Stories of the Sea

To commemorate the International Day of the Seafarer on 25th June, the Department of English, Carmel College for Women, Nuvem, Goa organized   an event called 'Stories of the Sea.' It was held on Saturday, 27th July 2019, 12.30 p.m. onward in the college auditorium. The theme for this  year was 'Gender Equality and Seafaring.’ 

Principal Dr. Sr. Aradhana A.C. welcomed the gathering and encouraged the students to learn as much as possible from the various events in the programme. Roxana Singh, Head of the Department of English, recalled her days at sea, and underscored the necessity of being honest as a seafarer. She also declared with pride that the Department begins offering six units English this year. In his opening remarks titled ‘SOS: Language at Sea,’ event coordinator, Dr. Brian Mendonça, Assistant Professor in the Department of English, spoke of the sad state of written and spoken English among students. He said that events like these serve to motivate diffident students to come forward and use English. It also provided an opportunity for students to benefit from the guidance from their teachers to refine their work.  He was happy at the enthusiastic response of students across disciplines and semesters who highlighted the sea in their own way through stories, poems, paintings, articles, scripts, charts, models of ships, PPTs, and shell-work. 

                 

The programme began with Dive into the deep – a short film on Lakshadweep made by Sakshi Rao (FYBSc.) recording her experience of diving to the ocean floor. The keynote address was given by Captain Robert Shane Vaz and was titled ‘Empowering Women in the Maritime Industry.’ Captain Vaz spoke of the kinds of ships at sea; women who made it big at sea, and careers for women at sea.  This was followed by ‘Taming the Waves’ an English Skit by Bincy Solomon and group (SYBA). Jaimunisa and group (FYBSc.) presented a Koli dance. The next speaker was Maryann Lobo D’Mello, Consultant, Psychosocial Development, who spoke on ‘Stress at Sea: Psyscho-social interventions.’ She offered ways in which one could de-stress and also read her poem, ‘Faces of the Sea I See.’ In the next item ‘Inspired by the Sea’ it was the turn of students of participating colleges, MES college, Zuarinagar; and Chowgule College, Margao to present their songs and stories of the sea. Students of Rosary College, Navelim, Government College, Quepem and St. Xavier’s College, Mapusa also participated and wrote poems and made paintings. Dr. Manoj Borkar, Marine Zoologist regaled the audience with his breathtaking slides in his presentation titled ‘Bizarre Organisms of the Deep Sea.’ This was followed by Tarvotti vo kharvi – a Konkani skit on the sea by Edrie Barreto and group (SYBA), which sent the audience into peals of laughter. The last presentation was ‘Cruise Careers on Board’ by Sabina D’Souza, Business Manager, Kamaxi Overseas Consultants. The talk highlighted careers for women at sea. The Vote of Thanks was given by Ayeesha Antao, Faculty of the Department of English.