Tag: Goa

Young Frankenstein

Went for a wonderful play ‘Young Frankenstein’ – A Musical Comedy. What fun it was, I enjoyed myself a lot. It was worth every rupee I paid for it. Rs. 400 doesn’t count for much if you get to watch a quality play by an equally extremely talented cast. Kudos to the director Leila Alvares.

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About the Play

Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchback side kick Igor and a leggy lab assistant Inga, Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. “It’s alive!” he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather’s. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds. Add a little theatrical flair to that, it was certainly a  3 hours of good entertainment. 

I especially loved the tunes of Please don’t touch me, Roll in the Hay, Join the family businessHe vas my boyfriend and Deep Love. I don’t remember of many opportunities where I have laughed harder. Its plays like these that make me really happy.

If there’s an English play in your area and you need company, call me. I’ll be there!

Thank You The C.A.U.S.E Foundation, and Leila Alvares (Play director). A day well ended.

‘The Siddhus Of Upper Juhu’

I went to watch an English play called the ‘The Siddhus Of Upper Juhu’ with dad yesterday evening. I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it, Rajit Kapur & Shernaz Patel were excellent (the husband-wife duo).
Though it lasted just for 90 minutes or so, it entertained all through.

The play is set on the 14th floor apartment in a fancy locality. To begin with, I found the names hilarious ~ Rajit Kapoor {Balvinder aka Bubbles Siddhu}, an ageing financial executive and his Parsi wife Shernaz Patel {Behroze}

It’s not all hunky-dory living in the fancy locality on the 14th floor…the walls are paper thin and crumbling, the neighbors are annoying, the plumbing is a mess, the howling of stray dogs outside awakens them at midnight etc. Just when they think things cannot get any worse, the Siddhus are burgled and Bubbles is sacked from his job. Eventually, this city life takes a toll on him and he has a nervous breakdown!

If you think the story goes all down hill from there…you’re mistaken. You need to watch it to know how it all turns out. Bubbles is excellent with his fantastic dialogues and expressions. Though there are 3 other characters in the play but you really don’t remember them much, its Bubbles and Behroze all the way!

Weddings

With the conclusion of the Holy Week (40 days of fasting) with Easter, its wedding time again in Goa. A few weddings lined up (okay! not few, 2 wedding invitations so far 😀 ).. A colleague of mine gets married in 12 days time…a very sweet girl 🙂 Though she is getting married in a church 33.9 kms from where I live, I wouldn’t miss it.

I’m not big on attendance when it comes to weddings but then there are some weddings I wouldn’t miss, simply because these people mean a lot to me.

Here’s the card below:

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See the simplicity in the card? I liked it 🙂 I’ve encircled my name there in Red…why? Simply because it has MY NAME on it… 🙂 Well, I don’t get too many invitations in my name and it feels good to see my name on a card envelope… tho’ technically – Yes technically the ‘fly’ would indicate my family (my wife & kids) but since I’m still single…it means dad, mum and sis 🙂

There’s another wedding before that…I’m not going, I’m very picky for whose weddings I attend. Its a tragedy that I have a weak stomach when it comes to eating food from out..I really enjoy food served at Goan weddings.

Before that, I think I need to check if my suit pant fits, I might just be carrying a little bit of Easter weight around 🙂

36 degress in GOA!

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Dear Sun,

What the FUCK is wrong with you..like seriously! It’s not funny anymore! You have already proved to us that you are the hottest thing going around in Goa…we all admit it. Now at least can you cut down on the heat?

Please stop showing off. It’s getting unbearable.

Signed,
A sweaty Goan.

 

Viva Carnaval – Goa!

Held in the month of February, the Goa Carnival is the time when the legendary King Momo takes over the state and the streets of Goa come alive with music, dance and colour just before the Lent season of the Christian calendar.

Sharing with my wonderful bloggers, photographs of what the Carnaval floats looked this time, Carnaval 2016. These amazing photographs have NOT been taken by me 🙂 But do go ahead and enjoy the same 🙂 {I have no idea how long the photos are  gonna take to upload, considering my internet is on strike..and normal browsing is very slow}

..but first

A little about the History of the Goan Carnival

Goa Carnival has its origin back to the time of the Portuguese who ruled over the state till 1961. History says that Goa Carnival was introduced by the Portuguese rulers as a rowdy celebration in which they used to throw mud, sand-filled bags, flour, eggs, oranges, lemons, glue, a variety of liquids and several other items on the passersby. In addition, people also threw old used pots, pans and many other kitchen utensils out of their homes. Apart from these, fierce battle were waged on the streets, in which the weapons of the war were Plaster of Paris, Eggs, Corncobs, Beans and Wax Lemons. Goa Carnival was also an occasion for unlimited eating, people used to gorge on lavish foods, cakes, breads and parties, distributed by the convents. Since its origin, the Goa Carnival has been an epitome of the fun-loving culture, which is the characteristic of Goa. Today, many rituals have been dropped and several other added, but this festival of colour, fun and food, still retains its original charm.

The Goa carnival of today seems to be different, some say it has become more commercialized, well for whatever people have to say..come February and everyone wants to have their share of the Goan Carnaval. If you missed it this year, come next year.

…and now to enjoy the photos, this by far will be the most colorful post on my Blog.

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The Opening Float with King Momo
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That’s King Momo

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talk of people enjoying themselves!
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yup, stop cutting trees
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FC GOA
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The Goa Football Float – FC GOA

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We goenkars love our fish!
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Goa & Music

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the colorful dancers

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The Goan Mando (traditional dance form)

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Save our Coconut Trees
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saving the wildlife

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The happy clowns..

Those were a lot of photos..weren’t they?

See yourself coming to enjoy the Goan Carnaval next year? Only another 12 months to go 🙂

 

I almost never honk…

I’ll complete that sentence..
I almost never honk at female drivers. Why? Well as you know I am a single and unmarried. Who knows if I could be honking at my future wife, her mother, sister or her aunt or her aunt’s sister. I would want to create a good first impression right? The state I live in is very small, the smallest state in India – Goa, having just two districts..North Goa & South Goa..and everybody seems to know each other.

Imagine I go for a proposal and a little earlier in the day I had this honking session on the road with the very same girl who I am now seated in front of. I hear her telling her mom

“this was the same guy who was honking, like non stop..I almost froze (she makes a face) He has absolutely no patience. He’s not good husband material. He’s a honker” BAM!! Game Over!! 😀

In India, honking is normal, look at the traffic and honking is your only option of moving forward even in Goa , being the smallest state in India, it makes no difference really!

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There are times the situation gets really bad on roads that you HAVE TO HONK..and we don’t do it just once…we continue pressing the damn thing till we get heard.
I do make it a point tho’ if there is a female around, I do the normal honk (just once) and then she’ll look to your side. She’d be on her bike and me in my car and I’ll give her the Joey-Head-Movement of How you Doin’?..you have got to see the smile on her face..precious 🙂

Goa does have some really pretty girls..why just Goa..India too, some girls are worth turning lesbian for..I just didn’t say that now..did I. Just speaking for some of my female friends 🙂

So yes! Advice coming your way “Don’t honk at a girl in traffic..give her the joey head movement..she will like it, unless of course if she’s a lesbian then she could care less.

 

The image to your left is the International hand movement for “what the fuck is wrong with you” works everywhere…people use it extensively. If you haven’t used it till now, it’s never too late to start 🙂

 

A question for all reading… Are you a compulsive Honker? 😀

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We’re getting Closer – FC GOA!

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The ISL (Indian Super League) is over. The Football madness is finally come to an end. Chennai won, FC Goa came second best. Congratulations to the Chennai team. It was a good game (that’s what the papers and my friends said) NO, I didn’t go to the stadium and neither did I watch the full game on TV. I am not a football fan but I do follow the scoreline at the end of the match and talk about it the next day with friends & colleagues.

There has been an improvement with the Goan Football team, the 1st season they exited at the semi final stage, this time they lost the FINAL..next time we are definitely gonna win the tournament 🙂 Who said success comes easy? All good things come to those who wait..and we Goans are willing to wait one more year.

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Yes, Chennai broke the hearts of every FC GOA fan but at the end of the day there is a WINNER and there is a LOSER. Goa unfortunately came out on the losing side. Not a problem, we still back our team to come back stronger and lift the trophy NEXT YEAR.fc-goa-1413087296.jpg

We Love you FC GOA 🙂 FC GOA rocks!!  

..and this comes from someone who doesn’t understand anything more than the role of the goalkeeper in a football match 🙂 but then it’s never late to learn..right?

There were many videos made by the fans of FC GOA all over the state. I like this one the best!!

 

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The View from the top

The best views are found from the top of hills and mountains..and how better to get that view than walking up there yourself and capturing some of the best that nature has to offer.

A pictorial display of Goa’s 3 forts, that I believe everyone visiting Goa must see to admire Goa’s beauty..right from the VERY TOP.

Reis Magos Fort – Verem: 

 

Charpora Fort – Charpora:

The fort where a portion of the bollywood movie Dil Chahta Hai was shot. It’s a beautiful sight from the top, though not many people appreciate the climb..especially when Goa offers you nothing less that 35 degrees of heat on a daily basis.

 

Terekhol Fort – Tiracol:

Located on the northern tip of Goa at the mouth of the Tiracol River, Fort Tiracol is reached by a ferry from Querim, 42 km North of Panaji. If you have a Maruti Vehicle..do not attempt – I REPEAT DO NOT ATTEMPT to get on the ferry for your car will get stuck in the sand. Mine did for a whole 45 minutes, I had several panic attacks.. but for the helpful locals that helped me get my car out. Finally I took the road to the fort 🙂

 

I have deliberately left our Fort Aguada, for reasons that it’s nothing really special but you can add it to your list..it isn’t too far from the other three.

I make these once in awhile trips around Goa. It’s good spending some time alone amidst nature.

..and if you’re a tourist venturing alone around the state, I can assure you one thing ~ You are really never lost in Goa.. so go ahead and have the time of your life!!

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