Prawns by the Kilo

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By Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid

Published 2005

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Boys pulling in a net in Goa. The nets are taken out into the sea, then hauled in by lines of men and boys on the beach, trapping fish as the nets get closer to shore.

We are on Palolem Beach in south Goa, a beautiful crescent-shaped beach about a mile long, or maybe closer to two miles. I don’t really know how far it is; I’ve yet to make it to the other end. We like the food here, though we can’t say we’ve tried many restaurants.
I still can’t believe we’re here. We’d always sworn that we’d never come to Goa, because every traveler to India comes to Goa, it’s a cliché of Indian tourism, but here we are. We were in Rajasthan, headed for Nepal, but then a bomb went off in a Kathmandu restaurant, and another in a bank, both in the neighborhood where we intended to stay. The communist insurgency had invaded the city. So we came here instead, a spur-of-the-moment decision.