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Goa is India’s smallest state by area and the fourth smallest by population. Located in West India in the region known as the Konkan, it is bounded by the state of Maharashtra to the north, and by Karnataka to the east and south, while the Arabian Sea forms its western coast. Goa is India’s richest state with a GDP per capita two and a half times that of the country as a whole.[4] It was ranked the best placed state by the Eleventh Finance Commission for its infrastructure and ranked on top for the best quality of life in India by the National Commission on Population based on the 12 Indicators.

Panaji is the state’s capital, while Vasco da Gama is the largest city. The historic city of Margao still exhibits the cultural influence of the Portuguese, who first landed in the early 16th century as merchants and conquered it soon thereafter. Goa is a former Portuguese colony, the Portuguese overseas territory of Portuguese India existed for about 450 years until it was annexed by India in 1961.

Renowned for its beaches, places of worship and world heritage architecture, Goa is visited by large numbers of international and domestic tourists each year. It also has rich flora and fauna, owing to its location on the Western Ghats range, which is classified as a biodiversity hotspot.

Going ‘nuts’ before the wedding

Not just children, even most adults, these days, are not aware of what a ‘panke’ is,” says Anand Gangaram Naik, who takes pride that his is one of the very few bakeries that still sells the traditional local sweet delicacy in the whole of Mapusa, or perhaps even Goa. Panke, …

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The sweet memories of a ‘distinctly Goan’ taste

Not just children, even most adults, these days, are not aware of what a ‘panke’ is,” says Anand Gangaram Naik, who takes pride that his is one of the very few bakeries that still sells the traditional local sweet delicacy in the whole of Mapusa, or perhaps even Goa. Panke, …

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Goa Chitra – “one of Goa’s most charming attractions”

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The Goa Chitra is a museum based in the former Portuguese colony (and now India’s smallest state) of Goa. It is “one of Goa’s most charming attractions” It has a large collection — over 4000 artefacts — focusing on Goa’s traditional agrarian technology and lifestyle. Goa Chitra is based in …

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Feast of St Joseph Vaz

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January 16 is the feast of St Joseph Vaz, patron of the archdiocese of Goa and Daman, The big day is celebrated at the sanctuary of St Joseph Vaz at Sancoale [courtesy- GOA – By Edu’s World ]

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Goa’s only World Heritage Site – Old Goa

Sanjeev V Sardesai One of the most famous pilgrimage heritage sites, found in most of the itineraries of tourists and other visitors to Goa, is undoubtedly – Old Goa. The apple of the eye, of many early dynasties and regimes, the entire precinct of Old Goa has the honour of …

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THE GOAN BAKER

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The familiar ponk! Ponk! Sound of the Poder’s horn at dawn forms as much a part of Goa as does this tiny state’s numerous and unique customs, feasts and festivals. In Konkani there is no difference drawn between the bread delivery man and the baker. They are both referred to …

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Nostalgia-A Traditional Goan Restaurant

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If the upkeep of tradition is your forte, in this age of quick and frenzied pace, and you wish to have an excellent laid – back meal, to revive nostalgic memories of Goan Cuisine of the days, your grandpa fancied grandma , drive down to the hottest new spot, aptly …

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The riverside majestic church

Today, December 27, is the feast of the church of Nossa Senhora De Penha De França. The church is replete with architectural details that tell us stories of the past. It was recently reopened for services after going through another cycle of renovation Maria de Lourdes Bravo da Costa Rodrigues …

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Panaji – a city honours & remembers its past

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Sanjeev V Sardesai To be remembered, as we pass on is a wish everyone nurtures in life; and to honour those that have created a niche in our lives, is ‘the’ admirable way of life. Panaji City through its monuments remembers those that have created such a niche, not only …

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OUR LADY OF IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

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In the year 1541, a hermitage or a small chapel was built on the hilltop in Panaji for seeking Divine Grace. The Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception was made into a parochial Church in the year 1600, and it was rebuilt in its present architecture in 1614. It …

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