24 April 2012

One view of Goa

I still don’t know what to make of Goa. I’ve been there on three occasions which has not been enough for me to decide whether I like it or not. With some places it’s love at first sight – but Goa seems to take some getting to know.

Maybe it’s because I’m not a beach person and Goa is mostly about beaches. I mean, I like the sea and I like the beach, but I like hills, gardens, landscapes and the countryside more.

Of course Goa has all that too, which makes it a very beautiful state to visit. However, the commercialism of the tourist industry has unfortunately disfigured a lot of it. This has been the sorry fate of many, many places around the world.

Perhaps I was born in the wrong time. I should have been born in the 40s which would have made me a 60s flower child. I could have taken a magic bus from Europe across Central Asia to India and eventually to Goa when it was surely a paradise.

All this said, if you have a camera you can create a beautiful world. Looking through the narrow scope of the viewfinder you can capture the most beautiful images you come across, leaving all the scum at the periphery completely out of the picture.

While in Goa I did come across empty beaches and enchanted gardens. I did have many moments of beauty. I’m sharing some of these moments I captured here.