Thoughts from a Window sill

I’m leaving for my Masters in a month and figured I’d spend some time with my father before I leave. He’s off to work early and I’m home alone until dusk. I’ve been cooking, washing vessels, cleaning the house and trying to stay productive. All this work keeps me occupied and it feels like a lot of work sometimes. Until now I’ve never realised the importance of the fact that my mother had given up her career to take care of us and manage the house, and has been doing it for decades now. I sit on the window sill and contemplate a mother’s patience & perseverance, and the things she sacrifices, for her family’s well being.  

Kanniyakumari – The Southernmost tip of the Indian Peninsula

Kanniyakumari is the southernmost tip of the Indian Peninsula and belongs to Tamil Nadu. Here, one can witness the confluence of The Bay of Bengal, The Arabian Sea, and The Indian Ocean.

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The route to Kanniyakumari is adorned with hundreds of gigantic windmills.

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The Southernmost tip of the Indian Peninsula

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A ritual in progress.

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A couple standing still, two friends take a selfie, my brother lost in deep thought, and Thiruvalluvar’s Statue in the background.

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A selfie with the Thiruvalluvar’s Statue.

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People sitting on a ledge of the Mandap and basking in the evening light.

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People enjoying the evening waves.

Dhanushkodi – No man’s land

This was a happy town before the cyclone consumed the entire place in 1964. No one has lived here ever since. Now it’s a tourist spot and there are small stalls selling refreshments. Its around 20 kms from Rameshwaram, and all that remains are the ruins of what existed when this was a happy place filled with life. 

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The route from Rameshwaram to Dhanushkodi

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Walking into no man’s land (Dhanushkodi)

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Stalls at Dhanushkodi facing the Bay of Bengal

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View from the Pamban Bridge, Rameshwaram

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The Pamban Railway bridge, Rameshwaram

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A statue near Dhanushkodi beach

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Ruins of a church at Dhanushkodi

The South Indian Road Trip – 2015

My brother and I started driving from Bangalore on 19 July 2015. We completed our road trip today after covering 2260 kms (1400 miles).

The places we covered were,

  • Madurai
  • Rameshwaram
  • Dhanushkodi
  • Kanyakumari
  • Alappuzha (Alleppy)
  • Munnar
  • Kochi
  • Wayanad
  • Madikeri

Here’s our route map for the 7 day 2000 km journey.

West coast road trip 2015

More photos soon.

Love story during 3rd grade

During our road trip, I got to meet my primary school classmate, in Kochi. Chacko and I were classmates during Primary school, in Kerala. We had a crush on a really cute girl, and fought regularly about it. This guy always sat next to her and I never got a chance to sit next to her. I used to follow her all around the campus and this guy too, used to follow her. Once I was outraged and when I asked him “Why do you keep following her?”, he replied, “I don’t know” and gave me a big smile. That was the day I hit him. The teacher punished me and we didn’t talk for many days. In the one year that I studied in Kerala, I spoke to her only twice. Once to borrow a sharpener or a pencil, and then on the last day of school, when I finally walked up to her and said “I want to sit next to you today”. I sat next to her that day!

Over the years Chacko and I stayed in touch by writing letters, then emails, and then came all this social networking crap. And 15 years later, here we were talking about all this just like it was yesterday. Despite the big fight we had when we were 8 years old, he let my brother and I sleep at his place for the night. That’s what kindhearted people do right? :D

P.S – Presently I’m in touch with the girl and my best friend/enemy, Chacko.

That’s Chacko and I (left to right).  

Boating in Alappuzha (Alleppy) Kerala

Public ferry is a common mode of transport along the backwaters of Alleppy,Kerala. My brother and I took a walk along the docking station and here are few pictures.

  
A ferry docked at its station.

 Docking area for ferries and houseboats.

  
In the foreground, A ferry carrying tourists cruises by. In the background, people wait at the stop for a public ferry, to get to their destination.

 A ferry carrying tourists along the Alleppy backwaters.