A DECADE OF DRAMAS 1976 to 1987

This was the scenario about 30 –40 years back, there were no computers, no TV, no mobiles. In the whole town of Barkur there were only five land telephone lines. Even the Church had no telephone…!

 

People had to depend on Radio and newspapers both for information and entertainment. Native folklore yakshagana, traditional sports like Kambala, feasts like rathotsava were the only occasions to public to enjoy en-masse. In our parish annual feast in the 3rd week of Dec every year was the one young and old eagerly waiting? However, Dec last week feast of neighboring Brahmmavar and 2nd week of January in Sastan too was attended in large number by us. Even if the feast was missed for compulsory school attendance, it was the evening Drama’s in all these parishes we never missed….!



Maryknoll Girls High School to Maryknoll High School

A SPECTACULER JOURNEY OF 50 YEARS IN BARKUR ......

 

We the Barkurians, always remain grateful to all the educational Institutions in our town, especially these three – Maryknoll Hr Primary School, National Junior College and Maryknoll High school, all three of them having a colourful history of yeomen service and achievements for more than 50 long years.  These are the Schools where most us studied, during those days of scarcity, poverty and poor transport facilities. Today, parents have options, money and amenities to send their children to the distant and distinguished, Schools and Institutions of their choice....!



With love to my Friend John & cousin Joyce on their Silver Jubilee of married life

Indeed it’s a great day; John & Joyce are Celebrating 25 years of married life.

 

About 25 years ago to talk about ‘John and Joyce’ was as easy as drinking a glass of water.  I spoke innumerable times, during n number of occasions, during various celebrations in their family, both in Barkur and here in Muscat..... They were ‘Brand Barkurians’ then.....today the couple is ‘Brand Mangalore in Muscat’; they have grown to be the popular faces amongst Mangaloreans in Oman.  It’s a proud privilege to me, as their Friend for the last 4 decades, rather known to the family for the last 50 odd years....and to raise the toast on their Silver Jubilee....!



A TRIBUTE TO OUR TEACHERS IN MHPS

No doubt almost 10% of our life is closely associated with this primary School. In other words on an average 7 long years we spent in this almamator - mostly in studying, partly playing and as a whole enjoying.......! Now this Institution, a temple of learning, Maryknoll Higher Primary School, Hosala - Barkur, is at the threshold of celebrating Platinum Jubilee in December, 2015 – 75 years of fruitful existence – 1940 - 2015 in the service Barkurians.

 

We were fortunate to have well dedicated teachers – I mean; at least half a dozen of them entirely dedicated their life of themselves to the profession chosen, remaining away from families of their own.......! The teachers who taught us in Class one – Agnes Fernandez and Josephine Montherio, In Class II Jethruz Gonsalves and Angeline Fernandez, Class III - Mary D’Souza......were just few names, who remained unmarried, but taken care of the students in their hand with mothers love.



The myth of Bhutala Pandya or Apostle Bartholomew associated with The Ancient Coastal port town of Barkur

History is a subject always fascinates most of us, though many of us, so I am, not qualified enough to analyze the same, scientifically. One such topic, we failed to understand is the legend of Jain King Bhutala Pandya, always referred, as the nobleman who first ruled from Barkur throne, as early as 78 AD, hence the name Barkur and a claim that his descendents ruled the place later for almost 300 long years! It is equally important to note here, except a book referring to this dynasty, which looks more like imaginative and exaggerative, to narrate a story that may or may not, really taken place almost 2000 years earlier, since the book written was in 14th century. No other historical evidence, structure, is yet to be traced at Barkur, as most of the monuments, one can find in the place, the most ancient one, date back to 9th Century AD and others thereafter……



An Organisation to Complete 25 Years....

DOWN MEMORY LANE…..formation years of St. Peter’s Association, Barkur – Mumbai 1983 – 1988. A flashback…..!

 

An organization to complete twenty five years in the service of Barkurians in Mumbai is not a small achievement and ‘St. Peters Association Barkur – Mumbai’, stand tall among all contemporaries to cross this historical mile stone.



A tribute to all the Priests served in our Barkur Parish 150 Years.

Barkur parish is the oldest in the Varado, next only to Milagres Cathedral Kallianapur, and was served by the Priests from here from 1854 – 1861 it is said, every week and Rev. Fr. Caetao Joao Fernandes, used to offer Holy Mass in the thatched prayer house, built on the same location, where stands the present Church.

 

We Barkur-online Team call back the contributions and services of each and every one of them, for the past 150 odd years, to make the Barkur a better place to live, pray and prosper together. Many of them are in heavenly abode and few of them are at the evening of their lives and most of them are still serving in different parts of the world in various capacities……

 

It is our intention and sincere efforts as well to give more details, in the event of our visitors wish to have them, in phases in coming days…..Please send in your feedback to us to include missing details wherever it rightly deserved……..

Barkur parish is the oldest in the Varado, next only to Milagres Cathedral Kallianapur, and was served by the Priests from here from 1854 – 1861 it is said, every week and Rev. Fr. Caetao Joao Fernandes, used to offer Holy Mass in the thatched prayer house, built on the same location, where stands the present Church.

 

We Barkur-online Team call back the contributions and services of each and every one of them, for the past 150 odd years, to make the Barkur a better place to live, pray and prosper together. Many of them are in heavenly abode and few of them are at the evening of their lives and most of them are still serving in different parts of the world in various capacities……

 

It is our intention and sincere efforts as well to give more details, in the event of our visitors wish to have them, in phases in coming days…..Please send in your feedback to us to include missing details wherever it rightly deserved……..



Morvine Quadras, A star is in the making

 

That nobleman at the Bennekudru Temple annual festival, in December 1992, rightly predicted now some 20 years ago, when he saw a boy at his tender age of just five, dancing to the Hindi Film tunes on that pleasant evening, that ‘one day this boy will bring glory to his parents and this place, and reach to the heights of name and fame…...’ That ‘cash prize’ from his hands is the beginning of the saga of a great achievements, innumerable gifts, certificates and trophies, now found place in the showcases in his home at Barkur and Muscat, startles any visitor at once, that too…..  at this young age of just 25……!!



BARKUR-ONLINE, your home town at a cursor-y glance..

Perhaps Uncle James Fernandes believed in that home is where the heart is. For me it’s more rooted – emotionally, literally and figuratively and for the generation preceding both of us, for youngsters like Austin and Franklyn it’s an ironical, the home is where their hard disc or laptop is…….!

Ten years, rather 10 years and 10 months gone by, since Kishore Gonsalves, the ‘showman of Barkur’, ventured something unique, for his hometown, a common platform barkuronline a web portal uniting Global Barkurians!!

 



Haladi Shrinivasa Shetty

Nicknamed, rather popularly known as ‘Vajpayee of Kundapur’, Halady Srinivas Shetty is a born leader. Till the other day he was our respected MLA. His leadership qualities were well known from his school and college days. In these days of corrupted political sphere, HSS is rare breed of assertive leader who will not compromise on values, righteousness and self respect.

About some four years back we wrote an article in Barkur-on-line pages, on the eve of Assembly elections, titled ‘Its JP Hegde vs. HS Shetty in Kundapur’ A man who scored over a personality like J.P.Hegde by 19,000 plus popular votes, and romped home for the consecutive third time, to be an MLA, definitely had something unique, to his credit.

 



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