Start of a new day.

Seen on my morning constitutional through Panjim.

Offering to Tulsi, Panjim, Goa

Offering to Tulsi
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Shaving session in Panjim, Goa

Group shave
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Reading newspaper in Panjim, Goa

Fresh off the press
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  • Premanand - November 15, 2015 - 9:45 pm

    Dev, Swatachi niwallsan ani khabron…Goen-karacho dis sooroo zaalo…Ooni padta ti phakta chow. :-) (Worship, personal hygiene and news…a new day has begun for the “Goen kaar”… what is missing is the cup of tea)ReplyCancel

Hindu Festival of Lights.

Deepavali greetings to all from Goa!

Diwali lamp in Britona, Goa

Diwali lamp in Britona, Goa
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  • Vivek - November 10, 2015 - 10:51 pm

    Rajanbab, Wish you too and your family Happy and Safe Diwali.ReplyCancel

  • Premanand - November 10, 2015 - 1:41 am

    Rajan bhai, Tuka Diwali chyo hoon-hoonit parbee! :-)ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - November 10, 2015 - 7:11 am


      Obrigado. Deepavali greetings to you and family, too!ReplyCancel

Candids from Goa.

These were taken over the years from a moving car.

In Taleigao, Goa

Today in Taleigao
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Dayanand Haldankar in Divar, Goa

Dayanand Haldankar in Divar (2007)
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In Chorão, Goa

In Chorão (2013)
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Goa merges fully with India.

Yesterday I briefly attended a symposium in Panjim on the “Smart City” initiative. It was like walking into a parallel universe. The main thing I learnt was that Indians have gotten better at buzzwords and PowerPoint.

“Smart Cities” is the conceit du jour of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Not long ago, Panjim was an exquisite town with its distinct visual signature, cultural identity and a quality of life not found anywhere else in India. But then India arrived in Goa. Today Panjim is on the fast track to sewer-hood. No different from any other filthy, unpleasant urban Indian space.

You see, I am not supposed to commit crimes of noticing things or think such impure thoughts much less record them, in the interest of not offending the ‘feelings’ of my superpatriotic Indian friends.

A few samplers from within a stone’s throw of the “Smart City” dog & pony show. We’ll certainly get our ‘smart’ chops even if it means we have to stew in garbage the rest of our life.

Garbage in Panjim, Goa

Garbage City
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Filth in Panjim, Goa

Filth City
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Electric hazard in Panjim, Goa

Electric City: where you can die if you aren’t smart
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  • Arun - November 5, 2015 - 12:57 pm

    IMO, municipalities in India can do no better than to emulate Singapore.

  • Arun - November 5, 2015 - 12:55 pm

    Agreed that the “Smart City” is likely addressing the wrong problem. But sorry to say that even if Panjim was an isolated island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, its filthification would likely have happened, for all kinds of reasons, from the pressure of growing population to the invention and use of plastics, to “Not in my backyard” (landfill for waste), to civic incompetence in coming up with other solutions (e.g., a viable non-polluting recycle + incinerator program).ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - November 6, 2015 - 12:08 pm

      The chief reason Panjim – Goa, too – was a pleasant space was that there were so few of us (relatively speaking, compared to the rest of India). Post 2000, that changed dramatically. A house with a carrying capacity for 5 can manage with 7 or 10, maybe even 20 with a lot of adjustment, but when you get to 200 people there are dire consequences. No amount of retrofitting will solve the problem.

      Goa did not negotiate any protections in 1961 (Liberation) as regards land or non-Goans settling here. Goa does not have even other land protections that a state like Himachal has. States like Maharashtra and Karnataka have a provision where agricultural land cannot be sold except to farmers. No such regulation in Goa (and there is no incentive now for politicians to pass anything of the sort when they can make mountains of money approving land conversions).

      Around 2000, the floodgates were thrown open and construction frenzy ensued. Moneyed folks from Bombay and Delhi all wanted a piece of Goa and Goan politicians realized quickly the loot that was theirs for the taking.

      Even the current defense minister Manohar Parrikar, who postures as Mr Clean, is as soiled as they come. To cut a long story short, rich Indians began buying up real estate, the ruling class flouted all laws to enable rampant construction, and migrant labour from all over India streamed in to service the construction. Once they stream in they don’t stream out. Instead, they summon their extended families (to many from the most impoverished villages, Goa must seem like Dubai). End result: Goa severely degraded in every respect.

      The Smart City is another juicy pot of money that will go around and have
      little to show for. You cannot out-train a bad diet to lose weight.ReplyCancel

      • Antao - November 11, 2015 - 9:49 pm

        We also have this problem where our resources (taxes, mineral wealth, etc) are being looted by India to feed and subsidize her ever-growing population (hundreds of millions of desperately poor in her Hind heartland).
        The little that remains (or returned as Goa’s share of taxes) is either looted by the politicians and their ilk or is not sufficient to provide 21st century infrastructure for the population (Goan+non-Goan+Tourists) of the state.

        The state’s share in the central taxes will only reduce as India’s population reaches its peak and Goa’s land and mineral resources deplete. Then what next for the Goan people? People of Catalan have good political leaders. I envy them.

        I would not be surprised in the future (after our time) if Goa loses its statehood and is clubbed into a new state comprising of parts of Karnataka and Maharashtra, as the population of these regions increase and the Goan identity is gradually eroded by emigration (Goans) and immigration (Indians).ReplyCancel

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  • vnm - November 4, 2015 - 4:17 am

    That’s not garbage. It is just graffiti in 3D.ReplyCancel


The first thing I noticed as we came within sight of Seljahjallagil – a remarkable canyon studded with basalt columns – near the Mývatn area in north Iceland is the likeness of Ganesha. A full photographic account of this wondrous place will be presented later. For now, this teaser.

Ganesha in Seljahjallagil, Iceland

Ganesha in Seljahjallagil
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  • Usman Ali Khan - November 26, 2015 - 1:14 pm

    Watch Online All Latest Urdu Punjabi Indian Pakistani Desi Hd Video Songs in HD definition on desihdsongs.comReplyCancel

  • Jon - October 28, 2015 - 4:48 pm

    I spotted Ganesha before I looked at the title. Next time (I hope there is one) I get to Myvatn I’ll have to look for that.ReplyCancel

  • Premanand - October 27, 2015 - 4:26 pm

    Ganapati Bappa Morya!!! :-)ReplyCancel