My cellphone rang!!!
It was 11:30pm. Who could have called??
I caught hold of the cell, it flashed Nikhil………
Nikhil, one of my best buddies, recently joined Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT).
We had a casual chat about his new college, subjects, teachers, his new friends and lots more.
Just for the sake of curiosity I asked him about how his friends felt about our state, Goa.
I was shocked by the reply!
All of them praised Goa for the silver sand beaches and the world-famous Churches but primarily the question they asked was “Wow!!! Goa? What luck yar…. Lot of girls there are willing to take off their clothes for money. Do you know any “massage parlour” where we can get a nice body massage, we can enjoy when we visit next time?”
Are they serious?
Is this what they think about my beloved state??
I had to write this post after hearing all that bullshit.
Needless to say, Goa, with lot of beaches, Churches, Temples and many more scenic locations (especially during rains) is a famous tourist destination.
But I would love to put forth the accusations too.
Now look, I am not going to say “Oh, Goa is so picture perfect, not even a single flaw” and all that.
No I am not going to say that.
Let us just face it.
I agree prostitution ( The world’s oldest profession!!! ) happens in Goa. Yes.
But so it is, in almost every part of India and the world.
No matter how cleverly our politicians might deny this, facts aren’t going to change.
What surprises me is that compared to several other places in India it is very low. Has anyone heard about the Sonagachi in West Bengal, Garstin Bastion Road in New Delhi, Kamathipura in Mumbai??? Anyone?
Compared to this areas, it’s negligible in Goa.
Besides, why only Goa is being pointed out when prostitution is practiced almost everywhere in India??
Goans are also accused of being drunk all the time.
It is just that the tax on liquor here is very low compared to the other states. Hence alcoholic drinks are cheaper.
According to a survey conducted recently, close to 70 percent (68 to be precise!!) Goans do not drink alcoholic beverages. Astonishing, isn’t it!!!
The fact is that, when Indian tourists come down to Goa, they purchase liquor of twice the amount they usually do since they feel being in drunkard’s paradise.
But since liquor is cheap, they actually end up drinking more than 5 times the alcohol they usually drink!!!
That to in twice the amount they usually spend.
So who are the drunkards then? Goans or the Tourists??
It’s time for a reality-check baby!!!
Goan women are often considered scantily dressed ( Goa is quite liberal towards women). Contrary to that, the women tourist from across India that arrive in Goa actually wear the skimpiest clothes they ever had (because nobody is going to recognize them here).
And you say Goan women are scantily dressed?
Hypocrisy at its peak!!!
I do agree that there are plethora of foreigners moving in bikinis on the beach ( The beaches are titled as “Nude beaches” sometimes ).
But what else do you expect from them?
It’s beach, hence beachwear. It’s perfectly fine for them, for their culture.
Finally, guys I would urge you not to believe those Bollywood movies depicting Goa; many a time these are work of fiction that is supposed to end once you are out of the theatre.
Goa is very different compared to what is projected on the screen.
Off course, there are problems like prostitution, drugs and many others.
But Goa is a very peaceful state, famous for its Churches,exotic beaches,temples and nature.
It’s exquisite cuisine and Portuguese influence in various spheres of life.
And above all that, its congenial and friendly people.
But it’s definitely not all about sex in this Heaven on Earth.