Goa and the allure of The Quiet Life

Many of us, who have been born and brought up in cities, would like to believe that this is as good as life gets. The city provides for everything we identify with – education, careers, medical facilities, necessary amenities, entertainment, luxury, and so on. And yet, we like to visit serene, scenic holiday destinations with family or friends every time an opportunity presents itself. We spend a blissful time during the stay, and feel sorry when it is time to get back to the city.

Now, why is that?
If the city life is indeed what we have chosen for ourselves, why should there be a pang of regret in returning to it? We put up with the crowds, pollution, stress, and unhealthy habits that urban life entails, but there’s a part of us that yearns for peace and quiet. A life that allows us to be in touch with our true motivations; a life that frees us from the unending cycle of wanting more; a life that unfolds at the pace we want, instead of dragging us in its wake.

No place in India symbolizes this life better than Goa.

Goa has always held an attraction for people with creative inclinations – writers, academics, musicians, and filmmakers. But in recent years, it has increasingly begun to interest corporate professionals, entrepreneurs, and people who choose to pursue off-beat interests. It is a veritable melting pot of aspirations and outlooks, and it graciously makes space for each.

Life in Goa makes the sacrifices and adjustments seem worthwhile.

Not everyone who arrives here is rich or seeking riches; there are people who have quit corporate jobs in cities, and come to Goa to become spiritual healers or canine behaviourists. Nor is everyone who settled here nearing retirement; many couples prefer to raise their kids in Goa. People don’t necessarily go for a Portuguese-styled villa overlooking a paddy field or a beach; they make do with a simple apartment. But everyone, whether they’re renting a home or buying one, is happy to make whatever adjustments it takes in their work, life, and play, just to stay in Goa. They find inventive ways to match their skills to Goa’s needs. Possibly the best part of living in Goa is that it shows you the true value of money – and that you don’t need too much of it to be happy.

Goa just lets you be, and lets you explore your personal interests.

With bountiful sun, sea, and greenery, Goa is a nature lover’s delight. The air is clean, the food is great, and the crowds are sparse, except on festivals and occasions of revelry. Everyday essentials like food, drink, electricity, and petrol cost less than in the metros. Property rates are low, so you can easily rent a sprawling villa for less than what you would pay for the average two-bedroom apartment in Mumbai’s Bandra. Goa also offers ample facilities for sports, travel, outdoor excursions, and recreation. The small population of Goa allows its inhabitants to have a good life.

More importantly, whoever you are, and whatever you do, Goa lets you be. It has great tolerance and respect for the privacy and the choices of individuals. On the other hand, it is very easy to be social here.

If you know one person, they will introduce you to the next, and so forth. And before you realize it, you will know everyone.

Living in Goa is not everyone’s cup of tea, especially those who wake up every morning turbo-charged, looking to throw themselves into the fray of another day. But for those who seek a slower, quieter life, with a peaceful wine glass by their side, there is no better place to be than Goa.

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