from Conrad D'Souza

P D Vaz (75), more commonly known to Konkani readers by his pen-name 'Piddvaz' and through his popular column 'Patte Natlolim Roilam',  husband of Gracy Rita, and father of Rupert (+ Yvonne - Abu Dhabi), Praveen (+ Jessie - Mira Road, Mumbai),  Pramila (+ Keshav - Kedur), Pradeep (+ Shobha - Kundapur) and Sharmila (+ Conrad - Abu Dhabi), passed away on Thursday November 29, after a brief illness.

Funeral Mass in Holy Rosary Church, Kundapura on Saturday, December 1 at 10 am.

Ph: Res  + 91 8254 213329 /  + 91 94482 52649

Vaz lived in ‘Asiana’ in the Carmel ward Kundapur, after having retired as development officer of the Life Insurance Corporation of India. He was a pioneer in running  humour columns in Konkani periodicals since the 1960's. His contribution in terms of humour to Konkani jounalism was enormous.

His popular column 'Patte Natlolim Roilam' (Trains without Tracks), run by him in Raknno, Poinnari and Divo, is still being talked about by readers. Later the series of his write-ups in this column was compiled and published in a book form. He also ran the 'Q&A' column in 'Mitr' while it was under the editorship of Jo Sa Alvares.

He has left behind a void in the Konkani literary world, which would be hard to fill, feel the readers.