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Tis the Holiday Season! A Five-Point Guide to Goa- Live like a true Goan!

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New Delhi, Dec 29, 2016: It’s the holiday season, which means packing your bags and setting off to a destination which has been sending you invites in your dreams throughout the year. And for most of us, that dream holiday destination is, “drum rolls in the background”- GOA!

The aesthetically pleasing beaches, the moreish sea food on the shacks, the colorful attires and jewellery in Goan flea markets, the artistic churches and the Bollywood famous- Dudhsagar Falls, everything calls out loud to every soul who craves for a soul soothing experience.

But what are the major attractions in Goa? What do the Goans do? How do they bask in the enriching air of Goa? Here is a holistic guide to enjoy Goa like never before. Because, when in Goa, live as a Goan!

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  1. Where to Shop

When you visit any foreign country, state, city or town, one of the most important things to do is shop in the local markets of that place. Just like Delhi has Sarojini and Mumbai has Colaba Causeway, Goa has its own flea markets and other markets which every Goan lives by! Anjuna Wednesday Market is a market which happensevery Wednesday has many goods and food stalls to engage people. Calangute Market is also a must visit for people who want to buy jewellery, souvenirs, clothes etc. Panjim Market, Mapusa Market and Margao Market are also a must visit for shopaholics. There are many night markets also like Baga Night Market, Saturday Night Market at Arpora and Mackie’s Night Bazaar where you can crash in after a day at the beach.

  1. What and Where to-Eat

Goa has its palatable cuisine of sea food. Fresh prawns, crabs, pomfrets, lobsters and many other varieties of fishes adorn the menus of the restaurants and shacks in Goa. Goan prawn curry, Fish Recheado, Bebinca, Rava fried fish, Chicken Cafreal are few of the delectable dishes of the vast Goan cuisine.

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Cafe Real in Panaji, Palácio do Deâo in Quepem which has amazing Portuguese food, Sakana in Vagator, Noronha’s Corner in Anjuna are few places where you can satisfy your hunger. Pousada on the Beach in Calangute, La Plage in Ashwem Beach and Surya Beach Cafe in Galgibag Beach are few places to eat on Goan beaches with the sun and sand.

  1. Hire a Bike

The best way to explore Goa is on a bike, said every Goan ever! There are many agencies in Panaji from where you can hire a bike to explore the streets and sides of Goa. The rates of hiring bikes are not very high and easily affordable also. Hiring a Bajaj Pulsar for around a day costs 800 rupees and a Honda Activa scooter for around 400 rupees.

Hiring a Royal Enfield is slightly expensive, it costs 1200 rupees a day but these are the rates for peak season. The hiring rates go a notch down in off season where a Bajaj Pulsar or Honda Activa costs 250 rupees a day and Royal Enfield costs under 1000 bucks ie. 900 rupees. So, hire a bike and scoot away to every beach and every shore!

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  1. Explore the Churches

A Goa visit is incomplete without visiting the beautifully architectured, majestic churches. Bom Jesus Basilica is a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the oldest churches in Old Goa. S E Cathedral is another major attraction in Goa. It is the largest church in India and holds a strong Portugal history behind it. Monte Hill, Church of Lady Rosary, Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception are other few of the many churches that Goa has.

  1. Cruises and parties

There is an extravagant and shiny side to the Goan life too! Goa has beaches and parties are a very important and cannot-be-missed feature of the Goan beaches. So many themed parties and cruises happen in Goa all year round. One can also spot dolphins on a cruise. So, sail away!

– by Shambhavi Sinha of NewsGram. Twitter:  @shambhavispeaks

 

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    A similar list should be done for the tourists what should not be done while holidaying in Goa. Too often the people are very ignorant and naive and then the holiday in Goa can turn into a nightmare, often with the serious results.

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Instagram Currently Testing Direct Shopping in US and Plans to Bring it to More Markets in Future

He also talked about how Instagram plans to respond to growing competition from short video-sharing apps such as TikTok in India

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These are some of the questions that Vishal Shah, Instagram's Vice President of Products, addressed in an interview to IANS during his India visit earlier this month. Pixabay

A big chunk of Instagram’s one billion users is young. But will the platform continue to be a favourite among young people when the Facebook-owned photo and video-sharing app launches direct shopping in the app is the question.

To put it in perspective, 63 per cent of the platform’s Indian users are believed to be between 18-24 years of age, 51 per cent between 25-34 years, 40 per cent between 35-44 and 23 per cent between 45-54.

Instagram, which, according to Statista, has 69 million users in India, is currently testing direct shopping in the US and plans to bring it to more markets in the future. When it launches the facility in India will it only have WhatsApp as a payment option which is slated to be launched in the country soon?

These are some of the questions that Vishal Shah, Instagram’s Vice President of Products, addressed in an interview to IANS during his India visit earlier this month. He also talked about how Instagram plans to respond to growing competition from short video-sharing apps such as TikTok in India. Edited excerpts from the interview:

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To put it in perspective, 63 per cent of the platform’s Indian users are believed to be between 18-24 years of age, 51 per cent between 25-34 years, 40 per cent between 35-44 and 23 per cent between 45-54. Pixabay

Q: Young people in India appear to prefer Instagram over Facebook. What drives them to the platform?

We see broad adoption of Instagram among young people and here are the key reasons for this. First, it is a pseudonymous platform. So it does not require you to reveal your real name or real identity to create an account. Young people are still figuring out what they are, what their interests are and how do they represent themselves. Instagram allows one to create an identity of one’s choice. And if they do not like that identity they can create another identity. So the platform offers a lot of flexibility. It is a core part of why Instagram has worked well for young people.

Secondly, it offers an asymmetric relationship, meaning you can follow me, but I don’t have to follow you. So you get more control over who you want to follow.

Thirdly, young people are very native to their phone. Instagram is built for the phone. You don’t really have a desktop experience. Our creation tools are very mobile centric and known for ease of use.

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Q: As you focus more on shopping, would you continue to focus on the young demography?

The fact that we saw a billion people across the world means that we are certainly not a young person-only platform. I think we are uniquely suited inside the Facebook company to serve the needs of the young people for the reasons I mentioned. But we serve everyone – people who are older in demographics, as well as younger ones, are valued on Instagram.

And yes, when it comes to shopping you have to have people who have the ability to buy something. And that may not be the youngest generation. It’s the older people who are more likely to make purchases. Similarly, if you go deeper into IGTV, you might see more younger people there as younger people are more likely to follow up and coming creators. So we have different interest verticals that might skew a bit differently. But that is okay as we are trying to solve needs of everybody.

Q: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently said that in India TikTok has gone ahead of Instagram. He also mentioned that TikTok works much like Instagram’s Explore feature. So what more are you doing to beat the competition?

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Instagram, which, according to Statista, has 69 million users in India, is currently testing direct shopping in the US and plans to bring it to more markets in the future. Pixabay

I believe that the best way to succeed in our product is to know who you are, what you represent and how you want to grow. Instagram is the home to creativity and expression. That has been true from the day we were founded. It’s why we have a vast and robust creator ecosystem. It’s also why you see a lot of different platforms. It’s not just about video.

It can be about photos, it can be about Stories, it can be about video and the benefit that we see from a platform like Explore is that we have the ability to look at the broad ecosystem, not just the people you directly follow.

We will focus on making sure that ecosystem feels really healthy and robust. So we are going to focus on what makes us special on creativity and on expression, making sure people have further abilities to express themselves.

Q: When WhatsApp Payment comes to India, will it be the default payment option for direct shopping on Instagram?

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In general, we want to support, as many payment option as we possibly can when we bring direct shopping to any market. Right now we are testing it in the US. So we are using credit cards and PayPal – payment options that are popular in that market. When we expand to other markets, we would like to support the payment options that people are most comfortable with. We want to make sure that people also have the option to shop with WhatsApp.

Q: What is your target for the India market in terms of growth of users and montetisation?

Ans: I think Instagram has resonated well with users in India. We want to learn how people are using the product, the needs that they have… so that we can make it even better. But I think we have a very strong healthy business even today.

Q: Any particular product you want to focus on?

We want to invest in two main areas – one is how people connect with people they know, and the other is the connect between people and the things and products that they love.

So on the first, we will continue to build creative tools that that we have in Stories, and continue to give people new ways to share, like in Threads, and focus on being really clear form the privacy and safety perspectives.

And on the interest side, we will be building deep experiences on the interests. IGTV is a deep experience for creators to share video. Shopping is a way way of going deep in the experience of shopping. So we are going to deep into verticals from interest perspectives as well as with people and sharing. (IANS)