Actually after a long time, was really looking forward to something: I was really bored of anything and everything around me. And this trip felt like a great escape. But then this trip isnt about me, its about us. Its about eight people— Ankit,Avanish, Nitin, Ravinder, Rohit, Praveen, Vipul and me(names are strictly in alphabetical order to avoid any controversy) who are very different people, with different ideologies( Sounds like a big boss house), but had a common motive: to have fun—pure , uncomplicated and rare these days in our lives.
Last time I felt good , was after watching Wake up Sid : which portrayed a slice of life. And its now when we landed in Goa, there are was a amazing feel good factor that generated within: Cool winds, that blew was due to the trees all around or from the distant seas didn't matter. Ankit, me, Nitin and Avanish arrived together.
And let me first introduce my gang:
@ Ankit: He is certified doctor for all hygienic and non-hygienic purposes in our group. His patience is something to watch out for and we all were dependent on him for our finance and fooding.
@ Avanish: He is the guy with a heart made in heaven just for friends and a chimney installed in his heart on earth just to smoke. Besides this two activity, he sleeps (all alone:-)
@ Nitin: He is a little dynamite, more than not silent but his jokes have potential to create near destruction which can make you laugh to death.
@ Praveen: He is a challenge of sort, a mini storm, someone who is very hard to content and thats what makes him quite a sport and some one you just cant let go off your life.
@ Rohit: He is the male version of Plain Jane or Miss Goody Two shoes: Simple, Sweet and Silent, adding to the cool factor within the group.
@ Ravinder: He is perfect example of Jat Ban Gaya Gentle men. He used to be such a bully and seeing him now with so much composure and grace will make u pleasantly surprised.
@ Vipul: He is truly the leader of this gang with loads of maturity , and with his cocky madness, his striking balance hits perfectly the right chord.
And about me, I am this insane child of the group, whom all fonders with great care.
So our trip began and our agenda was clear: eat, drink, beaches, and of course babes( hidden agenda). Ironically it remained hidden only:-)
The trip began with all of us drinking the first night bottom up and going to the sea:
Moment of Madness: When we went reach the sea at Calangute beach at midnight, pegs down and spirits high. Higher than the waves that we encountered. And what followed can be best described as Mad man's act and victim was the usual Avanish, who was turned into a basket ball, in the sea court and game was played in the most adventurous way it could have. Our camera was the single witness to that but unfortunately as the censor board as prevent us from public circulation of that night display of insanity.
Next day we were were happily meandering in the deep waters of the Arabian sea, swimming,diving and taking on the splashing waves with full vigor. Our breakfast was strictly South Indian keeping in mind that we did not have a representation from the state in our group.
Anyone smiling..will be sent to Raj Thackarey.
Food of the trip: The big king-size fish tandoori with a bottle of Fennie.
Disaster of the trip: Having Punjabi Thali in Goa and Rohit driving the jeep. Cant choose between the two.
All the four days we drove in a open-air jeep, and riding on it was nothing short of adventure. Of course ask the chauffeurs who drove it....Avanish and Ravinder are clear nominations and again voting is open here. File your vote. My vote goes for Avanish because of his passion for driving: although Ravinder being better at hand.
Night at the Titos was colorful and eventful. We danced and danced till the wee hours. While Ravinder was unstoppable, you had to see to believe seeing Praveen dance, and so were others. Sandwich and Brownie at 4 in the morning.....Sizzling!!! A little more than Riya Sen in her white dress that nite at Titos. Nite life in Goa is truly rocking..its cool clubbing all over. One moment you think, is it India?
Dance of the trip: Mr. Praveen Sahay, who danced at Tito challenging all standard choreographies and to bring home the point: Pappu can dance Saala.
Adventure Sports were cool and loads of fun. Flying high in the Parachute over blue sea, meeting eye with the sun. Period. So was the water drive and banana.
Action of the trip: Mr. Ravinder Dagar's timely dive in the banana ride and Au's efforts to reach out to deep sea and panicking each time he didn't find his feet on ground after a bugling wave.
Last night of the trip would be always memorable. The moon was at its silvery best, and the sea was looking ravishingly beautiful and at its wild, sexy best. There were loud, wackiest jokes cracked, resulting into resounding laughter. As the night grew, it was the time for heart to heart communication. That night someone spoke and someone listened. While few were sitting, few strolled, in that silence of night, I learnt a few things.
Anecdote: Any good script should have the emotional touch.
The night was astounding, waves resounding…..
...(Wordsworth would have been proud)
Few potential winners::
Drunker Award of the trip: The award was keenly contested between Praveen and Ravinder for their undivided loyalty for Fennie( It is a Goan drink made out of cashew or coconut) and the Goa govt is planning to appoint them as brand ambassadors for the drink. However the winner is undecided in this segment...Pl vote for the your favourite contestant
Bravery award of the trip: The award has been unanimously decided in favour of me for the sheer overconfidence I exhibited to drink down Fennie half bottle neat, in Anjuma Beach and almost making my challenger Avanish wondering why did he challenge? I didn't win.
Of course the anti-climax that followed didn't matter because by then I realized why my friends are class apart from others...they didn't let me complete the challenge, because they though. challenge was not bigger than my health...I was high that night...not because of the alcohol but because of my friends. That was my night of Dangerous Liasons..
But the Kodak moment of the trip will be the snaps we took in that old fort (famous for Dil Chahta hai). We did have ours too.....Lovey Dovey. Check the same out at the site.
Humour was the basic element of the trip: It came in all form whether physical ( ask Avanish) or mental( Ask Ankit). Some jokes were funny to the core, some were loud, some were irritating, but the jokes that won all our hearts were brilliant because of their sheer timings.
Jokes of the trip:Clear Winners here are the one that was cracked by Nitin Mittal that last nite on the beach ( Censored) and the other one on Chanda Mama cracked by Ravinder.
Every movie is incomplete without a good cameo, which was played by Rohit to the tee. He added that perfect sweetness to give trip that fresh feeling.
And someone who ensured the trip went off smooth was Vipul.
My final vote of thanks, pl give a pat at your back:
Praveen, who gave the idea of trip( An idea changes our boring life Sir jee)
Ankit, who managed our finances
Avanish and Ravinder for co-ordinating
And of course me, Rohit and Nitin for participating….
And this trip of ours is dedicated to all those friends who are planning for a trip like this for long..its time to make a call, fix a date and venue and pack your bags…..trust me we started off where we left…whenever we met last.
To all my friends..wherever you are Kolkata, Delhi,Hyderabad, Mumbai, Assam, Gujrat, Bengal… o wherever in India I love you and miss you all.