Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Gudi Padva - Happy New Year

There wouldn't be a better day to start blogging than on the first day of the year. Gudi Padva is widely celebrated in Maharashtra & Goa as the first day of the new year.  This year is my first Padva as a married man & my wife began this year with a bang with some awesome Carrot Halva. It really set me up for the coming year. My wify is one of the best cooks that I have come across and her style of cooking is my favorite, less masala, very simple style of cooking and delicious. She cooks Indian food the way you would have European food & I am now looking forward for a delicious culinary year ahead.

The new year began with the delicious Carrot Halwa and then proceeded with reading the local news paper and when you read that a new Monginis store is opening in the neighborhood you realize the world around you is fine at least till the borders of Goa. Goa being a very small state with a small population you end up having newspapers with headlines of store openings and robberies and thefts and so on.  Goans do not like to read about national and international news. The hot topic that sells here is about a new store opened, a new bus service launched, the local football matches, a theft or robbery etc. 

On the auspicious day of this new year there are 2 new stores opening in our village and there are 2 different state ministers coming for its opening that is when I realize that our village is getting more prominent in the map of Goa. We have international brands and more store opening up here. 

Our quaint village is located ideally @5 Km from Panjim (the capital), 4 Km from Mapusa (a city with the wholesale bazzar) and 6 Km from Calangute (the most important beach belt for tourists). With the development of these places around us our sleepy little village is getting more attention because of its location. 


  1. hey jeff ,
    feels grt to see u write...i read jinu sir's blogs in gmail, he is an awsome writer ...i just love reading his blogs..and remember his giggling laughs of those college touring days... i have never seen u laugh so heartily anytime but for sure i have seen archana speaking about u so much with that sweet blush she had in her smile wen she spoke about u...heheheanyways keep writing ..thats a greatest asset that a person has ...all the best i am in ....in to ur blog fan club

  2. Thanks Pri,

    The first comment on my blog, feels great, Jinu is gifted, his oratory & writing skills are very good. I also follow his bolg. Hopefully I will also be able to capture my feelings & expressions of my travel in words.

    Thanks for your kind words and encouragement.



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