Rants & pictures !

They don’t call it Gods own country for no reason. It provided some wonderful opportunities for playing with light and the camera. Here are some snaps from a Kerela trip that happened some time back.

Just as the snaps load up on your screen : My MTNL internet connection is woeful at home choosing to go on strike on a whim. I am hastily pushing through this post, when it has chosen to show me that it ideed can work at top speed and this months bill will include charges for internet !

To compliment that, to blog on such esoteric topics from the workplace, well, err, is not allowed. So, please people, put up with my silence.

In the meantime, I continue to shout out into the world through the twitter accounts and I don’t have a modicum of memory of what all I have shouted out to the world. The chief twitter account I use is @KavisMusings . Well, that’s a subject for another time.

For now, here are the pictures.

Silhouettes have fascinated me since the time I knew they were called ‘silhouettes’. I used to hate the spelling but quite liked the way the word is pronounced. With a twang that has almost an Italian connection !

All these snaps were taken at places somewhere around Kottayam. ‘Panchali Medu‘ is one such. I don’t raise an eyebrow everytime we go far off, deep inside Maharashtra or down into Kerela where there is folklore around the exiled Pandava brothers with Draupadi in tow having lived there for a while. Panchali as Draupadi is better known in the south, has this hill named after her.

She is supposed to have taken bath in the local pond etc etc, details which I omit writing on, and leaving your imagination to do its work.

The modern day ‘medu’ (RTT : raised plateau) has 14 crosses. I wont tell you why. For I don’t know myself. I only know that the place has an extravagance of ‘awesome’. There is an endless breeze, a feast of green for the eye. The clouds rolling over your head and tease you to reach and touch them if you can.

Off Kuttikanum is another green zone : Wagamon. Sometimes spelt with a ‘V’ instead of a W. Whatever, it is , It doesn’t alter green beauty. Green as in GREEN. Meadows. Plateaus. Hills. Throw in some mist. Some people who are ever willing to help. Water bodies that tempt. Well, in sometime, you could have romance brewing in the air.

Value for money romance. For the place is relatively unexplored ! Some unconfirmed news has it that Wagamon is called the ‘Scotland of Asia’. I haven’t seen Scotland. But I can go as far as I can and tell you, Wagamon is a lovely place to go to.

If any of those didn’t get you excited enough to pack your bags and include Kerela a big mindshare for your next travel, here is something that will do the trick. I ooze confidence in stating this.

Chips. Slices of a particular type of plantains. “Plantains” was to give the humble ‘banana’ a twang of fancy. Nevertheless, slices, deep fried in authentic coconut oil. You just cant stop with one or two for that matter. Two minutes on the lips and a lifetime on the hips. For sure.

But those two minutes they are on the lips, they give you a lifetime of yearning for the next time you will head to Kerela !

Earliers posts on the same trip are here, here, here and here !

8 thoughts on “Rants & pictures !

  1. shobha says:

    A chip on the lip is a kilo on the hip!!! How true!!

  2. Carnic says:

    Hi Kavi…
    As usual smooth! This particular blog rekindles my yearning for travel!
    By the way a long pending request please help me post individual pics on the blog the way you do…Please…

  3. ashok says:

    loved every snap…too gud buddy!

  4. Neha says:

    I still have to think hard while spelling silhouette, and still doubt it whether it was correct or not! This word rings in your ears, don’t you think? 🙂

    Lovely pictures. When I visited Kerala, I had these chips too. I am not too fond of coconut flavour, thus didn’t like it much. I even got throat infection after having those 😐 But yeah, many love it. I am yet to develop a taste for it though 🙂

    Loved the pictures. I love subject photography, thus I love most of the images clicked by you 🙂

  5. Nachi says:

    oh brother, now you have gone and done given me the itch to go visit Kerela.

    love the pictures. always makes me go ‘yay!’ to see your blog updated.


  6. Priya says:

    Great shots and u have become a good photographer.

  7. Sandhya says:

    Beautiful pictures! Each and every snap is unique! Yes, the silhouette pictures look very good, esp. the reflection of people in the water!

  8. Jeevan says:

    Wow! Awesome place… and some breathtakingly views. Wish I could be there sometime and this is a kind of place I look forward to go… the grass mounds and chillness.

    This chips is one of my fav !

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