When people ask me, ohh you are from Goa?
They expect to hear some crazy adventures.
In their minds, I am already a Pedro or Daniel.
I live in an old Portuguese ancestral home by the sea.
I drink like a fish and party everyday wearing colorful shirts.
I am an exuberant and talkative person who wouldn’t mind.
to guide them during their stay
I know Goa like the back of by hand.
Well, not everyone takes the liberty to think like that but some do.
And I totally understand that.
Stereotypes are shortcuts made by people to decide faster.
Over the years I have found a way to deal with such people.
I have researched some popular places and things people like to do in Goa.
That basic information is helpful, and I don’t hesitate to give that in detail.
But if they are still not satisfied I steer the conversation in the following direction.
I try to insert esoteric topics like why Goa supports so many dogs per sqm.
I tell them that I am an occasional drinker and hate Feni, the local drink.
I plan to quit drinking and I find dancing very awkward.
In the next moment, they go through a mild cognitive dissonance.
I believe it stays with them and makes a small dent on their stereotype.
Perhaps they give khaki golf pants to their Pedro and live with it.