Goa!

Part – 1 – Travel diaries

Goa! Fun , excitement , adventure are the words that come to our mind when we hear the word Goa ( Indians though) and recreation , freedom , luxury in a third world country are some thoughts that come to a foreigner’s mind. This is absolutely true. But there are two different worlds in Goa. Before that , let me brief you up about this region.

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Goa: It is a region in Indian sub-continent. Little did I know that it was a former Portuguese colony.

History: In December 1961 , Indian Army invaded Goa in Operation Vijay and annexed Goa into The Indian Union. For solid 450 years Portuguese ruled the small territory on the western region of Indian peninsula.

Languages: Konkani ( dominant here ) , Marathi , English , Hindi , Bits of Kannada here and there.

Culture: The culture is quite different from rest of India and it can be seen in their architecture , food , lifestyle , clothing , religion etc. Traveling around Goa was more like traveling in Europe but with Indians everywhere. It was quite a ravishing experience. Tourism is the major occupation.

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Goa is very well known for its Alcohol tourism because of low taxes. Apart from that , it is a famous ground for hipsters from all over the world , Infamous for Drug tourism , rave parties along the beaches , drinking culture and not to forget the Casinos that never let the gamblers sleep!

  • Food: South Indian food was hardly found here. They’re fond of Sea food , Bread and butter , wine , liquor. It was easy being a vegetarian in Goa as we could find veg food everywhere. Apart from that , there were many street food stalls that offered Lime juice , soda , sandwiches , Vada pav , Dabeli etc.
  • Clothing: People wore light clothes. Women wore elegant gowns and men were relaxed in their clothing who wore shorts , light tees , 3/4ths , slippers. The beach culture was pretty obvious here.
  • Lifestyle: The main occupation was tourism. Goa survives on it. Apart from that , there were self employed people who usually sold souvenirs , food , vegetables , clothes , alcohol , adventure sports ( beach areas ).
  • Adventures: Para sailing , para gliding , Trekking and safari ( Doodhsagar water falls ) , walking along the beaches where each beach has its own aura. There’s also banana ride , tube ride , jet skis etc.

    How can you have fun there ?

That says about the duality of Goa. Here are some ways you can have fun by escaping from the clutches of monotony.

  1. Adventure sports
  2. Exploring beaches. There are plenty of beaches in North goa. South has less though but it is worth exploring. Famous and must visit beaches are Calangute , Anjuna , Baga , Morjim , Cocos , Sinquerim , Colva , bardez etc.
  3. Shopping – in the by-lanes of Goan streets. Buy dry fruits , spices , sea food , clothes , souvenirs , alcohol etc.
  4. Try the street food in some beaches.
  5. Go on a cruise. Explore the Goan culture.
  6. Try a casino. Don’t get greedy there though.
  7. Visit churches , temples and other places of importance.

Alright. That’s about it. Enough of Goa now. Time for a virtual tour.

– On a boat during our Dolphin ride.

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Yep , that’s me !

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Oops , I saw something growing and couldn’t resist clicking. In case you’re wondering , it is a Cannabis plant.

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Walked around a bit to get the essence of the place as a local. Saw overtly prevailing poverty , met some kind locals , took a glance at those beautiful Portuguese style buildings.

A church built in medieval times when the Portuguese arrived , which got destructed due to natural forces.

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Inside The Basilica Of Bom Jesus.

The box is a coffin having mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier and is 470 years old. It is a UNESCO world heritage site.

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What to learn from Goans and Goa’s lifestyle?

That life is all about relaxing inspite of all the miseries we undergo.

Travel quotes?
Just take a chill pill , let it go , travel and forget the world. Each place we travel to , we discover a new version of ourselves. Life in Goa is pretty laid-back.

Hinderances

Biggest test in life is not what you score in exams and degrees obtained but how you react to the world in two cases : When it throws you in the dungeons and when It gives you everything in the universe. The choice is yours. When in vain if you embrace all the agitation and harness it to your fullest potential , you’ll be ahead in the race. If you have all the resources in the world , share it with the one’s deprived of it. With great power comes great responsibility and that is the sort of people we need in today’s world. 

Beloved one

O beloved one , the  invincible
thanks for the food
also for the revelation
life’s never been so good
Now food only makes me high
So does some mid night verse
I love how there’s fresh air around
and also you almighty , to converse
Thank you for the reveletion
your presence convinced the atheist in me
Now , I just sit here and let things happen
and waiting for the day when I’ll be set free

If only

If only someone told me

that love was just an illusion

and our purpose is entirely different

‘Cause there’s more in life than “love”

 

If only someone told me

The moments I was living in university

were the ones worth cherising

and that they’d never come back

unless time travel is discovered

 

If only someone told me

the value of grandma before she died

I’d do anything to visit her every week

and put a smile on her face

in spite of all the emotions and tragedies

that grandma always wanted to hide

 

If only I knew back then

that depression is just a state

I’d have learnt from it that very instant

aiming to liberate to a higher state

 

If only someone told me back then

that loving oneself is what we all need

but our minds were tuned for attention

and we somehow got swayed by our deeds

 

I never met that someone , a legend

but post-liberation I can assure

that life’s more than what you’re going through

it’ll be better if you stop being immature

Life is the most precious gift

shed off all the negativity around

shed off the negative leeches

Its time to heal the wounds

 

 

 

 

 

Kisi ne ..

Kisi ne us noor-e-kaynat se
mujhe tamaam taqseem kar diya 
hamari qurbat ko tabaah kar ke
us ruhaniyat ko cheen liya
bas ba’khuda iss iztiraar se mujhe azad kar de,
aur na karunga kabhi fikr
Us waqt ka intezaar hai mujhe
jaha har taraf rahe tamaam sifar 

First post , new beginning

Hello peeps ,

I’m an Indian who loves traveling , writing poetry , spirituality and who appreciates the beauty of solitude. Travel diaries contains some glimpses of my attempts at traveling , exploring the beauty of The Republic of India and breaking some stereotypes about traveling in India and also some travel tips regarding the same.

This is my very first attempt at showing the unseen corners the sub continent has to offer. I believe traveling shows another dimension of its very beauty especially when one is a spiritual person , which I am.

Stay tuned!