Goa is now a permanent getaway rather than just a holiday destination
We know Mumbai as the ‘City of Dreams’ and that many people from all over the country come to earn their livelihood here but it works the other way around for Mumbaikars. While all these years they liked the adrenaline rush and the ability to adapt to worse conditions; the crowd, pollution and the pace at which the city moves is now taking a toll on many too.
Many Mumbaikars are now shifting, and their most popular destination is none other than Goa – the land of beaches. My roots having been in Goa, I’ve never found the state amusing; one can take in the beaches only so long as they are on holiday mode, otherwise it is just like any other place in the country but only with thousands of tourists flocking the land every day. I’ve noticed a trend in the past few months, many people from Mumbai are choosing to shift permanently to a place like Goa because it offers peace and runs at a slower pace, especially for a Mumbaikar.
Hindustan Times Brunch in a late January issue did a story on people from Mumbai that have shifted to Goa to spend the rest of their lives there; in a similar story, Homegrown, a popular website on art, food and culture did a story on people shifting to other cities and states in India to avoid the chaos. While the HT article revolved around people who have shifted to the southern state, I noticed that the Homegrown article too had many people shifting to Goa more than any other place in the country. They are shifting to places like Assagaon, Panjim, Miramar, Calangute, Colva, Salvador do Mundo, Caranzalem and Corlim. So that gets me to the question, why Goa?
And there is none better than talking to Goans who have seen both places in the past few years. Alisha Patel, a 24-year-old Goan who has recently shifted to Mumbai, elaborates about the trend she notices says, “I think it’s a ‘grass is greener on the other side’ kind of thing. People in Goa want the rush of Bombay whereas people in Bombay want the calm of Goa.” She further adds that a lot people from Mumbai have settled in Goa not just as retirement homes but also for work in the IT sector, hospitality and industries.
Twenty five-year-old PR professional, Suezelle D’costa, shedding some light on the trend says, “I think it’s not just the scenic beauty, it’s more to life life at a relaxed pace. People often talk about retiring in Goa. I think what they mean is just take a break from the mechanical metro lives. And Goa lets anyone have this own-paced life.”
While migration seems to be working for fast-paced Mumbaikars, Patel highlights a problem among the locals, she says, “It works for them, but I guess not so much for the locals who are in constant fear of becoming an outsider in their own state. But that’s the other side of the coin that comes with what happens when Goans move to other states to work.” I would agree with her on the fact that it works both ways but it is important to note that the number of opportunities in Mumbai are innumerable while in Goa it maybe lesser, from what I’ve seen.
It would be interesting to hear experiences from Mumbaikars who’ve shifted to various places in India including Goa and vice versa 😀