I am a creature of habit. On every visit to Goa, I follow a similar routine. First I commune with our kuldevata at the Shanteri Kamakshi Ramnath Devasthan in Ponda, then I may get a cup of Chai or two at the local canteen. Perhaps visit the nearby Mahalakshmi Devasthan and the Mangeshi Devasthan; and after aarti and a quick lunch, I head over to the Madgaon Train Station to catch the 2:30 Verna-Mangalore local train to Kumta. If I arrive early, I amble around the stalls and watch people – they appear meditative in their idleness. And take one more look at the Mario murals.
On the walls of Madgaon station, Mario Miranda has spectacularly captured the gist of original Goan culture. He has sketched not the maddening tourist buzz but the gritty Goa we remember from bygone years. This is what you could find in the villages as we travelled from temple to temple in Goa.
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There is a huge Mario mural inside the Panaji market too. Next time you are in Goa and have time, you should go and have a look at it.
THanks for that Navin. Will visit on my next trip there.
I know you are a marathoner and am hoping that you and your loved ones were not affected by the series of attacks in Boston. Keeping you all in our prayers,
THank you Archana. Yes I have run Boston Marathon many times and it is such a beautiful event.
I was actually at the Mass General Hospital in Boston and found out due to the steady stream of ambulances coming in with this sirens blaring. We knew something was very wrong. But we and all our other runner friends are safe.
What a sad day for runners. Marathons are going to change after this.
Aww.. thats such a cute pic of Meera.. This must be an old pic of her’s but her face has not changed much!Love the murals
Yes, Older pic of the chubby Meera. She is much skinner and taller now, but the masti is the same, if not more.
Meera is a big girl now! Very sweet photo 🙂
Meera is already bigger than that. I think she is like a plant, lives on water, sunlight and dirt. 🙂