Ashvek Vintage World, Nuvem (Salcete)

Ashvek Vintage World – I read somewhere close to Margao. Many times I had ride through National Highway 17 within Goa but was unaware. Though not having sound knowledge about vintage cars, but Yes, the liking for old subjects is always present. Anyways, during afternoon hours, I was present at:

Ashvek Vintage World

12/B, Goulloy, NH 17,

Nuvem, Salcete taluka, Goa

Timings: 10am-1pm/3pm-5:30pm (Sunday/Holiday closed)

FYI: If you are coming from Panjim the vintage world is inside the left-hand side lane after TATA showroom, NH 17. If you are coming from Margao it is on the right-hand side lane after Rhea Estate, NH 17.

Pradeep Nayak – The owner of the vintage car collection on the way. The collection is a dream for many but a few lovers love to dream to preserve history in real. Pradeep Nayak is one of them and the proud owner. By profession – a motorcycle dealer.

And the story so far:

Years ago Pradeep Nayak’s uncle bought one old Mercedez Car. The questionnaire the curiosity developed during those early days why old one, but as the time progress the taste for vintage collection developed and finally Peugeot 301 – 1931 make was bought for Rs. 3000 in the year 1985 And since then the collection turned into almost a museum. Most of the cars are from Kolhapur/Sangli/Miraj – Maharashtra and a few from Maharaja of Sawantwadi, Maharashtra.

– Morris Eight/Auto Union/Austin/Mercedez cars

– NSU Fox bike/BSA Bantam/Innocenti scooter/Royal Enfield Crusader

– Mercedez Grills/Jacks/scale cars/ceramic boards And many more…

But the most important query – availability of parts/accessories?

Auto-jumble, United Kingdom, and Germany – parts are available and the collectors of such a precious collection visit to buy.

And interesting to know that recently few of the vintage collection was part of a recently released movie. Film-makers hire vehicles for movies and with the collected amount the cars are taken care of as well as museum. Besides this, on 04.04.2004 Mr. Nayak organized the first vintage car rally within Goa and recently the Mercedez car rally. He himself having 1931 make Mercedez car as well as the new one. On his request another drive towards the garage – 1960s Mercedez/Austin repair work going on.

In short, I will say: If you are visiting Goa, Ashvek Vintage World is a must-visit.

During talks, the desire to have more such vintage cars for the collection was narrated by Mr. Pradeep. If you the readers know of any such old model cars/bikes for sale, especially around the late 30s or 40s please let him know. He maybe is interested to buy.

E.mail: ashvek@sancharnet.in / ashvekvintageworld@gmail.com

Goa Potteries (Bicholim) – Traditional Potters with a 100 Year History in the Art

Wheel chaak, challakad – The traditional tools And an early age to run to continue more than 100 years family business of potteries or in-short terracotta. Pots/Ghada/Surahi/Gamla/Diyas – The articles – The potteries but the desire to create more to display more.

When/Where/How? – The unanswered questions.

Kumar – a small village near Jamui, Bihar a young boy each day rotating the same story until one day an invitation from a relative having a ceramics business within Mumbai. The wheel of wishes started to rotate And finally the journey towards another destination far far away from the village – Mumbai.

The year 1978, June the month – young man busy with ceramics And another invitation to show the talent at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi – an exhibition – 20 days show. Those 20 days changed the course of life. The art was displayed And people were impressed. Blue Pottery one of the most reputed names spotted the talent And another invitation to join. Few months of work another invitation from Goa to join as a Master Craftsman at Goa Handicrafts. The invitation was accepted And recognition.

– Master Craftsman K. D. Pandit (Kamal Deo Pandit).

A small house within Bicholim and daily classes within Goa Handicrafts to teach students the art of pottery. After classes, more work with clay And more making-of articles And finally after 5 years own pottery industry – Goa Potteries.

Clients include starred hotels, showrooms, big houses, factories, abroad clients.

Exhibitions within various cities and awards/recognition from various organizations.

The year 2010 And I The travel-writer thought of a visit.

The road-route:

Karasada chowk, National Highway 17 right-turn > Assonora Bus Stand (10 km)

(National Highway 17 – left towards Mapusa And right towards Thivim i.e., Karasada chowk if you coming from Panjim. Turn right towards Thivim and continue driving straight till you reach Bicholim)

Assonora Bus Stand > Bicholim (6 km)

(At Bicholim a display-board – right turn for Mayem Lake. Take the turn if you wish to visit the lake first or else drive straight towards Valpoi. A small bridge – cross it And the moment you cross a right-turn towards Bicholim Industrial Estate. Enter the narrow lane And 100 meters you will find a display board – Goa Potteries. Take the right-turn – follow the board – within another 100 meters on the left-hand side is Goa Potteries)

Umesh Pandit son of K. M. Pandit was present And talks And the shared knowledge:

The availability of red clay And The process of making potteries:

The red clay (in general called terracotta) of Bicholim is very famous as it never gets cracked once the product is finished. No matter you keep the final finished product within the water the lasting is almost forever.

Boddem – the correct location where red clay is found within Goa. Earlier times the clay was free but nowadays Rs. 5000/full truck.

First clay is passed with water through a wire strainer. This process separates smaller or bigger stones or any other waste from the clay. Once that is done the water along with clay is kept under Sunlight for days so that water is evaporated and finally clean clay is kept within the store to use as making potteries. After Holi festival (March-April-May) the process of cleaning clay starts.

To make an article or pottery the image is present within the artist’s mind-frame And S/He only knows how to implement but many times as per client request articles are made. A small wooden stick is used along with hands and fingers to draw a figure or Mural or articles. The process is called Master Art. Once master art is complete more such figures or Murals or flower pots can be made with the help of Plaster of Paris but the real art is Master Art which takes 3 days minimum to prepare.

Once Master Art is ready it is kept for 24 hours in the furnace.

First 12 hours within slow flame And next 12 hours within the high flame. After 3 days the product is taken out of the furnace and the product is almost ready for sale after a few finishing work.

Umesh Pandit has now inherited the family business and running successfully. But what was most impressive was The simplicity And the down-to-earth attitude of Master Craftsman Kamal Deo Pandit.

Will say- If you are visiting Goa you should visit Goa Potteries And not only this if you wish to learn You are welcome.

Timings: 9 am – 5:30 pm – Sunday/holidays closed.

During the visit, I saw a potter making faces with clay and cute potteries, diyas, articles, alligators all made by clay.

Fantastic tour it was. One should visit Goa Potteries at least once. The journey continues…