Sunday, March 19, 2006

VIVA Goa Carnival

I am back from where I left off… I am here to put down the feelings, the emotions, and the fun… the Animal Kingdom had in Goa on paper… It’s a bit difficult… but nevertheless I will try my best. If you want to check out the Goa Album click here.

10 tickets were booked by Atul. 3 Neech guys backed out viz. Navandee, Kamzor Kali and Cedric. The reason was common – leave not sanctioned. So 3 tickets had to be cancelled and 7 return tickets to be booked. Aur iss nek kaam ke liye… the chosen one was Atul. But even I accompanied him this time.

So, this time everything was in place. The night before the journey we stayed at the Hotel Kandu International. The chances of anyone sleeping with Anna, Rehan and me around were very dim. Also, we had to get ready at around 4:00 in the morning.

Early morning, empty roads and rickshaw drivers make a dangerous combination. Two auto rickshaws dropped us at the Thane Station in 15 minutes. Kanda Bhajiyas, Batata Chips and some hot tea consisted of our breakfast. Some Vada Pavs and Samosa Pavs were also packed for the train journey.

5:45 in our clocks and all started getting impatient. A wait of 5 mins and our official carrier to Goa stood on the platform. It was a beauty. The Blue and white coloured Jan Shatabdi – one of the fastest trains in India. It was gonna cover a distance of around 500 kms in just 8 hours. Breakfast in Mumbai and Lunch in Goa.

(L-R): Ali, Nirav, Atul, Kandu, Rehan and Anna. I am the photographer.

After settling into the comfortable cushion seats, everyone dozed off. It was the result of staying up the whole night. The train journey was fun all the way. We all stood at the door and Atul behaved like a school kid by howling into each and every tunnel that our train passed.

The railway canteen guys dished out yummy items and we tasted most of them. Apart from getting stuck into a tunnel for around half an hour, the journey was fun all the way. We had originally planned to get down at Margao but some last moment decisions made us get down at Thevim at around 2:30 p.m. Our original plan to stay at Margao was cancelled because we decided to try out some shacks near the Calangute beach. The Calangute beach is the "Queen of beaches" and all the action happens here.Calangute seems to be a distortion of the local word 'Koli Gutti', which means land of Fishermen.

As Calungute is nearer from Thevim, we alighted here. Thevim is close to Mapusa. Hey guys… now for those who have never been to Goa… I suggest that you have a look at this Map of Goa.

Finally, we were on the Goan soil. It felt so great. The air was so different. Away from all the noise and commotion we were in a place which has a charm of its own. Be here to believe it. After striking a deal with the local taxi driver for 350 bucks, we found ourselves at the Calangute beach. I and Kandu had been to Goa before but we had never seen this part of the Calangute beach.

Soon, with the help of this taxi driver, we tried out a few places for our stay but they all turned to be on the expensive side. All our search attempts turned out to be futile. Finally, my knowledge of local language Konkani managed to get us 2 good rooms for just Rs. 3000/- for 5 days. Spacious rooms with 5 beds. More than what we could ask for.

(L-R): Kandu, ME, Anna, Ali, Nirav, Atul and Rehan.

After having a quick wash, we left for the Calangute beach. It was just a stone’s throw distance from our Conria Guest House. We took a long walk in the evening, had a light snack of tongue tickling Prawn Xacuti (a local dish) and some Prawn Chilly. Hmm… The taste still lingers in my mouth.

It was 27th Feb, the second last day of the Goa Carnival. After watching the sunset, when we came to the street, the Carnival parade was over. But a live stage performance in the Calangute open ground was flocked by localites and foreigners alike. A lady on the stage sang non-stop for an hour and still managed to make people sway to her songs.

Our first day in Goa was almost over and all of us were feeling the pangs of hunger. I, Rehan and Kandu were interested in trying out the Goan fish curry. Our search for a cheap dinner brought us to Sarvesh Café, the name Anna and Ali won’t ever forget and won’t let us forget too. I, Rehan, Kandu and Atul settled for the Fish Thali while Anna, Gala and Ali tried to be adventurous by ordering the Veg. Chinese noodles. Chicken was out of question as the deadly Bird Flu Virus H5H1 was floating around.

The food arrived and started disappearing quickly from my plate. But, Anna’s eyes told us some different story. Later, we found out that the noodles served to them were bland and minus salt too. Here, Rehan was showing his kind heartedness by giving me slices of his fried fish. Soon, Kandu also followed suit. With the amount of food in my plate increasing, my voracity also increased. 5 mins later, I found everyone ready to go. But I had my hands and my plate full too. Halfheartedly, even I got up to leave but not before finishing off everything from my plate.

Anna was not charged for his noodles. And after tasting those horrible noodles, he vowed never to eat from that hotel ever again. Warning- So, guys if you ever visit Calangute market, stay away from the Sarvesh Café.

Once out of the Sarvesh Café, Anna headed straight to the Supermarket and bought a 1.5 litre bottle of Frooti. Yep, he did drink the whole bottle. Finally, after a discussion of the places to visit the next day, we dispersed to our rooms. I, Kandu and Gala in one room and the animals in the other. There was a cunning logic of Kandu behind this which I will reveal in my next post.

The day was over, the night had begun, and we had retired to beds with a beautiful dream to begin. The remaining part of the story will be unfolded soon. Keep watching this space for more action…

14 comments:

wormtongue said...

bastard saale. lavdu gandu.. why did you have to torture me with a story of you guys having so much fun ...*&%(*%(&$&^5... nahiiiii :(( :P
lucky bastards all of you :P
will await more torture from the rest of the journeys story.. take punch..
pics looking lovely too :)

Anonymous said...

hahahahaha.....


aur jaala aur jalaa....

RAY said...

Hey there guys,
saalo mujhe woh photo nahin mila........ woh salli ne
modify kiya na woh wala ................. salli tu gaya ............jaldi
se mujhe woh pic bhej varna.........

Also hey guys does anyone have the orange pass with them ( remember water
kingdom pass) i need it by coming wednesday.........

Anywayz abey denz wen is tarun comin back to india............am waitin for
the party ....... abey pao mail is amazing just a few updates
1. Auto wale ke saath fight (early mornin)
2. railway canteen guys ke saath masti like wat is this ,wat is tat, how
much is this
n tat , also showing our tongue wen canteen wala arrived in front of
us....etc
3. the first bath in calangute beach remember v saw the gora bandariya n v
went mad
n started swimmin near them .......
4. wat abt the calangute beach dance fest i.e the carnival last day .

overall mail was amazing........ n yes i can remember each n
everything................
boy o boy i wanna go to GOA once again......

DENZIL said...

Kandu tune toh Water Kingdom miss kiya yaar.... Kya boloon???? Maine sabko bola ..Kandu ko bulate hain...kandu ko bulate hain.. Lekin Salli Bola... Kandu Bhikari ko marne de....... Sardar ko bhi isiliye nahi bulaya... Nahi toh udhar chaddi mein hasta tha aur bhagta tha...toh bacha hi lagta tha....

Arre haan re Rehan...I remember those incidents you mentioned... Lekin saala Post bahut bada ho raha tha...Isliye Kat kutke edit kar diya maine....


And yes... I wanna Goa too.... Missing Goa.....

dexter said...

i feel we would have enjoyed more if kandu had been there

dexter said...

kandu beechraa miss kiya pura trip...


hahahahaha

koi baat nahi kandu next time when we go to waterkingdom we will try not to forget and not call you...
we promise this time....
hehehehehe

Arun said...

bhag saaleee

nirav said...

arey denz sahi hai...keep it up.....keep writing good stufff......

CEDRIC said...

Hey Denzil, hum neech nahi hai, yeh to job ke khatir karna pad raha hai.

Anna said...

Ek dum Sahi post hai Goa ka......Misiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing Goa and ........................


Samaj dar samaj gaye rahenge...

Anonymous said...

Accha hua sardar nahi aaya


Nahi toh firang logo ko dhakka deta aur pure beach pe bhag te rehta.....
Blooooody Fool..Oh sorry
Sardar......

White Forest said...

voww..nice experience :)

Ali said...

Hey Denz saala zhakhas post hai.....
saala Anna ka to goa double wasool hai.......Kandu bechara uska kuch bhi nahi ho saka.........
Kandu best of luck nxt time....hahahaha

DENZIL said...

Bechara Kandu... Hi usne kiya... aur credit Sab Anna ne liya...