Postcards From A Goan Affair

sossegado (Portuguese)

/sose’ɡadʊ/ adjective

  1. calm, quiet, tranquil.
सुसेगाद (susegād)

noun

  1. A relaxed, carefree attitude associated with the Indian state of Goa.


Susegad is no longer a common experience in this little waterfront state as it used to be. Most parts of this charming East-meets-West parcel of land and its sea are overrun with tourists and the subsequent fodder – loud thumping music from shacks, long queues outside the ramparts of forts, bustling throngs of beach-goers, streets chockablock with boutiques…. the list seems endless.

Don’t get me wrong – there is absolutely nothing wrong in staying up all night and partying by the beach, and reveling in the sun with one’s social crew. Lord knows we’ve all done it! I guess, to me, those experiences no longer fit into what I hope to achieve from my travels.

So, here is a humble attempt at capturing what Goa has been to me through the years – quiet, carefree, and comforting. The sun peeking through palm fronds, sights and sounds of quaint wados (villages), conversations and laughter with the most wonderful people, cool, salty waters of the Arabian Sea against skin that braved the harsh coastal heat, and a wash of susegad in its true spirit.

Chicolna, Goa

Safa Masjid Goa

Dona Paula Goa

Goa

Heart Shaped Lake Goa

Miramar Beach Goa

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.

― Marcel Proust

4 thoughts on “Postcards From A Goan Affair

  1. First of all, thanks for this! The timing is perfect – a fast-paced Monday morning where you’re getting ready for another week of work – forgetting to take time to stop, think and take notice – of things around us, of feelings around us, of people around us! You know, I often heard of the word susegaad in a slightly negative vain – akin almost to being lazy. But that’s never what it meant to me! What I always felt it was is what you’ve said – sitting back, relaxing, seeing what’s around you and seeing how you’re a part of a bigger picture! The Goa you’ve described is the Goa I wish more people would be able to experience – because that’s the real heritage and beauty that lies firmly hidden in the shadows – behind what’s popular and what’s a declared heritage site!

    A story so well told – both in words and pictures! Cheers and keep writing! ^_^

    P.S. – Those shells at Benaulim! Woah!

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    1. Finally, out of the spam folder! 🙂
      Thank you so much, Ishmeet! Hopefully a lot more people see Goa for what it truly is – a vision of natural beauty, a melting pot of cultures, and a land of contentment.

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