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Go Goa – Part 3

10 Jan

We had our breakfast at the resort and hit the road at around 9 in the morning. It took us almost an hour to reach Calangute beach, Water sports were all we had in mind. On reaching there, we enquired the rates with a few people who were out there to woo customers to get into their shacks. There were atleast 10-15 shacks and most of them were full. One of the agenta started speaking in Bengali and we followed him like ants would follow traces of food. They had changing rooms and lockers to keep our belongings available. We changed ourselves into clothes suitable for water sports, deposited our bags there and went to the ticket counter…

Last time when I had visited Calangute, the fee they charged for water sports was exorbitant. But this time around, the government has setup a counter where we can buy tickets at a fixed price. We first went for jet skiing. A trained person drives it while two people can board it. Abbas sat in the front and I had to sit behind that guy. I had to hold Abbas’ life jacket firmly for support. The ride was fun, but it didn’t last for more than a minute. 😦

Next we went for para sailing. They took a bunch of 8-10 people on a boat. Β Mantam were also given mini life jackets and they gave all weird poses with their glares on πŸ˜€Β On the way, we were transferred into another boat which would go further into the sea. We could go in pairs or individually. A & S went first and then Abbas and I went together. We had to get into some kind of a roped structure which would hold us firm when we would be hanging from the parachute. Abbas was standing behind me, once they gave a ‘go ahead’ the rope that was tied to us slid swiftly from a pulley and we were swept off our feet. We were soon hanging in the air and all we could see around us was the serene sea. It was an amaaazing feeling. Sad part is that this too was a short lived bliss. The person in charge there was ready to let us go for another round but was asking for double the amount we paid at the ticket counter, We chose not to indulge him and came back to the shore.

Abbas, A and Mantam were keen on playing in the water before going back. But S and I were so so hungry that we decided to go back to the shack. We ordered a Goan fish curry – rice combo which was either too delicious or our tummies were too hungry to notice its taste. It disappeared faster than it took to reach our table. The men returned with Mantam and went for a shower. They all changed their dresses and in the meantime, a girl came to sell some Junk jewelleries made of sea shells. When Abbas, A and the kids returned, they ordered lunch. Another lady came and asked if we were interested in getting a head and neck massage or a foot massage. All of us took both! The lady’s hands were god sent, I swear. They transported me to a different world where I was absolutely relaxing. Even the foot massage was heavenly.

We left the beach after collecting all our bags from the locker. Next destination was my uncle’s home. We called them and informed that we would reaching in one hour. Abbas and A went to buy some sweets to carry along. S, Mantam and I went around to see the shops out there. I bargained at one shop and bought stuff at dirt cheap prices. We still had lots to buy but had to reach uncle’s place as they were waiting. Their house was near Miramar beach and my cousin P was waiting in his bike to guide us the way to their home.

It felt so nice to be speaking Konkani and to be around my folks after what felt like decades. Maami served lots of snacks, pastries, ice creams, Kokum sherbet. She even asked me to feed Mantam some rice as they would be having too much of outside food. At first I denied thinking that they might be full as we had a late lunch. But these brats gobbled in all the food that was offered. Even I sneaked in a few morsels of rice and prawn curry. This Maami of mine is a great cook and I love her sea food preparations. Maami even gave me few of my childhood pics with all the cousins together. Few of my childhood pics with my parents, grand parents etc.

After spending a nice time there, we headed back to our resort. It was almost 9 by then. We lost route midway and wasted some time again. At 10, we were still around 45 mins drive away from the resort. So we decided to have our dinner on the way. We went to a restaurant where first thing that caught our attention was Goan Pheni. This is an alcoholic drink mostly made of cashews. We ordered one but couldn’t finish it. Abbas didn’t touch it as he would be driving. I took a couple of sips but didn’t like the taste / smell. We had light meal of rice, dal fry, omelette, fish fry. I ordered a Goan fish curry rice combo again after having loved the afternoon’s platter.

We reached the resort at around 12. Next day was a tough one as we had to wake up at 5 AM in the morning to reach Coco beach.Why you ask? Wait156 and wa233234tch…

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16 responses to “Go Goa – Part 3

  1. R's Mom

    January 11, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Sigh! I didnt read anything..just jumped down to the photos when I read about ManTam photos and glares

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    • Seema

      February 21, 2013 at 8:34 am

      Oye, after seeing the pics atleast, come back and read na?

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  2. summerscript

    January 11, 2013 at 9:22 am

    The pics are awesome and what pose by mantam!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Too good. What makes me very very happy is that your visit to your uncle’s house πŸ™‚

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    • Seema

      February 21, 2013 at 8:35 am

      Yeah, that was one of the highlights of the trip. πŸ™‚

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  3. Little Fingers

    January 11, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Waw what a beautiful day and Mantam totally stole my heart. Calangute beach looks so beautiful and the activities makes it perfect..Glad to hear you had an amazing day.

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    • Seema

      February 21, 2013 at 8:36 am

      I loved the Calangute market especially. The shopping experience there was out of this world. They sold goodies for dirt cheap price, but the only catch is you need to bargain from 1/3rd of what they quote.

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  4. garima

    January 11, 2013 at 10:38 am

    First thing first..the pics amazing..mantam to ekdum calender babies jaise lag rahe hai :-)your aunt is sweetheart πŸ™‚ hey if it is ok for you then plz post those childhood pics na.

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    • Seema

      February 21, 2013 at 8:37 am

      Will post the childhoos pics. Will have to scan them…

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  5. Ashwathy

    January 11, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Looks like you all had a lovely time. Love the way the kiddies look all tanned πŸ™‚

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    • Seema

      February 21, 2013 at 8:39 am

      Yeah, all of us got tanned. But Mantam got a tad more tanned than the rest of us coz their kanjoos Momma didn’t buy swim suits for them and let them play in sea in their chaddis πŸ˜€

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  6. Sreetama

    January 11, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Lovely post & pics! Am craving for goan fish curry n rice now! Calangute beach is the one with sea shells covering the sand na? I hve vague but fond memories of Goa, when there about 16 yrs back!

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    • Seema

      February 21, 2013 at 8:39 am

      Oye, you reminded me of Goan fish curry now. I’m longing to have it with rice too 😦

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  7. lifeslittletwists

    January 12, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Para sailing scares me…so its always been only the husband who has done it. Next time i think i shud do it with him…

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    • Seema

      March 4, 2013 at 10:15 pm

      Yes yes, you should do it re. You both can do it together. It is not at all scary. The whole act takes just about a minute. Not more than that…

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  8. manasaprasad

    October 24, 2014 at 4:40 am

    Lovely photography! πŸ™‚

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