Goa- The Paradise on Earth. If one word could be said to
encapsulate the essence of Goa, it would have to be the Portuguese
sossegarde, meaning "carefree". The pace of life in this former
colonial enclave, midway down India's southwest coast, has picked up
over the past twenty years, but inspite of the increasing chaos of
its capital, beach resorts and market towns, Goa has retained the
laid-back feel that has traditionally set it apart from the rest of
the country .