My experience at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2017

Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is an open air festival on a street in the heart of Mumbai’s business district with free access to programming ranging from classical music to contemporary dance, theatre to ground-breaking literature.

It was held in South Mumbai from February 4-12, the lineup included craft workshops, children’s art, dance, comedy, literature festival, music showcase and cinema screenings, etc

Like each year, My mother and I would spend hours browsing through the art work on display and trying to make sense of the installations that were put up on the street.

From what i read, it was to be the ninth edition of the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival which aimed to preserve and refurbish the heritage arts district of Mumbai, and promote awareness about traditional and emerging cultural forms.

Its always an awesome and colourful experience, each time i visit the festival. You end up meeting people from all caste, creed, strata with liking towards art, culture, music, architecture, photography, etc.

In the few hours that i spent at the festival i managed to clicked a few photographs which i will share with you.

With love towards art, music, meeting new people and getting to see amazing pieces of art work, I will surely be waiting for the next edition of Kala Ghoda Art festival next year.

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13 reasons why I love Goa…

Goa is perhaps India’s most popular destination. It is known for its massive beaches and a unique culture that’s a mix of Indian and Portuguese.

Have you ever fallen instantly in love with the feeling that this place gives you – something intangible, you can’t really see it or touch it or explain it, all you can do is feel it and fall in love with the vibe, the energy and everything about it.

I can’t quite explain how much I love this place, every day that passes here I find myself almost overcome with joy, I feel so lucky to be here and it’s gonna break my heart to leave!

I take huge pleasure in the simple things in life, I love to feel the wind in my hair and the total freedom to explore on my bike, zipping between villages and beaches without having any real destination – just going where the wind takes me.

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Goa is ‘fresh’. A perfect holiday destination to relax and rejuvenate, Goa is a different world all together. The moment you land on Dabolim Airport, there is a feeling of happiness and joy that engulfs you. Maybe this is one reason that many tourists both domestic and international visit this paradise each year.

Well there are two facets of the city – North Goa and South Goa. While North Goa is full of activity and lots of things happening, South Goa is a little quant and dainty. This is not all, you’ll find more about these myriad aspects of Goa, so get ready for an awesome journey.

I have lost count of the number of times I have visited this glorious state – but I do know that number is in double digits by now. Many ask me why I love Goa and keep revisiting it instead of exploring new places – well, here’s my answer:

  1. Spectacular Beaches

    Goa has some of the most spectacular beaches in the world that are perfectly crescent shaped, fringed with palm trees and are dotted with beach huts. Most of these beaches have reddish sand, some have soft white sand, many have strange rocks formations, some have hills all around and a few of them have lagoons too! With 300 KMs of coastline, Goa offers something for everyone. If you’re visiting Goa, I would suggest you to stay away from the overly crowded Calangute – Baga – Candolim stretch.

  2. Goa’s Hidden Spots

    You think Goa is full? Well, maybe you’re visiting the wrong area! No matter how touristy Goa gets, there are always some hidden spots that can be found if you try hard enough. There are a few secret lakes, lagoons, waterfalls and secluded beaches that no one will tell you about. There’s ALWAYS something new to discover because Goa is massive.

  3. Goan Food……

    Goa was once a Portuguese colony and the influences can be found in their food. With a mix of tamarind, coconut, curry leaves, mustard and magic, Goans definitely know how to ROCK their curries.

    Moreover, Goa has some amazing places for European food. Seriously, I have never had a bad meal in Goa!

  4. The Shacks of Goa

    Most of the beaches in Goa are dotted with sea facing shacks that are typically run by local Goan families. It’s easy to spend almost an entire day sitting on beach beds of these shacks gazing at the sea. Almost all of these shacks have a beach bar where you can order from a range of International drinks to Goa’s local brews. Many of these shacks offer affordable accommodation. In my opinion, Goa has some of the best beach bars and shacks in the world.

  5. Cheap booze

    This is one of the places where the juice and milkshake bill is higher than the booze. I am not a fan of hard drinks but i can see lots of traveler’s having a blast since its easy on their pockets.

    After all, one drink once in a while won’t cause any harm.

  6. The Best Parties… Ever

    When it comes to parties, nothing can beat the old school psychedelic trance gatherings of Goa.

    In Goa, some of the best parties are underground and invitations are only by word of mouth for the “insiders”. If you’re lucky enough to find one, you will remember the experience for the rest of your life!

  7. Safe and Peaceful

    While India is famous for its many scams, things are completely different in Goa.

    Goa is one of those rare places in India where I feel safe walking alone on the street at night wearing shorts.

  8. Stunning Architecture – Old Churches, Abandoned Forts and Portuguese Houses

    I love admiring architectural wonders and Goa is a treat for my eyes with its many Churches, Forts and old school Portuguese houses.

    Some of my favorite forts are Chapora Fort, Fort Aguada and Cabo de Rama – they all are fun to explore and overlook beaches.

  9. Goa is awesome for Shopping

    I have many things in my room that are more than a decade old and some of them are from Goa. It’s difficult to resist the urge to buy colorful clothes, lamps, tribal jewelry, UV bedsheets, elf dresses from Goa’s street shops

  10. Happiness all around:

    Taking a break from the maddening routine and the concrete mesh, Goa is a refreshing change. The swaying palms and the splashing waves take away all the worries. And you are left with eternal bliss. Together with your special someone or spending some quality time with your parents, Goa will never disappoint you. You have to be here to experience what I am talking about. The entire feel is so positive that you are filled with new energy!

  11. Casino:

    When in Goa, try your luck at the array of casinos. It is a great experience! Even if you don’t know how to play, just be there once to get that feel. Trust me it is different and enjoyable.

  12. Pretty Sunsets at the beach:

    Taking about love and not talking about sunsets, how is this possible? Goa witnesses some of the most beautiful sunsets ever which are majorly viewed by honeymoon couples. Maybe it is there that we actually get the time to notice such things and admire the beauty of nature. By the beach when the sky turns orange and shades of crimson, it is a sight that you cannot miss. Don’t believe me, be there and see it for yourself!

  13. Tattoos

    My love for tattoos and Goa go hand in hand. Almost all of my tattoos are done in Goa. So each time I am here, I relive those moments

    Most of the beaches in Goa are dotted with sea facing shacks that are typically run by local Goan families. It’s easy to spend almost an entire day sitting on beach beds of these shacks gazing at the sea. Almost all of these shacks have a beach bar where you can order from a range of International drinks to Goa’s local brews. Many of these shacks offer affordable accommodation. In my opinion, Goa has some of the best beach bars and shacks in the world.

    Nature conspires to provide the perfect backdrop of serene beaches and starlit skies while human beings design the rest. Serenading bands, romantic restaurants, charming architecture and a growing list of other entertainment options contribute to making Goa a timeless classic on the amorous traveler’s itinerary

    In the end I still can’t really explain why I love this place, it’s just a feeling, but then maybe that’s all I need to know, why over complicate things.

 

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15 reasons why One should Travel

I love to travel and explore. It’s a generic claim that comes up at least once in every get-to-know-you conversation.

Relaxing weekends are a great stress reliever. Exploration is what happens when you throw yourself into a trip and a culture. It’s what you do when you get a little lost in a new city, eat something you can’t pronounce, or experience something that makes you change the way you think.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. Yew!” – Mark Twainish

If there was one piece of advice I have for people today to experience more joy in life, it is to travel more. I don’t mean taking vacations or going on pre-planning trips, I mean making the journey out to somewhere you’ve never gone before with an open schedule, to let life show you what opportunities were waiting for you that you couldn’t have even imaged before.

Traveling is wonderful in many ways. It captures us with a sense of wanderlust and has us longing for more destinations to visit, cultures to experience, food to eat, and people to meet.

   1. Finding a new purpose

“To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” – Danny Kaye

Traveling is an amazingly underrated investment in yourself. As you travel you’re exposed to more new people, cultures, and lifestyles than you are living in your homeland all the time. With all the newness in your life, you’re also opened to new insights, ways of seeing the world and living, which often gives people a new purpose for their lives. If you’re feeling stuck on what your purpose is, what you want to do with your life, the career or educational path you want to pursue, go travel…you might just be surprised about what you discover as a new sense of life purpose and direction.

2. Helps you appreciate your home more

When we spend time away from home, especially in a place where we don’t have the same luxuries readily available to us…like a village in Fiji that runs without electricity…we become more aware and appreciative for the luxuries we have back at home.

 

 3. Makes you realise that your home is more than just where you grew up

“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang

 

4. You’ll realise how little you actually knew about the world

 

6. Experience serendipity and synchronicity

“Traveling is one of the easiest ways to become aware of the magic that weaves all of creation together through serendipity and synchronicity with perfect timing.” – Adam Siddiq

 

14. Teaches To Be More Patient

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    Travel can involve a lot of waiting. You’ll wait in lines, for flights or at restaurants. Learning how to cope with those waits, how to make conversation with those you’re waiting with and how to stay calm in frustratingly slow situations will teach you how to remain patient and calm in all situations.

    15.  You end up meeting celebrities

 

While traveling you might get lucky and end up meeting your favourite celebrities.

If you are lucky you might get a chance to take a photography with them too. I got lucky on this part.

In the end I still can’t really explain why I love traveling, it’s just a feeling, but then maybe that’s all I need to know, why over complicate things.

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