Christmas Cheer! with The Only Olive

It's that time of the year again when Santa faces, Christmas stars and green hollies color our dreams. Enter Mapusa local market and the cheer of the season sweeps you in. Christmas music swirls you and warms the cockles of your heart. The sight of the endless array of wares makes even the dullest person enthusiastic. I was struck by the striking colors that hit me as soon as I entered the market and needless to say the music made me mushy. Crochet work in different colors and especially in Christmas colors made…Read more

When Two Friends Met After Ten Years at The Only Olive Part-4

Episode 4 - Dream-catchers, Bonhomie and Goodbyes  Meghna was very keen on experiencing the spice plantations down South and they had hired Appu, the friendly cabbie who Adrian has had in his roster for years together. While they set out for their day trip we found our way to the beaches. I (A Guest of The Only Olive in Jan 2015) joined Neera half-hearted more to give her company than for my own benefit. I would have rather lazed at the villa munching on peanuts and guzzling glasses of the sweet well water. But…Read more

When Two Friends Met After Ten Years at The Only Olive Part-3

Episode 3 - Friends!!! The January chill fell lustily on us and the ceiling fans were not required. In the stillness of the quiet village with its peaceful inhabitants around, I (A Guest of The Only Olive in Jan 2015) shut my mind to the regular humdrum of life. Can't remember how long Neera and I sat in the flawless beauty of the night before I heard a crackling laughter and the fleeting mayhem of shuffling feet and travel-weary luggage in apartment in Goa for holidays at The Only Olive. It was Meghna Thakur…Read more
When Two Friends Met After Ten Years at The Only Olive Part-2

When Two Friends Met After Ten Years at The Only Olive Part-2

Episode 2 – The Backyard As Neera unwrapped her life happenings since we last met through the unapologetic wrinkles in her face we wended our way back to The Only Olive. We decided we’re going to bury our everyday existence for two days in the attic of The Only Olive – we so wanted to unwind and I (A Guest of The Only Olive in Jan 2015) could not believe this house with its quiet majestic roof and walls was just so like a mother’s womb – a perfect hideout till you were…Read more
When Two Friends Met After ten Years at The Only Olive Part – 1

When Two Friends Met After ten Years at The Only Olive Part – 1

Episode - 1 "The Riverside" Neera was one of the few with whom I (A Guest of The Only Olive in Jan 2015) got along pretty nicely without having to think what smart thing to say next, when as a young and unsure resident teacher for Korean students I lived in Chennai ten years back. So when Neera and I got a chance to get together after a long hiatus in Aldona’s most beautiful property The Only Olive a Portuguese Style Villa in Goa, it was like what Walt Whitman said: “We were together.…Read more
The Only Olive

The Only Olive

The Only Olive is situated on a hillock with lovely views of the surrounding village. This is the only village caromed by rivers on all three sides and that too in the shape of a horse shoe. The riverside has been the personal favourite of many a traveller here. It’s bliss to visit this segment of the Mapusa river which is a tributary of the Mandovi river. It’s a very short walk off the villa and the morning air is crisp with the lovely green foliage and beckoning serenity around.Read more