I have lived through 15 of my growing years in Bengaluru – a thriving city, increasingly growing in population, bustling with life and activity. I moved out of the city because it was beginning to suffocate me. It became monotonous, incredibly depressing and honestly, superbly predictable despite it being in a constant state of change. Even when I went back to Bangalore after three months of having moved out, I knew it had changed – with whatever new building was being constructed, with whatever new party places had popped up and with whatever new trend was hitting the streets. It wasn’t impressive.
I left the city to surprise myself. And surprises, surprises! Just now while I write this, I am looking at a beautiful yellow bird with an orange beak, black wings and eyes like they are lined with kohl, resting on a
So here’s what it has been like living in Goa.
I go to the beach A LOT. I also have a super close friend I made in Goa – Sakshi, with whom I go to the sea very often. I swim a lot in the sea. I swim as far as I can, although it still freaks me out a bit when I can’t touch the ground. I have seen the sea and its various personalities (but of course, not all of them, yet). I play with a frisbee while in the sea. I’ve also almost learned how to handstand in the water. I’ve seen pairs of fish jump out and into the water in the sea. I make a lot of fun of a lot of tourists (like on Holi, three white people were putting Holi colours on themselves just to post photos online). I avoid most of the touristy beaches, so I stick to Ashwem and Mandrem. I avoid Baga and Calangute and most other beaches that have either succumbed to extreme tourism or extreme pollution. Going to the beach so often has also made me far more conscious about non-biodegradable waste generation.
I love sighting birds. I have learnt how to spot them – more or less. I am yet to learn their names. But I have never seen so many varieties of birds in such a short span of time. Beautiful blue kingfishers are common sightings in Goa. They just perch on short walls and on electricity lines. There are also many many tiny birds that are hardly the size of my palm. And all these birds have unique ways of flying – some are even comical.
I also sit by the banks of the many rivers and streams that run through Goa. I’ve even started taking dips in them and trying to swim in them. And most of these are spontaneous, which means I never have any swimwear and so it’s just me in my underwear. And most of these places don’t have any people around, so I never really have to cover up. I also made a new friend recently, Nimmy, who does this so often, that my confidence to do this has increased. The kind of freedom I feel here is sort of unbelievable. Please let it not get jinxed. And rivers are honestly so stunning because it has so much wildlife in and around it. Goa’s mangroves that line these rivers are some of nature in its most untouched form.
Traffic is pretty much
I am truly blessed that I own a scooter that takes me around Goa. A two-wheeler is truly the ideal mode of transport. I am dreading the monsoon though. Also, a lot of
I’ve just started socializing with people who are from Goa, and it’s been super interesting. I’m interacting with varied kinds of cool people and people from different age groups – which is all very new for me. I’m starting to get to know Goa’s local culture, its different lifestyles and its local spaces a little better, and it’s been very interesting and insightful. Goa never fails to leave me in awe. This also means familiarising with local drinks, and I’ve been loving and devouring Uraak – a concoction made from cashew fruits.
All in all, Goa has been great. It’s helped through times when my mental health started acting up, when I was feeling lonely and when I was feeling horribly lost.
Will I settle down in Goa? Hopefully, not. Getting to know Goa so intimately has only made my yearning to explore other spaces much more. However, being my first rendezvous with a brand new place, Goa will always be special to me.
Here’s my round up of recommendations for today:
1. James Blake has my heart
2. Since we’re talking about James Blake, here’s my all time fave!
3. My most recent movie exploit
It’s a lot like most of the recent Netflix teen-movies, but I do like the ease with which it explores sexual discovery. The lead character is very endearing. I would give it a 7/10.
4. Shout out to my super talented woke-boy friend
That flow is pretty legit.