After watching Beautiful Beaches and Exquisite Churches, I drowned elegantly and fell for Goa. 

Tripoto
27th Dec 2016

#SwipeRightToTravel

12:15 pm, December 27, 2016, Ahmedabad.

'Sorry, you can't take that sharp tool inside the plane.'

'What? Why?'

Okay. I put my locket having the longest 'Game of Thrones' sword of 'Starks' inside my bag and couldn't wear it while I take my pictures on the plane. Sad. Fine. Who cares? I am going Goa. I #SwipeRightToTravel and put that locket-thought behind my small brain.

The 'Don Casanova' tattoo on my left hand, The 'Bhangover' Hoodie with a weird weed symbol and one tribal ink on the lower neck made it clear to the fellow sitting beside me that I am heading towards Goa so alone that I have dressed me up way differently that even my own parents wouldn't recognize me. You know a 'Pony Tail' for a Gujarati boy is not popular and non-recommendable fashion trend but I had no restriction and thus, I decided to make the most of my coming 111 hours as adventurous as possible.

Photo of Ahmedabad Airport, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India by Bhavik Sarkhedi

I sat on my seat and closed my eyes to think 'What all sorts of Papad-Belle' thing I did to come Goa alone?' Yes, the most wonderfully awesome part was I purchased 'Tinder Plus' and had placed myself at Panjim so the girls there can swipe me right. I know, that is a heaven of the idea. PS- Dear Tinder, You can check my Tinder account. It really works. Thank you. 

Another thing was that I haven't told my parents yet that I am in 'Zero Company' Trip. Thirdly, all my different categories of friends assume that I am with the other group of friends and it goes with the another.

Well, a big budget trip to Goa had been backed by the six months savings I did from the Content Writing job. Of Course, I am going to spend my 31st night there and anything can happen. In excitement, I had done shopping of more than 10k but off the topic, the magnificent feeling that kicked my head and heart was ineffable.

Day 1

4:15 pm, Goa.

I reached Goa, the hotel staff picked me up, I reached at my 'Ok Ok' room and blah miscellaneous. I must tell you that this was my first time and I have come alone. A Big Risk? Why? Didn't I get any friends to come with? That's personal.

I texted all the 3 'Goa Girl' I matched on Tinder Plus and asked to fix some schedule on a beach, bar or a boat. It happened the same exactly. I got all the three girls on all the above respective spots.

Photo of Goa Airport, Dabolim, Goa, India by Bhavik Sarkhedi

What I do primarily when I reach my room? I take out my locket out and wear it instantly before any 'Kala Jadu' happens to me at the newest-most-exciting-happening place of India. Oh, yes, I again changed so that I could use all the 6 Tees and wardrobe I purchased especially for this heavenly trip.

Photo of Baga, Goa, India by Bhavik Sarkhedi

The best candle light dinner I did was there. The sound of the waves, nobody around me, none beside me and not a single person to talk to, still, I couldn't feel lonely but bliss. I had not imagined such feeling inside my brilliant brains but finally, it happened. I couldn't remember anything probably after few of the drinks I had that day. PS- I don't drink often but when I do, I forget things. :D

Day 2

From getting the sands on my legs to doing 'Panorama' to putting my 'Over the Ears' headphones and listening 'Cheap Thrills, I remember everything since I didn't drink in the morning :p. Oh my God, what are you going to do alone there sitting on the shacks? I thought the same before but then, time seemed to pass naturally and then it passed some more simultaneously with the myriad thoughts going on in my mind.

I think that that was the most essential part when I realized that we don't need anyone to travel or at least to make anything happen. Note: I had many friends to approach me and go Goa together but I took the decision to come alone dauntlessly of which I am proud of now.

The evening flowed smoothly, seamlessly and with so delight that I still rewind it to make me blush. The Captured moments are always memorable but sometimes, the words fill the void of 'Uncaptured' moments and that is what I came for especially.

Being a professional content writer and an author of two books, well, two flop books, I wanted to give some thoughts on why, how, what and who of my next novel. I am a mixture of 'Dude' and 'Douche' and so at the third morning, I came to a title: They Call me Dude- A Wannabe Turned Prodigy.

Here, I met my first girl. On the Beach. She was hot but not cute, smart but not sexy; she was a bimbo. We talked as we were friends for life. She was orthodox; she was conservative. I respected it. I know that every meeting can't end up to a date or bathing together on a beach. But, I really felt the level of technology millenials are using. You aren't physically present but find the  'Match' of your type perhaps and there is a fair expectations of it going long. Well, this didn't work. She left. Don't Worry. I have two more. :D :D PS- I was under pressure now.

But, I continued with my real intention. I immersed again in the air of the beach.

11 am, 29 December, 2016, Goa.

Photo of Baga Beach, Baga, Goa, India by Bhavik Sarkhedi
Photo of Baga Beach, Baga, Goa, India by Bhavik Sarkhedi
Photo of Baga Beach, Baga, Goa, India by Bhavik Sarkhedi
Photo of Baga Beach, Baga, Goa, India by Bhavik Sarkhedi
Photo of Baga Beach, Baga, Goa, India by Bhavik Sarkhedi
Photo of Baga Beach, Baga, Goa, India by Bhavik Sarkhedi

I wrote, I drank, I observed, I thought, I slept, I woke up, I ate, I walked, I touched, I felt and I did all the actions, tangible and intangible actions, but I knew one thing: Time flies so slow when you are alone and I got one secret formula to live in this world more and more. Einstein was right about the 'Relativity'; I trust him wholeheartedly. Yes, I know Einstein, bro. I am a mechanical engineer.

'The Weak Point Dealer' and 'Will You Walk A Mile?' had every efforts but it somehow didn't reach the heart. I have to reach there and penetrate that boundary. Goa, help me.

The city is so different. Panjim is so cool, people are so amazingly sweet and come on, Bhavik, talk about the girls. Damn man, Girls from every corner of the world. They smoke hotttttttttt. Not going off the topic but since I was alone, I got the privilege to do anything and everything. So guess where I headed myself?

Casino. Yes, That's where I called my second girl. 'Boat Ride Ki Boat Ride Aur Casino Ka Casino'

Photo of After watching Beautiful Beaches and Exquisite Churches, I drowned elegantly and fell for Goa. by Bhavik Sarkhedi
Photo of After watching Beautiful Beaches and Exquisite Churches, I drowned elegantly and fell for Goa. by Bhavik Sarkhedi
Photo of After watching Beautiful Beaches and Exquisite Churches, I drowned elegantly and fell for Goa. by Bhavik Sarkhedi

Well, the 'Chasma' of two types, Hat and Cap, Sleeveless and Full-sleeve tee, there was these combination of all I wanted to wear and there was no one to ditch me to it. But, trust me, I intuited that I will win and you want proof? I video-d it. Girl, I won 10k. Hahahaha. Nandini (who didn't mind when I asked her to put her name here) couldn't believe that I can be so lucky that I was winning in dice game with the oddest combinations and permutations. We continued to talk around and since I was in 'Performance Pressure' to impress this girl, I smattered many times which she noticed very observantly. I couldn't impress her apart from the 'Game Part' but that wasn't actually me, that was my 'Luck'. We left from the Casino without sharing our numbers and the sad part was that she unmatched me. Reality. I had to face it.

I focused on the good part. Maybe, she was my 'lucky charm'. She came, made me win and went. Just like an angel. Well, adding more scintillating thoughts to my millions, I moved on.

Photo of After watching Beautiful Beaches and Exquisite Churches, I drowned elegantly and fell for Goa. by Bhavik Sarkhedi
Photo of After watching Beautiful Beaches and Exquisite Churches, I drowned elegantly and fell for Goa. by Bhavik Sarkhedi
Photo of After watching Beautiful Beaches and Exquisite Churches, I drowned elegantly and fell for Goa. by Bhavik Sarkhedi
Photo of After watching Beautiful Beaches and Exquisite Churches, I drowned elegantly and fell for Goa. by Bhavik Sarkhedi

Being a wannabe rapper, I got the immense privilege to rock it wherever I go. The hustle of my confused brain with the tricky heart was now over as I made peace with the 'Solitude' thing. The Fort, the rocks, the smell, the view, the couples holding each other's hand, guys speaking their slangs fascinated me because there was no solo 'Daring' Dude or Douche. Again, I felt uniquely differently proud.

Yes, it became really difficult for me to sometimes all the memories with me as I could do only 'Selfie' stuff but again, who cares? It's all in my brilliant brains. I am a writer, a smart one. I walked, paused, stopped, ran, walked, and expressed every single thoughts out of the thousands that ruled my brain till date.

I felt ecstatic. Thank God, I came alone. This thought stayed until these happened.

The third girl who had not come online after I entered Goa replied me. She said, "Let's Go Clubing." Could I have felt more relaxation? No, man. I shouted like anything and then, I dressed the best. The Hip Hop Tshirt that I purchased was specially manufactured for the dance floor. The beanie cap looked cool on it. The spectacles added more feathers to my cap. Haha. 

Just like the Joginder Sharma felt the hulk of pressure in the Final against Pakistan, I felt the same when I was standing outside Titos. I was presuming her looks, probably her figure. Before I could end up my devil imaginations, a girl from the front whom I didn't notice because she was cute; cuties don't go for party. Note: I judged. I was wrong. She said, "The Weak Point Dealer?'. Lol. She patted me on my back and called by my book name. She rocked. She impressed me. Well, She was Shafali. A short, fair, veeeerrrrry cute, high heeled (probably to look tall), wore one-piece (for the club), open haired, and the sweetest dimple on her left cheek made me 'Awwwww Tinder Plus- I promise I am gonna purchase the version next month too. And trust me, if everything goes well, I am going to publicize to all my friends. They all need a good girl friend.'

Photo of Titos Lane, Baga, Goa, India by Bhavik Sarkhedi
Photo of Titos Lane, Baga, Goa, India by Bhavik Sarkhedi

I dressed like a hip hop dancer and when I was about to go to a pub. The bouncers reminded me that I was with a girl. I felt bliss again. Not with any hot chic, but a cute one. Uffff. Phew. Duhh. I never managed to trap,lure, attract, manipulate, deceive, impress (or any +/- adjectives) girls. It's fine. That day was different. Because I danced so 'Gujaratily English' on the dance floor that the crowd cheered for me.

Really. That was the best and the worst feeling. Best because I didn't care about the others and proudly jumped  with my 'So called date' :D and worst because I was pressurized to impress her.

When MS Dhoni gave the ball to Joginder, even Jog didn't believe it and had faith, but Dhoni does. Same thing happened to us. I lost all the confidence from the prior two 'Flopped Dates'; she just made it so easy. 

Not getting our eyes talk because of the crowd, we decided to leave it early and yes, we went for the beach. People have always told me about 'Being You' and it was the only risk I could take.

'I don't like clubbing. I am more of a beach guy.'

She looked stunned. I thought she would run away.

'Umm. Really? You are all perfectly dressed to dance, dealer'

She really spoke the book title at utmost lavishness.

'It was to impress you. I am a writer. I try to fit to the places I go so that I can know the 'Real Them'. I do rapping, I can definitely rock the dance floor; but peace seduces me more.'

'Now, Mr.writer is talking.'

The lesser she spoke, the stronger her lines were.

'Oh, so, why don't Shafali talk?'

'Because Shafali is a shy girl who is out with a guy, strange TINDER guy, at Goa. I am here with my girl friends. They don't know about these all. I hope this is not embarrassing'.

I don't remember it exactly but this is something I said,"Look Shafali, Goa is a place where we try to mask ourselves and be like Ranbir-Deepika-Corsica. Some succeeds, gets through it; some fails and admit it. I confess that I love my trip alone and being with someone was the myth I was carrying with and so all these dating dramas. I can enjoy alone. I must tell you that I dated two girls before you, they both rejected me. I seriously don't know the reason why. That is the beauty of it. I guess, you will do the same.  I don't regret. I know that it's hard to believe a guy who dates girls every, now and then but.. You know what I imagined before you arrived? That I will sleep with you eventually. But, your few consistently sweet and innocent lines faded me off that track and now, I just want to be anonymous to you and talk and talk until you are tired because I won't. I am here to bear that rational load, virtual pressure, and physical stress that I don't get in my mundane life. You are pretty. I think you should speak something otherwise, you will hold the world record of the 'Best Boring Listener'.'

She laughed. Yes, some good news from my 'Being Me'.

Again, I don't know what were the exact words but, she said,"I don't want to be anonymous. I checked you out on Google. You are famous. Luckily, I am from Gujarat, too. But, as an innocent girl you mentioned, I would rather meet you (absolutely) somewhere there. Here is my number........."

Photo of After watching Beautiful Beaches and Exquisite Churches, I drowned elegantly and fell for Goa. by Bhavik Sarkhedi

I can't say "I enjoyed as much as the beard guy with the hot chic, family trip wale members or 4 bachelors (Girls/Boys)." But yes, I can certainly say that at the place where you are meant to be with someone special and when you trust your instinct and make that someone special 'Yourself', it's the greatest-sweetest-auspicious feeling that you can never forget."

I can never forget. The girl and I are good friends. She is getting engaged. She didn't ruin it when I blabbered. Guess again, I think why she was on Tinder. Who am I to judge? Thank God, Tinder is considered broadly and people are now not here only for dating. India is progressing. 

....Because in the end, it's you who will be with you FOREVER. I just started practicing it.........

PS- Some 'Hangover' Shots that #SwipeVeryRight

Photo of After watching Beautiful Beaches and Exquisite Churches, I drowned elegantly and fell for Goa. by Bhavik Sarkhedi
Photo of After watching Beautiful Beaches and Exquisite Churches, I drowned elegantly and fell for Goa. by Bhavik Sarkhedi
Photo of After watching Beautiful Beaches and Exquisite Churches, I drowned elegantly and fell for Goa. by Bhavik Sarkhedi

I love you, Goa. I hate you, loneliness. 

4 Comment(s)
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Fabulous post. Incredible places you visited and solitude. WOW. Just wow
Wed 01 25 17, 23:45 · Reply · Report
Adventure Admired. Kudos
Wed 01 25 17, 04:51 · Reply · Report
I totally agree with Pratik. I feel proud to be your co-author. Lovely Article. Got Goosebumps and will to install Tinder.
Tue 01 24 17, 04:26 · Reply · Report
I wish to Go Goa again. WOnderful detailed explanation. Of Course, you are an author.
Tue 01 24 17, 04:24 · Reply · Report