Sunday, February 19, 2012

Another Goa!

Spent three glorious days in Goa after a long, long time. Glad we opted for a Villa instead of the standard 'resort'. We were lucky with our gorgeous villa ( found it on a website called 'Lazydays'). It was clearly built by someone with enormous good taste in 1940. 'Josephine Villa' is located in a sleepy village called Chicholim, and is the perfect place for a family break. Built in the classical Indo-Portugese style, it has five bedrooms and all the comforts of home, including en efficient, friendly chef called Seema who produces Goan delicacies like chicken cafreal and xacuti, besides whipping up great breakfasts in a dream kitchen.
But it was really 'La Plage' that did it for me. I used to love 'Le Restaurant' in the old days. It was run by three very beautiful French people - Florence, Serge and Morgan.When it shut shop, I was devastated! Now the threesome has come up with 'La Plage' ( The Beach), and what a place it is! A little distance from Morjim, it is an informal restaurant where one can kick off footwear and feel silky, powdery white sand between the toes. It stays open all day, starting with Florence's 'serious' breakfast. But it is the sundowner crowd that makes it special. There are two restaurants in Goa which are designed for sunset watching. This one, and the Greek Thalassa. But my vote goes to La Plage , where the food is exquisite and the crowd, very international.
I'd gladly go back for more ! More of Josephine , too. The Turkish lady who owns the property has done it up so beautifully, it makes residents feel they are in Istanbul, while still retaining a distinctive Goa touch.
Of course, the creepy, sinister Russians are everywhere! Goa is possibly the only state in India where certain areas are out of bounds for Indians! The signages are in Russian, the currency used is Russian, the food served is Russian. And there are only Russians wherever you look! Indian citizens are threatened and chased out by the Russian mafia. This remote corner of Goa has become a haven for drugs and prostitution. Why can't local cops do anything about it? The answer is obvious! Local activists stay away as well since they fear for their lives. These burly Russian men are armed and dangerous. It's the sort of 'exclusive' expose Arnab should consider for his channel.

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Tushar said...

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NAT said...

Looks like the Russians have bought this land (scam)from some local toughie with connections. People have been screaming of this lapse for over a decade. Thank God you have brought this up.
Let's see who will bell the cap.

चंद्रमौलेश्वर प्रसाद said...

Why Russians, even Haji Mastan and Yousuf Patel had their say once upon a time. Its theirs who give the HAFTA :)

The unsure ascetic said...

useless arnab, assuming that u are talking abt that barking dog, arnab goswami, who does he think he is?? he is a disgrace to journalism

Rajnish said...

very surprised to know that Russian mafia is active in Goa and locals are feared for their lives. Government must do something and if administration know this bloody fact that means it is also a part of this business. Media must be vocal in raising this type of issues.
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Anil Kumar said...

Yes you are right!! Arnab Goswami is the same journalist who single-handedly helped Raja, Kanamojhi, Kalamadi to enjoy scenic views inside Tihar Jail. All other channels including Barkha Butt anchored NDTV 24X7, AajTak, Zee, Star News and others SOFT journalists were only flashing breaking news without any facts. Times Now-Arnab Goswami and others filed RTI and got precise information from inside sources to force supreme court/govt to put these STARS from Congress where they belong.

amit said...

will stay in this villa next time.

sanjuayyar said...

Russians are a diminishing but dominant menace in Goa. Yes Shobhaa you're right, there are remote places where Indians dread to go for fear of their lives. What makes matters worse, is the deep involvement of local corporators who've always turned a blind eye. Ug Goa is to be preserved, these elements must be weeded out asap.