In this installment, we look at two of Panjim‘s legendary hotels.

The 19th C Hotel Republica is among the city’s earliest hotels, and is located along Afonso Mexia Road in central Panjim, near the Old Secretariat building. W. Somerset Maugham stayed here in 1938 during his visit to Goa. If I recall correctly, the hotel also had a bit role in World War II history – German spies were caught on its premises. Today, Hotel Republica has devolved into a low budget way station for ill-mannered tourist hordes.

Hotel Republica in Panjim, Goa

Hotel Republica in Panjim, Goa
5D Mark II, TS-E 17L


Hotel Mandovi enjoys the same kind of cachet in the Goan mind as that accorded the Taj Mahal Hotel by the denizens of Mumbai. The hotel was erected on the Noronha family land (the family chapel still stands), and is owned by the Quenim family. Built in the Art Deco style, it first opened for business on December 1, 1952. Although some of the old world elegance has now frayed, its restaurant Riorico is known to this day for outstanding Goan cuisine, especially its signature Goan-Portuguese specialties.

Hotel Mandovi

Hotel Mandovi
5D Mark II, TS-E 24L II

Hotel Mandovi - a Panjim icon

Hotel Mandovi - a Panjim icon
5D Mark II, TS-E 17L


All links to Panjim are consolidated here.


The 17th C. Church of Nossa Señhora Assunta in the village of Velsão is ensconced in a swath of palm trees. This soothing sight typifies the landscape of coastal Goa. I made several early morning rounds spread over many months to the hillock at Cuelim until I got the lighting just right.

Palm fronds and the Velsão church

Palm fronds and the Velsão church
5D, 300L f/4 IS

  • soter - March 8, 2010 - 6:14 pm

    Really beautiful. Reminds me of a similar site in Kerala which is a tourist spot where people flock to have this aerial view.

  • vmingoa - March 8, 2010 - 9:11 am

    Stunning. One of your very best.ReplyCancel

  • Mohandas da Costa - March 8, 2010 - 5:48 am

    The cuelim hill is my favorite spot during the rains. But this landscape may soon disappear. I understand that some local politicians and bigwigs have already laid their claim on the land on this hill surrounding this church as well.ReplyCancel

  • Sanjeev - March 8, 2010 - 12:55 am

    The Church seems to be frightened and lurking through the palms – “When will the axe fall here !!!?!?!?”ReplyCancel

Fresh Samosas

Fresh Samosas in New Delhi
5D, 24-105L

Pedas in Bikaner, Rajasthan

World-class Pedas in Bikaner, Rajasthan
5D, 24-105L

  • Arun - March 6, 2010 - 7:29 am

    In the first photograph, I’m wondering how it would be if the gol gappe in the background were also in focus.

    The DOF works nicely in the second picture of pedas.ReplyCancel

  • Sanjeev - March 5, 2010 - 2:54 am

    Yumm !!!ReplyCancel

  • Rajan P. Parrikar - March 4, 2010 - 2:58 pm

    Ignatius: As you know, most things in India are never uniform across the country; they come in local variations and flavours. The samosas you see in the photograph are Punjabi style. Bengalis, Gujaratis, Maharashtrians, Goans etc all impart their own spin to the art of samosa manufacture. The samosas vary by the type of filling to the thickness of the crust to its overall shape profile.ReplyCancel

  • Ignatius Fernandes - March 4, 2010 - 12:44 pm

    The samosas in East Africa and England are triangular in shape.
    They are also made with thin pastry.If hey were copied from Indian samosas why are they different?ReplyCancel

  • Rajan P. Parrikar - March 4, 2010 - 9:48 am

    Annesimo: Cafe Central in Panjim has been making world-class samosas for decades now. So no need of migrants for this job.

    Floriano: No, you have it wrong. A samosa a day, a peda a day, has the power to dispatch one to heaven by age 40 :-).ReplyCancel

  • Rani Thompson - March 4, 2010 - 8:59 am

    Holi ki mithai….wah wah….thank you, thank you……you can make any object look beautiful with your lenses…..deliciously wonderfulReplyCancel

  • floriano lobo - March 4, 2010 - 5:35 am

    If those mouth watering SAMOSAS are fried in the all prevalent and the killer ‘hydrogeneted’ oils and those ever so succulent and desirable ‘pedas’ are prepared in the ‘hydrogenated vanaspati’ ghees, then they are hardly the peaceful ‘Heaven’ they are supposed to be but more like the burning ‘Hell’



  • anesimo fernandes - March 4, 2010 - 3:34 am


    Mouth watering pictures. Do we have to go Delhi or Rajastan to taste them or our Ghati immigrants in Goa make them!


Romance flowers undeterred by an approaching southwest monsoon storm in Kozhikode (aka Calicut) on the Malabar coast of northern Kerala.

In Calicut, Kerala

In Calicut, Kerala
5D, 70-200L f/2.8 IS

Approaching monsoon in Calicut, Kerala

Monsoon storm brewing in Calicut, Kerala
5D, 70-200L f/2.8 IS

  • Rani Thompson - March 2, 2010 - 5:39 pm

    बहुत दिनों से एक नयी पोस्ट का इन्तज़ार था। लगा होली पर कुछ रंग बिरंगी दुनियाँ आप दिखाएंगे पर शायद होली मनाने में व्यस्त हैं। बहरहाल, होली की बहुत सी शुभकामनाएं।ReplyCancel

  • Arun - February 24, 2010 - 12:11 pm

    Here in New Jersey there is an approaching winter storm, but it is nowhere as good-looking.ReplyCancel

  • Rajan P. Parrikar - February 24, 2010 - 10:50 am

    Sanjeev, no it is not an HDR image. It was shot in RAW and standard processing techniques were used to recover details & highlights.ReplyCancel

  • venantius j pinto - February 24, 2010 - 8:45 am

    The frothiness is in the sky is reminded me JMW Turner. His ability to bring out the procellous. His ability to get those painted skies is attributed to his dad being a barber—frothy shaving soap etc.ReplyCancel

  • sanjeev - February 24, 2010 - 1:34 am

    Wow ! Is the 2nd image HDR processed ?ReplyCancel