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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I wish…

I meet a lot of people belonging to different places, working in different domains. And I always end up asking all of them the same question:

If given a choice, what is that ONE THING you wanna do in YOUR LIFE?

And out of 10 at least 8 of them reply this:

I would wanna TRAVEL the WHOLE WORLD, meet new people, explore places, etc.

My next question is – What are you doing about it?

And in response, all I get is SILENCE.

I guess we have involved ourselves so much into the RAT RACE that we almost forget to think over what is it that we are running towards? Not that I am not a part of it. I was a part of it for almost 5-6 years, but as soon as I came out of it, I felt quite relieved. My stress levels almost went to zero. I started doing things I always wanted to do.

Why am I writing about this all of a sudden?? Yesterday I was watching TV and I came across this show where they were talking about the work life balance of the Country – France. The French law does not allow employees to work more than 35 hours a week. And I was so happy to see the families sitting together and having meals. People catching up with friends, going for picnics, playing badminton, cricket, tennis and what not.

I just wanted to share this with you people and see if you feel what I feel too.

If you cannot leave the Race, please make sure you balance your personal and professional lives. And yes, do sit and think about where is it taking you 10-15 years down the line – towards fulfilling your dreams or towards a complex Race?

Have an amazing day wherever you are 🙂

And do spread smiles 🙂

Those who wish to share their stories about how they strike a balance with their daily life can mail it to me on diptik@diptik.in

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All you need to give is – PRIORITY

How many times has your answer been – “I want to, but I don’t have time.”

Each one of us is living in a world full of competition, busy life, people running the rat race, trying to balance professional and personal lives. And also, cribbing about things which are not fine as per you.

But have we ever done something instead of complaining about it. No.

Why? Because we do not give priority to it. There are things that you do willingly, prioritizing them. But for things, which fall in the last bullet, are always pushed behind.

Let’s try and spend a couple of hours towards doing something for someone who is need – need of our TIME. Yes, let’s spend time doing some social work, helping someone. We love to do that, but it just doesn’t happen because we are tied up with ourselves and our responsibilities all the time. Make this one as one of your responsibilities and push it up in the list.

Give Priority.

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