Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 13th 2014 Contents SASCHA WILSON
After several failed attempts to
get refunds for $1,000 tickets to an
all-inclusive dinner and concert
featuring the legendary Indian
singer Asha Bhosle, disgruntled
ticket holders are now threatening
Organised by Win Radio in col-
laboration with Little Warriors Foun-
dation for Kids with Cancer and
Balaji Entertainment, the event was
initially scheduled for March 8 at
Cascadia Hotel, St Ann s.
However, it was postponed to May
24 and the venue changed to the
Centre of Excellence in Macoya.
As a consequence, several people
changed their mind about attending
the function and wanted their money
Some people called while others
visited WinTV s Chaguanas head-
quarters to ask for their money back.
However, staff there told them
WinTV was not part of the promo-
tion, despite being advertised on the
tickets as being a co-presenter of
They were referred to a Ms
Samuel, who then referred them to
Dr Lynette Persad of the Little War-
Their only form of communication
with Persad has been through e-
mails, several of which were obtained
by the T&T Guardian.
Persad promised to refund them
on two specific dates, but to no avail.
The event is no longer being
Ramdath Phillip, an attorney and
police officer, who bought two tick-
ets, has since sent a pre-action letter
to WinTV threatening legal action.
"I called WinTV. They told me I
need to come in on March 18 to get
my money. They called me back and
told me to come on March 24
"I spoke to an employee there who
said WinTV was not the promoters
of the event and they cannot say
anything about a refund."
On two occasions, he said, WinTV
vice chairman Nankeran Narinesingh
distanced WinTV from the event.
When he first contacted Ms
Samuel, Phillip was told he would
be refunded within a week.
Eventually, he said Ms Samuel
gave him Persad s e-mail address to
contact her directly.
"No one could give a number for
her or even say what she looks like."
Persad, he said, promised refunds
would be paid on April 4, but then
sent a subsequent e-mail promising
cheques would be sent to WinTV s
office on April 24, when ticket hold-
ers could collect them.
"After that I e-mailed her again
and she said they were still working
However, Phillip said since he sent
the pre-action letter Persad has
stopped responding to his e-mails.
Phillip also unsuccessfully tried
to find the address of the foundation,
given as 29A Circular Court, Gulf
View Link Road, La Romaine.
"No one knows where that place
is."Arima resident Nila Maharaj said
she had bought four tickets.
"I have also been in contact with
a Mr Narinesingh from WinTV who
has been saying that WinTV is not
responsible for refunding us, the Lit-
tle Warrior Foundation is."
Longdenville resident Deokie
Ramsundar purchased three tickets.
"This is real problems. The only
thing left for me to do is to send
them a lawyer letter."
Ramsundar went to WIN Radio
101.1 FM, where Mr Narinesingh had
promised to call her between Thurs-
day and Friday with respect to the
"You know, that man never called
us."Guardian inquiries revealed that
the concert, which is also scheduled
to feature Indian singers Pankaj
Udhas and Talat Azizis, has been
booked at the Centre of Excellence
for May 24.
Speak to Ms Persad
When contacted, Ms Samuel said
she had worked previously at WinTV
and was responsible for taking orders
for the tickets.
She said she never met Persad,
but communicated with her by e-
Samuel said she has been bom-
barded by people requesting refunds,
but she is not responsible for that
and advised them to e-mail Persad.
No response from
WinTV and Persad
Despite several attempts, T&T
Guardian has been unable to obtain
a comment from either WinTV or
Persad has not responded to sev-
eral e-mails over the past few days.
When Narinesingh was contacted
on his cellphone last Tuesday he
asked for the T&T Guardian to call
him back because he was driving.
He did not respond to calls on his
cellphone on Wednesday and a sub-
sequent voice mail was left for him
asking him to contact us urgently.
Attempts to reach both Nari-
nesingh and chairman Mohan Jaik-
eran at WinTV office on Wednesday
were unsuccessful as an employee
said they were both out of the office.
A message was left for both of them,
but no one responded.
Calls and a text message to Nar-
inesingh s cellphone and an e-mail
to Persad also went unanswered on
A T&T Guardian news team also
tried without success to find the
place listed as the address of the
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