Aching backs in Goa

In sunny Goa, not all signboards are scary. Some of them are well, interesting…

Oh my aching back...

I hung around for a bit hoping to meet the John massagist (from Delhi) himself. And then figured out that if he is ‘gents’, chances are he would meet only other ‘gents’…

And while on Goa, here is a relevant if cheesy line I came across – Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take; but by the moments that take your breath away… Which leads smoothly to these moments which almost did…

Spot the sun?

Postcard from a wekend break...

Football fever in Goa…

There is cricket in Goa. Match on a hot Sunday morning, complete with a small stadium, spectators and commentators…

And then there the more serious business of football. On the roads, in the playgrounds, in schools. Even in hoardings. Everywhere…

You are in Goa and you are not cheering for football??

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Hot? Who says it is hot? 11 am on a Saturday morning, these kids were plaing football and screaming their lungs out. Notice that some of them are actually playing barefoot. Ouch! Just watching them made me tired….

Football fever unabated...

Can you spot the football in the air?

Abrupt cessation of sport when one of the kid spots me. Time out under the tree to discuss the stranger with the camera. Play not to resume till she moves away.

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Oh, by the way…

So long as we are telling you what not to do, we thought we may as well tell you this too – do not abuse children

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I mean… what?

Spotted across Goa beaches and snapped at Palolem finally…

Snapped in more than one way. Picture this – group of drunk bare-chested, beer-bellied, white under-weared (yuck, don’t even let me get started on this one) Indian men playing leer-leer on the beach. Young white mom in swimsuit and very pretty little girl (not older than six) in pink swimwear playing on the sand, building castles, complete with pink pail and shovel. Men watch for over ten minutes, as they frolick like fat dolphins who have lost their way and landed on the shore, and found paradise there.

Little girl cannot bear the midday heat and takes off top while mom just just gone to fetch a bottle of water. And suddenly one of the men rush towards the girl with camera in hand. I start to scream, hey you cant do that – while mom returns and with a firm shake of her head, refuses to allow the budding photographer to click a picture of the kid.

And before you jump up and tell me how much I am over-reacting, please read this. And this. And many many other such discussions that I keep coming across. And also open your eyes and see the world around you carefully. It must be scary being a parent in today’s world…