Day 2: We hired a bike in the morning for rest of our trip. Actually it was Kinetic, for 600 bucks a day! With a map in hand, we set out to Calangute beach, king of all beaches in Goa. We were all charged up for water sports. And the sight of parachutes flying in the sky over beaches was a huge temptation. Folks were parasailing! 🙂
Without wasting any time, we bargained (a must at this time of year!) and went for parasailing. There were seven of us on a speedboat that sailed in water for parasailing. Four of us were two couples from a separate group. Both the girls in the group were petrified at the prospect of parasailing. They made lot of noise about their fear. To tell you truth, I was petrified too inside. I had been asking my friend since morning, “Would I be able to parasail?” He would patiently answer, “Why wouldn’t you be able to?”
The men manning the speedboat tried to show us a demo of para sailing that failed due to huge gust of wind. Everyone started making noise that this was a demoralizing demo. Girls (excluding me) were more hyper. However, after a very small brief, one-by-one each of us was ready to fly up in air with parachute, harnessed safely to the boat. I went in second, ahead of others in my group. Why? I thought going in second was lucky.
Once I reached high up in air, fear completely subsided. It was a very exhilarating, wonderful feeling. When I felt it was time to come down, back to boat, I didn’t want to come. I pleaded, “Please let me remain up.” Once down, I was very proud of myself inwardly. I guess my body language said it. It was reassuring to other girls. I told them it is not-a-big-deal and that they could even let go of their hands once they were in air. I had done it as we were safely harnessed.
As it turned out, the girls did make lot of scared noises when it was their turn to parasail. One of them stopped crying, started relaxing when she was up in the air. But other one never stopped screaming even when she was up in air. She threw up later when she was sitting safely with us in the speedboat. Perhaps she had a phobia of heights!
While returning, we asked the other group how much were they charged for parasailing. To our surprise, they were charged 200 bucks less than us (we had bargained too!). Being the champions for consumer rights, we hounded the parasailing guys for overcharging us. I got a complimentary water scooter ride! How free things please us. 🙂
Salman Khan also rides a water scooter in Partner. But if you watch the movie carefully, it is clear that he doesn’t ride water scooter by himself either. Well, so I was sitting in front of rider on water scooter. It was exhilarating. 🙂
We took our leave from the other group when we landed from our speedboat. One of the guys, gave me this parting shot, “You are one very brave girl I have come across. I have not known one before!” LOL, little did he know how scared I was! 😀 Ask my companions!
to be continued in next part