29th September 2014 – Goa, India
From dusty roads and temples, to rainy days and beaches.There is so much in this country, but I was never too near.I needed a motorbike to finally tell me what I missed.I don’t know about Fanny. But I am finding myself here.
The Royal enfield thunderbird 350 had now clocked 3700 KM. And it was time for the second service.
If you are a motorbike owner or a lover, you will know what I am talking about. If not, here is a little info. Every motorbike needs to undergo servicing at periodic intervals, and the servicing period is defined by the figures shown in the trip odometer. The first service is just after the bike reaches 500 KM. This coincides with a period called ‘run-in’, when the bike is still getting into cruising condition. The second servicing should be done after 3000 KM, after which the run-in period is said to be complete, and the bike can now be pushed into full throttle when required. I have not been exceeding speeds of 70 KPH (Ok, I lie. Maybe, sometimes!), and getting the second service done was very important for the remaining trip.
I should have done it earlier, but I couldn’t find any royal enfield service centres in Hampi. So, I had to choose one in Panaji, the capital of Goa. After giving the bike in the morning, I was surprised to be told that I can pick up the bike the same day, in 4-5 hours.
I had to kill 4 hours of my time, and I had no idea what to do. A portion of the time went into exploring old Goa on foot, including some Portuguese churches. At one of which, I managed to click the picture above. But, I still had to kill 3 more hours after that. So, I found the nearest movie house and bought tickets to see a bollywood movie after the longest time.
While I don’t generally favour bollywood movies, this one wasn’t so over-the-top, and to its advantage, the movie was shot and based upon Goa. ‘Finding fanny’ was a timely movie for me, showcasing the Portuguese-inspired culture of Goa, where christianity and alcoholism coexisted in a rather beautiful relationship.
If it is of any concern, there was no dancing till the end-credits.