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Remo Rocks Again

Remo Rocks Again


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Independent…strong…free… that’s how Ayn Rand describes her hero Howard Roark in Fountainhead and that’s how pop star Remo Fernandes truly is. Listen to the tracks Bombay City, Humma Humma or the latest The Lighthouse Symphony  from the film David and there will be no uncertainties as to why the legendary Remo Fernandes left a thriving architectural profession for music.  Like the book’s protagonist, Padmashree Remo believes in originality at all cost, is someone who would gladly let it all go rather than compromise on his music. Succeed he’d rather but on his own terms even if it entails standing alone.







Here is singer, composer and a  music director Remo talking  about things very personal to him.


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1) There aren’t many by the name Remo. What made your parents decide on this name.

You are observant. Yes, I believe there wasn’t a single Remo in Goa when my parents named me so. A good friend of my mother’s, who lived in Bombay, had named her own new born son Remo, so my mother asked her if she could use the same name. My parents always chose rare names; when they named my sister Belinda, I believe there was no one else by that name in Goa either. And really, Goa was ‘small’ enough then for people to know whether there were others by the same rare name or not. Remus and Romulus, by the way, were the mythological founders of Rome, suckled and brought up by a she-wolf in the forest when abandoned to die there as babies.


2) You were born in Goa at the time when it was greatly influenced by the Portuguese. How influenced were and are you by the Portuguese culture and their way of thinking?

Very, very much. I’m sad to say that the greatest influence on me from those days is something that hardly exists today: and that is, the value of a person’s word or promise. I was brought up to believe that a person’s spoken word meant as much as, if not more than, a written contract. Breaking one’s word was losing one’s honor. And honor and respect were everything. Besides this there was a civic sense which made people feel responsible for the cleanliness of not only one’s home, but also one’s surroundings, the whole city, the beaches, in short the whole of Goa. People were embarrassed and ashamed to be seen breaking these codes of conduct. Today there is no shame. I see plastic bottles and wrappers being flung out of passing Mercedes and BMWs. If our rich, educated people are so filthy, how can one expect a sense of hygiene from the poor in the slums?



3) You took off for Europe to follow your passion in music but were there times, when you faltered and wondered if you were doing the right thing.


I’m afraid you got this wrong. I took off for Europe to ‘see the world’, not to pursue a career or passion in music. Although based in Paris, I spent two years and a few months hitch-hiking around France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Belgium, England, and also Tunisia and Algeria. I earned my living playing the guitar and singing in underground metro stations, on pedestrian streets, in restaurants where I passed my hat around after singing. I visited museums, monuments, art exhibitions, concerts, and places of interest in every country I visited. I learnt how to speak French quite fluently, and also to make myself sufficiently understood in Spanish and Italian. I met a huge number of diverse people while traveling. They were perhaps the most educational two years of my life.
It is upon returning to Goa that I decided to start a professional career in music, drawing and writing. Of course, music took over totally, being my main passion from childhood.


4) What do you think of the people of Goa? Do you feel they are lagging behind in the national scenario?

Goa is a very small place with a very small population. Considering this, I think we have enough Goans who have made a mark on an all-India level, and are still doing so, in different fields. We even have Goans who have truly made marks on a global level, such as painter Francis Newton d’Souza, and presently the 6th Top CEO in the world, yet another Francis d’Sousa. [pullquote] Dear Goan youth, I’m bored of seeing you post photos on Facebook of yourselves partying. I’d love to see photos of yourselves getting involved in doing something for Goa for a change. [/pullquote]




5) Do you really agree to the common notion that goans are `susegad’?

Of course we are. Or else how would people from all over India and the world come here and mint money out of Goa’s greatest bounty, tourism? While most of us are left twiddling our thumbs?


6) There are music bands mushrooming in Goa. Do you think there is real talent there or is it a mistaken passion for music?

I’m afraid I measure talent by originality only. However well musicians may copy the original record, whether Bollywood or pop or heavy rock, I can only appreciate them as I would  appreciate good photocopying machines. Considering the number of bands and musicians Goa has, I’m afraid there is very little originality being attempted. And by originality I don’t mean writing songs in the style you normally play, such as country or pop or rock; I mean creating your own style, your own rhythms, fusing Goan Dulpods with Hip Hop for example – why not?


7) What is your opinion about the politicians in Goa.


People who selflessly work for the betterment of Goa are a breed apart. They are like Mathany Saldanha, who did not need a minister’s position to carry out the wonderful work he did for the ramponkars, for Goa’s Movement for Special Status, and so on. But politicians are politicians. They play games, tell lies, break promises, they manipulate, they form alliances with people they denounced as criminals just yesterday – they do whatever it takes to be and to stay in power. But some are less bad than others, that’s for sure. And we have to be content with these.


8) Do you feel Goa should belong only to the Goans? Do you feel we should allow foreigners to set up business here?


However much you may love your friends, you cannot invite them and their families to move and come stay in your house, can you? Especially if you live in a one-bedroom flat? Goa is tiny. That is why she simply will not be able to withstand a free-for-all onslaught of people from elsewhere [India and abroad] coming and building and settling here. Special Status is the only thing which will stop this. But our builders, and our politicians, are two powerful lobbies which will lose a lot of revenue if that happens. Our mainstream media is reluctant to lose huge expensive advertisements from builders. And people with mammoth tracts of land to sell also don’t want Special Status for Goa. However much of these very people may scream and shout that they are working to ‘save Goa’, they are the ones who care least for Goa, the ones who will not rest until every square inch of this land has been exploited and destroyed for their profit.


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9) What advice would you give to those who want to settle in Goa?


Go home. Come, enjoy Goa, but if you really love Goa, you will go home after your lovely holiday. You will not see Goa as just another investment proposition for a house or a flat or an office. And you will not want to see her beautiful nature covered with concrete, even if you wish one of those pieces of concrete were yours. If you really love Goa, enjoy her – but do not try to posses her.


10)  What would you say about the drug menace and the rave parties in Goa.

If you wish to talk about drugs and rave parties, we should also talk about alcohol and Goan dances and weddings. The number of homes and families destroyed in Goa every year due to alcohol isn’t a joke. Yet we think nothing of allowing an adolescent son to taste his first beer, or an adolescent daughter to taste her first port wine. We truly feel it is ‘part of our culture’, and are actually proud of it. While we condemn drugs, let us not forget that alcohol destroys more lives and homes in Goa than all the drugs put together.


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Dear Goan youth, I’m bored of seeing you post photos on Facebook of yourselves partying, in clubs and discos and bars and beaches and weddings and at home. I’d love to see photos of yourselves getting involved in doing something for Goa for a change. Forming movements for ecology preservation, drives against plastic and garbage, using your awesome youth power to make your government afraid of you – not afraid of your violence, but afraid of your vote. Make your Sarpanch, MLA and Minister realize that if they don’t do their job, they’ll be packed off real soon. These are the photos and pages and posts I’d love to see on Facebook. I would also love to see you party, of course. All work and no play wouldn’t make Goa what it is.

- Interview  By Maria D’costa


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Model of the Season – Scarlett Rose

Model of the Season – Scarlett Rose

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There’s something about Scarlett that we just can’t resist! This bikini model is the latest to grab our attention. Whether she’s pouting for the camera or revealing about her life, Scarlett’s vulnerability, wilfulness along with her animated personality and innate style shines through.



This Is What She had To Say to Us



1: Tell us about your childhood. Did you always want to be a model?

- I was studying in Assam before I came to Goa in the 7th grade and joined Presentation Convent, Margao. I was a very mischievous kid Modeling was never in my foresight; I always wanted to be a teacher, a D.J., or an airhostess.

2: Did you have to struggle hard to make it in the modelling world?

- Yes, I had to work a lot, as I was chubby, and loosing that excessive weight was a big concern. I was over 60kgs pre “Miss Goa”. Now I am 47kgs. I had to exercise everyday and follow a strict diet. Also, being a model isn’t a piece of cake! You have to be confident, bold and should be able to carry off different outfits with ease Thankfully, I am very comfortable in my body and all the hard work paid off.

3: Describe your first photo shoot. Did you enjoy the experience?

-My friends who were amateur photographers used to use me as their model back then in college , and we use to shoot often so yes, that helped me a lot.

4: Tell us something of the beauty pageants that you won?

- The first Crown I won, was in 2011 “Miss Creation “.My friends filled the form and I was told about it just 10 minutes before the show!  So I walked the ramp in shorts and sneakers, danced on a random song and lo, won the crown, and there after Miss Goa Runners up and Miss Facebook for “Navy Queen”.

5: Have you changed as a person over the years?

- Physically, I have changed a lot; Old friends fail to recognize me. But as a person, I have changed the way I looked at life! Today, I try to see the positive side of life, learn to appreciate everything that comes my way, give more importance to humanity and people close to me, and empathise with others. Importantly, I have learnt to smile through my tough times.


6: Are you happy with the modelling scene in Goa. What changes would you want to see in Goa as far as modelling is concerned?

- Not really, the modelling scene is yet to pick up in Goa, but at least compared to some years back, Goa has raised it bar a little It would be nice to see more male and female models, designers, make-up artist, hair stylist and photographers as we hardly have any. But sadly, the modelling industry in Goa pay a pittance. It’s sad and that should change.

7: What advice would you give to the youth of Goa who want to get into modeling?

- Goa has potential. The young blood of Goa has a lot of talent and is very creative. My words of encouragement would be, “If you want to achieve and make it big, set a goal and work hard. Don’t let any sort of negativity pull you down! If you really like what you are doing, enjoy it and follow your goal” You will surely make it big!


8: Has any incidents made you bitter?

- Not really, I don’t really let negativity pull me down.

9: How do people react to your bikinis shots?

- Mixed reactions, I would say! People in the glamour and entertainment industry appreciate it. The people of Goa have supported me.  But there are many others who have a lot of negative opinion about my work. They think being a Bikini Model is blasphemous and try to degrade you. But My Biggest Support is Goa. and I’m proud to represent this beautiful state.

10: How did photographer Neil Grake know of you?

- After Miss Goa, I had lot of people following me on Facebook, so I created a fan page, and started getting a lot of fan following. So Neil Grake, the photographer from Mumbai, happened to come across my profile. He saw the potential in me and asked me to do a shoot for him.

11: How did you get the debonair assignment?

- After my shoot with Neil Grake, I got a lot of work. Debonair too noticed me and asked Neil to do a shoot with me for their magazine.

12: Besides modeling, do you plan to do anything else?

- Yeah, I may get into the business line, as Commerce is my stream in college.  I’m currently studying, So someday I may become an entrepreneur or get into Management, Human resources or Mass Communication.


13: Are you happy with your celebrity status?

- Yes, I am happy that I have achieved everything through my hard work. There was no monetary help from anyone nor did I have a god-father in the industry! Yet, within a span of one year I have worked with top people, nationally & internationally too.  I have reached where I am today because of the encouragement and support from the people of “Goa” and I will strive to make my State proud of me.


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