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Places - Goa
Among all the beaches I spent lazing at Goa, Kolva
remains my favorite. There's something no-nonsensical
about the place. A long and seemingly never-ending
beach - I walked some 11 kilometers once and still
did not reach its end then. Of course it's called
by different names every hundred meters but we all
know that it's the same beach!!
Kolva beach is 7 kms from Madgaon which is the biggest
town closeby. A straight (or is it winding?) road
from Madgaon takes one to Kolva. I have vivid memories
of the 7 kms because I walked most of it with my young
skipper Vivek Jaisimha after what could probably be
my first drinking binge on wine (and most likely his)
during a Ranji Trophy game against Goa in 1986. Back
then there were not too many buses that were transporting
people back from the beach after 8 p.m. so we had
to leg it to our hotel.
That was the last I stayed so far away from the beach.
These days I park myself at the Sukh Sagar a well
hidden little hotel which is exactly five minutes
away from the beach. All basics are taken care of
- clean sheets, hot water, breakfast, reasonable price,
morning tea - so unless it's fully occupied, we head
straight there. For all meals and beer we head off
to the beach and find one of the shacks that abound
a small distance away from the entrance of the beach.
Now the entrance of the beach can be spotted easily
because it is where most people congregate. It's this
funny thing with the day tourists to Goa. They get
off the buses in droves, race straight into the water
right opposite the entrance, plonk themselves fully
clothed in the water (or worse strip down to their
underwear in other cases), some grab a beer and drink
it all down like its going out of stock but what intrigues
me is this - they do not travel more than 500 meters
away from the entrance. Maybe they fear the bus going
off without them, which is a valid reason!
But all the fun is farther away from the entrance.
The crowd peters out, there are more quality shacks,
there's a bit of peace and quiet and that's where
I'd like to go. When in Kolva I normally head off
for a nice long walk early in the morning when the
sun is still mellow and try to do as much as I can
before I start getting hungry. It's a long lovely
walk and you can see the fishermen's boats returning
pretty soon with their catch and selling off some
catch on the beach itself. I stop when I am hungry
at any of the shacks that catches my fancy and do
a fine heavy breakfast of fresh fruit juice, toast
and one of those fine cheesy omelettes they make.
Settle down with a book or the music or just watch
the blue sea and the blue sky and then head off lazily
in any direction that pleases me. Normally by then,
someone from the gang spots me and we either hook
up for a beer and some more lazy living. Closer to
lunch we work up an appetite by either walking (my
style) or swimming (other styles). And then it is
back to any of those shacks for a fine lunch of the
new catch. Beer and King fish fry, rice and fish or
prawns curry. That's heaven. We just about have enough
strength to head back to the room and doze off.
Evening's begin with a pick me up tea. Walk down
to the beach. By now the tourists are in. So head
far out. Jog or walk until its time for sunset. Settle
down on the beach and get ready for the big show.
You don't get a better sunset than on the western
coast of India. It's truly magical until the Sun fades
off. It always takes me many more minutes to get out
of my trance and then with a deep sigh, it's back
to the action at the shacks again. Sometimes if we
find a better joint for food and drink that's not
on the beach we head there or even to some event.
Night ends way late, of course, normally with a late
night walk down the beach - another magical experience.
And then fully sated, its time to head back to the
I have spent six full days in Goa repeating exactly
this same routine every single day and believe me,
I was enjoying the routine more and more everyday.
Do just that when you're in Goa next. Pick your beach
and stay there. Just laze, eat, drink and make merry.
I'd wager a bet that you could do it for the rest
of your life and still not get bored!