Goans celebrate the eve of Diwali by setting the idol of Narakasura on fire. We could see innumberous statues of the daemon as we headed towards the resort. To say each statue was a brilliant piece of creativity is the put it lightly. They were colossal and exquisite! We were elated to have chosen Diwali holidays to visit Goa. As we progressed, we could see hordes of procession with the Narakasur moving and loud Dhankananaka music. I love those drum beats, specially the ones played during Visarjan.
We reached our resort by 9 and directly headed to Dropadi, the restaurant where we had tasted that Grilled Sea Bass the other day. We wanted to indulge in all the yummy sea food delicacies they had on offer. We ordered a whole red snapper grilled. I have forgotten everything else that was served that day. But I remember I had ordered Nasi Goreng just because I wanted to taste something new. Every dish served was delectable and it was a total paisa wasool meal.
With a satisfied tummy, we called it a day. Next day was spent shopping again at Palolem beach. Abbas &A let us shop on our own and they went to fill petrol and withdraw cash. We literally shopped till we(read cash in hand) dropped . We even visited Agonda beach which is some 5 kms away from Palolem. After lunch, Abbas took Mantam to play in the water for the last time during the trip. I went to the market again where I had given orders for some custom made T-shirts earlier. Since I was alone, I began roaming the shops again and lost track of time. Abbas came back to the room and freshened up Mantam all by himself. He got pissed off and gave me a call. I rushed back to see that all three are sitting quietly after getting irritated with each other. All three burst out on me – “Why are you so late?”
Evening was spent packing again. This time, the luggage was too much, what with the overload of shopped items. Abbas and A settled off the bill by night as we had to leave early in the morning next day. Mantam dozed off early and I was grieving about it being such a short holiday and wishing we could have stayed longer.
Next morning we drove back to Bangalore to begin the usual rat race.
Waiting for the next break already….