Thursday 3 October 2013

October days

It is October, and bellissimo: blue skies like one tends to find in Italy (azzurro! no other word for it), a nip in the air, and the slight haze that one associates with the onset of winter days at home. A sense of great well-being. And somehow, through a train of associations, the mind goes back and picks up snatches of drives through Goa, perhaps also in the month of October: with Phyllis Wallbank from the airport, down through the road skirting the Zuari, in and out of lovely San Jacinto, and then through that impossibly beautiful road cutting through the villages of Tiswadi, with the little and not-so-little Goan houses on both sides, the fish market where the cross chapel refuses to get out of the road, the quaint crossing over a tiny branch of the river or the sea whatever that might be. And then flashes of driving through the other inner road skirting the Zuari again, but this time going from Cortalim to Loutolim... the flashes of river on the left, the coconut tree lined roads with the chiaroscuro of light and dark, the unexpected little ponds with water lilies.... Goa!




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