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Miguel Braganza
2006-05-17 08:55:28 UTC
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Oh Migosh! A little 'grape escapade' and so much to gripe about? Looks like there was no 'Escape' from this. ;-))

The wine festival idea originally began as a "Wine Carnival" during the era of the late Promod Shetye. He is no more. However, Satyen Nagvenkar of GTDC will remember the discussions in late January 2005 in the chamber of the MD of GTDC along with Mario of Nita Distillaries, the sole representative of the wine industry in Goa at the meeting, and yours truly.

I had suggested then that the time[ less than two weeks] was too short to have the wine festival as part of the carnival and that we could combine the wine festival with the fruit festival, the KONKAN FRUIT FEST, that the BSG was hosting along with the Corporation of the City of Panaji in the first week of May. We were promoting fruit wine at the event, anyway. All we needed to do was to upscale it. We parted with a promise to discuss the issue later.

The next thing that we heard was that there would be a GRAPE ESCAPE at the INOX courtyard and......it would coincide, day for day, with the 2nd Konkan Fruit Fest. So there we were, GE and KFF, on either side of the D.B.Bandodkar Marg...and on the same side of the river Mandovi...doing almost the same thing! Fruits, food, music, people. In fact, the GRAPE ESCAPE jumped the gun on KFF in the quarter finals. The KFF had begun the 'heats' on fruit wines with cashew wine in 2003. We are still in the race in 2006 with cashew/kaju, jamun/jambulao, kokum/brindao and grape wines. There seems to be nothing wrong if the one that jumps the gun is disqualified from the race. It happens even in Olympics!

I edited the Diamond Group of tabloids, then a group of five North Goa, Ponda, Margao, Bicholim and Vasco PLUS, and we carried the Grape Escape in colour with photos to highlight the show. Ethel edited the GROOVE English supplement for the Marathi newspaper, Tarun Bharat, then. There was not a word about the KFF in its pages,before, during or after the event.

The hurt, the talk of TRIPS and IPR and a host of allegations against the good Dotor and GTDC...from which dormant volcano do they now erupt. There was no such emotion in 2005.

TOGETHER EVERYONE ACHIEVES MORE. There is no other way for all to win. The sooner we learn that the faster we will progress. There is no IPR on the TEAM spirit. We are on the copyleft mode. The more we are together, the happier we will be. This year the Mormugao Municipal Council joined the KFF. Next year the International Centre-Goa has expressed its interest to be on board.

Viva Goa.

Miguel


Jen Lewis <jen_lew3 at yahoo.com> wrote:
HEART TO HEART
By Ethel Da Costa
http://www.goanet.org/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=493


The Tourism 'Escapade'

My dear Dotor,

I understand you are making an effort as Tourism Minister to 'Brand
Goa' as a tourist destination, since an `Expression of Interest' has
been floated by the Tourism Department stipulating the State's need for
'international events.' I agree. That the States needs high calibre
marketing targets to make this point, I fully endorse. That a need for
hyperactive and intelligent advertising, marketing and branding
campaigns are the need of the hour to position Goa globally is an
absolute must. You have my vote on the above count. But in your great
hurry to prove the worth of your esteemed offices you are bungling big
time. Or, could it be you are mislead by your lapdogs with their
half-backed stories? I give the benefit of doubt to the devil always. I
do not doubt your intelligence, but a one-to-one dialogue is always
good for the soul to clear the air. I'm sure you've prescribed it one
time or the other during your medical consultations. Unfortunately, the
Govt is run by middlemen. I detest middlemen. The same way I detest
wannabes who insult creative intelligence by stealing concepts, ideas,
budgets, brand names, misuse production ethics, trust and spoken word
right down to the last alphabet, to justify why they take their
salaries home. Most of them don't even understand (or have heard) what
Intellectual Property Rights are all about. Festivals are supposed to
steal the show, not ideas. With the Tourism Dept playing 'event
management,' I'm beginning to think professional event managers in Goa
are about to have it going tough with wannabes emasculating as big
dudes under govt clout.

I would like to think that you are a man who likes to call a spade a spade. So, if you may please, there is a letter, which came through the mail on my desk, which threatens to open the Tourism Pandora's box, throwing suspicion on every tourism sponsored activity in the State. It
makes me wonder just how intelligently you are attempting to manage the Tourism Portfolio.




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2006-05-17 08:55:28 UTC
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Oh Migosh! A little 'grape escapade' and so much to gripe about? Looks like there was no 'Escape' from this. ;-))

The wine festival idea originally began as a "Wine Carnival" during the era of the late Promod Shetye. He is no more. However, Satyen Nagvenkar of GTDC will remember the discussions in late January 2005 in the chamber of the MD of GTDC along with Mario of Nita Distillaries, the sole representative of the wine industry in Goa at the meeting, and yours truly.

I had suggested then that the time[ less than two weeks] was too short to have the wine festival as part of the carnival and that we could combine the wine festival with the fruit festival, the KONKAN FRUIT FEST, that the BSG was hosting along with the Corporation of the City of Panaji in the first week of May. We were promoting fruit wine at the event, anyway. All we needed to do was to upscale it. We parted with a promise to discuss the issue later.

The next thing that we heard was that there would be a GRAPE ESCAPE at the INOX courtyard and......it would coincide, day for day, with the 2nd Konkan Fruit Fest. So there we were, GE and KFF, on either side of the D.B.Bandodkar Marg...and on the same side of the river Mandovi...doing almost the same thing! Fruits, food, music, people. In fact, the GRAPE ESCAPE jumped the gun on KFF in the quarter finals. The KFF had begun the 'heats' on fruit wines with cashew wine in 2003. We are still in the race in 2006 with cashew/kaju, jamun/jambulao, kokum/brindao and grape wines. There seems to be nothing wrong if the one that jumps the gun is disqualified from the race. It happens even in Olympics!

I edited the Diamond Group of tabloids, then a group of five North Goa, Ponda, Margao, Bicholim and Vasco PLUS, and we carried the Grape Escape in colour with photos to highlight the show. Ethel edited the GROOVE English supplement for the Marathi newspaper, Tarun Bharat, then. There was not a word about the KFF in its pages,before, during or after the event.

The hurt, the talk of TRIPS and IPR and a host of allegations against the good Dotor and GTDC...from which dormant volcano do they now erupt. There was no such emotion in 2005.

TOGETHER EVERYONE ACHIEVES MORE. There is no other way for all to win. The sooner we learn that the faster we will progress. There is no IPR on the TEAM spirit. We are on the copyleft mode. The more we are together, the happier we will be. This year the Mormugao Municipal Council joined the KFF. Next year the International Centre-Goa has expressed its interest to be on board.

Viva Goa.

Miguel


Jen Lewis <jen_lew3 at yahoo.com> wrote:
HEART TO HEART
By Ethel Da Costa
http://www.goanet.org/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=493


The Tourism 'Escapade'

My dear Dotor,

I understand you are making an effort as Tourism Minister to 'Brand
Goa' as a tourist destination, since an `Expression of Interest' has
been floated by the Tourism Department stipulating the State's need for
'international events.' I agree. That the States needs high calibre
marketing targets to make this point, I fully endorse. That a need for
hyperactive and intelligent advertising, marketing and branding
campaigns are the need of the hour to position Goa globally is an
absolute must. You have my vote on the above count. But in your great
hurry to prove the worth of your esteemed offices you are bungling big
time. Or, could it be you are mislead by your lapdogs with their
half-backed stories? I give the benefit of doubt to the devil always. I
do not doubt your intelligence, but a one-to-one dialogue is always
good for the soul to clear the air. I'm sure you've prescribed it one
time or the other during your medical consultations. Unfortunately, the
Govt is run by middlemen. I detest middlemen. The same way I detest
wannabes who insult creative intelligence by stealing concepts, ideas,
budgets, brand names, misuse production ethics, trust and spoken word
right down to the last alphabet, to justify why they take their
salaries home. Most of them don't even understand (or have heard) what
Intellectual Property Rights are all about. Festivals are supposed to
steal the show, not ideas. With the Tourism Dept playing 'event
management,' I'm beginning to think professional event managers in Goa
are about to have it going tough with wannabes emasculating as big
dudes under govt clout.

I would like to think that you are a man who likes to call a spade a spade. So, if you may please, there is a letter, which came through the mail on my desk, which threatens to open the Tourism Pandora's box, throwing suspicion on every tourism sponsored activity in the State. It
makes me wonder just how intelligently you are attempting to manage the Tourism Portfolio.




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2006-05-17 08:55:28 UTC
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Oh Migosh! A little 'grape escapade' and so much to gripe about? Looks like there was no 'Escape' from this. ;-))

The wine festival idea originally began as a "Wine Carnival" during the era of the late Promod Shetye. He is no more. However, Satyen Nagvenkar of GTDC will remember the discussions in late January 2005 in the chamber of the MD of GTDC along with Mario of Nita Distillaries, the sole representative of the wine industry in Goa at the meeting, and yours truly.

I had suggested then that the time[ less than two weeks] was too short to have the wine festival as part of the carnival and that we could combine the wine festival with the fruit festival, the KONKAN FRUIT FEST, that the BSG was hosting along with the Corporation of the City of Panaji in the first week of May. We were promoting fruit wine at the event, anyway. All we needed to do was to upscale it. We parted with a promise to discuss the issue later.

The next thing that we heard was that there would be a GRAPE ESCAPE at the INOX courtyard and......it would coincide, day for day, with the 2nd Konkan Fruit Fest. So there we were, GE and KFF, on either side of the D.B.Bandodkar Marg...and on the same side of the river Mandovi...doing almost the same thing! Fruits, food, music, people. In fact, the GRAPE ESCAPE jumped the gun on KFF in the quarter finals. The KFF had begun the 'heats' on fruit wines with cashew wine in 2003. We are still in the race in 2006 with cashew/kaju, jamun/jambulao, kokum/brindao and grape wines. There seems to be nothing wrong if the one that jumps the gun is disqualified from the race. It happens even in Olympics!

I edited the Diamond Group of tabloids, then a group of five North Goa, Ponda, Margao, Bicholim and Vasco PLUS, and we carried the Grape Escape in colour with photos to highlight the show. Ethel edited the GROOVE English supplement for the Marathi newspaper, Tarun Bharat, then. There was not a word about the KFF in its pages,before, during or after the event.

The hurt, the talk of TRIPS and IPR and a host of allegations against the good Dotor and GTDC...from which dormant volcano do they now erupt. There was no such emotion in 2005.

TOGETHER EVERYONE ACHIEVES MORE. There is no other way for all to win. The sooner we learn that the faster we will progress. There is no IPR on the TEAM spirit. We are on the copyleft mode. The more we are together, the happier we will be. This year the Mormugao Municipal Council joined the KFF. Next year the International Centre-Goa has expressed its interest to be on board.

Viva Goa.

Miguel


Jen Lewis <jen_lew3 at yahoo.com> wrote:
HEART TO HEART
By Ethel Da Costa
http://www.goanet.org/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=493


The Tourism 'Escapade'

My dear Dotor,

I understand you are making an effort as Tourism Minister to 'Brand
Goa' as a tourist destination, since an `Expression of Interest' has
been floated by the Tourism Department stipulating the State's need for
'international events.' I agree. That the States needs high calibre
marketing targets to make this point, I fully endorse. That a need for
hyperactive and intelligent advertising, marketing and branding
campaigns are the need of the hour to position Goa globally is an
absolute must. You have my vote on the above count. But in your great
hurry to prove the worth of your esteemed offices you are bungling big
time. Or, could it be you are mislead by your lapdogs with their
half-backed stories? I give the benefit of doubt to the devil always. I
do not doubt your intelligence, but a one-to-one dialogue is always
good for the soul to clear the air. I'm sure you've prescribed it one
time or the other during your medical consultations. Unfortunately, the
Govt is run by middlemen. I detest middlemen. The same way I detest
wannabes who insult creative intelligence by stealing concepts, ideas,
budgets, brand names, misuse production ethics, trust and spoken word
right down to the last alphabet, to justify why they take their
salaries home. Most of them don't even understand (or have heard) what
Intellectual Property Rights are all about. Festivals are supposed to
steal the show, not ideas. With the Tourism Dept playing 'event
management,' I'm beginning to think professional event managers in Goa
are about to have it going tough with wannabes emasculating as big
dudes under govt clout.

I would like to think that you are a man who likes to call a spade a spade. So, if you may please, there is a letter, which came through the mail on my desk, which threatens to open the Tourism Pandora's box, throwing suspicion on every tourism sponsored activity in the State. It
makes me wonder just how intelligently you are attempting to manage the Tourism Portfolio.




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2006-05-17 08:55:28 UTC
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Oh Migosh! A little 'grape escapade' and so much to gripe about? Looks like there was no 'Escape' from this. ;-))

The wine festival idea originally began as a "Wine Carnival" during the era of the late Promod Shetye. He is no more. However, Satyen Nagvenkar of GTDC will remember the discussions in late January 2005 in the chamber of the MD of GTDC along with Mario of Nita Distillaries, the sole representative of the wine industry in Goa at the meeting, and yours truly.

I had suggested then that the time[ less than two weeks] was too short to have the wine festival as part of the carnival and that we could combine the wine festival with the fruit festival, the KONKAN FRUIT FEST, that the BSG was hosting along with the Corporation of the City of Panaji in the first week of May. We were promoting fruit wine at the event, anyway. All we needed to do was to upscale it. We parted with a promise to discuss the issue later.

The next thing that we heard was that there would be a GRAPE ESCAPE at the INOX courtyard and......it would coincide, day for day, with the 2nd Konkan Fruit Fest. So there we were, GE and KFF, on either side of the D.B.Bandodkar Marg...and on the same side of the river Mandovi...doing almost the same thing! Fruits, food, music, people. In fact, the GRAPE ESCAPE jumped the gun on KFF in the quarter finals. The KFF had begun the 'heats' on fruit wines with cashew wine in 2003. We are still in the race in 2006 with cashew/kaju, jamun/jambulao, kokum/brindao and grape wines. There seems to be nothing wrong if the one that jumps the gun is disqualified from the race. It happens even in Olympics!

I edited the Diamond Group of tabloids, then a group of five North Goa, Ponda, Margao, Bicholim and Vasco PLUS, and we carried the Grape Escape in colour with photos to highlight the show. Ethel edited the GROOVE English supplement for the Marathi newspaper, Tarun Bharat, then. There was not a word about the KFF in its pages,before, during or after the event.

The hurt, the talk of TRIPS and IPR and a host of allegations against the good Dotor and GTDC...from which dormant volcano do they now erupt. There was no such emotion in 2005.

TOGETHER EVERYONE ACHIEVES MORE. There is no other way for all to win. The sooner we learn that the faster we will progress. There is no IPR on the TEAM spirit. We are on the copyleft mode. The more we are together, the happier we will be. This year the Mormugao Municipal Council joined the KFF. Next year the International Centre-Goa has expressed its interest to be on board.

Viva Goa.

Miguel


Jen Lewis <jen_lew3 at yahoo.com> wrote:
HEART TO HEART
By Ethel Da Costa
http://www.goanet.org/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=493


The Tourism 'Escapade'

My dear Dotor,

I understand you are making an effort as Tourism Minister to 'Brand
Goa' as a tourist destination, since an `Expression of Interest' has
been floated by the Tourism Department stipulating the State's need for
'international events.' I agree. That the States needs high calibre
marketing targets to make this point, I fully endorse. That a need for
hyperactive and intelligent advertising, marketing and branding
campaigns are the need of the hour to position Goa globally is an
absolute must. You have my vote on the above count. But in your great
hurry to prove the worth of your esteemed offices you are bungling big
time. Or, could it be you are mislead by your lapdogs with their
half-backed stories? I give the benefit of doubt to the devil always. I
do not doubt your intelligence, but a one-to-one dialogue is always
good for the soul to clear the air. I'm sure you've prescribed it one
time or the other during your medical consultations. Unfortunately, the
Govt is run by middlemen. I detest middlemen. The same way I detest
wannabes who insult creative intelligence by stealing concepts, ideas,
budgets, brand names, misuse production ethics, trust and spoken word
right down to the last alphabet, to justify why they take their
salaries home. Most of them don't even understand (or have heard) what
Intellectual Property Rights are all about. Festivals are supposed to
steal the show, not ideas. With the Tourism Dept playing 'event
management,' I'm beginning to think professional event managers in Goa
are about to have it going tough with wannabes emasculating as big
dudes under govt clout.

I would like to think that you are a man who likes to call a spade a spade. So, if you may please, there is a letter, which came through the mail on my desk, which threatens to open the Tourism Pandora's box, throwing suspicion on every tourism sponsored activity in the State. It
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2006-05-17 08:55:28 UTC
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Oh Migosh! A little 'grape escapade' and so much to gripe about? Looks like there was no 'Escape' from this. ;-))

The wine festival idea originally began as a "Wine Carnival" during the era of the late Promod Shetye. He is no more. However, Satyen Nagvenkar of GTDC will remember the discussions in late January 2005 in the chamber of the MD of GTDC along with Mario of Nita Distillaries, the sole representative of the wine industry in Goa at the meeting, and yours truly.

I had suggested then that the time[ less than two weeks] was too short to have the wine festival as part of the carnival and that we could combine the wine festival with the fruit festival, the KONKAN FRUIT FEST, that the BSG was hosting along with the Corporation of the City of Panaji in the first week of May. We were promoting fruit wine at the event, anyway. All we needed to do was to upscale it. We parted with a promise to discuss the issue later.

The next thing that we heard was that there would be a GRAPE ESCAPE at the INOX courtyard and......it would coincide, day for day, with the 2nd Konkan Fruit Fest. So there we were, GE and KFF, on either side of the D.B.Bandodkar Marg...and on the same side of the river Mandovi...doing almost the same thing! Fruits, food, music, people. In fact, the GRAPE ESCAPE jumped the gun on KFF in the quarter finals. The KFF had begun the 'heats' on fruit wines with cashew wine in 2003. We are still in the race in 2006 with cashew/kaju, jamun/jambulao, kokum/brindao and grape wines. There seems to be nothing wrong if the one that jumps the gun is disqualified from the race. It happens even in Olympics!

I edited the Diamond Group of tabloids, then a group of five North Goa, Ponda, Margao, Bicholim and Vasco PLUS, and we carried the Grape Escape in colour with photos to highlight the show. Ethel edited the GROOVE English supplement for the Marathi newspaper, Tarun Bharat, then. There was not a word about the KFF in its pages,before, during or after the event.

The hurt, the talk of TRIPS and IPR and a host of allegations against the good Dotor and GTDC...from which dormant volcano do they now erupt. There was no such emotion in 2005.

TOGETHER EVERYONE ACHIEVES MORE. There is no other way for all to win. The sooner we learn that the faster we will progress. There is no IPR on the TEAM spirit. We are on the copyleft mode. The more we are together, the happier we will be. This year the Mormugao Municipal Council joined the KFF. Next year the International Centre-Goa has expressed its interest to be on board.

Viva Goa.

Miguel


Jen Lewis <jen_lew3 at yahoo.com> wrote:
HEART TO HEART
By Ethel Da Costa
http://www.goanet.org/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=493


The Tourism 'Escapade'

My dear Dotor,

I understand you are making an effort as Tourism Minister to 'Brand
Goa' as a tourist destination, since an `Expression of Interest' has
been floated by the Tourism Department stipulating the State's need for
'international events.' I agree. That the States needs high calibre
marketing targets to make this point, I fully endorse. That a need for
hyperactive and intelligent advertising, marketing and branding
campaigns are the need of the hour to position Goa globally is an
absolute must. You have my vote on the above count. But in your great
hurry to prove the worth of your esteemed offices you are bungling big
time. Or, could it be you are mislead by your lapdogs with their
half-backed stories? I give the benefit of doubt to the devil always. I
do not doubt your intelligence, but a one-to-one dialogue is always
good for the soul to clear the air. I'm sure you've prescribed it one
time or the other during your medical consultations. Unfortunately, the
Govt is run by middlemen. I detest middlemen. The same way I detest
wannabes who insult creative intelligence by stealing concepts, ideas,
budgets, brand names, misuse production ethics, trust and spoken word
right down to the last alphabet, to justify why they take their
salaries home. Most of them don't even understand (or have heard) what
Intellectual Property Rights are all about. Festivals are supposed to
steal the show, not ideas. With the Tourism Dept playing 'event
management,' I'm beginning to think professional event managers in Goa
are about to have it going tough with wannabes emasculating as big
dudes under govt clout.

I would like to think that you are a man who likes to call a spade a spade. So, if you may please, there is a letter, which came through the mail on my desk, which threatens to open the Tourism Pandora's box, throwing suspicion on every tourism sponsored activity in the State. It
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Oh Migosh! A little 'grape escapade' and so much to gripe about? Looks like there was no 'Escape' from this. ;-))

The wine festival idea originally began as a "Wine Carnival" during the era of the late Promod Shetye. He is no more. However, Satyen Nagvenkar of GTDC will remember the discussions in late January 2005 in the chamber of the MD of GTDC along with Mario of Nita Distillaries, the sole representative of the wine industry in Goa at the meeting, and yours truly.

I had suggested then that the time[ less than two weeks] was too short to have the wine festival as part of the carnival and that we could combine the wine festival with the fruit festival, the KONKAN FRUIT FEST, that the BSG was hosting along with the Corporation of the City of Panaji in the first week of May. We were promoting fruit wine at the event, anyway. All we needed to do was to upscale it. We parted with a promise to discuss the issue later.

The next thing that we heard was that there would be a GRAPE ESCAPE at the INOX courtyard and......it would coincide, day for day, with the 2nd Konkan Fruit Fest. So there we were, GE and KFF, on either side of the D.B.Bandodkar Marg...and on the same side of the river Mandovi...doing almost the same thing! Fruits, food, music, people. In fact, the GRAPE ESCAPE jumped the gun on KFF in the quarter finals. The KFF had begun the 'heats' on fruit wines with cashew wine in 2003. We are still in the race in 2006 with cashew/kaju, jamun/jambulao, kokum/brindao and grape wines. There seems to be nothing wrong if the one that jumps the gun is disqualified from the race. It happens even in Olympics!

I edited the Diamond Group of tabloids, then a group of five North Goa, Ponda, Margao, Bicholim and Vasco PLUS, and we carried the Grape Escape in colour with photos to highlight the show. Ethel edited the GROOVE English supplement for the Marathi newspaper, Tarun Bharat, then. There was not a word about the KFF in its pages,before, during or after the event.

The hurt, the talk of TRIPS and IPR and a host of allegations against the good Dotor and GTDC...from which dormant volcano do they now erupt. There was no such emotion in 2005.

TOGETHER EVERYONE ACHIEVES MORE. There is no other way for all to win. The sooner we learn that the faster we will progress. There is no IPR on the TEAM spirit. We are on the copyleft mode. The more we are together, the happier we will be. This year the Mormugao Municipal Council joined the KFF. Next year the International Centre-Goa has expressed its interest to be on board.

Viva Goa.

Miguel


Jen Lewis <jen_lew3 at yahoo.com> wrote:
HEART TO HEART
By Ethel Da Costa
http://www.goanet.org/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=493


The Tourism 'Escapade'

My dear Dotor,

I understand you are making an effort as Tourism Minister to 'Brand
Goa' as a tourist destination, since an `Expression of Interest' has
been floated by the Tourism Department stipulating the State's need for
'international events.' I agree. That the States needs high calibre
marketing targets to make this point, I fully endorse. That a need for
hyperactive and intelligent advertising, marketing and branding
campaigns are the need of the hour to position Goa globally is an
absolute must. You have my vote on the above count. But in your great
hurry to prove the worth of your esteemed offices you are bungling big
time. Or, could it be you are mislead by your lapdogs with their
half-backed stories? I give the benefit of doubt to the devil always. I
do not doubt your intelligence, but a one-to-one dialogue is always
good for the soul to clear the air. I'm sure you've prescribed it one
time or the other during your medical consultations. Unfortunately, the
Govt is run by middlemen. I detest middlemen. The same way I detest
wannabes who insult creative intelligence by stealing concepts, ideas,
budgets, brand names, misuse production ethics, trust and spoken word
right down to the last alphabet, to justify why they take their
salaries home. Most of them don't even understand (or have heard) what
Intellectual Property Rights are all about. Festivals are supposed to
steal the show, not ideas. With the Tourism Dept playing 'event
management,' I'm beginning to think professional event managers in Goa
are about to have it going tough with wannabes emasculating as big
dudes under govt clout.

I would like to think that you are a man who likes to call a spade a spade. So, if you may please, there is a letter, which came through the mail on my desk, which threatens to open the Tourism Pandora's box, throwing suspicion on every tourism sponsored activity in the State. It
makes me wonder just how intelligently you are attempting to manage the Tourism Portfolio.




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Miguel Braganza
2006-05-17 08:55:28 UTC
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Oh Migosh! A little 'grape escapade' and so much to gripe about? Looks like there was no 'Escape' from this. ;-))

The wine festival idea originally began as a "Wine Carnival" during the era of the late Promod Shetye. He is no more. However, Satyen Nagvenkar of GTDC will remember the discussions in late January 2005 in the chamber of the MD of GTDC along with Mario of Nita Distillaries, the sole representative of the wine industry in Goa at the meeting, and yours truly.

I had suggested then that the time[ less than two weeks] was too short to have the wine festival as part of the carnival and that we could combine the wine festival with the fruit festival, the KONKAN FRUIT FEST, that the BSG was hosting along with the Corporation of the City of Panaji in the first week of May. We were promoting fruit wine at the event, anyway. All we needed to do was to upscale it. We parted with a promise to discuss the issue later.

The next thing that we heard was that there would be a GRAPE ESCAPE at the INOX courtyard and......it would coincide, day for day, with the 2nd Konkan Fruit Fest. So there we were, GE and KFF, on either side of the D.B.Bandodkar Marg...and on the same side of the river Mandovi...doing almost the same thing! Fruits, food, music, people. In fact, the GRAPE ESCAPE jumped the gun on KFF in the quarter finals. The KFF had begun the 'heats' on fruit wines with cashew wine in 2003. We are still in the race in 2006 with cashew/kaju, jamun/jambulao, kokum/brindao and grape wines. There seems to be nothing wrong if the one that jumps the gun is disqualified from the race. It happens even in Olympics!

I edited the Diamond Group of tabloids, then a group of five North Goa, Ponda, Margao, Bicholim and Vasco PLUS, and we carried the Grape Escape in colour with photos to highlight the show. Ethel edited the GROOVE English supplement for the Marathi newspaper, Tarun Bharat, then. There was not a word about the KFF in its pages,before, during or after the event.

The hurt, the talk of TRIPS and IPR and a host of allegations against the good Dotor and GTDC...from which dormant volcano do they now erupt. There was no such emotion in 2005.

TOGETHER EVERYONE ACHIEVES MORE. There is no other way for all to win. The sooner we learn that the faster we will progress. There is no IPR on the TEAM spirit. We are on the copyleft mode. The more we are together, the happier we will be. This year the Mormugao Municipal Council joined the KFF. Next year the International Centre-Goa has expressed its interest to be on board.

Viva Goa.

Miguel


Jen Lewis <jen_lew3 at yahoo.com> wrote:
HEART TO HEART
By Ethel Da Costa
http://www.goanet.org/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=493


The Tourism 'Escapade'

My dear Dotor,

I understand you are making an effort as Tourism Minister to 'Brand
Goa' as a tourist destination, since an `Expression of Interest' has
been floated by the Tourism Department stipulating the State's need for
'international events.' I agree. That the States needs high calibre
marketing targets to make this point, I fully endorse. That a need for
hyperactive and intelligent advertising, marketing and branding
campaigns are the need of the hour to position Goa globally is an
absolute must. You have my vote on the above count. But in your great
hurry to prove the worth of your esteemed offices you are bungling big
time. Or, could it be you are mislead by your lapdogs with their
half-backed stories? I give the benefit of doubt to the devil always. I
do not doubt your intelligence, but a one-to-one dialogue is always
good for the soul to clear the air. I'm sure you've prescribed it one
time or the other during your medical consultations. Unfortunately, the
Govt is run by middlemen. I detest middlemen. The same way I detest
wannabes who insult creative intelligence by stealing concepts, ideas,
budgets, brand names, misuse production ethics, trust and spoken word
right down to the last alphabet, to justify why they take their
salaries home. Most of them don't even understand (or have heard) what
Intellectual Property Rights are all about. Festivals are supposed to
steal the show, not ideas. With the Tourism Dept playing 'event
management,' I'm beginning to think professional event managers in Goa
are about to have it going tough with wannabes emasculating as big
dudes under govt clout.

I would like to think that you are a man who likes to call a spade a spade. So, if you may please, there is a letter, which came through the mail on my desk, which threatens to open the Tourism Pandora's box, throwing suspicion on every tourism sponsored activity in the State. It
makes me wonder just how intelligently you are attempting to manage the Tourism Portfolio.




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