Its May, school's out and its time for summer vacations. But I'm stuck here because of work commitments, and I feel like I'm wilting in the sweltering heat of Gurgaon. I have to admit that I am exhausted and I really need a break. In fact I would have been on a nice break right now, except for the fact that the painter on my site in Noida has made it his life's mission to frustrate the heck out of me and deny me any sort of a break! So, with an almost sadistic determination, he goes about his work without a care in the world and gives both me and the client sleepless nights and indigestion.
Did I mention I need a holiday?!
The hubby and I were planning a trip to Turkey and Egypt around the end of the month, but that's now been put off till October for reasons already mentioned. So instead we were planning to just get away for a long weekend. But if I were to be honest, there is a place I want to be right now, more than any other place in the world, and that's Goa. My Goan DNA is pulling me back to my roots and all I want to do is hop on a plane and head off to the sandy beaches and the lazy, relaxed life of South Goa. The urge is so strong- I can almost smell the sea and taste the salty air.
What could be better than days spent lazing on the beach, under the shade of an umbrella, looking out over the ocean, sipping on cold Kingfisher beer and listening to Bob Marley accompanied perfectly by the sound of waves lapping the shore. Then a nice lunch of fried fish and prawn curry and since we are in Goa, an afternoon siesta. Evenings would be spent out on a cool veranda with the sea breeze bringing with it the smell of the ocean. Ah, what bliss... if only...a Goa holiday would be the perfect balm for the both of us.
Ages ago, while on a family vacation in Goa I had taken these pictures, and I've been longingly looking at them for the last few days. Not as good as the real thing, but they make me feel a little closer to Goa.
[Images by Shalini Pereira]