If there is Paradise on earth,
then pinch me if it isn't Goa ...
We re-visited Goa after a span of 7 years. This time however, we spent
our time in the South of Goa, mainly on the wonderful white sands of
We journeyed overnight by the recently introduced Konkan Railway from
Bombay (a scheduled journey of 12 hours, but a real time experience of
16). The surroundings were picturesque, with the vegetation turning more
green and lush as we neared the State of Goa.
Goa hasn't changed much .. which is why its so lovable. Don't count on
getting any important or official work done on schedule in Goa. This is a
place to RELAX. And if you don't siesta in the afternoon, you've plainly
missed the point.
One of the reasons Goa was on our travel schedule was because we'd been
invited to perform a couple of concerts there. The first was held by the
beach, on the lawns of the Holiday Inn (where we were staying), and the
second, at the Kala Arts Academy in Panjim.
Jazz concert by the beach, 10th Feb. '99
(L to R: Noel Borthwick - guitar, Benoni Soans - drums,
Karl Peters - bass, Ramona Borthwick - keyboards)
In spite of our hectic schedule and last minute upsets -
delayed sound checks, voltage drops, late transport etc. (considered
normal of course, in Goa) we did manage to spend some wonderful sun filled
hours on the beach, and make a trip to Colva beach, where the trio
(quartet sans me) performed at a local pub. That was some huge red snapper
we dined on that night!
We returned by air - a mere 35 minute flight to Bombay. Couple of things
to note: 1. When in Goa, always make sure you're booked on the flight you
think you're travelling on. 2. Make sure the flight is scheduled to leave
that day, on time. Flights get cancelled here at the drop of a hat. And
we'll always return to Goa ...
Bombay : Goa :