Water is the be-all and end of everyone’s life. Our life sustains because of this quintessential driving force. The sanguine presence of two moles of hydrogen and one mole of oxygen works wonders in our entity. The colourless, odorless, and tasteless liquid appears in myriad faces in our lifeblood in multiple phases. Who does not like being brimming with the serene flow of the water that lavishes the liveliness in any human being? The renowned Anthropologist Loren Eiseley’s words often reverberate in me with the real splish splash that if there’s magic on this planet, it is contained in water. The inchoate rhythms of my little one, Anvik Sujeeth aka Kunjapp started falling and feeling for the mystic marvels of the mighty life force. He is always ready to dive into the raptures of water bodies with his tiny body in the making. His Goan days as a diaspora have added a lot to his pleasure and passion for the wavy moments of the elan vital. One fine day, we decided to explore one such water sport far away from the sun-kissed and sandy beaches of the vibrant state of Goa.
Kunjapp and his mom have heard a lot about one such spot of rainy rhythms from Jeeth. He was so sure that Kunjapp would enjoy an adventurous spot like that. He has visited the water land recently on behalf of the department tour. Albeit our absence was visible in the photographs of the office people posing with families, I was all ears to know about the spot. From Jeeth’s words, I sensed that it was a destination worth visiting for Kunjapp. Jeeth’s video depicting the exciting array of slides and fun-filled moments with his colleagues made Kunjapp a little upset as Accha (Dad) did not take his little one. The childish innocent self was given the assurance that he would play there very soon. Jeeth’s words turned worthy in our next vacation days. It was a random decision one night to set off on a trip to the much-heard and much-awaited waves of wonder, the Froggyland. Jeeth has asked me to pack our bags with a pair of attire for us and three to four sets of shorts and t-shirts for Kunjapp. I did pack that night itself and looked forward to the morning of the fast-approaching day. We have made up our minds to start depending on the time we get up. It was already decided not to follow a conditioned and fixed clock alarm. We would get up ‘Apne Aap’ and gear up for the trip accordingly.
We started our journey after breaking our fast with idli and sambar. Kunjapp was literally thrilled to move out of the quarters and get a varied glimpse of the world outside. As Jeeth had informed us that the water park would be opened by 10:00 AM, we slowly started taking a move with our only handbag capable of possessing anything and everything of ours in its surface area. The location Nuvem was not that far from our quarters and we reached the water world well before time. By the time we reached, there were many inside and a few were waiting to grab their entry tickets. I could hear a few announcements and my enthusiasm prompted me to click a few snaps along with my little App and the froggy structures. Within a few minutes, we got our tickets. We were dressed up in water-friendly costumes and so there was no need to go to the changing room then. We kept our footwear safe and started diving into an ocean of excitement at Goa’s largest waterpark. At Froggyland Waterpark, there is something for everyone, whether you’re in the mood for exhilarating water slides, tranquil pools, or engaging water activities. It was time to get ready for an adventure filled with non-stop fun and excitement.
Kunjapp’s eyes have caught the attention of children playing and peeing in water unmindful of the rivulets of the liquid’s liquid movement. We chose to share some time at the children’s play area. The choice of sometime really went for some time crossing an hour. The splashing of water and its sudden overflow giving a shower’s impression made me sit and wait with Kunjapp just to feel that flow of water. It was a thrilling sight. We soon started playing in slides over there. It gave Kunjapp an impression of falling into the raptures of water. He loved walking through it making giggling sounds. His attention was altered by this from the whistling of children playing around a structure where water appears to be like the rhythm of rain. Kunjapp in no time began dancing in the drizzling background with his dad. We had a tough time convincing him to come out of the ecstasies created by the water rides and slides. We showed him some children playing in the distance. He was curious to see the way they walked through the Stepping Stones.
Stepping Stones test our balance and coordination as we manoeuvre across the stepping stones, strategically placing each foot to maintain stability and keep dry. This exciting challenge provides a thrilling adventure within this waterpark, pushing our agility to the limit. Kunjapp tried his best to walk and shake while walking through the stones. Jeeth was holding him tightly while Kunjapp made new steps. He lost his interest soon and started moving and playing in the water slides again. Jeeth told him there were some more playthings, especially a big slide. His curiosity took us to the other side. As the slide was too big, Kunjapp and his mom thought of waiting near the water pool to cheer Dad. As he has already become familiar with this through the big slide video, Kunjapp has decided to stand downstairs to see his dad’s performance. Jeeth’s slide movements filled him with scoops of laughter. He came in sometime. We could see the lazy river as well. The sunny day’s laziness made us relax for a while. Jeeth enlightened us about the rain dance.
We were eager to be a part of rainy musical movements. We heard an announcement mentioning the time of the rain dance. We started making a move. Lights became dim in the rain dance zone where lively water sprayed and energetic rhythms came together for an exhilarating dance experience unlike any other. Kunjapp was transmuted to a new world of watery vibes. People made steps out of their excitement and party feel. The feeling of the tummy’s need for the energy to dance made us reach the changing room within no time. As it was crowded, we took time to freshen up. We directed our legs to the cafe and snacks in the shaded relaxation area. By the time, Jeeth joined, I had already ordered tea and puffs. Kunjapp started munching it. What caught his attention was the kind of images and structures over there. The whole park themed around frogs was a new and riveting experience for him. Slowly, we started making a move from the froggy water land. Three hours passed like a smooth playtime in the water. Kunjapp has agreed to make a move towards the parking area of Baleno. We proceeded to Panjim with the hope of digging into Chicken Biriyani on the way. Kunjapp was loaded with water safari stories with limited words and powerful gestures. It was an experience we have never come across anywhere in life. The delight on his tiny face was priceless. The life-giving elixir of water can stir our mindset offering the profound realities of human life. Water teaches us and delights us freshly just like the unparalleled movements and uniqueness of this lovely liquid.
The great Renaissance artist, Leonardo da Vinci’s words echo the voice of wisdom that in time and with water, everything changes. Kunjapp might have changed and grown up over the years and our next visit to Froggyland may offer new insight. I honestly feel that his passion for water will linger and this life matrix will offer new vistas of entertainment for him. It is time to change the backdrop of Goa from our lives. Still, we fondly cherish all the lively and lovely moments of this scintillating land. It is time for a change and another adventure.
Dr Aparna Ajith
Dedicated to Sujeeth and Anvik Sujeeth, the priceless possessions of my life who make me go ahead with all my daily delirium and creative lunacies. Love and hugs to my warriors!
PS: If your little one is curious to explore the untarnished beauty of the water drops and waves, do not wait for long to stop by Froggyland, the Water World. You won’t regret coming here as it’s children-friendly in all aspects. Let them dance in the revelry of the raindrops. Let them relax to the core unmindful of the external world. Froggyland forever remains special for Kunjapp. It is not just a destination; it is a haven designed with children in mind, where relaxation and fun go hand in hand. Your investment of time and money will be rewarded with priceless memories that will last a lifetime. Imagine the joy on Kunjapp’s face as he grows older, reminiscing about his carefree days in Goa. Let him grow a little bit to read my words and ask us to re-create that very old day of his Goan Childhood. Let the countdown to unforgettable experiences begin right here!
About the Author
Dr. Aparna Ajith serves as an Assistant Professor in the PG Department of English at Sree Narayana College for Women, Kollam affiliated with the University of Kerala. She is the author of Musings of Venus, An anthology of poems. She is the recipient of the Panorama Global Youth Literary Award 2020. She is one of the recipients of the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy Research Grant 2020. Being a freelance journalist, she writes and translates articles for the Information and Public Relations Department, Govt. of Kerala. She is an avid reader and blogger who dabbles in the world of prose and verse. Having lived in four Indian cities and a quaint hamlet, she soars high in the sky of artistic imagination wielding her realistic and diasporic impressions. Her academic and creative pursuits bestowed her the opportunity to travel to 18 states and 2 union territories in the country and get a glimpse of their varied cultures. Beyond her professional pursuits, she finds joy in navigating the highs and lows of life alongside her beloved baby, Anvik Sujeeth, whose presence often breathes life into her poetic expressions.