30 September, 2020

‘At 17, The Beatles Were My Gods And My Girlfriend Was The Prettiest Girl In The

‘At 17, The Beatles Were My Gods And My Girlfriend Was The Prettiest Girl In The
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In many ways, I was just a regular 17-year-old. The Beatles were my gods, I led the best teenage band in Goa, the prettiest girl in the club was my girlfriend and my future still lay before me. Goa was still an untouched paradise in those days, staying just the way the Portuguese had left it barely nine years earlier. Pristine, virginal countryside and beaches, old-world, white-washed, charming little cities, where cleanliness, etiquette and honesty were not yet rarities then.

And here I was, about to leave this haven for over-populated, polluted, stinking, rat- and roach-infested Bombay. In that respect, 17 was the age of my upheaval and uprooting. Yes, my future still lay before me, but a very different future from the one it finally turned out to be. I had been playing and singing at amateur events in Goa’s social clubs since I was five, right through the...

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