Letter from a Tomato Festival Organiser to All Indians

Abhay Deol in Zindagi na miley Dobara

This letter was sent to Mom-Lady by one of the organisers of the Tomato festival in India. We, at Howzzit, believe that every opinion matters. So here is the letter, published as it was sent.

Friends, we are a little taken aback by the protests by some of you. Due to unnecessary allegations and intervention raised from various groups, the Bangalore event was called off. (The Karnataka chief minister actually took those protesters seriously? And all in the name of Indian culture?)

And now we are doubtful about Pune too. Thankfully, the Mumbai one is still safe.

We are a group of cool people and we understand our social responsibilities and that’s why our motto has always been ‘Fun with a purpose’. Why don’t people understand that?

In addition to incorporating some of the super fun element of the famous tomato food fight that you all loved in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara — albeit branding it in our unique way — we have been promoting social awareness as well.

I think this is the doing of our competitors, who themselves had planned on organising their own version of the popular Tomato festival. They had even entered our Facebook page and started disturbing our peaceful, little group with their comments about food wastage.

Extremely shocking and appalling!

What has food wastage got to do with this?

How many times do we have to tell people that we are not wasting food in anyway? We tried telling people we will not use fresh tomatoes. Immediately, some people (I think those who had infiltrated our group) said that rotten tomatoes will be used. Now, this was enough to scare off some of our supporters who were worried of skin diseases.

There was a flurry of activity over this and finally we had to post on our site explaining the nature of the tomatoes we would be using: “When you go to buy a tomato, wat (sic) kind do you buy? The tomatoes we usually purchase for consumption are red, juicy and hard. Now, there are some tomatoes which are red and soggy. No one buys these tomatoes even though they are not rotten. These tomatoes are soggy which no one eats.”

This is the kind of tomatoes we said we would use.

But after that some of the comments said there were so many people in our country who don’t get to eat those soft tomatoes also. Really? If there is demand why such tomatoes are sold at throw away prices at the mandis?

For everything they seemed to have a question or a protest. Why did they enter our group if they didn’t support what we were doing?

Now, the Bangalore organisers had provided such wonderful facilities for everyone this Sunday. Let me list them for all those who have only criticised the fest:

  1. Rain dance (which you can use to rinse off the tomatoes on you).
  2. Changing rooms while exiting (you can go home fresh).
  3. Food court (stalls like little Italy, Baskin Robbins, Barista, etc).
  4. Massive pools.
  5. Separate entry for couples & stags.
  6. Security arrangements by one of the best security agencies

Wasn’t this a perfect recipe for some undiluted fun? But no, people had to ruin it. In fact, this wasn’t all we had some good Samaritans who had yet more ideas. Again, for all those who think that there was no mass support for the fest, let me tell you that the excitement was awesome. Some suggested that we have locker facilities to keep the phones and bags and extra clothes. Someone asked for food coupons.

We even had one gentleman listing some wonderful ideas:

  1. Scanners at entrance to detect people with deadly skin diseases just so they don’t spread scabies, eczema etc to the fun loving souls.
  2. Rubber coating on the walls of the ketchup pools just so people do not hurt their heads when performing an “Abhay Deol” stunt of skiing in the Tomatina fest.
  3. Air fresheners to neutralise the stink from about-to-rot tomatoes (I am saying here again, the tomatoes would be just soggy and not rotten)
  4. Good supply of “edible” tomato ketchups to fulfil the tomato craving to our stomachs.
  5. Extra protection for our girls from the likes of wannabe/disguised/deputy Muthaliks that sneak through to the show.

I found it to be a very useful list. It’s sad the Bangalore event is called off, but I have taken note of some of the things (particulary point no. 1 about the skin diseases. Well, no one thought about it actually.)

Has anyone every heard of the Pink Tomato Festival in Arkansas (US)? In 1956, a group of merchants decided to host an event to celebrate the tomato industry and help promote business in the area. Founded as a one-day event, it has now grown to a week-long celebration attracting more than 30,000 visitors each year. I read up somewhere the Pink Tomato Festival site has tremendously helped economy of the county by boosting their tomato industry. Do you think we can achieve something similar for our state?

If you still are not convinced, did you know tomatoes have so plus point? Did you know it is second only to the potato in terms of the top vegetable consumed in the Universe?

To decrease hangover severity, a cocktail of tomato juice (100 ml), cucumber juice (100 ml), spinach juice (10 ml) and olive oil (1 tbsp) should be taken before going to sleep.

Tomato juice is obviously one of the most popular juices throughout the world. Homemade tomato juice contains a wide variety of nutrients associated with certain health benefits.

Raw tomato juice does not have side effects and is considered to be safe to drink in large quantities. However, if you have gallbladder diseases tomato juice should be avoided.

Tomato is a very good source of vitamin C and vitamin A, it helps to get rid of acne and promotes great healthy skin. The acid in tomatoes helps to balance the skin tone, reduces excess oil, and fights against dull skin and acne breakouts. Mash a tomato and apply the pulp to your face. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water. Try this treatment regularly for a week to have a clear and glowing face.

Applying slices of tomatoes, tomato juice or tomato paste to your hair enhances the natural PH of the hair and helps in getting back its natural colour. Tomato acts as a conditioner and brings shine to luster less hair. To fight dandruff, apply tomato pulp to your scalp and leave it for half an hour and then shampoo your hair. This is a very effective way and time-tested remedy.

Tomatoes help you to a remove those extra pounds you have been carrying around. So if you want to lose weight easily and quickly, eat a raw tomato early morning everyday and try to drink tomato juice twice in a day, but make sure it does not contain any sugar. The important tip is to have one glass of tomato juice 10 to 20 minutes before you eat, as this reduces your appetite.

In a country where so many people go hungry, it is a dark irony that up to 30 per cent of the fruit and vegetables grown in India goes bad before reaching the market thanks to a combination of bad roads and a lack of refrigerated trucks. We are only trying to help. By picking up these tomatoes and paying the farmers fair price so that they do not make a loss. Why don’t the protestors understand that?

We will ensure that a part of the earnings are donated to NGOs or foundations which feed the needy. Details will be posted once things are concrete.

Request you to please not argue or comment to any protest related comments. Let them be. Let us be.

We are very happy that you guys are supporting us here and we are sure we will have lot of fun and the event will ROCKKKK!

We can not reveal too much about the event at the moment but we want each one to be a part of the event and it’s gonna be ROCKING than ever!!!!

Regards,
A (very melancholy) Tomato fest organiser

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33 comments
Hackerthegreat0014
Hackerthegreat0014

okkk
"We tried telling people we will not use fresh tomatoes"
so u are going to make rotten and then use them.

Divinity Here
Divinity Here

I found it to be a very useful list. It’s sad the Bangalore event is
called off, but I have taken note of some of the things (particulary
point no. 1 about the skin diseases. Well, no one thought about it
actually.)

- the useless numbskull deserves to be kicked.. i was one of the people who was protesting against the event in bang and one of my main questions was what they would do about diseases..

Your Godfather
Your Godfather

Seriously you had to write so much to demonstrate that two wrongs (poor government infrastructure for storing food) and your stupid tomato throwing festival will make one right. Geeeez. Get a life. For a change take those tomatoes that you call soggy and what not you were planning to use for your slugfest and distribute them to the poorest of poor in different parts of India and see if they consume it or not. Dont pass judgements when you have never been on the field ever looking at poverty. Stop being a dumb ass just for the sake of minting money.

Bsinha
Bsinha

Some Indians, such as the writer of this post, think that whatever is done in the west is good and it's our moral responsibility to copy it without even thinking about the differences in theirs and ours living condition, life-style et al. This stupid tomato festival is one such festival. was shown in a movie having rich senseless characters and voila.. here we are .. lets copy it.... there can't be any other way to show how modern and open we are !!! 
Come on buddy !!! we are living in a country where people are dying of hunger everyday. There cannot, absolutely cannot. be any excuse to waste food in the name of entertainment. 

Swapnil Narendra
Swapnil Narendra

What the hell was that? Seems like it is a letter from a teenager who just started having sex and so he is telling you all the good things about sex from google because his parents are trying to convince him not to do it now.

You guys think that 'you are COOL people.." ???
-- I think we all here know that people who call themselves cool are definitely not cool.. to verify my fact, you can go to orkut and can check out the profiles of all 'COOL DUDES'..

.. also, you referred to ZNMD, Pink Tomato Fest and Spain organizing the same events... DO YOU EVEN HAVE AN IDEA WHY 'LA TOMATINO' STARTED IN SPAIN ???
Do you know the history and origin of this festivals?? It all started as a brawl between some young punks. So if you think you are just trying to be the part of a 'rich tradition'.. let me tell you, YOU ARE NOT !!!
Also, where were these so called 'fresh and funny concepts' BEFORE ZNMD??

There are so many fun games and traditions in India which are being forgotten, but your creative and funny brain never even thought of reviving and adapting those traditions... WHY YOU DIDNT DO THAT??
Let me tell you why; because you are not a group of cool people.. but a group of SUPER WANNABES..

My problem is not with the food wastage (though its true that you are going to waste a lot of tomatos, which apparently are 'food') but the fact that this is super pretentious, fake and wannabe.. "Abhay Deol kinda stunt.." "ZNMD kinda fun.." how much wannabe someone can be ??

So just apply some common sense and think about it.
At least try to be a little original and creative next time when you try to earn loads of cash out of an idea !!!

Vaibhav Srivastav
Vaibhav Srivastav

Dude! It was not about Indian culture, it was about Indian Agriculture :P

Do Not Compare the food requirements of India with America. Use the soggy tomatoes you are gonna throw to make some edible food or juice and distribute it to people, Mr 'Cool Fun with Purpose'

Manish Giri
Manish Giri

Really, Man, Have you even gone through your letter after posting it? FYI, it resembles a lot like that of a flustered product owner who is trying his level best to promote his product on TV by scooping up as many plus points as Google search allows him to....

How many dieticians have you approached to list out the plus points of Tomatoes? You talk about tomatoes being healthy in this way and that, and consuming Tomato Juice being a very good thing...and according to you, throwing tomatoes at one another achieves all the above effects how exactly???

And you really expect us to believe that you have access to tomatoes from all parts of India which get rotten even before they reach the market? And how exactly did you get to such places and acquire all the thousands of tomatoes, which would be used in your stupid festival, from such inaccessible areas? 

Common Man, we are not kids here you know.

I could find one fault in each and every one of the lines in your letter, but just for the sake of brevity, I refrain from doing so. I hope, by now, you and every one who supports this massive waste of a "festival" will have got some common sense.
Regards,
A Very UN-Melancholy Tomato Fest Opposer.

Faafa
Faafa

LOL,so  they arranged this tomato fest for 'MEDICINAL VALUES' *yawn*

Naina
Naina

LOL.. its funny how the author of this post is mentioning about nutritional and health benefits of tomato and giving that a reason for Tomatina ? I thought Tomatina is where people squash , stamp, throw  and waste tomato and not eat tomato or make tomato juice !!! 
If we are procuring tomato with so many health benefits then why not cook them together into multiple dishes and serve the poor that's also fun and much better than just copying rich country's stupidity ! 
Its not just the culture that is stopping us from supporting Tomatina.. its the humane thought of serving the poor and not waste food !!!
Hope the Moderator of Tomatina realizes this once he grows up....

Nina
Nina

Why is the government not banning all other festivals? Which
cause a lot problem? It was surprising that the Tomato Festival was banned. Few
who don’t have any idea to what’s happening around the world.  Talking about malnutrition. Let’s see child marriages,
early pregnancy, premature babies and god knows what.  Barbie is so jealous right now because our
society is a fake. Festivals are the means of celebration.

Should it be banned?

Diwali- Some
40,000 children are employed in the hazardous firecracker industry.

According to Child
Rights and You (CRY), one of the several NGOs trying to stop child labour in
the firecrackers industry, there are about 550 licensed units and 500
unlicensed units. In addition, there are some 3,989 factories making matches.

John R of CRY said: 'Despite the worldwide outcry, little
has been done by the local government
to stop child labour in Sivakasi. The outcry has just pushed the issue
underground.'

The fireworks and matchstick industry
in and around Sivakasi is worth Rs.1,000 crore (around $225 million).

Manufacturing crackers involves child labour. 25 such
children were charred to death in Firecracker Company, when there was a blast
in the year 1995.

 What is our government doing about this?

Holi-Wastage of
water, despite water shortage.

One in six people still have no regular access to safe
drinking.

Is it really necessary, Imagine water wastage both while
playing and then in bathing to remove colours.

What about pollution. Stray dogs are the ones who suffer the
most. Also your pets at home.

People are talking about throwing tomatoes at each other.
What about the usage of plastic bags, Number of Injuries, Eve teasing, Chemicals
and Girls are disrespected and humiliated.

A
leading Hindi daily, Dainik Bhaskar has launched a campaign called “Tilak Holi”
requesting Indians to celebrate Holi wisely by just applying a “tilak” on each
other.

In the future war will be fought over WATER.

People are busy fighting over things like Girls should not
wear jeans, Pub culture, Western Influence (Valentine Days), Changing names of cities,
Religion and the count goes on.

Lyfjus4kiks
Lyfjus4kiks

It's bad enough that senseless people waste food at weddings.. & now
this La Tomatina?? Just because food is already being wasted, is your stance
justified in contributing to the wastage?? We'd be more than happy if
State Govts can bring about legislation to control wastage of food at
public gatherings.. but La Tomatina is just lame & stupid.. It seems
to be specifically designed for pampered brats & douchebags..

Lyfjus4kiks
Lyfjus4kiks

It's bad enough that senseless people waste food at weddings.. & now this La Tomatina?? Just because food is already being, is your stance justified in contributing to the wastage?? We'd be more than happy if State Govts can bring about legislation to control wastage of food at public gatherings.. but La Tomatina is just lame & stupid.. It seems to be specifically designed for pampered brats & douchebags..

Parvesh Garg
Parvesh Garg

go to hell. "red and soggy" tomatoes that nobody buys and you were able to source tons of it (i heard it was some multiple of 10 tons) ... how many years you spent buying those tomatoes? by now they must be rotten, ain't they yet? and dare you talk about inedible food. you can see people fighting with stray animals to get a bite out of garbage.

and a tomato festival in US? are you guys kidding? show me a food wastage festival in African nations. and somewhere in this article you missed to mention hunger indices of Spain, US and India.

NB: none of my points above are about culture.

AS
AS

This is a ridiculous excuse given by some immature organiser, I am neither a competitor to you nor am i into any protest, i just live with basic common sense which clearly you have none of,  I have personally been myself to the Tomatina in Spain 2 years ago which marks a a tribute to their past & history..The Spanish themselves condemn the practice happening over the past few years & its absurd for some wannabe to emaluate it here.
You organiser are calling someone else Wannabe ? what are u ? 
say why dont u fly in a bunch of Bulls over & run them over a street, do that if u have a sachet hanging below from you !!!  

Suraj Vadulas
Suraj Vadulas

In addition to incorporating some of the super fun element of
the famous tomato food fight that you all loved in Zindagi Na
Milegi Dobara — albeit
branding it in our unique way — we have been promoting social awareness as well.

1. If you have
noticed the movie ZNMD was about rich senseless people, i dont think being
filthy rich is any problem at all. they had no idea about povrty in india, if
they did i bet even they wud have curtailed from that dastardly fest in spain.

We are a group of cool people and we understand our social
responsibilities and that’s why our motto has always been ‘Fun with a purpose’.
Why don’t people understand that?

2. fun with purpose! you must be kidding yourself,
you should understand when you use purpose in that  sense it should stand for something large,
not just for the purpose of having fun.

I think
this is the doing of our competitors, who themselves had planned on organising
their own version of the popular Tomato festival. They had even entered our
Facebook page and started disturbing our peaceful, little group with their
comments about food wastage.

Extremely
shocking and appalling!

3.Extremely
shocking and appaling, you got that right. it is shocking and apalling what you
intend to do.

What has food wastage got to do with this?

4.what has food
wastage got to do with this? are you some kind of retard, or i gues all the
food you ever had was prepared, i guess you never had raw food, i also guess
that you dont know TOMATO is a vegetable and it is used to PREPARE the food
that you eat.i.e TOMATO IS FOOD.

“When you go to buy a tomato, wat (sic) kind do you buy? The
tomatoes we usually purchase for consumption are red, juicy and hard. Now,
there are some tomatoes which are red and soggy. No one buys these tomatoes
even though they are not rotten. These tomatoes are soggy which no one eats.”

5.you really
think those soft tomatoes are thrown away? get real!! people only throw away
rotten ones rest all are edible. only you rich brats get fresh firm tomatoes,
poorer cdlass of people buy what they get for their money, so its wrong of you
to assume that the tomotoes that you dont buy isnt worth eating at all. you
real need to get a look at slums and scanvengers in bangalore, i gues you dont
get to see them from you 'CONDO' do you?

6.have you ever
went and bought tomatoes?from regular market not supermarkets, i quote from you
"what sick kind do you buy" which suggests that you dont. you should
realise not everyone buys from supermarket

But after that some of the comments said there were so many
people in our country who don’t get to eat those soft tomatoes also. Really? If
there is demand why such tomatoes are sold at throw away prices at the mandis?

7.the throw away
price? you do realise that larger part of indians live on Rs.1 or even less every
day, you dont think the price of tomatoes is throw away for them, do you now?

Wasn’t this a perfect recipe for some undiluted fun? But no,
people had to ruin it

8.you are still
hung up on fun here, the people who built India did it with their blood sweat
and hard work, not fun. i pity that you are the next generation of indians.

Scanners at entrance to detect people with deadly skin
diseases just so they don’t spread scabies, eczema etc to the fun loving souls

9.you have
scanners to detect specific type of bacteria and fungi? really now? how long
does the scan take? regular tests take about 3-4 hours to do that.

Rubber coating on the walls of the ketchup pools just so
people do not hurt their heads when performing an “Abhay Deol” stunt of skiing
in the Tomatina fest.

10. the abhay
deol stunt, you are just trying to cash-in on the ZNMD wave, you have no
purpose other than to make money, you sense of being responsible is just
towards safety of participants, the responsibility we are taking about is
towards our nation and its people.

Has anyone every heard of the Pink Tomato Festival in
Arkansas (US)? In 1956, a group of merchants decided to host an event to
celebrate the tomato industry and help promote business in the area. Founded as
a one-day event, it has now grown to a week-long celebration attracting more
than 30,000 visitors each year. I read up somewhere the Pink Tomato Festival
site has tremendously helped economy of the county by boosting their tomato
industry. Do you think we can achieve something similar for our state?

11. you have to
take note that US is a self sufficient nation regarding hunger and otherwise,
their policy makes sure no one dies of hunger, they have government sponcered
feeding homes for the poor destitute people, indian is far from reaching that
state,

i know you will
tell that its government business to take care of that etc etc blah blah blah,
but you should know ours is a government of the people, so how the government
is is just a reflection of its people, you dont think about the poor and their
hunger neither does the government, but thats a discussion for another day.,

if you buy those
tomatoes and try to make something out of it to feed the poor, then it will
help both the tomato industry and the hungry people, i will support that, or
you can just support people like NARAYANAN KRISHNAN (of the akshaya trust) who
is already doing that already.

To decrease hangover severity, a cocktail of tomato juice
(100 ml), cucumber juice (100 ml), spinach juice (10 ml) and olive oil (1 tbsp)
should be taken before going to sleep.

12. DO YOU THINK BRINGING HANGOVER INTO THIS THIS
CONVERSATION IS GOING TO HELP YOU? YOU ARE SO IRRESPONSIBLE AND OVER THAT YOU
ARE AN ALCOHOLIC!! great that just made things better and simpler for us.

Tomato
juice is obviously one of the most popular juices throughout the world.
Homemade tomato juice contains a wide variety of nutrients associated with
certain health benefits.

Raw
tomato juice does not have side effects and is considered to be safe to drink
in large quantities. However, if you have gallbladder diseases tomato juice
should be avoided.

13. all these points you made clearly shows how good tomatoes
are and that you SHOULD be using tomato for the above mentioned reasons and NOT
throwing it at each other wasting the wholesome good tomatoes.

 Tomato is a very good source of vitamin C and
vitamin A, it helps to get rid of acne and promotes great healthy skin. The acid
in tomatoes helps to balance the skin tone, reduces excess oil, and fights
against dull skin and acne breakouts. Mash a tomato and apply the pulp to your
face. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water. Try
this treatment regularly for a week to have a clear and glowing face.

Applying slices of tomatoes, tomato juice or tomato
paste to your hair enhances the natural PH of the hair and helps in getting
back its natural colour. Tomato acts as a conditioner and brings shine to luster
less hair. To fight dandruff, apply tomato pulp to your scalp and leave it for
half an hour and then shampoo your hair. This is a very effective way and
time-tested remedy.

14. we are telling you tomatoes can feed people, you
are still stuck to your ostentatious world concerned with cosmetics!!!!
hello!!! those who are hungry dont care how they look! all they need is
something to eat.

Tomatoes help you to a remove those extra pounds you have
been carrying around. So if you want to lose weight easily and quickly, eat a
raw tomato early morning everyday and try to drink tomato juice twice in a day,
but make sure it does not contain any sugar. The important tip is to have one
glass of tomato juice 10 to 20 minutes before you eat, as this reduces your
appetite.

15. obesity is a disease of the rich not the malnourished (have
you been even listening to us?) you dont know how the world is do you? you
think all the people in the world are well fed and obese.

In a country where so many people go hungry, it is a dark
irony that up to 30 per cent of the fruit and vegetables grown in India goes
bad before reaching the market thanks to a combination of bad roads and a lack
of refrigerated trucks. We are only trying to help. By picking up these
tomatoes and paying the farmers fair price so that they do not make a loss. Why
don’t the protestors understand that?

16.yes it is sad how food goes spoilt, but still you can't
throw away those unspoilt ones for fun. doh! why do you want to play with the
70% that is left? we have already lost 30% we can afford to loose some more of
it!!

17. still you are hung up with 'Fun' and 'Rocking time'. you
just cant the reality into you thick skull, i guess what you haven't seen or experienced
you can never understand. but it is our duty to check the activities of a
fellow citizen and we do our bit. 

dhananjay dubey
dhananjay dubey

I don't agree with you dear. Your excuse is just logic less and immature.

Preet_asha
Preet_asha

not convinced at all....I am not your competitor nor organizing any event in India. but can you think of some original ideas for events?????? rather than just copying the west. we living overseas enjoy Indian festivals more than any thing. Many people also enjoyed parachute jumping shown in the movie so are you going to organize mass jumps from the sky??? once again I say dont have to copy the west BLINDLY.

Harsha
Harsha

Your argument that the tomatoes have gone soggy and 'about to rot' is ludicrous and retarded. Are you seriously telling us that you will hand pick the right tomatoes for the festival one by one ensuring that all of them are not fit for consumption but also not rotten. What if some of them turns rotten and some people fall sick. Will you be held liable for that (I already know the answer to this question as i am sure that you will ask people to sign a waiver that will exempt you from every conceivable issue).

Spanish play around with highly subsidized tomatoes that the EU pays for. We are for reckoning a country where a vast majority lives under the poverty line fighting for survival on a daily basis. Hunger and poverty kills more people here than disease kills in Spain. Its morally wrong for us to play with food when so many millions cannot afford the same, didn't your parents teach you anything : Do not play with your food!!!

Raj
Raj

lame excuse.. As lame and stupid as La Tomatina even could have been 

Forward666
Forward666

If you were helping the farmers, then why did they appeal to the CM? It was not called off solely because of the protesters. The farmers appealed too. Why did they appeal?

MORON
MORON

This is just stupid!!
They are just trying to protect their image!

Nilesh
Nilesh

howzzit. you disappoint me by allowing this article to be posted. 

and la tomatino guy, you really lack reason and sense. how old are you?

S
S

I have heard the Mumbai and Pune Events wont be using Tomatoes, are you sure about the authenticity of this letter?

Boudhayan Gupta
Boudhayan Gupta

Not convinced. In fact, only because the soggy tomatos are sold at throwaway prices can the less-than-rich people afford them. You wanna hurl tomatos at each other? Make synthetic ones.

mom-lady
mom-lady

hi Bnisha, thanks for your comments and disdain. I am happy to note at least my writeup is hitting the comfort zone of a lot of people. Only one little clarification, as the writer of the post, its not my view. I had access to this letter and I just wanted to post it as it is to openly bring their stupidity to a public forum. If you carefully notice,  the article says in the beginning it was sent to me by an organiser. This is not my view of the festival. and If you go through my earlier writings also you would find i have only made fun of them.  

Mom-lady
Mom-lady

hi Naina, thanks for your comments and disdain. I am happy to note at least my writeup is hitting the comfort zone of a lot of people. Only one little clarification, as the writer of the post, its not my view. I had access to this letter and I just wanted to post it as it is to openly bring the stupidity of this whole idea of La Tomatina on to a public forum. If you carefully notice,  the article says in the beginning it was sent to me by an organiser. This is surely not my view of the festival, and If you go through my earlier writings also you would find i have only made fun of them.

Atanu Datta
Atanu Datta

All valid points, Nina. But the fact remains, just because all those other stupid things you mentioned are not banned, yet, this "tomatina" fest should also not be banned. The logic, one more stupid/silly/evil thing to the list of existing stupid/silly/evil things won't make a difference is wrong! It does make a difference.

Mom-Lady
Mom-Lady

Hi Nilesh, this letter is not to show their side of the story. The letter was meant to show the world how vain, stupid, foolish people can be. As you have rightly pointed out, they lack reason and sense. While sending in my article I also wondered how old they are! Also, none of what they claimed in the letter is new. You can take a peek into their sites and pages and you will find this is what they have been propagating. 

Mom-Lady
Mom-Lady

Dear S, when you post a comment at least leave a genuine email ID. By not doing so you have only cast a doubt on the authenticity of your own claims and not on the letter itself.

I would very much like to know what vegetable the Pune and Mumbai organisers will use for their fest. Because last I checked on their site, they talked about tomatoes. If they have changed their minds, you are free to write here how different the Mumbai and Pune tomato festivals are going to be. I am sure Howzzit would like to carry your story too as they carried mine. And I am sure all of our readers would like to know how a tomato festival is held without tomatoes. Go on, Say It... Howzzit? 

Mom-Lady
Mom-Lady

Yeah am not convinced either. its so absurd what they say! what kind of juvenille defence is this?

Parvesh Garg
Parvesh Garg

Well, just a small note to the howzzit "people who liked to carry your story".

Good bye.

Editor
Editor

Dear Pravesh, Please don't say goodbye to Howzzit. Your comments below are well taken. We must clarify here that on Howzzit, it's the readers who write. We ourselves do not like to take sides and often do not edit/rewrite or reject posts as long as they are not defamatory. The site's motto is to give a platform to people who want to voice their opinions. Since La Tomatina has been creating a lot of controversy, we just thought, we should create debate centering that. And justly so, since your comment has raise points that can't be ignored. So why don't you write an article to us detailing what you think about this entire thing. We would love to publish it under your byline  But plese be with us, be with Howzzit. 

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