Coming Alive in Goa

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~ Howard Thurman

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Everyone seems to see Goa as a land of sun, sand and sin. I have to confess that despite being a Goan (who wishes she spent more time there), I too look at Goa as a place to let loose and have a good time. That was until the time I visited Dudonya Springs in my village island of St Estevam.

The beauty about St Estevam is that it’s 11 kms from Old Goa and the further you go into the Goan villages, the more scenic and tranquil it gets. If you thought that time stands still when you visit Goa, try visiting one of these villages. The peace and serenity you get here has not been matched by any other place I’ve ever visited.

Truthfully, I didn’t know what to expect from Dudonya Springs – I tagged along for the sheer pleasure of the journey, and don’t regret it one bit. If you feel fresh after a shower, think about bathing in the wilderness. Throw caution to the wind, let your hair down and just allow yourself to be enveloped in the exquisiteness of your surroundings. That’s what Dudonya Springs was all about. That’s how alive and fresh you feel.

For this reason, I relate to the on-going Cinthol Alive is Awesome campaign, which highlights this exceptional experience. It made me think about how being alive is more important than just staying alive; it’s about living the length and breadth of life.

The small pipe through which water fell into the little pool at Dudonya immediately caught my attention. I admit it was one of the more modest springs, but with the lack of knowledge about its location, it served as our own private setting. Being drenched to your very core by the natural spring water and having the cool winds slowly breeze past you can definitely send shivers up your spine. But it’s an experience to live for.

So take that step out of the ordinary, throw caution to the wind, and embark on one of your life’s greatest adventures.

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