The Goan way.

The balcão in a traditional Goan house reifies the Goan idea of leisure. Where the matriarchs repair to in the evening for relaxation at the end of the day’s chores. These are now fast fading scenes. Who needs leisure in the Facebook era when you have so many ‘Friends’ to ‘Poke’ and ‘Like’?

This image was taken a couple of months back in the village of Oxel…

Corine Lobo of Oxel

The Goan balcão: Corine Lobo of Oxel
5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 100 f/2 MP


…and this one in 2007.

Enjoying sundown - in Oxel

Enjoying sundown - in Oxel
5D, 70-200L f/2.8 IS

Dusk in Divar

Dusk in Divar
5D, 24-105L

Window leisure

Window leisure - in Camurlim-Bardez
5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

Conference - in Madkai

Outdoor conference - in Madkai
5D, 35L

  • Yogesh Sarkar - May 18, 2012 - 10:25 pm

    Beautiful series, loved the first (amazing colors) and last one in particular.ReplyCancel

  • Freddy Agnelo Fernandes - April 13, 2012 - 2:02 am

    Rajan, its alway a pleasure to go down memory lane the way you take us, your efforts to capture the essence of the nearly lost Goa are much appreciated.

    Con,your mention of “Tabl” has sent childish excitement into me, it must been decades sice I said “tabl to boro” those were the excitements of the rainy days when we got togather in “bolcaos” to play “Tabl” and “Ladis” thank Con remindingReplyCancel

  • Con - April 13, 2012 - 12:16 am

    You’ve excelled yet again.
    No balcaos like the Goan ones, where we sat & chatted and in the rainy season played cards or ‘tablam’!!


  • Freddy Agnelo Fernandes - April 11, 2012 - 5:40 am

    Rajan bab,
    Absolutely awesome, we can see very few bolcao’s like that today. Dusk in Divar is just class.ReplyCancel

  • Selma - April 10, 2012 - 6:39 pm

    Rajan, the word you are looking for is retire to not repair, although I’m sure those all balcoas need a lot of repairs 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Vivek Salgaokar - April 10, 2012 - 4:43 pm

    Absolutely superb snaps Rajan. We desperately need to preserve our old cultural heritage.

    Please dont destroy old historical houses, they are face of Goa uniqueness.ReplyCancel

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