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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