02 March, 2021

Goa Diary

In Outlook this week, a diary from Goa.

Illustration by Saahil
Goa Diary
Go, Goa, Goat

If this is going to sound like True Con­fessions, blame it on the holi­day season in Goa. Or on Jerry Pinto, with the agate eyes of a Father Confessor and the glittering allure of the serpent gliding down the former Portu­guese idea of paradise and whis­pering “Tell me more! Tell me more!”

Urged by Jerry, the quirky author of Em and the Big Hoom, I revealed sins that I don’t even believe I had committed. “Please, even I am blushing,” mumbled Naresh Fernandez, looking down on his plate of fussilli parmesan as we sat under the tiled roof of Mario Rossi’s “Ciao Bella”, the superb restaurant in North Goa.

“Would you like to suck this?” asked Jerry, pulling at the imaginary teat of an imaginary goat that had materialised on the wooden table. He made loud sucking noises. The others at the other tables turned around and asked in the manner of a famous...

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