It’s a Goan thing…

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 ?



20 thoughts on “It’s a Goan thing…

  1. Sonia D'Costa

    What’s life without sanna and sorpotel? Surprisingly, I just wrote a piece on pigs. What a coincidence! 🙂 🙂 Yup … here I am … crazy about Goa … dying to visit …

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      1. Abi S

        I love vindaloo! My mom is East Indian so I’m quite fond of the masalas that are used in Goan food. Thanks for posting this. So many more reasons to love Goa 🙂

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  2. A wonderful and interesting read..I had been to Goa, long long agoas a kid so I don’t remember much but It’s soo wonderful to know of these things there..and of course the maria pitache song,only Remo Fernandes comes to my mind and not to forget the tasty pork vindaloo😆😆

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