A hundred years young… almost!

The young Jesuit Kelwin Monteiro promptly agreed and shared a copy of the latest issue of Dor Mhoineachi Rotti. It is now online and free to access here.

Kelwin wrote:

As assured, kindly find attached to this mail the January issue of the Dor Mhoineachi Rotti.  Feel free to put it on any website or  blog, so that it reaches to the maximum number of people!  I will send you the issues every month! This is the 99th year of its publication.  The year 2015-16 would be the Centenary Year of publication!

Great going… The magazine is in Romi Konkani (or, as sometimes interestingly called, Amchi Bhaas).  It is priced at Rs 10 per issue, Rs 100 for a year’s subscription, and Rs 500 via airmail to any overseas address.

You can contact its editorial office at the Thomas Stephens Konknni Kendr, BB Borkar Road, Alto Porvorim, Goa 403521
Phone +91-832-2415857 or 2415864 email dmrddgoa@gmail.com Or via Kelwin Monteiro, +91-832-2415863 or +91-9975912308 (mobile) and kelwinmonteiro@jesuits.net and kelwinmonteiro@gmail.com

The official description says:

Dor Mhoineachi Rotti is a monthly magazine in Konkani that seeks to promote the devotion of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and provide instruction of the Catholic faith to the Konkani-speaking people.

I found an earlier post about it which said: Dor Mhoineachi Rotti is a decades-old monthly (once even published from
Karachi, Pakistan) in Konkani that focuses on religious and social issues.  It is now out in a new format, and priced at Rs 10 for a single issue….”

And, just to remind myself, this is what I had written in 2006:

Dor Moineachi Rotti (Our Monthly Bread), a 96-year-old publication, first out in 1915, is being revived by the Jesuits, from the Thomas Stevens Konknni Kendr at Alto Porvorim.  It’s  editors are Frs Ave Maria Afonso and Matev (Matthew) Almeida, sj. Recently, I ran into its December 2006 issue. It’s the 90th year of publication (must have skippedsome years). Vol 90, Issue 12.

Religious articles here: an editorial, Fr Manuel P  Gomes on St Francis de Sales, Gospel readings, Tomazinho Cardozo on Kristanv ani Rajkaronn (The Christian and Politics): Amche hokk ani kortovya vollkun gheum-ia (recognising our rights andduties), an interview with Fr Almir de Souza who recently visited Canada, a children’s section, Edson Fernandes of Chorao on the sacraments, news from the “Catholic world”, a question-answer column, letters-to-editor, EJA Fernandes on “amkam xanti di”, school students’ brief essays, another  experience of Christmas by Antonette Fernandes of Velim, A quiz (in Konkani, with a Rs 100 prize), a report from Rachol seminary by Cosme Pereira, a report on the ten new priests (from Candolim,Taleigao, Macazana, Fatorda, Navelim, Tollecantto, Aquem, Colva, Grace Church Margao and Panjim) who joined priesthood recently, the Papal message…. It’s a simple 36-page magazine.  With a two-colour colour cover, and printed in B&W.

You can know more about it by writing to tskk at ….It costs Rs 50 per year in Goa (if you subscribe till December end).  After that, it catches up with inflation and costs Rs 100 per year.  Abroad, Rs500 per year, via airmail.

To my mind, that publications such as these have lived for almost a century is news in itself.  What’s more interesting is also the fact that Konkani publications like Dor Mhoinneachi Rotti seem to have moved around with the diasporic Goan Catholic community, got published in places like Karachi, and is now back home, being published in Goa itself.

As I have argued elsewhere, the centre for cultural production (publications, magazines, VCDs, tiatrs, etc) has
been shifting back to Goa in the past decade or two.  While this may have deprived us of some of the skills available to the talented and active diaspora, it helps to create a local market here, from where ‘products’ can then be diffused across the globe and promotes skills locally.

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  1. A note from Kelvin:

    Thanks Frederick for putting the Magazine in the public domain. I wish more and more people read it and get themselves enriched by it!!

    Frederick, just a small correction, the email Id is printed wrongly. It is dmroldgoa@gmail.com

    By the way for your information, the publication originally began in Karachi in 1915 and mind you, till date the press that printed it “Rotti Press” still exists and thrives in Karachi. Here is a little text on it from Wikipedia:

    The Rotti Press is the only printing press in Pakistan owned by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Karachi. There is some anecdotal evidence that Dor Mhoineache Rotti a Konkani language publication first out in 1915, was published by the Rotti Press. The press has a long history of publishing books on philosophy, history, religion, education and culture. The press currently also publishes the Christian Voice, Karachi an English-language weekly newspaper and a weekly Urdu-language paper Agahi.

    The Christian Voice, Karachi is an English-language weekly newspaper of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Karachi, Pakistan. This is the second oldest Catholic publication in Pakistan after the Catholic Naqib, an Urdu-language journal, founded in Lahore in 1929 and published by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lahore. The Christian Voice is printed at the Rotti Press in Karachi. In 1993 the editor was Fr. Augustine Varkey, who was also vice-principal of Saint Patrick’s High School, Karachi. In 2005, the editor was Robin Fernandez, founder of a Karachi-based human rights group Conscience, secretary for the press watchdog group Journalists for Human Rights and Democracy and on the editorial staff of Dawn, Pakistan’s premier English-language newspaper. Choosing to remain low-tech and not have a website, The Christian Voice plays a valuable role in disseminating information among the Christian population of Pakistan including the lives and deaths of prominent people and major events around the world. In 2006, the Archdiocese launched a new weekly Urdu-language paper, Agahi, which is in the style and format of The Christian Voice.

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