If there is any weird or bizarre story you want to read today, here is one.
A couple of days back, Dinar Barros from Betalbatim in Salcete received a postcard from Goa University. It was an invite to GU's 33rd annual convocation ceremony which the family receives every year.
But, very strangely, the invite this year had the name of his late father, Dr Leo Mackensen Barros, who expired in 1994, and not the family.
Dr Barros was a well-known medical practitioner in the Salcete coastal belt.
Dinar Barros was taken aback to see the invite in his late father's name, unlike every year when it was sent in his family's name.
The postcard of GU specifically mentioned the word 'Late', which means it was aware that Dr Leo was no more.
Was this an oversight or plain goof-up, was the first question that came to Dinar's mind.
Goa University invites prominent people from various fields to its convocation ceremony every year. However, an invite to a late person?
Barros said, “A scholarship was instituted at the varsity after my late father and by virtue of this we receive the invitation to attend the convocation ceremony every year. I was aghast at receiving the envelope addressed to my late father this time. I haven't opened it to date.”
Wanting to know that this may have been an oversight, GT contacted the GU office for its say. In fact, this reporter called the varsity office thrice only to be told to send a mail to the VC asking the question.
The reporter was told the VC was busy and will not be able to talk to GT, but would reply to the mail.
It may be certain that GU didn't mean any offence to the Late Dr Leo, but given the former's stature, it owes an explanation to the latter's family.