- Dear Members,
We are still growing, growing and growing. We have now more than 900
members. Soon we will touch the threshold of 1000 members. With the
new crop of this year let us grow with more acceleration and be
helpful to our fellow MangaloreanCatholic in our localities around
Yesterday was the day of Monti Fest a unique day for all
Mangaloreans. As we follow our ancestors culture in the name of our
Lady our roots are deepen in the soil of our land.
Recently when I was researching about our people I spotted Catholic
Konkani people from the southern part of Maharashtra. i.e. people
living in Ratnagiri, Kudal, Manngaon area. They use Devnagiri script
for writing Konkani. What I found in them is they celebrate Monti
Fest in a similar way that Mangaloreans do. But this culture is
totally forgotton in Goa. May be the Purtugese banned them to follow
our ancestors practices in Goa.
We published 33 messages yesterday in a single day. We could not
avoid publishing them as everyone wanted to wish for Monti Fest and
everyone had some stuff to give to their fellow Mangaloreans. Hence
some of our members might have faced problem of their mail getting
flooding. We apologize with them and if they have faced any problem
then we kindly request them to inform us at salusoz@... so
that we can suggest them the appropriate remedy.
Since last one week we have changed the settings of all new members
who joined after August 1st to get their mails in Daily Digest basis.
i.e. they receive only one message per day. This message contains
index and content of all the messages. However if any of these
members want to receive messages individually then we suggest you to
do your settings yourself by visiting
and clicking "Edit My Membership" option.
If any other member wants to get mails in Daily Digest style then
please inform me at salusoz@... or do it yourself by visiting
our home page at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MangaloreanCatholics
Today while browsing I was delighted to spot a new site. i.e.
This site is developed by Mr. Conrad Roche using BLOGS.
I loved his concept because he is using his site to give constructive
criticism about MangaloreanCatholics group.
Check out what he has written on 22nd June.
Tuesday, June 22, 2004
There seem to be a lot of junk mail on the mangaloreancatholics list
lately. No, not spam. Ppl are sending jokes and mails of that kind.
You know what I mean.
Its just a start, I believe.
If it continues, it doesn't bode too well for the group. The normal
discussions will get bogged down by these junk mails and ppl will
move away from the group. Not everyone has the bandwidth. Out here I
just delete it and say forgetaboutit, not so for ppl on dial-up.
posted by Conrad | 10:58 AM
I fully agree with Mr. Conrad. In fact we lost not less than 100
members just because we published Jokes and other leisure stuff.
But atleast now we have started a new group for fun loving
We have more than 400 members to this new funloving group within few
days and the leisure stuff is flooding in that group. I am sure you
will get lot of stuff over there that will help you to conduct your
parties more jovially
Please check out some of the Conrads links that concerns our group
Congrats Conrad. You are doing good job for our community and for
You may tell your friends to become our members by sending blank
If you are a fun loving person then please become the member of our
other group MangyJokes by sending blank email to
You can find the homepage of this new group at
Alternatively you may also send us the email address of your
MangaloreanCatholics friends so that we can give invitation to them
to join our group. We assure you that we will keep all these emails
in a safe custody and will not share them with anybody for whatever
Dev Borem Korum,
- Mogall Salu Soz,
The following was sent to me by a friend. May be our friends find it useful :
A Story on how to manage your career & your expectations - by
R.Gopalakrishnan - Vice Chairman, Tata Group of Companies
There is a Thai saying that experience is a comb which Nature gives to
man after he is bald. As I grow bald, I would like to share my comb with
your people, about their career ahead.
1. Seek out grassroots level experience
I studied Physics and Engineering at University. A few months before
graduation, I appeared for an HLL interview for Computer Traineeship.When
asked whether I would consider Marketing instead of Computers, I
responded negatively : an engineer to visit grocery shops to sell Dalda or
Lifebuoy? Gosh, no way. After I joined the Company and a couple of
comfortable weeks in the swanky Head Office, I was given a train ticket to
go to Nasik.Would I please meet Mr. Kelkar to whom I would be attached
for the next two months? He would teach me to work as a salesman in his
territory, which included staying in Kopargaon and Pimpalgaon among
other small towns.I was most upset. ! In a town called Ozhar, I was moving
around from shop to shop with a bullock cart full of products and a
salesman's folder in my hand. Imagine my embarrassment when an IIT friend
appeared in front of me in Ozhar, believe it or not! and exclaimed,
"Gopal, I thought you joined as a Management Trainee in Computers". I
could have died a thousand deaths. After this leveling experience, I
was less embarrassed to work as a Despatch Clerk in the Company Depot
and an Invoice Clerk in the Accounts Department. Several years later, I
realised the value of such grassroots level experience. It is fantastic.
I would advise young people to seek out nail-dirtying, collar-soiling,
shoe-wearing tasks. That is how you learn about organizations, about
the true nature of work, and the dignity of the many, many tasks that go
into building great enterprises.
2. Deserve before you desire
At one stage, I was appointed as the Brand Manager for! Lifebuoy and
Pears soap, the company's most popular-priced and most premium soaps. And
what was a Brand Manager? "A mini-businessman, responsible for the
production, sales and profits of the brand, accountable for its long-term
growth,etc.,etc. I had read those statements, I believed them and here I
was, at 27,"in charge of everything". But very soon, I found I could
not move a pin without checking with my seniors. One evening, after
turning the Facit machine handle through various calculations, I sat in
front of the Marketing Director. I expressed my frustration and gently
asked whether I could not be given total charge. He smiled benignly and
said, "The perception and reality are both right. You will get total
charge when you know more about the brand than anyone else in this company
about its formulation, the raw materials, the production costs, the
consumer's perception, the distribution and so on. How long do you think
that will take?" "Maybe, ten years", I replied, "and I don't expect to
be the Lifebuoy and Pears Brand Manager for so long"! And then
suddenly, the lesson was clear. I was desiring total control, long before I
deserved it. This happens to us all the time - in terms of
responsibilities, in terms of postings and promotions, it happens all the time that
there is a gap between our perception of what we deserve and the reality
of what we get.It helps to deserve before we desire.
3 Play to win but win with fairness
Life is competitive and of course, you play to win. But think about the
balance. Will you do anything, to win? Perhaps not. Think deeply about
how and where you draw the line. Each person draws it differently, and
in doing so, it helps to think about values. Winning without values
provides dubious fulfillment. The leaders who have contributed the most
are the ones with a set of universal values. Mahatma Gandhi and
Martin Luther King for example. Napoleon inspired a ragged, mutinous and
half-starved army to fight and seize power. This brought him name and
fame for twenty years. But all the while, he was driven forward by a
selfish and evil ambition, and not in pursuit of a great ideal. He finally
fell because of his selfish ambition. I am fond of referring to the
Pierre de Coubertin Fair Play Trophy. It was instituted in 1964 by the
founder of the modern Olympic Games and here are two examples of winners.
A Hungarian tennis player who pleaded with the umpire to give his
opponent some more time to recover from a cramp. A British kayak team
who were trailing the Danish kayak team. They then stopped to help the
Danish team whose boat was stuck. The Danes went on to beat the British
by one second in a three hour Event! What wonderful examples of
sportsmanship! Play to Win, but with Fairness.
4 Enjoy whatever you do
Sir Thomas Lipton is credited with the statement, "There is no greater
fun than hard work". You usually excel in fields, which you truly
enjoy. Ask any person what it is that interferes with his enjoyment of
existence. He will say, "The struggle for life". What he probably means is
the struggle for success. Unless a person has learnt what to do with
success after getting it, the very achievement of it must lead him to
unhappiness. Aristotle wrote, "Humans seek happiness as an end in itself,
not as a means to something else". But if you think about it, we should
not work for happiness. We should work as happy people. In
organisational life, people get busy doing something to be happy. The more you try
to be happy, the more unhappy you can get. Your work and career is all
about your reaching your full potential. Working at one's full
potential, whether it is the office boy or the Chairman, leads to enjoyment and
fulfillment. A last point about enjoyment. Keep a sense of humour about
yourself. Too many people are in danger of taking themselves far too
seriously. As General Joe Stilwell is reported to have said, "Keep
smiling. The higher the monkey climbs, the more you can see of his
5 Be Passionate about your health
Of course, as you get older, you would have a slight paunch, greying of
hair or loss of it and so on. But it is in the first 5 - 7 years after
the working career begins that the greatest neglect of youthful health
occurs.Sportsmen stop playing sports, non drinkers drink alcohol,
light smokers smoke more, active people sit on chairs, starving inmates of
hostels eatrich food in good hotels and so on. These are the years to
watch. Do not, I repeat do not, convince yourself that you are too busy,
or that you do not have access to facilities, or worst of ! all, that
you do this to relieve the stresses of a professional career. A
professional career is indeed very stressful. There is only one person who can
help you to cope with the tension, avoid the doctor's scalpel,and to
feel good each morning - and that is yourself. God has given us as good a
health as He has, a bit like a credit balance in the bank. Grow
it,maintain it, but do not allow its value destruction. The penalty is very
high in later years.
6 Direction is more important than distance
Every golfer tries to drive the ball to a very long distance. In the
process, all sorts of mistakes occur because the game involves the
masterly co-ordination of several movements simultaneously. The golf coach
always advises that direction is more important than distance. So it is
with life. Despite one¡¦s best attempts, there will be ups and downs.
It is relationships and friendships that enable a p! erson to navigate
the choppy waters that the ship of life will encounter. When I was young,
there was a memorable film by Frank Capra, starring James Stewart and
Dona Reed, and named IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE. It is about a man who is
about to commit suicide because he thinks he is a failure. An angel is
sent to rescue him. The bottomline of the film is that "No Man is a
Failure Who Has Friends".
My generation will never be twenty again, but when you are older, you
can and should be different from my generation. Ours is a great and
wonderful country, and realising her true potential in the global arena
depends ever so much on the quality and persistence of our young people.
Good luck in your journey, my young friends, and God be with you and our
- Hi Salu!Good on you mate!At last a good soul like U has taken the initiative to something for us Mangis. Shall try my best to be in Mangalore for the Mangi Mela in December this year.The website looks great. Keep up the good work and all the very best.!!Until then Uroo.Victor Mascarenhas Melbourne, Australia.
- Dear Mr. Maurice,
Thanks a lot for sharing this "How to Manage your career & your
expectations" .... its really worth reading and then spending some
time to think on this too.
Thanks for your wishes to the younger generation. May God bless you
too and your loved ones.
Dev Borem Korum