By. Dr. Gerald Pinto - For Konkanifriends.com Team
Mangalore,February 10: Dr. Austin D'Souza Prabhu's book of short poems "Mothiyam" (chutkam) was released on February 10, 2008 at the Pastoral Institute Bajjodi, Mangalore. President of Catholic Sabha central committee Mr. Lancy D'Cunha welcomed the gathering. Mr. Victor Rodriguez famous Konkani novelist was present as guest of honor.
Dr. Gerald Pinto introduced the author and the book to the audience. He recalled the contribution of Dr. Austin D'Souza Prabhu in founding the Cathoilic Sabha as founder Vce President and his role in organizing the mammoth rally at the Nehur Maidan, Mangalore against Tyagi bill on April 1, 1979 where more than 60,000 people gathered from all over Dakshina Kannada. He also introduced his social activities and appreciated his love for his mother tongue Konkani and Konkani Community. He said that the book "Mothiyam" is very unique and it gives entertainment, knowledge and awareness to the reader and it can be used as quotations in the speeches.
The book was jointly released by Mr. Lancy D'Cunha, the President of Catholic Saba and Rev. Fr. Vincent Monteiro the director of Pastoral Institute. Mr. Nigel Pereira, the secretary of Catholic Sabha proposed vote of thanks. Members of Catholic Sabha Central Committee from all over Mangalore Diocese were present to witness this program.
The book contains more than 800 short poems and it is published by Dr. Jerry Niddodi through his publication 'Divya Deepa' and all the sale proceedings will go to the Manasa Rehabilitation and Training Centre, Pamboor for Mentally Challenged and Hearing Impaired Children.
Edited & Published By Raj Francis Pereira