Tomorrow is Kindness Day

As Goa goes to the polls tomorrow morning, send good karma into the universe with a kind act or two. Join in the 10,000 Acts of Kindness project by heading over to this site and pledging to do one or more simple good deeds. All you need to do is click ‘Like’ on the pledges […]

On their Weigh Out

We once lived in High Wycombe, a town in England that lies in between London and Oxford. High Wycombe used to be the seat (no pun intended) of the chair industry in England, an honour that has sadly been relegated to just the chair museum in the town. One of the more charming traditions the […]

Earth Kindness Picnics and Goa’s new journey of hope

On Sunday evening, as the sun set over the half-burnt fields of Divar, we took part in an unusual event : an Earth Kindness Picnic. Armed with old blankets and sheets, we spread them on the ground, under an old mango tree. The fields around us stretched up to the horizon. The sun made gentle […]

The Carnival that never was

When in Goa, we try to avoid being in Panjim during Carnival. It is noisy. I can’t even begin to describe the decibel levels that accompany the floats. This year, Mr. R is away so I chose to stay at home with M and my MIL. With our verandah sealed off for restoration, M is […]

Today I saw

a swarm of seagulls, dazzling white in the four pm sun, swirling in a tight comma over the Mandovi. The fish danced below the blue-brown water, shifting this way and that. The seagulls echoed their flight, as did one lone red Brahmani kite, determined to get some lunch.

Today I saw

a chocolate-coloured coffin meandering through the streets on the shoulders of not-so-young men. A brass band led the way, bass drums and trumpets celebrating a life now gone. A hearse covered with garlands of fresh white flowers prompts M to say with excitement, “That’s a wedding car!” How do you explain death to a three-year […]

Costumed Capers (better known as ‘School celebrations’).

As Christmas draws near, the parents in M’s pre-school begin to have worried looks on their faces. Every day, as we gather to leave and pick up our toddlers, the mothers ask each other: Any news yet? Baby Jesus is on his way, but thankfully that is not the reason for our collective unease. With […]

You are invited…

Casa da Moeda Festival 2011

We are delighted to invite you to the 3rd Casa da Moeda Festival (25-27 November 2011, Panjim, Goa). Casa da Moeda is our home and was the Mint of Goa in the 1830s. You can find more information about the Mint, the house and previous editions of the festival here. All talks will take place […]

Petrol Pumps dry up in Goa