From the soundtracks of Ta Ra Rum Pum and Swades to Rampal playing Scott Joplin; "Little GTO" by both Jan & Dean and the Beach Boys (but not by Ronnie and the Daytonas) to Asha Bhosle singing Marathi songs ("Ruperi Valut" and "Chandani Shimpith Jaashi" among others); Abba to "Dum Maro Dum" by Celia Samaroo; "Chantilly Lace" by the Big Bopper to "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" by Sha Na Na; Georgia Satellites to George Thorogood to Pavarotti singing "La Donna e Mobile" to Luka Bloom to "Meet Na Mila Re Man Ka" from Abhimaan ...
... all that, even more than the aromatic stuff at 47+ rupees a litre, kept us going through 2000+ km.
My ears are sort of ringing, still. And that tune that's tumbling around in my head, I'm having trouble deciding: is it Asha B? Or is it Lou Ann Barton?
One of the delightful things about this coast is that when you travel along it, you keep running into the villages and towns that have turned into familiar names for people.
In southern Gujarat, it's a host of names where Parsis settled: Udwada (Udwadia), Surat (Surti), Bharuch (Bharucha, Broacha), Sanjan (Sanjana), Ankleshwar (Anklesaria), Bilimora (Bilimoria).
In Maharashtra, it's places like these: Zarap (Zarapkar, where are you my friend Tejas?), Salgaon (Salgaonkar), Savarde (Savardekar), Dabhol (Dabholkar), Dahanu (Dahanukar).
In Goa, you'll find: Sanvordem (also Savardekar), Curchorem (Kudchadkar), Margaon (Madgavkar), Manguesh (Mangeshkar), Loutolim (Lotlikar), Verna (Vernekar), Pernem (Pednekar), Salaulim (Salaulikar), Veling (Welingkar).
In Karnataka, they often don't suffix place names: Bhatkal, Mudbidri, Ullal, Ankola, Murdeshwar, Mangalore (Manglur, also Kodiyal, which is another name for Mangalore), Kagal, Hemmad (Hemmady), Padbidri, Hosangady.
What about other towns? In some cases, of course, "-wala" is a suffix: thus "Jhunjhunwala", "Karachiwala" (any more?). But are there names derived from Itanagar, Bhatinda, Joda, Siliguri, Loharu, Tharangambadi, Gangaikondacholapuram, Barabanki, Sravanabelgola?
And what about other countries? Are there people out there called "Hemangini Sydneykar", or "Paul Harareman", or "Isabella Desdetoledo", or "James Boisedude" or the like?
Any contributions/suggestions/speculations, as always, welcome.
And I should tell you about Rifleya and Biscuit and Britishya. Another time.