“Looks like there’s no other place but
“You are a house dog; you are on a permanent holiday,” I told him, “And anyway we are in
“No we don’t,” he said. “The
“You don’t like to get your fur wet, you don’t like crowds and you know nothing about designer drugs and alcohol,” I said.
“Well natch, if you keep me a prisoner here in this flat, how will I know anything,” he said.
“Look they even talk of retiring in
“That’s the problem,” I said, “That’s why all the land is going to weird people and no one bothers about the CRZ rules anymore.”
“Why don’t we retire in a bungalow on the beach and start an Italian restaurant? I like Italian food – pasta and cheese and meatballs and ice cream,” he said,
“We have a perfectly good life here, in a flat in a nice part of town,” I said. “Why are you not happy here?”
“Yes, but everyone has a second and third home; we just have this one,” he said.
“One home is more than enough for us,” I said.
“I was listening to a European lady tourist who said she does not like this 11 pm music curfew and midnight closure of bars,” he said. “She said Europeans like to party till 2 in the morning.”
“Then she can go back to
“But then tourism will get ruined a retired Englishman said and he comes here for 6 months,” he said.
“Even if bars close at 5 in the evening, he will stay in
“What you talkin’ ’bout butter? I’m talking of the death of tourism in
“Your Englishman comes to
“But there are other countries in the Far East which are cheaper than Goa, Tiger was telling me his owners go to Singapore for a holiday because it is so cheap there,” he said.
“But if you’re caught with drugs in
“If they cannot see foreigners sunbathing, all the Indian tourists will stop coming to
“And that will be the best news possible, land rates will come down and Goans will go back to traditional occupations and a respect for the land and each other,” I said.
“You are so boring. First chance I get, I’m heading for the beach,” he said. “It’s pathetic. We live in Goa and have never holidayed in the real
“You call beaches, drugs and alcohol the real
“That seems to be the new reality,” he said. “At least that’s what I see on TV and read in the papers.”