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Posted on: Wednesday , Apr 09, 2008 At 22:13 PM

The Goa That Was

Goa has been in news lately, primarily for wrong reasons. Scarlett Keeling incident attracted a lot of press and has had its effect in giving plenty of bad publicity for the state with its long line of beaches. Knowing how Goa's tourism has expanded in the recent years, it is not all that difficult to believe that its beaches were once empty, sparsely populated with a few locals, a few Indian and fewer tourists from abroad. In a very well written article, Uma Ranganathan rues of the Goa that was, and the good times it used to offer.

"When I first visited Calangute almost thirty years ago with my parents and brother, the beach was an open, endless expanse of sand, unblemished by the small and big shacks which have turned it into a noisy funfair today. There was just one rather ramshackle bar along the shore where we would head at midday to quench our thirst with a couple of bottles of beer. Except for a long haired unkempt hippy whom one came across now and then, shuffling along the beach, in search of his next chemical high, the land was peace personified."

Makes me long for the Goa of those days. Read the article at

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By Vishal Mehra| Posted on:10 Apr 2008

I agree that Goa of the days gone by is hard to find again, but then thats the price any destination pays for development. With little or no Checks from police and none from local admin, this was bound to happen.
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By Meena| Posted on:10 Apr 2008

Correct, Miyan!
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By Mukesh Miyan| Posted on:10 Apr 2008

Well said Arun, Goa of the days gone by is hard to find again..
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