Kahin door jab din dhal jaye…

Last week on the occasion of Dasara, I got a long leave of a week and visited hometown in Goa. My house is located in south Goa, not very far from the boundary of North Karnataka. The very thought of home (home, sweet home) brings a picture of a house located among banana trees and shrubs (all the greenery), garden with coconut, betel, tamarind, kokum trees etc, a small spring to the south of garden, large plots of fields adjoining the spring and the Galgibag river flowing beyond the paddy fields, which ultimately meets the Arabian sea (You can imagine it as a farm house).

It was raining cats and dogs continuously from the day of Dasara. The whole week I had nothing to do and attend to, except some trivial household work and sleep. This gave me an opportunity to read books, listen to some old favorite Hindi songs, get wet in the rains, write some poems-some of which will find their place on this blog in due course. (काव्यशास्त्रविनोदेन गतः कालः).

On the fourth day after Dasara, Galgibag river flooded (due to high tide).  There was water all around our house and neighborhood and we had to take shelter in the houses (turned into refugee camps) which were at higher altitude than other houses in the neighborhood. 2 houses did collapse during flood. Luckily the flood water just kissed the front door of our house and then retreated. Perhaps I could have taken some photographs, but the basic instinct of saving oneself and family from the oncoming catastrophe prevailed the thought of taking photographs.

Every time I visit Goa, I make it a point to go to Galgibag beach, which is just 2 kms from my house. It’s like a devotee going to a temple for prayers regularly. But I missed it this time! There is some aura (and aqua!) about this beach which draws me towards it. It’s a lonely and hence a lovely beach. Since very few tourists (both domestic and foreign) visit this beach, no plastics materials are found and hence no pollution.

I stroll on the sand from one end to the other (sometimes with friends, sometimes with family and sometimes alone). It gives me great pleasure when all three- the sun, the sand and the sea come together. As the night approaches, the sun draws my attention towards it with yellow and light red colors spread on the horizon.

The sun is about to sink in water…

Sunset at Galgibag-1

Sunset at Galgibag-1

Sunset at Galgibag-2

Sunset at Galgibag-2

The sunset on the beach reminds me of the following lines sung by Mukesh from movie Anand-

Kahin door jab din dhal jaye

Saanjh ki dulhan badan churaye

Chupke se aaye

Mere khayalon ke aangan mai koi sapnon ke deep jalaye

Deep jalaye..

Kahin door jab din dhal jaye

Saanjh ki dulhan badan churaye

Chupke se aaye…

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