Panaji is a small town of little over 100,000 people – capital of Goa which itself has only 1.4 million people. But even this is far more than the Panaji I saw on my first visit in 1973. It was a quiet, laid back town with traditional shops along covered walk ways, where people walked or took the bicycle and an occasional batkar (landed gentry) was fortunate enough to own a car. Today, the town is bustling with traffic, with cars and 2 wheelers jostling for space. Parking has become impossible and most streets have been made one-way. Large number of the modern shops have replaced the old ones, with the walk ways replaced by tiles frontages – each shop having a different design and elevation. Walking is no longer a pleasure, unlike in the past. But it continues to have an unique charm – a blend of the traditional and modern. Here are a few snaps I captured this morning.