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Our Goli Soda Days
By Anita Britto, Auckland

Aug 25, 2012

When I was just a young girl, scatterbrained and sweet sixteen

Not too fond of text books though on the playground always keen

I rushed to do my homework when I got back from school

So I'd have time for other stuff I thought was super cool

Now I was into Mills & Boon and also into sport

Dreamt of being a rock star but often missed a note

I loved to go to movies and I guess those were the days

When the chapters of your life seemed like the greatest phase

Guitar strapped on my shoulder I biked my way around

Practising those F- Sharps till I heard the perfect sound

Sometimes with Dad's old Nikon I tried to take some pics

Or get caught with James Hadley Chase and end up in a fix 

Between my Chem and Drama Class my friends and I would try

Pretend that we were grown- ups though often we were shy

We walked past to the Cafe - our favourite hang-out place

To have some garma garam chai despite the waiter’s gaze

We loved to see the Jukebox list which always made us smile

We also read each song out loud which really took a while

And then we played the same old song which made the owner cringe

I still hear Rhinestone Cowboy with a wistful kind of twinge 

We used 8 packs of cards or more to play a game of Bluff

Followed by some Carrom till our parents said ENOUGH

We didn’t have all those gizmos like the X-Box and its kind

And enjoyed playing Gilli danda which helped us all unwind

We also coined nicknames for boys and spent a lot of time

Speaking in “P” language which I guess was no big crime

We loved Our Archie Andrews and thought he looked real cute

While teachers banned our comics saying our minds they would pollute

Those Kaala Khatta days for sure were filled with “time-pass” fun

Though sometimes I’m not really proud of all the things I’ve done

If you promise not to kiss and tell I’ll whisper in your ear

And tell you “something something”  which perhaps you’ll want to hear

We made this list of boys and all the girls we guessed they liked

And wrote love letters in their names which really got them psyched

When things got kind of out of hand and really quite intense

I did regret playing Cupid and my lack of common sense 
With tests just round the corner we sat up late at night

Trying to solve equations which gave us all a fright

Our tummies would start rumbling and we prayed to every God

And even blamed our parents saying they shouldn’t have spared the rod

We shared our Goli Sodas and all our dreams and hopes

The Crazy Five they called us while we tried to learn the ropes

30 years have gone by and it’s nice we stay in touch

And revisit those days again which really means so much

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a, abbasThursday, September 06, 2012
Really i miss it
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santosh shetty, mangalore/mumbaiWednesday, September 05, 2012
There was a shop next to St aloysius school karangalpady,very famous for bend & goli soda.
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Kevin Dsa, Nanthoor,DubaiTuesday, September 04, 2012
Wow Goli soda how anyone can forget.fav was chappe soda with some salt....and ginger soda.
Good one Anita
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adhi, bengaluruMonday, September 03, 2012
Superb anita....:-)
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Steevan Monis, Steevan Monis, MuscatFriday, August 31, 2012
Madanthyar da soda bari laiku. The Goli sodas reminds us of the nice old days and bygone memories...very nicely written by ANITA
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Sundeep, MangaloreFriday, August 31, 2012
I recently gave my son a bottle of Goli soda which i bought near Ullal. He liked it very much, He told me it is better than Pepsi,Coca cola.Goli soda makers reduced/stopped as Arrack (Gangasara) stopped.Often those who used arrack used goli soda.
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sandeep, Urwa, MangaloreFriday, August 31, 2012
Dont you remember Achutha bhandary, Dinesh kini,krishna gopal, Rajesh,prashanth, niranjan shetty,Sheikh. Reese all from Cosmos cricket team.
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satish chilly willy, kemmannu/DubaiThursday, August 30, 2012
its really nice to see Goli Soda bottle when we are young we use visit kemmannu we use go Sattar Saibru Shop spcially we have seen making Goli Soda and we use to by Ginger Soda and we open our self,but now nobody makes in kemmannu I stll cannot forget the taste and those olden days
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Mithra, Mangalore/MelbourneThursday, August 30, 2012
My favourite goli soda was ginger soda. But for a long time I was puzzled why the goli got stuck at the top of the bottle while drinking.....and I was also able to open the goli soda using my thumb!!
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Candle, MangaloreWednesday, August 29, 2012
Your article reminded me my childhood days too.In those days after the fat meal ginger soda is a must.One barf is like heaven.I made lot of money by playing gili danda game and used to get nice beating from parents,we used to call kutti dhonne.I enjoyed your article.
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Harry, MangaloreWednesday, August 29, 2012
Beautiful Memories. I loved drinking Nannari Flabour in my childhood from Kini Maam's shop ( shop was located near the Kottara and Post office junction). All Government Quarters residents and friends used to enjoy this. We used to play cricket there along with Satisha, Vinaya, Manoj, Niranjan,Harish, Santosh, Nagaraja,Robin , Raja, Renny, Reggie,myself and Hari. How much we used to fight passionately over cricket . Now when we look back , I miss those days. Oh childhood, how much I miss you .
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flavian dsouza, chik/bangTuesday, August 28, 2012
nice one !!and only on special occasions like independance day or a republic day we used to get a limbu soda !!kya tasty tha with a littel salt in it
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wilma vaz, londonTuesday, August 28, 2012
WOWI miss ginger soda, thanks for reminding the old days.
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Sarita D'Souza, Valencia/KuwaitMonday, August 27, 2012
Story of my life too. Can relate to this Poem. And O yeah, I remember Godianna's Soda. He would visit our local goodangadis with his load of goli sodas on his bicycle. Friendly person. God bless his soul :)
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R.Bhandarkar., MMonday, August 27, 2012
Nowadays Soda's don't have that Fizz...
Has to do with the 'Goli's'I guess..
No use reading a 'Mills and Boon'
Round every corner there's a Goon
Anitha , Rita ,Latha and Neetha
Names and Souls were pure and Sweet
Now...there's nothing to talk but only to Tweet....
Old friends we rarely meet...
Go nostalgic to give ourselves a treat.....
(Dedicated to....Hmm she's still around......)
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Marian M, BangaloreMonday, August 27, 2012
Great Anita, to write such a lovely story! Brought back memories for me too.
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Fr. Melwin Pinto s.j., Mangalore, Rome.Sunday, August 26, 2012
Those were the days my friend we thought they'd never end, we'd sing and dance... I had never understood what was so special about that song... But now I certainly do!! Thanks Anita, for having stirred up those nostalgic memories.... It's a fantastic piece of poetry!!
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Freya, MumbiSunday, August 26, 2012
Hey Anita

Good one, remember how we used to try to remove the goli out of the bottle.

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Edward Barboza, Kanajar / AucklandSunday, August 26, 2012
Hi Anitha,

Excellent poem. You brought back my childhood memories of when I used to sit in my grandmother’s shop and sell other items including Goli Soda. Children’s special was Thepay Soda. (Sweet Soda), the elderly “Suntti Soda” and "Limbay Soda" (Ginger Soda and Lime Soda). Best wishes and awaiting to read some more poems.
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Clara Fernandes, MangaloreSunday, August 26, 2012
Great poem. Mills and Boon, Archies, Goli Soda....the ones we enjoyed in our teens and how addicted we were to the Mills and Boon, books were carried even to the restroom....lovely memories.Modern era Iphone, Samsung S3, FB and What's Up.
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Terry fernandez, KalamazooSunday, August 26, 2012
Wow. Nice Anita. You sure are the bard in the family. I have to confess, we use to try getting the goli out of the bottle!!
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Silvia, MangaloreSunday, August 26, 2012
A treat from my mother after evening mass on Sundays a ginger soda.....brought back sweet memories of innocent days. very well written Anita...
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Joe Britto, Nakre/BangaloreSaturday, August 25, 2012
Great One Anita !

Attishum !!

Goli Mara !!!
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faizal faiji, KatipallaSaturday, August 25, 2012
While reading this article i remembered my childhood and i remembered Subhraya uncle who is famous for making goli soda in our ares.

keep smiling
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Mervin Menezes, Mangalore/KuwaitSaturday, August 25, 2012
Bringing back lovely memories of the good old days. Very nicely narrated Anita..Keep writing
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Lancelot N Tauro, Manglore - Doha QatarSaturday, August 25, 2012
East or West Goli Soda is best, Tichchkanv...... LIMBU SARBHAT WITH GOLI SODA WAW...no to ENO.
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SIDDIK, QATARSaturday, August 25, 2012
Mangalapete Baburayerna golisoda.......... It was so tasty and missing a lot. I think its still there on daily delivery to local shops.
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Anita Sequeira, Bendore - MangaloreSaturday, August 25, 2012
Enjoyed every bit of this beautiful poem ....it got back so many memories of our younger days when we were in school/high school. Congratualtions Anita keep up the good work and hoping to see more of this, in your next.
Fond love,
Urbanitamanda, Aunty Celine and all at home
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CA Nitin J Shetty, MangaloreSaturday, August 25, 2012
The Goli sodas reminds us of the nice old days and bygone memories...very nicely written Anitha
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Bulsam, MangaloreSaturday, August 25, 2012
Good one! Come up with more juice by-gone memories and the innocent puppy love.
When we compare those days to this modern, extra-ordinary fast food life, I don't mind going back to that laid back ordinary Charmuri-Goli-soda treat that was more fun and healthy.
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Roshan Braganza, Udyavar / Bombay Saturday, August 25, 2012
These wonderfull goli sodas are still available in local market. I like chappe soda . Thanx to the globalization , now we can enjoy city life in cerenity of nature. As more mnc' s arround one works in a class urban infrastrucure , drives home few kilometers away from city , enjoy serenity of nature , almost rural . A penthouse , garden , cow , hen ......and GOLI SODA......!
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Jacobnelosn, BejaiSaturday, August 25, 2012
Even gonger soda was an excellent one I still can not forget the taste of it.
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Gautam Bansal, Mangalore/New DehiSaturday, August 25, 2012
How did 'Mangalorean's are drnking 'Goli Soda'..God only knows..
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Blaan Mendonca, USASaturday, August 25, 2012
(Godianna)Godwin's Goli Soda was the most popular in Mangalore. Godianna Goli Soda Shop was near Vaman Nayak Clock Industries, Marnemikatta. Ginger Soda was the most popular.
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Anand, Karkala/DubaiSaturday, August 25, 2012
I used to drink dark pink color Soda which was available when I was in teen age. Nicely put forward through poem and well written.
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