Jay Kannaiyan and sanDRina - Jammin thru India

Day 11 - Killing time softly in Vagator, Goa

There's a whole lot of precious nothing to do in Vagator, and it's all time well spent for Jay

Fresh crabs at the fish market in Chapora, Goa.

Another day off in the relaxed village of Vagator. I'm staying with the parents of a Kodai classmate who recently moved to Vagator. Another old school teacher, Mr Sagar, is also visiting them and Sagar and I went for a nice walk through the village of Chapora. We saw the morning catch on display, which ranged from small flat fish and prawns to huge crabs.

Chapora Fort at the mouth of the Chapora River, near Vagator, Goa.

Fishing boats anchored near the jetty at Chapora with a cross to welcome them home.

The walk was peaceful as the village was yet to open up all its various shops. We walked past crumbling homes and others kept in good condition, all surrounded by tall trees. At the end of the road was the fishing jetty where the Chapora River empties into the Arabian Sea of the Indian Ocean. We took a bath in the ocean and dried off on our way back.
A sleepy cat at a fruit stand in Chapora, probably eyeing the fish across the street.
After a refreshing chickoo (sapota) juice from Ganesh Juice Bar, I went back to long discussions with Baba Ramji, my classmate's father, who re-educated me on the foundations of Hinduism with sidetracks to cover Siddhartha and Mahavira.

A majestic banyan tree in Chapora.

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Besides being a favourite haunt of those who love to take it easy, Goa has also hosted several editions of the high-energy Sunburn music festival, a mecca for lovers of electronic dance music.

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Tourists at the Sunburn 2011 Electronic Dance Music festival stop to refuel at a bar
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The Man. The Machine. The Story

There are love stories and love stories, but none tugs more at the heart than a tale of infinite departure. In March 2010, Jay Kannaiyan and sanDRina, his beloved Suzuki DR650, left on a great journey back home to India. Jay quit his secure corporate job, sold his Chicago townhouse and every household possession, and left with sanDRina on a journey that saw them through 94,933 km, 32 countries, and 1,150 days on the road through the Global South -- from the USA through Latin America and Africa, heading towards India. At the core of this seemingly mindless pursuit was Jay’s desire to raise awareness about sustainability and a unique sentiment best described by an archaic Greek term, eudaimonia – the search for things that are true, good and beautiful. 

Homecoming isn’t complete unless you experience the country you call home in all her varied terrain and temperaments. And so Jay and sanDRina will embark on a journey of discovery through India. 

Yahoo India Travel follows Jay and sanDRina on their exhilarating discovery of India with daily updates from the road in words, pictures and video. If you have questions to ask, or words of encouragement for Jay and sanDRina, follow Jammin India on Twitter (hashtag #jamminindia). Also visit JamminGlobal.com for comprehensive accounts of his journey so far as well as snippets and trivia.