First Goan NRI to receive the prestigious NRI Award

It is indeed a proud moment for Goa and all Goans (both in the state and outside) as acclaimed soprano, Patricia Rosario was announced as the first Goan NRI Awardee of the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award 2013, from the President of India, at the 11th NRI Convention award function at New Delhi.

The award is the highest honour bestowed on NRIs (non resident Indians).

Rosario’s name was selected by a committee headed by Dr Wilfred Mesquita, Commissioner for NRI Affairs from a list of 15 eminent NRIs/PIOs of Goan origin including advocates, IT professionals, professors from Portugal, Austria, Kenya, Canada, UK, USA and Uganda.

Rosario, originally from Assagao was born in Mumbai, where she won a series of competitions that led her to the Guildhall of Music in London where she completed her classical musical training in Opera, singing as a Soprano.

She is also set to be a Fellow of the Royal College of Music. Her nomination was cleared by the Prince of Wales and she will be conferred the title this spring and will join distinguished persons of national and international renown such as Sir Thomas Beecham, Pasblo Casals, Artur Rubninstein, Arturo Toscanini and Zubin Mehta.

We congratulate Mrs Rosaria and hope that she brings more pride and glory to amche Goa!

Goa Scouts win 2nd Prize

Being a Scout Leader myself, I was very happy to hear that the Goa Scouts won second place at the national level. The award was presented to Goa during the national council meeting of the Bharat Scouts and guides held recently in New Delhi.

The award is in recognition of Goa achieving second position in the overall average percentage increase in the census of the scouts and guides wing for the year 2011-12.

As per the 2009 census, there were around 22,000 scouts and guides in 138 member schools in Goa. This number has swollen to approximately 31,000 scouts and guides in 2012 with 31 new schools joining the association.

“It is for the first time in the history of the movement in Goa that appreciable growth has been achieved. This was possible due to sustained efforts of promotion, visionary planning and unanimous cooperation and support extended by the member schools,” the Goa Bharat scouts and guides association said in a statement.

In todays day and age of television, Facebook and online games, it is nice to see children in Goa taking part in outdoor activities and making real friends. In addition, the values of the Scouts (like “Do a good deed everyday” and “Be Prepared”) will surely come in handy for these children when they grow up!

About Us

My name is Mihir Ignatius Nayak and this is the story of how I started the Mitaroy Goa. 

From a very young age (I think I must have been 2 or 3 years old), my parents used to take me on a number of holidays across India. My father was one of India’s first travel journalists and he got to stay at many hotels as part of his work. My mother, who had a really stressful job as a Doctor, loved to travel.

My earliest recollections as a small boy, were packing our stuff, getting into our small car and driving away to some new, exciting place. And when my little sister was born, we used to bundle her into the car too, nappies and all!

When I started school, we used to go every summer for a week’s holiday to Goa. Delicious Goan food, miles of untouched beaches and the knowledge that school was a full 2 months away meant that I looked forward to the summer holidays the whole year round. For me, the summer holidays were undoubtedly the best time of my childhood.

It was then at the tender age of 10 that I had a dream. One day I would open my own hotel in Goa and it would be called “Mitaroy”.  

When I told my mother about my dream to open my own hotel someday, she must have smiled to herself, wondering how I could ever dream of owning my own hotel.

When I finished high school, my parents wanted me to study law like my grandfather. But I was determined to study hotel management and pursue my childhood dream. After looking at a number of hotel schools in the UK, Switzerland, Australia and Austria, I finally decided on the Salzburg Tourism School in Austria, where many famous hoteliers from across the globe had studied.

5 years later, I graduated with excellent grades, topping my class, even though all the subjects were in German! From making beds and polishing cutlery to checking in dignitaries and cooking with a Michelin chef, I worked my way from small bed & breakfasts to Grand Hotels. But I never forgot my boyhood dream of opening my own hotel some day.

When I returned to India, I was looking to start out on my own. My parents owned an old house in our ancestral neighbourhood of Fontainhas. They didn’t know what to do with it and it was lying in a dilapidated condition. I decided that I would take up the job of restoring the old house and convert it into a hotel.

And 15 years later, I actually did open my first hotel, thus making boyhood dream a reality.

In the future, I plan to open hotels in Salzburg, London, Berlin and Cape Town.

But whatever the future might hold for me, I have learnt that if you dare to dream and believe in yourself, all your dreams will come true…