es, December is here and with it, 2011 comes to an end. What a year it’s been! Everyone’s in the mood to celebrate and why not? Early in the year, our boys in blue gave us a feat we’ll probably be bragging about till 2015.After a 28 long years of waiting, praying and hoping, we became the world champions in the nation’s favourite pastime, cricket. India defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets much o the delight of a jam-packed crowd at the newly renovated Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
During most of last month, we witnessed Anna Hazare’s fast which captured the imagination of the entire country, even paling India’s World Cup victory and not to mention the now bounced cheque of a certain Poonam Pandey who made it widely known that she would strip in the Indian team’s dressing room, had India won the cup – which it did eventually.
These days one cannot keep mining and controversy out of the same sentence. The ‘M’ word has clearly divided Goans into two zones - those who profit from it and those who hate it.
Another year gone by. It seems like just the other day that we were bringing in a new year. This also marks a year and a half of this magazine’s existence. Our columnist Swapnil Kamat has preached the power to introspect, which makes me take a bird’s eye view not of my life (let’s not go there) but the world as a whole and Goa in particular.
Come October and the one thing that most Goan businessmen ask one another is, “What plans for the season?” For many lives touched by the tourism business – organized or not, the ‘season’ is what makes or breaks them, often providing them the wherewithal of financial resources to see them through the year. One will see many restaurants mushrooming towards early December only to fold up by mid-Jan. So much for the season!
Municipal Elections are on us