans who passed that way. In passing I would state that I was in the group that left Karachi for Lisbon, (after some tearfully heart-rending goodbyes), and am now in Germany these last 40-odd years and wish to complete this wonderful world-whirl by settling in Goa where I wish to complete my life's cycle and try putting some of my experiences to the good use of my country.

- Rodolfo de Sousa, Frankfurt, Germany.

March 15, 2010 - Very kind of you to write. Thank you for your message and for the inclusion of your informative website. It's very heartening and interesting to learn about research efforts, such as yours, on the Goan Diaspora. My great uncle, whom I've only met a few times in my life, was from Quetta, Pakistan. Now in his elderly years, he lives in a nursing home in Toronto, Canada. He moved there with his family about fifteen years ago and always recounted his time in Pakistan with fondness. We Goans are quite the travelers! I've saved the link to your website and look forward to learning more about the community through the resource you've put together - thank you for sharing the same with me.

- R. Benedito Ferrao, Mombasa, Kenya (Author: Goan Kenyans and the Crisis of Identity)

March 10, 2010 – (Excerpt from Email) my cousin Mark who spent his childhood with my paternal grandparents in Bombay, has only a child's memories of them. When I asked him why he showed no interest in our genealogy he replied that he cares about life and the living not about the dead and the past. He said our ancestors left Goa more than 200 years ago and there is no obvious way now to trace their original birthplace. I know Frank D'Souza had an entry in British Who's Who but that was only about his career. I have accepted that I will never really know whether we were from Bardez or wherever. Where do your relatives stay? Menin, I know next to nothing about you. How did your family end up as Karachi Catholics? What do you do for a living? You sound young, are you?
- Rita Grootendorst, London, UK


March 8, 2010 - I have been reading what you have written about the Goans in Karachi and about your trip to Goa last December. I put a special interest as I have friends in Karachi, a Goan couple. They visited my place in Goa a couple of times but to my luck I had met them only for 24 hrs but in those few hours I learnt a lot of interesting things from them. Then there is Fr. Ken Viegas who is the brother to this interesting couple. Her name is Cynthia and her husband’s name is John who I think was working for in the Pakistan army. If you could contact these three people they would share a lot with you. Or maybe you already know them??? It’s a small world you know. They are very loving and love to visit Goa especially in the rains. I myself tried to visit Karachi from Saudi Arabia. Below I have put their name, address and phone numbers and email. I am sure they would be thrilled to meet you. God Bless you and your work as a journalist
- Lawrence Mascarenhas, Jubail-Saudi Arabia.


March 8, 2010 - You've done a fine and valuable job on the Goans of Pakistan website. Thanks for it. I hope it becomes bigger and better, and that you will include lots of other writings, background and photographs about the people and places associated with the long history of the Goans in Karachi. For instance, your website should definitely carry Gen. Vas's very interesting recollections of Goan life in Karachi pre-1947 that was carried on Goanet some time ago. FYI, I have a personal connection to Karachi, as a grandson of May Mascarenhas nee Cordeiro. She was a cousin of the late Cardinal. By the way, the Cardinal's brother, Monsignor Anthony, survives in Mumbai. And, besides me, there are two other writer-grandchildren from the Cordeiro sisters of Karachi - Dinesh D'Souza of America, and Naresh Fernandes of Mumbai. Both are significant in the context of contemporary writers of Indian descent. Keep it up, Menino. Hope to see much more from you on the website
- VM, Mumbai, India


February 12, 2010 - I just read the article about your trip to Goa. I am based in Canada and work at downtown for the City of Toronto. Yes indeed it's great that Goa is a paradise and sad that we Goans are scattered all over the world like nomads. Anyway that's the way of life and now that technology has brought us closer let us unite and keep in touch and try to keep Goa a paradise always. I am writing this email to you because my brother Simon D'Souza lived in Karachi all his working career and married Sylvia the daughter of prosperous business man. Now he lives in Canada and is 85 years of age. You might most probably know him too. Simon was a sound engineer employed by Film Factors and installed a lot of cinemas in Pakistan including the famous Prince cinema which at that time I believe was the biggest in Asia I was told. He is a well read man in Karachi. Would it be possible to highlight him on your website? I am asking this because you said that any Karachi Goans who wish to be highlighted are welcome
- Sunney D'Souza, Toronto, Canada


February 12, 2010 - I was happy to hear that Goans are still living in Karachi when I read an article on one newspaper a few days back here in Goa. This made me check on the net for more information and I found your email and also came to know that you give a lot of your precious time for this site. Well my name is Shastri Rodrigues e Rebello. I live in Laxette vaddo Varca Salcette Goa. I was trying to find out if I could get a snap of my paternal granduncle Joao Cirilo Rodrigues e Rebello who was working in accounts department for railways in Karachi. He retired and came back to Goa in 1944. I am given to understand that he was a bachelor and was an active member in the church in Karachi and that he even had donated an altar or statue in one of the churches in Karachi. I wanted to know if any person who knew him in Karachi would have his snap even a group snap. His was a family of nine (6 brothers and 3 sisters). We have a group snap of my grand father and his sibling but this grand uncle is missing in the snap. I know it is a difficult task to find out but I only request that by chance talking to any old people if you could give me the information, I would be very much obliged to you. Computers in this big world can get us very close no matter the distance and time and I hope that some day might be able to see my grand uncle’s snap
- Shastri Rodrigues e Rebello, Goa, India


February 11, 2010 - Read your wonderful article about your visit to Goa. I lived in Bombay for 30 years till I migrated to Canada. I visited Goa annually but only once for Christmas week. Yes, I do agree with you there was no more comforting a feeling than being there among your own with stars in every porch! I was also in Bombay for that World Cup but only saw the game India lost to Holland. I took my children, 15 and 12 years old to Goa this August and they did not want to leave....When you go in summer, pray that the rains have set in for a month or two, and the verdant fields and palm trees will be a sight to behold. Absent of course will be the "goras", but that is how Goa was and should be (entirely my views). What struck me was your question of why Goans do not go to Pakistan to visit. Never gave it a thought. But it has struck a chord in my heart and I will come there one day
 - Eugene Rego, Toronto, Canada

January 20, 2010 - I thoroughly enjoyed reading your interesting article on Goanet. Earlier I watched the video of you being interviewed by Frederick Noronha. You are very articulate and came across as being tactful and gracious. I kick myself for not attending the meeting despite strong urging from Frederick. Incidentally I am from Betalbatim (though I did not go for the Christmas Dance that you went to!). I was born in Dar-es-Salaam. Interestingly, our next door neighbours and close friends there were a Pakistani family - Butt. Though we kept in touch initially, we lost contact later and I have no idea where they are.
- Xavier Cota, Goa, India

January 19, 2010 - Your posting about your recent visit to Goa was like a ray of sunshine, after the acrimonious debates on GoaNet in recent days, pitting RGs (Resident Goans) versus NRGs (Non Resident Goans). Your post was heartwarming as it gave a true picture of where Goa is today, dispelling the doom and gloom stories about Goa. Despite the ravages of time, politicians, developers, migrants etc., the real Goans are still around and life goes on in traditional Goan style mainly in the villages. I attended the GoaNetters meet at Foodland/Miramar Residency and appreciated your views about life for Goans in Pakistan, dispelling the very slanted news we get from the Indian press. I am sorry that I could not stay long enough to chat, as I wanted to beat the rush hour traffic. I came to live in Goa, 8 years ago, after retirement in the USA. I was born in Tanzania from whence I migrated to the USA. So coming to Goa to retire was a leap of faith, but I never regretted the decision, as deep within the psyche of each Goan is an intense love for our ancestral home, a love probably instilled within us by our parents. We in turn need to pass this love for Goa down to our children. You did that by bringing your children to Goa. Next time, do spend more time in Goa to attend the Festas, Ladainhas, and the 3-day wedding celebrations consisting of the "Roce" ceremony (bathing the bride or groom in Coconut milk) the Wedding day itself with Mass and Reception, and the "Pottone" when the Bride and Groom with an entourage consisting of the entire village return to the Bride's original home for another reception. The customs are quaint but endearing. Welcome home to Goa once again, and may we get to meet and have more of a tete-a-tete
- Vivian A. D'Souza, Goa, India


January 19, 2010 - Your site is very well done and can be of heritage value to the many Goans of Pakistan origin living here. I am originally from Kenya, but my last surviving Uncle, Joseph Romeo D'Souza and his family lived there. He worked for National & Grindlays in the pre-independence days. They are all here, but he in his late 80s and is in a long term care home suffering from dementia. Msgr. D'Souza, featured on you site, lives here. The article below linked on www.goanvoice.ca explains. You may wish to correct the spelling of his first name and surname on your site. I understand he will be visiting Karachi very soon
- John D’Souza, Toronto, Canada


January 19, 2010 - It was really heart warming to read your article on Goanet. Please feel free to share any happenings with Goans in Karachi and also let us know if we can publish it in Herald daily. My name is Cedric da Costa and I work with the Herald daily in the business section. I also have a Sunday column on the Herald Mirror called 'tiatr world'. Do keep in touch. Meanwhile here's best to you and your family. When you are in Goa next, do meet up as I reside in Margao
- Cedric da Costa, Margao, Goa, India


November 12, 2009 - I am trying to get hold of late Anthony Mascarenhas's wife Yvonne Gertrude D'Souza, would you have any contact details? It's wonderful that you are keeping a recorded history of the Goans in Pakistan, best of luck!
- Nicolas Haque, Dhaka, Bangladesh


October 6, 2009 - Thank you for taking the time in creating and maintaining the above site. Our children can view and see that wherever Goans have gone, they have contributed to the development of the country
- Patrick Mendes, Toronto, Canada


October 1, 2009 - You say yours is a small endeavour. I think you must have spent many tedious hours of your precious time in research and preparation, I don't want to take up your time, but if you agree I can send you snippets from time to time. Jack Braganza was my neighbour on Somerset St and also Simon D’Lima, I am proud that they found a place in the pages of your site. Bernard Mascarenhas perished in NY Trade Centre bombing on 11/9/2001. He was there on company business and was my neighbour in Karachi and lived in Newmarket Ontario
- Hilary Pinto, Ottawa, Canada

September 27, 2009 - I am an octogenarian who lived in Karachi for 50 years on Dundas St., off Elphi and then moved to Ottawa, , where I live now with my wife of 50 years, who was a resident of Somerset St., near Bliss & Co. on which site now stands a small hotel. I visited Karachi in 2000. Having said that let me congratulate you for your Footprints on the Sands of Time, which revived happy memories of my time. Incidentally, my last job was with Mr. M.A.H, Ispahani, a lieutenant of Quaid-e-Azam, I played a small part in the publication of his book, Quaid-e-Azam Jinnah As I Knew Him, which is acknowledged by him in the Preface. I also dealt with the estate of Quaid-e-Azam under his leadership and visited Flagstaff House and Mohatta Palace in the course of my duties. I admire you people, like Cyril Almeida, Roland D'Souza and the Goan priests of my time that opted to stay put and endure the present hardships of our fatherland. You are in our hearts and minds and our daily prayers. We, Karachi Goans in Diaspora are comfortable here with the quality of life but often we are overcome with nostalgia. I remember being admitted to infant and junior classes in 1936 on the site which later became the Don Bosco Orphanage, where my teachers were Miss Raymond, infant class and Miss Morris, Junior class, resident of Duarte Mansion, and one Miss Menezes, Senior Class. There was also one Miss Margaret teaching First Standard. Students dreaded her because her punishment was severe. I escaped her class because I was double-promoted from Senior Class to second standard where my teacher was Miss Ena Nazareth. I also find no mention of her brother, Harry Nazareth, 5th Standard Geography teacher in 1940 when his expertise was World War II. I read Cowasjee in the DAWN, an old Karachiite, and he regrets the disappearance of open spaces and heritage buildings like Bliss & Co. This building was a masterpiece of architecture and it's a shame that it was destroyed. I also notice there is no mention of Misquita Block, a great achievement of the Goan community after Partition. I believe one Mr. Marcel Castellino played a major role on this project. Your reference to the 1935 Quetta earthquake brought back sad memories. My father was employed in Lourdes Hotel Quetta as a chef, but in May 1935 we were in Goa holidaying as a result of which we survived and I am able to send these comments. I greatly appreciate the good research you have done and God bless you
- Hilary Pinto, Ottawa, Canada


September 20, 2009 - Congratulations on putting this wonderful website together, you have certainly done a great job for the Goans of Pakistan. Keep up the good work
– Anthony & Jennifer Sales


September 20, 2009 - I browsed with interest through your web site. It looks great and you've done a great job. I looked at the social services page and would like to suggest that you might want to mention my mom Betty Menezes, who gave her life to working in this area. She spent a couple of years studying social services in the US in the 50-ties but choose to come back to Pakistan to serve. Technically she was not a Goan (just married to one), as I wrote earlier, she was married to a Goan: Kenneth Menezes (Phillip Menezes' brother) who was killed in an Orient Airways plane crash in 1953. She received a scholarship to study sociology and social work at Fordham University in New York and was there from 1957-1959. She chose to return to Pakistan to serve the community. She worked for UNICEF and all of her spare time was devoted to social services within the Catholic community. She was active on the board of Lemmens Society - they ran medical clinics in a couple of bastis in the outskirts of Karachi - plus other things I am sure) and was involved in the CSS (I remember many meetings with Cyril Mendes and a Mr. Sanyal and others). She was also a member of the Karachi Business and Professional Women’s Club. She moved to Islamabad in 1970 when the UNICEF office moved and was lived in Islamabad until she had a stroke in 1973. She died in 1995. I think older Karachiites would remember her and perhaps be able to give you more information. I was looking for the Christian Voice from July - Aug 1995, which had an article about her. It is sad how much information gets lost as people get older and die. Your website is GREAT
– Winifred Menezes, Canada/Sweden

September 18, 2009 - Congratulations! What a wonderful and great job you've done. I am sure this inspiration came to you by the love and affection you have for your motherland. I am a Goan and am working in Doha Qatar for Qatar Fertiliser Company (QAFCO). I stay here with my wife, two daughters and one son. I love konkani and we speak konkani in house. My father was an All India Radio singer of yesteryears and has sung a lot of songs. I've inherited his liking for konkani song composing and singing and I too have composed and sung a lot of konkani songs. We've produced 3 konkani audio CD's. The maiden one was with Lorna and the name of the CD was VIVA PENHA DE FRANCA as I belong to Penha De Franca Britona. In 2007 I won the Best Lyrics award in KALA ACADEMY GOA for the annual konkani drama competition. The name of the song was PORIAVORONN (Eviroment). This song was sung as a Trio by my nieces and was about Goans encroaching in fields, forests, rivers and spoiling the natural beauty of Goa. I play acoustic drum and I've taught my elder daughter Blena who is 16 years old to play keyboard, alto saxophone and clarinet. She writes and reads solfegio. I’m proud to be a Goan and I love to flaunt with my musical konkani. I always love to help expatriates like me working in Qatar and I only do so when they ask me help in Konkani, other wise I also show them that my family and I know to speak fluent English sometimes better then them. I've two colleagues who are Goans but are Pakistani citizens working with me. Their names are William and Mathias. They too love Konkani and the Goan food. They love Konkani music and when I go down to Goa I see that I get them some musicals from Goa. Once again congratulations to you for this great job. I pray to God to keep you, your family and all Goans safe and happy in Pakistan. I hope to hear from you and read a lot from Goans in Pakistan. Regards to you, your family and all Goans in Pakistan. God bless you
– Joeluis D'souza, Doha, Qatar


September 17, 2009 - Not sure if you remember me, but I'm Barbara Lewis nee Rocha, sister of Tony Rocha. I enjoyed reading your articles which, incidentally, were passed along to me by friends and relatives. You have mentioned my papa's name, Mr. Pat Mendes, and I was thrilled to see that. I remember you from my summer job at the Sheraton Hotel and recall with fondness your story about the essay you wrote in order to pass the MBA exam. Tell us more about yourself; we would love to hear about the "present Goan successes" as we certainly cannot rest on laurels of the past. In Calgary, we have not forgotten our roots as "Goans of Pakistan" and enthusiastically celebrate our heritage by going to the 2 annual dances organized by the Goan Association of Calgary ( http://www.goacalgary.com/gachome.html ) and the Canorient Calgary ( http://www.canorientcalgary.ca/ ). We are all doing well here in Calgary and although the economy in the rest of North America is in dire straits, Canada in general and the Province of Alberta in particular, seems to be doing ok possibly due to its status as "Oil Country" - touch wood! - Cheers!
–Barbara Lewis/Rocha


September 16, 2009 - I recently had the privilege of going through your website "Goans of Pakistan" which brought back old memories of our glorious past. I found it very informative and inspiring that we Goans always made a difference in Karachi. Keep up the good work
– Gerry Fernandes, Karachi, Pakistan.

September 16, 2009 - Great job! I will spend some time reading the articles in it. Just a small note to say that this is really great and so nice of you to think of this idea which I hope will at least get some of our Goans thinking and getting together often
– Alfred Fonseca, Karachi, Pakistan


September 16, 2009 - Dear Family & Friends, including the new generation. There's a new website come on-line. This is the story of our elders and you will note some prominent family members have made it on this site: Pinto's, Sequeira, Cardozo etc. Please spread the news and forward this to your families and friends of the Goan Diaspora. Enjoy!
– Lorraine, Canada


September 16, 2009 - Excellent site and thank you for archiving the Goan community's contribution to the development of Karachi, Pakistan. You have done a fabulous job and should be commended for all this work and the quick update.I was born in Karachi, middle daughter of Lawrence Pecus and Muriel Pinto both of Goan ancestry. I remember attending movies in the late evenings on the grounds of KGA and Christmas parties and dances inside the hall. My father, Lawrence, is the son of Katherina Andrades and Vivian Pecus. Muriel, my mother, is the daughter of Matthew Pinto and Olive Cardoza. Lionel Pinto (passed away) was one of her brothers. Peter Sequeira is her brother-in-law now living in New Jersey. Our family immigrated to Montreal during Expo '67. All our close family members, uncles, aunts and cousins are now scattered all over the USA, Toronto, Montreal and elsewhere. We only have a few close friends now still living in Karachi, one of them is Sandra Mendonca and family. Cheers from Montreal!
- Cheryl Pecus, Canada


September 16, 2009 - Thank you for taking on this beautifully crafted website (home for the Pakistani Goans).Your work was and is extensive by the level of details. I do have a small wish list to add i.e. if it can be incorporated under a separate section, but it may have already been considered by you and set aside: The major buildings historically: FCCHS/ Misquita Gardens (Fatima Blocks); Little Towns: Hussain D'Silva, Catholic Colony 1 and 2., The Churches, Christ the King, St. Lawrence, St. Patrick’s, Our Lady of Fatima, St. Jude, St. Anthony etc. - a little historical back-ground. Because the buildings are still intact and beautiful, and are filled with memories for all of us, Holy Family Hospital, Lawrence Bakery, The Vellozo Canteen, Dr. Coelho (dentist), Christian Voice - has kept us in the loop, St. Patrick's Technical School from which a lot of technically minded people have emerged and been successful. Thank you for your consideration ! Please keep up the good work
- Jackie Fernandes, Toronto, Canada


September 15, 2009 - Enjoyed reading and reminiscing - I wonder if you remember my brother Joe and Pat D'Cruz. They had a band called the Rhythm Swingtette. It's hard for you to keep track of everyone, but you have done a great job
- Rosemarie de Souza, Toronto, Canada


September 15, 2009 - I did not, in my wildest dreams, expect to drop you a line -- after my dismal experiences with you, but I am a man of some principles and when a work deserves compliments, I will not hesitate to say so. Yes, your website has been well compiled. Another important reason was to see that my grandfather, the late Dr. Capt Anthony Philip Rodrigues' name is noted fully. I could not let that lapse be allowed to remain: he was just an orphan but, as Lt. Gen Vas in his memoirs, put it so eloquently, 'devotion to duty, the sanctity of a promise . . .' meant everything to him. Another reason, my cousin and the daughter of Dr. Gabriel Francis Rodrigues, is a doctor in her own right. Her name is missing: Dr. Pauline Quiterio nee Rodrigues. Further, the great Anthony Stanislaus D'Mello, a classmate of my beloved dad, finds no place in your website, to my knowledge. He founded the BCCI and Cricket Club of India, which is housed in the Brabourne Stadium, Bombay, and which he built. You have not, in the Armed Forces, listed Lt. Gen Eric A Vas and Air Chief Marshal Pinto. You could get info on Pinto from Yvonne (or Yolanda) Vas, who is both his sister and the sister-in law of LG Vas. I knew her father, Quentin Pinto, who was once the KGA Hall Superintendent and later built QP House, where, I believe, Ms. Vas now resides. If I find any more omissions I will send them across.
- Alphonso Roy Rodrigues


September 15, 2009 - As a Karachi ex-pat, having lived in Canada since 1971 your website will satisfy a long held urge to delve into my heritage. My parents are Emerine de Souza, who taught at St. Lawrence’s School, and Joe de Souza, brother of Herbert, and I think Doris. I’ve been interested in my genealogy, and wondered if as things go along, links to baptismal records etc. could be added in to do some research. Roland de Souza and I took piano lessons together from Celine D’Silva; I played the organ for St. Jude’s Church in Hussain D’Silva Town until we left in 1971, and also played with the Keynotes (Cesca Domingo, Joe D’Costa, Malcolm Fernandes, David Wilson, and Arnold Saldanha were the others in the band at the time). I still am in touch with Noel Ferreira, a classmate from St. Lawrence’s, who played bass-guitar with the In Crowd, who also lives in Ottawa. Music is still a hobby/obsession with me. I play with three bands here in Ottawa! Wicked Grin – very active on the blues scene, The FoxyMorons, a Rock/Blues Band, and a third that’s just getting under way. I also play and fill in frequently at St. Leonard’s, our local church. Good grief….if you trigger responses like this from everyone who logs onto your website, you must be swamped! All the best, and be sure to let me know if you ever plan to visit Canada….I’d love to hook up with you
– Everard de Souza, Toronto, Canada

September 15, 2009 - My Uncle Sidney Vas and my brother Roy D’Souza also taught at St. Pat’s. By the way, this is a great website and so rich in history. I’m sure a lot of people will appreciate the time and effort put into this site. I have already learnt a lot from it and have yet only read a few pages. Great work! Thanks
- Allan DeSouza, Toronto, Canada.


September 15, 2009 – Congrats! Fantastic web site, keep it up....sure makes us proud as Goans to have someone like you still in Pakistan highlighting the achievements of our community ....In Kuwait, a vast majority of my friends are Goans from India, and when they read that very well written first article of yours, they were absolutely stunned to read all about our community’s marvelous contributions to the PAKISTAN we belong to keep it up. God bless
– Rupert D’Costa, Kuwait City, Kuwait.


September 15, 2009 - Awesome site!! I can see that you gave a lot of your time and effort to create this site, for the benefit of all us Goans out here....Marie Anna Croning, Karachi, Pakistan. Congratulations Menin! what a fantastic website!, I’ll be forwarding this on to our network out here to share, it’s mazing, interesting and creative and so informative, only you could of thought of something like this!
– Jackie Rodgers, Toronto, Canada


September 14, 2009 - Firstly, let me both congratulate and thank you for doing an excellent job on the Goans of Pakistan project. Here are a couple of tidbits that you may or may not be interested in… J.C. Misquita Bakery was started and run for several years by my grandfather Dominic Diego Falcao; From 1958-1962, I was the official piano accompanist on Radio Pakistan’s local talent program which ran on the last Monday of each month from 10:00 –10:30 pm. Edward Carrapiet was the emcee and many Goans and other Christians performed on this program. Interesting that my signature tune at the start and end of the program was ‘Canadian Sunset’, and, I ended up in Canada in 1965!
- Alan Falcao, Toronto, Canada.


September 14, 2009 - Nice piece on the Goans of Pakistan. Good to see my uncle Lt Cmdr Philip Menezes in there. However (small oversight) you forgot to mention Colin DeSouza being the bandleader of the Talismen-late 60's to mid 70's. Good job though. Thanks
- Alistair Fernandes, Toronto, Canada


September 14, 2009 - I just received your website link from Susan deSouza. My name is Judy (formerly Sequeira) and my dad is Peter Sequeira who is mentioned on your music page. I live in Arlington, Virginia. My parents Peter and Phyllis live in New Jersey and are still singing in their church choir there! Congratulations on the impressive job you have done with this website! I left Karachi in 1973 when I was 18, and travelled back several times over the next 25 years. However, already a decade has passed since my last trip to Karachi, so I am enjoying the website with all the trips down memory lane and the names of people and places I remember fondly. I would be grateful if you could add my name to your email group
- Judy McCarthy, Virginia, USA


September 14, 2009 - CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!! - Great site! If you ever have the space for an ad on your site, would love to put the "Greatest Konkani Song Hits" Song Book - currently on the Goan Voice, UK & Canada - check it out here on the RH side (Ad 6): http://www.goanvoice.org.uk/ Cheers and all the best!
– Francis Rodrigues, Toronto, Canada.

 

 

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