Sunday, 15 July 2007


So what do most television correspondents based in Goa, prefer doing on dry news days? Answers?
Sex… They conjure sex and peddle it to their cow-belt bosses.
Much of Goa’s sex-pot image is a result of these weird sex stories some of these correspondents tend to file. Last week -- which was rather dull in terms of news -- Aaj Tak and Sahara correspondents in Goa decided to spice it up by filed such despicable stories on their respective channels, its not funny.
Take for example Sahara’s story filed by their Goa correspondent duo of Sanjay Sinha and Namita Saran. Their story talks of sex life in Goa with shots of folk dancing in a disc. Such a farce. The footage used was surely some old file stock, cause where would you get packed discos in this season.
The print story that shows on their sister-web edition slots the story under the header ‘Goa turning into sex tourist destination’.
This is a very cosy situation most TV journos in Goa work themselves into. Goa generally doesn’t account for much, in the Delhi and Mumbai newsrooms dominated mostly by stereotypical North Indians. Goa’s portrayal as a sex and fun place is thanks to a two-way relationship shared by newsroom and its Goa correspondents/stringers.
Goa is politically insignificant, linguistically unsuitable, minuscule and TRP-wise one tracked. Only sex and freak shows in Goa sell.
Therefore all the cow-belt buffoons manning these newsrooms expect only two things from their correspondents based in Goa. One make sure their representatives file one sex laced story every one or two months or a freak show of some sort like the Carnival… oh and of course that vulgar December 31-January 1 media-circus where a ‘full fledged’ reporter drops in from Mumbai or Delhi looking for New year revelry and of course to film foreigners sunbathing on the beaches.

For Aaj Tak their story was probably put together by this guy called Anil Lad.
And the other thing expected of Goa correspondents/stringers is to arrange for accommodation when their bosses (a whole chain gang of em) drive/fly to Goa with their wive’s and girlfriends. And guess what… our guys are fast learners.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brilliantly written. And you have a point, prick. These TV channels really condemn Goa to a sex bracket. Its very unfortunate

16 July 2007 at 01:34  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On Saturday 07/07/2007 Star News telecast a sting operation under it's 'Red Alert' series.

It was of a decoy paying a pimp Rs. 12,000 for a foreign (read white skin) prostitute, for a night, in Mumbai.

In the interview she claims that she worked in Goa. Isn't that vague. Can the reporter not be more specific and mention a town or village?

Assuming that the story were true, the customers in all probability would be those who earn outside Goa, as in Goa the disposable income is not high. These type of stories tarnish the image of the people of Goa.

Our Tourism Department as well as the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) also promote this image with their brochures featuring skimpy white women.

San Joao for instance is a simple event of people jumping in wells period. GTDC has hijacked and attempted to recreate the culture by financing a boat cruise Santa Monica featuring couples dancing to some trendy english music.

Even in Bollywood films the flirt (sometimes called the Don's dame) often has the name "Maria" or some other Christian name, the Don a Muslim name and police inspector a Hindu name. In the Indian psyche Christian means Goa, Maria means women in Goa, and the men are all "Michael" who only know to ride a "cycle".

16 July 2007 at 02:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

True very true....

16 July 2007 at 14:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

its a jealousy !!!
80% of print guy's are pimp of Goan politician resulted they cannot write truth
so the things you cannot do just critise to others !!! a typical GOAN the way Electronic media is flourishing in Goa a bad news for pimps.

17 July 2007 at 09:49  
Blogger Pen Pricks said...

you know it was tough to understand what you were trying to say, still cannot figure anon 5... We get a rough gist of it... pls make your point in English next time round, a language we understand a bit..

18 July 2007 at 00:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's sooo obvious that for the Goan news reporter the lip smacking lunch at Martin's evry next day comes from the fat goan politician. Could you and I afford that?

8 December 2008 at 20:44  

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