Essence of Goa.
These traditional Hindu and Catholic shrines still embellish the Goan landscape although they have to now share the space with newer dreck that is as hideous as can be.
Last evening, my friend, Sudeep Dalvi, took me for a ride in his canoe, named Bismarque The Unsinkable, after the environmental activist, the late Fr. Bismarque Dias. Our starting point was the backwaters of St. Estevem village which then lead us into the broad canal of the River Mandovi.
We meandered in this rich ecosystem of mangroves with its soothing sights and sounds, the romance of our surroundings heightened by the thick monsoon air.
Check out the short video below.
Traditional Goan agriculture.
Terraced farming has a long history in Khola, a mountain village in the Canacona district of south Goa. The folks in this rural redoubt still hew to many of the most traditional practices of Goan life.
The monsoons have just arrived in Goa signaling the renewal of the earth with carpets of multihued green. These images were made during the last season. A short video is also offered.
An earlier post featured one of the ladies of Khola.