Thomas Antonio da Costa, the 4th child of five siblings
was born to Joao Hipolito Artur da Costa and Domentina Clotilda Gomes on
19th Jan 1962. His father Artur was a renowned watchmaker in the city of
Margao, Goa. He was the only one trusted by the watch owners(clients) with
Rolex/Omex/Omega and other brands of gold and diamond studded watches. Part
of the inspiration is thru father son relationship who use to assist during
sundays and school holidays. Even as a child he used to get fascinated of
the Ancestral Houses.
His own house had high plinth with 7 steps and massive spiral pillars supporting the Balcao (Balcony). Beautiful sculptures of Our Lady of Gloria (Patron of Varca village Church) and 2 angels on both sides above the main door of the Arch welcomed the visitors. Main Door of 1.5 metres width which locked from inside with help of Adamo(long strong wall to wall wooden cross bar) took care of the security. The House was adorned with windows made of shells from fish called Placuna Placenta locally known as Mendios.These were substitute to glass used during the Portuguese era. Unknowingly it added grandeur to the Ancestral Houses. The House had Environmental friendly roof tiles, ventilators and the 2-meter wide mud walls had 6 meter height, which gave a cooling effect even in the harshest of summers. The cow dung applied floors never developed Arthritis, flat foot, cold bites, slippery falls and occupants lived long life. There was open place called Rose garden (Rosam Aangon) in the middle of the House, and every bedroom door via the corridor opened to the cool ambience of flowering plants and kitchen garden plants within the house.
The Professional designations are of Junior Electrical
Engineer, Electrical Officer, Chief Electrical Officer, ETO (Electro Technical
Officer), Electrical Superintendant, Electrical Engineer.
With qualification in Electrical Engineering and crash courses interfaced with Hydraulics and Pneumatics, mechanics of Marine Engineering, welding, gas cutting, simulators, Auto Chief Black Box installation, (data recorder),& PLC(Programable Logic Control). CV improved to sort of jack of all trades.