Tuesday, May 30, 2006

That explains the suspicious looks

I took this picture on a beach in Goa some time ago. It shows the menu of a beach-side restaurant --- in Russian ! Today I read this (via SM news) : "Goa Police ponder: Are Russians buying land for drug deals?" ---

Tourists from Russia, especially those staying in Goa on long visas, are coming under increasing scrutiny after allegations that East European drug cartels are attempting to turn Goa into a base for their activities.
That explains the suspicious looks I got when I tried to take the picture.

And further down in the article :

There is talk about the Calangute-Baga-Candolim belt being taken over by benaami Russian owners in the past several months.
Benaami ? Another hindi-urdu word enters the English language (atleast according to the South Asian press).


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