On their return from Gurgaon Goa at best, they get stuck in the miserable river of mostly white cars on National Highway 8. At the toll gate, i.e., at the place of defiance of common sense; There is no toll for private vehicles, but the contractor’s employees create traffic jams when trying to catch commercial vehicles, which are mostly white, and they have not paid the arrears. Around, there is dust. In winter, there is less hanging smoke, as millions of farmers in Punjab (‘The-Hands-on-Feed-You’ fame) burn stubbornly because more humane ways to get rid of it are expensive. Especially in winter, the people of Gurgaon dream of leaving Gurgaon permanently and settling in Goa. There, the air is clean, and there is a lot of natural beauty, and this place has a global vibe through which Indians i.e. Caucasian people do things.
Gurgaon is considered to be the richest urban center in India, the second richest or the third richest. But with per capita income four times higher than the national average, there is no doubt that it is great even by second world standards. That is, if immigrant maids and drivers are not counted, they destroy good data.
Gurgaon is a modern urban Indian middle-class, but not artistic; Hybro in furniture, Middlebro in film; Know the world better through podcasts rather than through books. Such similar corporate Indians are found in Gurgaon in every major Indian city; And many of them dream of going to Goa, this column is used to point out any beautiful and quiet place with reasonable internet connection and restaurants bustle.
Some ‘Men of Action’ also bought plots and houses in Goa, and in the Himalayas and other Goa in Kerala. However, very few people do this action.
Wealthy Indians, dollar-millionaires, talk of leaving India altogether. They quietly bought Malta or Canadian citizenship. But they don’t even shift. They live in their urban slums, slowly dying in foul wind and road accidents. This class also dreams of Goa. After all, it is closer to their aging parents and warmer than in Europe and Canada. But then they don’t even go to Goa.
The fact that the wealthy Indians left their Gurgaon for a long time to go to Goa, but were unable to do so has something to say about human nature and India.
That is not to say that there are no arguments against settling in Goa. There are actually amazing reasons. There are very few corporate opportunities in Goa for high-paying executives. But the truth is that there are also entrepreneurs living in Gurgaon who have been freed from office jail and can work “anywhere in the world”.
Another common reason why people do not go to Goa is, “Where are the schools, the schools?” Goga has lower quality schools than Gurgaon. After hospitals, Gurgaon is well known for its schools. However the unspoken impact of the epidemic has somewhat diminished school thinking. Not that physical school is not important to Indian parents; Its centralization is gone. However, there are three main types of schools for affluent children in Goa- traditional hard school, confusing bohemian school and some day tough schools and bohemian on others.
There is another good argument against settling in Goa. Every time you come to Goa as a tourist you can feel it and you will see a big ‘expressway’ being built. Like many road projects in India, this work has been going on for years, and from what you can see, you already know it is wrong. Also, in some parts of Goa, the viral vices of urban India are coming. Its politicians are very clear that they do not want Goa to be just an ideal place. They want ‘development’, cement confusion, expensive nausea, fog and amoebic golf courses in all Indian languages is a frightening Indian word.
So, perhaps in the subconscious Indian mind, there is a suspicion that any place in India will remain beautiful. Everything eventually develops into Gurgaon. However, that fate, if it ever encounters Goa, is still a decade away.
So why not move the Indians who can easily live in Goa?
I think there is a difference between what people say and what they do. This phenomenon shows the same.
People are conditioned to appreciate certain aspects of life: proximity to natural beauty, experience of order and silence, possibility of certain hints or sexual riots, more time at work and more time with family or more time doing nothing. But many affluent Indians live in urban dumps, living dull low-quality lives. How people live is a more accurate reflection of what they want and what they really want.
If we go the way of the world, we will see that people are influenced more by habit and acquaintances than by beauty or peace, not by what people do and what they say. People are accustomed to a place, and a certain kind of life and society. They are the force of the crowd, the joy of the crush of the people, the reassurance of the sounds, the confrontation for all Indians, and what it adds — desolation. It beats all the poetic things they wanted. The world is proof that everything the world wants is a lie.
Manu Joseph is a journalist, and novelist, most recently ‘Miss Laila, Armed and Dangerous’