Dad asked me this evening if I wanted SORPOTEL ( a spicy Goan pork dish , another Portuguese influence ) and was surprised / shocked when I said no. How can you not want sorpotel ?????
Well , if you are a Goan ‘you CANNOT tire of sorpotel’ seems to be an unwritten rule , among many others. Here are a few of my observations …
It’s a Goan thing –
When you offer beer , feni or urak instead of tea , coffee or a lemonade anytime of the day or night .
When there’s no such thing as too much coconut.
When you expect your kid to JIVE after he/she learns to walk. NO EXCUSES ! ( Developmental psychology missed this one )
When all the aunties and uncles and cousins come on to the dance floor to dance to MARIA PITACHE . It is not our state song , or is it ?
When the DJ is threatened if he doesn’t play the GOAN MASALA(not a spice mix but a medley of songs) . This is so true in Mumbai where we have two medleys to choose from at receptions , the East Indian masala and the Goan Masala .
When a wedding is boycotted if you know there’s no booze going to be served. No SORO ( alcohol) ..sorry we can’t make it .
When punctuation marks are substituted with ‘MEN’. What men ? Ya men ! How men? WHY men? ( Seriously , Why men ? )
When adjectives are repeated and it is perfectly acceptable. Have it , it is hot hot !
When a buffet is incomplete without SORPOTEL , SANA ( like idlis) , VINDALOO AND XACUTI .
When you can eat Goan Chorizo ( sausage ) at any time and be the happiest person in the world ! ( I love love love Chorizo )
When all men in the family are called BABA and the women BAI . Confusion!
When you are expected to play ATLEAST one musical instrument and if you don’t, it can be quite embarrassing at parties .
When you are expected to be a good singer and even if you are not , you pretend just so that you fit in .
When listening to the voice of Alfred Rose or Lorna makes you smile and hum along.
When you think SUSEGAD is the perfect way of life ! ( May be it is )
When you are irked with these Goenkar ways of doing things but still can’t help loving Aamche Goa ( like me ).
Viva Goa !
Do you know a Goan or are you one or have you travelled to Goa ? Any observations to add to the list ?