Shacking it out

My first experience of Goa shacks was when I was sowing my oats as a bachelor at Bombay after a sheltered life in Calcutta. I remember sitting in a shack at Baga with my two friends I’d gone to Goa with, sipping beer and eating chilly chicken… and feeling liberated.

The wife and I discovered Love Shack when we went for my February in 2006. Love Shack is in between Baga and Calangute beach in a slightly less crowded part of the beach. They have this Bob Marley theme going on in the shack in terms of d├ęcor and music. Though we first went there seeing their board which advertised ‘western toilets with running water’! Believe me that’s important if you plan to spend the whole day at the beach.

Since then we have largely stuck to Love Shack. We go there for (omelettes, coffee, ham sandwich, sausages), or after, breakfast. Then we curl up with a book on the deck chairs after the shack boys struggle and put up the sun umbrellas.

I have a port wine or a King’s beer while the wife has a fresh lime. Then we either head for Brittos for lunch or have lunch at Love Shack itself. I like the pork chilly at Love Shack which has a unique jugalbandhi of Chinese flavours with curry leaves. In the photo here I am with squid fries which we tried last year and liked. The wife had a tuna pasta salad for lunch this time which we she quite liked.

After lunch we get back to the deck chairs which they put out in front of the sea, sleep off the lunch, and then head for the hotel. That describes our typical day at Goa!

The shacks at Goa are only there during season – November to March. You can literally just order a drink and spend the day by the sea without getting disturbed. And, as we later found out, most had toilets!