Goa was the next destination for our Monsoon inspired trip to western India. Goa an independent state now, was the last city or state to become part of India after Portugal was virtually forced to retreat in 1961. This smallish state of India is one of the most happening place and has one of the best beaches in India. This also is the hippiest place of India and one of top choice for foreigners coming to India. Goa is also the place where young and young at heart, both go. We too landed at Goa from Pune after crisscrossing through some of the most picturesque roads of India.
We reached late in evening and checked in a private apartment owned by one of our common friends from Lucknow. The evening was celebrated in the Goan spirit of chilled beers sitting at a restaurant besides the beach at Baga. The crowd there was of youngsters mostly and usually they were from Mumbai and around for a weekend break. The music was quite loud, but in tempo with the young crowds. Interestingly even here right besides the sea, I noticed many souls chatting on their mobile phones while their friends were sitting just across the table. Even those who were not chatting were checking their mobiles phones every 5 minutes or so and may be even sooner. The photos and selfies were being clicked at regular intervals.
We decided to stroll along the beach after some time. Since it was night, the lifeguards were warning anybody who was going closer to waves. We continued to stroll along for sometime and shared our long cherished memories. It was a pleasant evening. The pleasure of walking on sand with your best friends is too sweet literally. It resuscitates youth in you. If you can disassociate yourself from your normal worries, you feel light and young. I felt that for sure and so did my friends.
Next morning we were out on beach soon and went in for soaking ourselves in sea water. We were overtaken soon by splash of sea waves, a million dollar pleasure. The moments spent frolicking with waves and water with friends make you young at heart because you play with water as any other kid would play actually. All of us except Tomar enjoyed this water sojourn as he went out for a jog alone.
The trip continued over many more chilled beers sold at dirt cheap prices compared to Lucknow. The memories continued to be shared. The beaches and places continued to be visited. We landed at Fort Aguada as part of our trip. Last time I visited this place was with Dabbu’s and my own family in 2007. Dabbu for his personal reasons perhaps would have travelled down the memory lane.
This place was used by Portuguese as light house and also for storage of fresh water, is just besides the sea and provides few good vantage points to click yourself. We took turns to get clicked and continued to enrich our memories.
Goa is the place really to be with friends……..