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