5 June 2006
RAIN IN KERALA
Good to be back home, bag full of dirty and wet clothes, slept the whole day.
How you've been ? Me fine, not sick after soaking myself in the rain, walking on the rain drenched streets of Kerala, I was not chasing the rain, the rain was chasing me. too many pictures to choose from.
The wedding went of well in Guruvayur, I'll post the wedding pictures later, lot of mail piled up have to reply, and my room is in a mess, Have to reply to your mail and comments. I'll do that... I'll do that.
Some very pleasant discoveries this time, I'll post them in Blunt knife
Covered a lot of distance, very stupid of me, not stopping anywhere just hopping from place to place, most of the pictures are either from a train or a bus window, or running in the middle of the road with my camera. This is not a very sensible way of traveling. You'd kill me if you travel with me.
One thing you have to remember in Kerala, the train or a bus ride is more pleasant than reaching a place.
I would give anything for a window seat. most of the time I was lucky. I would miss my food , rush early to get a window seat, just hoping I would get something to eat on the way. Went hungry most of the time, food is not my priority anyway.
This is Ernakulam South railway Station.
As you can see I was sitting inside and had a window seat. This is my last day in Kerala.
I never carry an umbrella, but this time after the wedding Nirmal and Sindu insisted on my carrying an umbrella as it was pouring in buckets on that day.
I would always forget and leave behind the umbrella in my cheap hotel room, no regrets getting wet. Early in the morning in Ernakulam I decided to carry it on a bright and sunny day. No rain. It satrted raining after I sat in the train. The umbrella is back home, brand new, not a drop of rain fell on it.
This KSRTC bus driver in Manandavady says don't mess with me. You would enjoy the ride of you are inside. they make you scream if you are outside. These bus drivers have done something that all the priests in Kerala failed to do, putting fear of God in you.
This is Kannur Railway station, I was wet and hungry on my way to Shornur, but I was getting a regular supply of Chaaya in the train. I kept my window open. Had a couple of Parapu vada, not very good, cold and hard like a rock, chewing was hard on my jaws, but I don't mind if I am hungry, can't afford to be very choosy, but I was enjoying the rain falling on me thru the window, people sitting near me were giving me funny looks, but I never care. The chap sitting next to me asked me how's the parpu vada, I said its terrific. He bought two for himself. Took one bite and gave me nerve rattling stare.
these pictures were taken last year on the way to Alleppy, You can take a boat from Kottayam, a very pleasant ride, it takes time, but you'd enjoy the ride. couldn't go this time.
Pretty dangerous to travel with me. I go off my rockers. I had to take a 6.40 train from Trichur to Chennai, I was still in Ernakulam at 4.30. I took a train hoping that it would reach Trichur by 6 giving me enough time to pick up my bag and get back to the station on time. It misfired. The train I was supposed to catch was coming right behind. just ten minutes difference. I was clicking pictures and I managed to buy 2 kilos of banana chips and one kilo of halwa before I boarded the train to get back home. The train was leaving the platform, got in to the moving train, went to my seat and scratched my head with both my hands like a monkey.
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