|Posted by Fay Fernandes on September 15, 2012 at 1:30 AM|
'Marinagar' the place I call home. So many memories - good and bad, many of which are a big part of who I am today. All my friends most of who have gone far away, yet so close to my heart. Ursula, Stephenie, Lianne, Rochelle and Wendy - we really had a good time growing up in Marinagar. We used to play behind Dale's house and had to be back home by 7 or else we get a trashing or propably be grounded for the weekend.
Sports day was always something to look forward to. At that time both gates used to be closed for people who used to tresspass. And the ones guarding the gate would be a few kids from the colony, arguing with strangers why they shouldn't cross as this was private property.
Ofcourse, you cant forget the Xmas tree party. All thanks to the Marinagar Association for organising it every year and making it one of the most memorable occasions for kids. We always wanted to kow who Santa was. But I guess its best when its a secret.
I remember playing Chor-Police, Hide-n-Seek and even Chain-cook (Sankli) on the colony ground. The boys were always faster than the girls and I think they were better at cheating too especially at Hide-n-Seek. Once it was Jino's den and instead of searching for everyone, he went on the road to eat some snacks and everyone was hiding and waiting for him till we realised he was on his own trip. Today very few kids are seen playing on the ground, maybe due to tuitions or extra classes.
May, 31st - the colony feasts with all its little Angels and flower-girls and a page boy. Everyone wanted to know who the next Mayqueen will be. That hasn't changed much yet. Hope this tradition never changes.
Another thing about Marinagar is the match- making skills the residents here have. Everyone was paired with someone or the other from the time they are born. And they continue teasing you till you actually get married. I used to really hate it but when you look back its quite funny.
Even today after getting married, I can't seem to cut myself off from this place and its people. I'm here almost every weekend. This is truely the place my heart dwells - the place I call home.
Marinagar - the place to be.