Friday, November 23, 2007

Kaddio boddio ani Chonne


Our Lady of Rosary Church lit up at night. The parish church of Navelim is around 410 years old and was founded by a French Jesuit. Today it is the most populated parish in Goa. The feast was celebrated on the 21st of this month. The fair will be here for over a week.
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Gorom gorom chonne-biknam! Naked bulbs light up the numerous stalls laid out in front of Rosary school. The traffic arrangements were perfect this time, with none of the traditional jams.


A toy-seller helps a young buyer make up his mind. Today toy shops at feast fairs are an amazing array of colourful, plasticky gizmos most of which are guaranteed to break down in a week's time if they are not dismantled earlier by the children who buy them. Speaks poorly of toy quality but highly of the scientific mind of our kids!
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Kaddio-boddio (made of channa flour, jaggery flavoured with ginger) and bright yellow ladoos and tiddeos (revddeos in Bardez) made of hard boiled jaggery rolled in til seeds. The sweet seller is exhausted at the end of the day and his stall is not as neatly laid out as it was in the morning.

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