Archive for April, 2014

Lock out

April 30, 2014

We have a problem getting one of the 7 keys cut. The 7 keys are essential for getting into the new house after a full shut down, which while we get used to the new surroundings is what we did on Good Friday. The plan was to go for a walk along the beach at sunset, maybe an hour out of the house, first time for many months. Three hours , two beers and three acquaintances later we returned home and one of the keys was missing, the problem one.

Good Friday is not a good day for locking yourself out when the other keyholders are Catholic. Good Friday is the day of the longest communion services in the calendar… in our case four and a half hours starting at 5.00pm.

Never mind, it was good excuse to treat ourselves to the best meal in town at Jamies. The fillet steaks are cooked to perfection, the ambience is Mediterranean at its best. Sea Bass is always fresh, BBQ pork ribs just melt in the mouth and the waiting staff are not too obtrusive and not too inattentive. 

We eventually got in at 10.30.

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Serendipity – an unplanned move

April 27, 2014

It’s been an interesting couple of years since we took the decision to expand our chiropractic business. In the end we managed the expansion and were bang on target to meet the original aims. It came at a price, though. Business in India is tough for the foreigner who has not been brought up in the culture. However working under the protection of Chowgule College, some awkward stuff was avoided. This year after we failed to start negotiations early enough, we were unable to come to terms over another one year lease. We only allowed ourselves six weeks to make provision for alternative clinic space.

18 months ago we shifted home from the centre of Margao out into the sticks. Beautiful if somewhat remote. At the end of a working day, arrival back home felt like being on holiday, until Christmas 2013. JCBs and diggers moved in and staring tearing up our “back garden” to start a project which was sanctioned 20 years ago. The landscape turned into a dustbowl, so did the house!

Fortune smiled on us and we quickly found a suitable place to live and work. Suitable to the point that we now have to get various permissions from various offices scattered round South Goa. So the situation is somewhat precarious. More on our progress later.

So the day after we sadly left the college, we were able start in our new clinic only losing three clients in the process. We are helping our physio, Smaranika, set up her own business and have taken our receptionist, Alancey, with us. We reckon she’ll be worth her weight in gold…and she’s not small.

Not just a new home and a new business venue, but having set that up we are keeping a promise to our friends Norman and Carole who own Hotel Casa Susegad (www.casasusegadgoa.com) to stay at the hotel for six weeks while they are in the UK and keep things ticking over. Six each: staff, dogs and cats to keep an eye on. At the moment it’s like a holiday.

So for four months we’ve been busy. Not to mention trips to: Hampi in Karnataka, Pondicherry and Tanjur in Tamil Nadu, three days treating people in Bombay at an annual gathering of the Sant Nirankari Foundation. About a million people passed through the gates and many camped. The kitchens had to be seen to be believed. And ten days in Nepal (enforced visa break, it’s a tough life). Family visitors have also been entertained.

Might change the name of the blog to “Goan more crazy”.