24 June, 2021

Beach 'N' Business

More and more Mumbaikars are homing in on Goa for a rare mix of fun and work

Beach 'N' Business

SUSHEGAAD may be a sigh in the languorous Goan breeze. But the Konkani word for 'laid-back' typifies the state to which city-sick Mumbai-slickers run. Some to settle down permanently.

"Sushegaad embodies me. Can't dream of living elsewhere," says Jamshed Billimoria who dunked a roving merchant navy job and a blossoming career as model in bustling Mumbai for Goan backwaters. Billimoria with wife Ayesha (journalist with eco-mag Sanctuary) joins many from Mumbai, with few from other buzzing metros, who have preferred bohemian Goa's bonhomie and beaches. Splash this with the fizz of beer, spicy fish curry, serious siesta, yearround parties and everyone-knows-everyone mateyness. Even its monsoons, raw and primeval. Paddy fields, silvery waterways, foam-lined beaches, old Portuguese homes and churches. You understand why Goa is the terminus for fast-track lives aching for a recess. These include cartoonist Mario Miranda, ad guru Bal Mundkur, designer Wendell Rodricks, fashion photographer Ritu Nanda (from Bangalore), former army chief Gen....

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