It is a small state which was a haven for hippies in the 1970s, when India takes on the air in Latin America: Goa was colonized by the Portuguese before the British occupation … and the colors that burst through the narrow streets, their rows of colonial staircases, railings painted wood, pure white churches, garlanded niches where Christ and the Virgin ensure dressed in clothes with bright colors, put Colombian accents on the Indian Sanskrit.
In Panaji, the state capital of Goa, you could almost believe in Cartagena, especially as the warm and heavy air wraps you in the same tropical wetness. On the river that borders the town, estuary in the Gulf of Oman, steamboats and more reminiscent of Louisiana. They take tourists and Indians to cool sea breezes, watch the sunset. Night falls, the singers invited on stage passengers, who dance, drink, sing, and nibble delicious samosas…Read More »India: The life of a pasha in Goa