awoke today at about 9am to the sound of an amazing voice somewhere in the distance . i thought it was the sound of someone playing a cd of indian music . the voice had such unique characteristics . as i awoke and the longer i listened it actually sounded like it was live not a cd . my ears pulled me off the bed and made me follow where the sound was coming from which appeared to be the hippie commune next door to our guest house . shades on , down the stairs and out the gate along the road , when i arrived an older barefooted woman was walking out the gate , i said ‘morning’ to which she replied in a slightly broken gravelly tone that sounded like the singer id heard , and kept on walking . i asked one of the guys staying there if it was her singing and he replied yes , she is a beggar trying to earn some money but unlike the usual beggars she is actually doing something .
i caught her up and told her she was amazing and to please wait while i went back to get her some money . the traveller hippie guy said its kind what you are doing , if you have no money give her this and gave me about 100rps out of his own pocket ! thankful and promising to give it back in a moment [he said he didnt want it] , i asked her if she could sing for me too and she sat down in the dust on the side of the road and this happened . blew my mind . out of the whole holiday [and there is some pretty amazing stuff i havent even got to on my blog yet] , i think this might be my favourite moment of them all . love this woman !!! i dont even know what the box instrument is called a Shruti Box , its a harmonium like accompanying instrument , and its simplicity is very effective . i was informed by jg-blr and glyn h on tripadvisor goa of the instruments name .
and off she went barefooted along the street
went back to the hotel and got 200r and returned to the commune and gave it to the [scandinvaian?] guy . he said youve given me far too much , i replied you did something for me , now im returning the favour . he smiled and said “thankyou it will go towards helping someone else out along my travels” … can there ever be a better start to the day than this ? we where due to leave gokarna today so packed our bags and checked out followed by breakfast in town – from kudle beach it was over the hill and into goarna town to the “shree shakti hotel” .
widescreen panoramic shot : car street , gokarna – the main street
after a 2 hour bike journey we arrived at our next hotel in between palolem and patnem called castle house , a nice place with a large sunny pool , comfy beds , fridge wifi and a/c – everything our gokarna guest house didnt have ! even had some squirrels outside our room .
that evening we ate at “dropadi” on palolem beach as the food was so nice last time .
and then onto our big night out at “leopard valley” , a huge outdoor party in an old quarry in the jungle between palolem and agonda . this place is absolutely amazing , playing deep huose and tech house all night on a massive jbl sound system with 3D visual mapping , fire dancers and bikini clad women with angle grinders . what a night of music and partying till 4am in the jungle ! visually this is by far the best club night in goa and keeping the old quarry theme its kited out with with huge stone columns topped with fire coming out of each one , and a stone dj box with a waterfall projecting out the front , and a massive capacity venue . fantastic ! this is on friday nights , and along with the saturday night “silent noise” headphones party makes south goa an amazing weekend party trip without any north goa trance music to be heard !
party on !