1) Find rustic Japan in Goa
It’s tiny and quaint, but packs in a wasabi-hinted punch of Japanese authenticity in the heart of tourist-friendly Goa. Sakana, with its inviting rustic interiors and finger-licking delicacies of the Orient, is a treasure trove of gourmet deliciousness on the Anjuna-Vagator beach belt.The brainchild of Indian-Israeli Eliko and his Japanese wife Mali, Sakana offers authentic Japanese food with a particularly great focus on the meats. The menu includes a wide variety of dishes like Chicken Teriyaki and Beef Yakiniku and even has vegetarian option like Veg. Udon noodle dishes, Gyozas (Japanese-style momos) and various creative variations on tofu.
Soaking in the spirit of Goa, Sakana knows how to live it large. It’s possibly the only place in Goa that has altered its peg measure. A “small” measures 50 ml and a large is 100 ml, substantially more than the food and beverage norm in the country. That too, for no extra charge. Generous drinks and delightful food make Sakana a must-visit for every traveller
2) In Luv, with Isprava
Luv Shriram had to only sample an Isprava experience to be mesmerised by it. Much like romance, a chance encounter altered the course of life for Luv, who spearheads Shriram Veritech Solutions.
The proud owner of Villa Evora, Luv discovered Isprava when he stayed briefly at Villa Branco. “My idea of a dream holiday home has always been a luxurious home by the beach. Isprava’s attention to detail, heritage feel with contemporary designs and exquisite quality of work has made them unique players in the space of bespoke homes,” says Luv.
The entrance to Villa Evora, a charming Portuguese villa is replete with a foyer that leads into a passage with hand-finished walls, broken marble flooring and a stained-glass window. Boasting a lush garden that has a gazebo and a spacious veranda, Villa Evora provides the perfect oasis from the cacophony of city life. For Shriram, narrowing down on Villa Evora was a simple thing. After his stay at Villa Branco, he was keen to learn the full extent of the Isprava experience and found Villa Evora to resonate with who he is. “I love every bit of Villa Evora. Its distinct décor runs closest to my personality, so I feel very much at home here.” Visit us in Goa for the #IspravaExperience
3) Don’t worry, Live Happy
Tis the season to be jolly no doubt, but it’s also the season to party! Everyone loves a good bash but the one thing that can suck the joy out of the revelry is the post-party cleaning. Live Happy, the non-governmental organisation that’s committed to cleanliness, has just made that easy for you.
Goa has earned rightfully the title of India’s party capital because having a good time is in the beach state’s lifestyle blueprint. Live Happy, an NGO based in Goa, is making partying so much more hassle-free.
Hosting a bash in your Isprava property or anywhere else is that much easier when Live Happy is happy to clean up after you. So no more tottering around snoozing friends, empty bottles and half eaten snacks, the morning after. Live Happy takes care of collecting, segregating your post-party garbage while you get to sleep in a little longer.
4) Team Isprava’s New Year resolutions
Gianfrancesco Perrone: Give back
Andrew Das: Live happy
Ayushi Valia: Healthy living
Priyanka Apte: Run more and restart yoga
Rohit Taparia: Travel to a new country
Zaheed Lokhandwala: Read more