Archive for ‘India’

January 21, 2012

12 for ’12: From Toronto’s Goan Soccer League to Europe’s Elite

The views expressed don’t representative the Goan Soccer League, but of the author, and were written for entertainment purposes. I encourage you to post a comment below, or get in touch with me. Thanks.

Four years ago, I wrote Goan Soccer 2008 All Star List (Unofficial),” an article inspired by my desire to promote the league. Time has passed, and Indian soccer has developed exponentially. Four Goan-based clubs have won 6 of the past 7 I League Championships including Dempo SC, whom has partnered with Danish club FC Midtjylland. Manchester United, Arsenal FC and the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) have begun developing academies for youth in Goa, with the Red Devils offering a place in its Soccer School to starlet Brandon Fernandes, now at South Africa’s Cape United Academy. Tony Fernandes, a Malaysian of mixed-Goan descent, and CEO of AirAsia is the owner of English Premier League’s Queen Park Rangers. Things are just as accomplished on the women’s side where Goan Maria Rebello became the first women to join the Asian Football Confederation’s elite referee panel, on her way to joining FIFA.

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November 22, 2010

Jai Ho, Cultural Voyeurism & Poverty Porn: a critique of Slumdog Millionaire


When I was 12 years old, I embarked on a journey with my family to India to visit ‘the homeland.’ My only cultural reference point was the binary Eurocentric images portrayed in the Western media – the undeniable beauty of the Taj Mahal sharply contrasted to the despair and gloom that roamed over the slums. Seeking an authentic experience, my family stepped out of the suggested ‘tourist’ hot spots in Delhi, and took transportation with the locals. While waiting on the railway platform, I saw something that shook me.

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