Saturday, February 27, 2010

special services

when in goa, if you want a 'welcome massage' just go to the bsnl customer services center.

Sent from my Nokia phone

Friday, February 26, 2010


the ironic thing about telling people you're moving to goa is that people who didnt visit you in bangalore, or when they visit bangalore, or when you visit their cities, now suddenly want to meet you. in GOA.

Thursday, February 25, 2010


The start of summer.
In an office chair. A broken AC. Pant pant... beer needed..

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Week 1 in Goa

Agenda - House Hunting

A black swift brought us to Goa in 16 hours. A pile up on Tumkur road put us back by an hour and a half. A road accident further up en route to Hubli put us back by another hour and a half. Dharwad to Londa. What in the world were we driving on? Rubble? Gravel? We were averaging close to 25 kmpl. Oh we also lost a wheel cap and found it when a truck driver handed it to us. We lost a remote to our music system. Haven't found that yet. I think Nijay threw it out the window. Stress has a weird effect on people.

10 pm - Reached Bernado. Oh by the way Bernado is a residential hotel in Dona Paula. Cheap and clean. Checked in, went out for dinner and called it a day.

We were excited about the next day. We had to meet people. We had to look at apartments. Saw apartment no. 1. Fantastic location. Not too expensive. And water problems (something we didn't know then) Saw apartment no 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 over the course of the week. Decided to take apartment no 1. "We'll get the Indian loo replaced with a western one" I said. I did that. But more on that later.

Lets hit the beach. I wanted to celebrate. Baga it was. Captain's Cabin beach shack. Downed a few Tuborgs, braided my hair, watched as Nijay passed through to new heights of physical pleasure with a full body massage. A full body massage? From a guy? I had to snap a few pics.. So I did. And I had to put these up. So I did that too.

Went back to Bangalore with braided hair. Quoting my bald friend G, "What you looking at? That's the way we roll in Goa biaaatch".

Week 2
Agenda - Settling in

Came back the following week and finally realised that the apartment we chose had water problems. We wanted to wash up at 7 in the evening and didnt have a drop of water. To make things worse, our WC wouldn't drain out. Which means that you would see lumps floating around. Disgust. Nowwadddodo? Start house hunting for the 2nd time.

Finally we found a great one. Moved in. Bought a fridge. Stacked it with beer. Sat in the balcony and drank. Cheers to a new beginning.

Goan eccentricities

2 pm in the afernoon. You walk towards a restaurant for lunch. The door is shut. A hand written signboard is seen on it. "Closed for Lunch"

11 am in another restaurant. Customer to waiter - "Bhai, ek mast wala chai la". Waiter contemplates for 5 mins, gives an apologetic look to the customer and says "Bhai bana na padega".

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

many firsts..

the move to goa has presented many firsts in my life. its a move of firsts, so to speak!

for one, its the first time im going to be living in a city outside of bangalore.
its the first time im going to have, maintain and manage my own home.
its the first time i went house-hunting.
its the first time i understood what a "water problem" can be like.
its the first time i realized that the happy-go-lucky perspective people have of goans is not all true.
its the first time im going to be in a city where i know absolutely nobody, and that is a scary thought!
its the first time im going to be unemployed for a bit, without an option to fall back on.
its the first time im going to really live life on my terms.

im excited to say the very least. im sure its going to be an experience with its ups and down, challenges and successes, the goods and the bads. but im up for it.

Monday, February 22, 2010