If you are going to Goa

Few things we learned on our recent trip to Goa:

  1. Lets get started with the first one i.e. finding a taxi once you land at Goa airport. The queue at the official counter is too long. You probably will have to wait for 30 mins or more to get a taxi. It would be a better idea to either arrange a taxi before you reach there or go out from the airport and talk to the some drivers roaming around. They have their cars parked on the roadside and you can easily strike a deal with one of them. Will save you a lot of time though you may need a walk few hundred meters. No there is no Ola or Uber in Goa.
  2. If you are staying near Calangute the best place to rent a bike, car or a jeep is guy called Dolphin. Very genuine rates and a good number of vehicles he owns. Here is the location of this shop.
  3. Titos is a shithole. Avoid it. There must be tens of better pubs out there. But AVOID Titos. They really have nothing to offer.
  4. Folks plying taxis in the city hardly bargain. They are going to charge the amount they quote. At times it might be a better idea to rent a bike or car.

That is all for now.

Merging three blogs into one

As it was becoming difficult to maintain 3 different blogs So I merged three blogs of mine into one. Now posts from all three blogs Perosnal, Poetry & Punjabiat are merged into Personal one. The posts specific to Poetry and Punjabiat blogs can be accessed from the tabs on the top. The pages from each of these blogs are also linked under those tabs. For the time being I have also set up temporary redirection from the old URLs to new URLs. There is some cleanup that needs to be done. Hope to complete that soon.

Girls addicted to drugs in Punjab

A friend sent a link to a video that shows 2 girls smoking smack and cigarettes in what looks like a hostel room. Neither this is something totally new nor as a man, I have any right to say that girls shouldn’t do this. When boys are doing all this why not girls ? But something visual like this does make an impact and makes you think like where we are heading ?

The reason why I think it marks a new low in our society is something else. Alcohol and drugs related issues are not very new to Punjab. It was there since our grandfathers’ generation or even before. But even in those times women were the members of the family who saved the homes and families even in the cases where men of the house were drunkards or drug addicts. They worked hard to save whatever little they could. They would work in the fields, do small house hold jobs and what not. Aim was to keep the house running. But now when women have taken to drugs like this, it makes me really really sad about what our future holds for us.

Not sure how much one can do as an individual but most certainly all these things aren’t good signs.

May God save us from this disaster.

janam din mubarak Maan saab

I stared my first job in 2004 in Mohali and we used in live in phase 5 and then 3B2. There was a music shop in Phase 5 market (Opposite Khalsa Dhaba. I cant recall the name. Probable Some Audio Hut. It is not there any more. The owner guy closed it down and move abroad I think.). As I was a regular customer there Smile with tongue out so that guy was well known to me. Well before release of any of the new Gurdas Maan albums people started waiting for the audio CDs. Problem was that on release day companies would release only a limited number of copies and shops would run out of stock on the first day itself. In few hours in fact. Because that guy was known to me so he would keep my copy safe and when we went to him after office in the evening he will call me inside and silently hand over the CD wrapped in a paper. Such was this man’s magic. MP3 days had already started but people would make an exception in Gurdas Maan’s case and buy the original CD.

Been some time to all these things and last few years of his career haven’t been that great in my personal opinion but that doesn’t harm the respect, position he enjoys for being the biggest entertainer of Punjabi music in the modern times. There is no-one like him and it is not easy being GM. The kind of space he has enjoyed in the hearts of people of Punjab, not every one gets that. That is why aunties say “eh mar jaana aheja da aheja e pia”.

Je Gurdas nu tu mar jaana kehndi na,

Mar jaane di bhora keemat paindi na

 

janam din mubarak Maan saab…jeeyo !

Shit man

This is a shitty post. I mean literally.

I have heard many times that once Jamsetji Tata was denied entry to some luxury hotel by the English. Frustrated at that he promised that he will create similar class of hotels and he did; this Taj Hotels thing.

This rant is mostly about 5* hotels in India including Taj. Why they don’t have this jet thing in the toilet ? They do know that Indians use that. Right ? Even the Taj ones don’t have. So what the heck that frustration was for ? To create something the way English use it ? Eh…Cool !

BTW any clues why they don’t have it ?