Saturday, July 03, 2010

The Smell of Home...Truly

Visiting Kerala during the Monsoons is always a pleasure...The lush green colours of my state always warms my heart. Two days ago, I revisited my mom's village in Thrissur. Can't call Triprayar a village anymore. This time I couldn't take any pictures...But reposting the pictures I took on my last trip there...


 A trip through Kerala....to Malabar, my dad's land and a stop by in Triprayar...my mother's little dot on the map...seen through my Kodak lens.. Just testing my camera.... first pointed towards the sky...then downwards... The hyacinths floating across the river....painting even the river green, they hurry along with the currents but the glide is oh- so- beautiful....and when the purple flowers make an appearance, its prettier... You know you have reached Triprayar when you cross 'This little bridge over our own little Kwai' and across you see the majestic Triprayar temple....I sat on the steps of the temple, feeding the fishes....its called Meen oottu...one of my favourite rituals unique to the temple here.
When I was a child, I had fond memories of fishes... that came to nibble on the rice being dropped....Tiny little squiggles they were then...then you could stand on the lowest step and feel the fishes nibble on your feet as you dropped the little bits of rice...Now they are huge fat little monsters and there is even a little bar that prevents you from walking till the last steps....I couldn't capture the fishes but see the rumble of the waters as they flap their fins... And then I got distracted by the view across the river.....My dad dreams of building a little house by the river here...Now so do I...nestled among the coconut groves...with the gentle breeze and sunny skies...And the break over....our car chugs on....destination: Arakkuparambu in Perinthalmanna in the picturesque and forest covered Malappuram district of Kerala..Along the way...at all the temples visited, I once again saw an art, they say is dying...typically Kerala - the temple art is practised by trained local artists who used only vegetable dyes to produce this....in most temples, the centuries old art lies mold ridden and ruined...neglected..unfortunately photography is not allowed inside the sanctum sanctorum where I have seen some of the best works... The journey continues, northwards....Malabar is a blur as we speed along...But the greens change hue...its deeper, the contrasts starker...the terrain gets hilly...and as we climb up one and go down the others, I realise why this is God's favourite nook in the whole universe...his own land....
The Sunlight streams through foliage, painting some green, yet others greener..while the thickets embrace darkness.... Thats a little abode created for snake gods...another kerala touch...the sarpakkavu at Dad's tharavadu temple.. Behind the sarppakavu are rubber trees....where little drops of white rubber go drip drip into little coconut shells all year long... The little green lane...off the oft trodden track.. Anywhere you turn and press the shutter, you find a frame... Red bricks....the little building blocks of memories for any true blue Mallu... after incessant rains, the ground had turned slippery....the green of the moss in stark contrast to the weather-stained red bricks... And just as I turned the corner...there far below, nearly half a hill down lay a pond...Even as my feet tickled to dip my feet into it, came my father's nostalgic description....'When I was a child these steps used to lead to the coldest pond in the whole universe...' That little child is now 63 years old, but the enthusiasm in his voice - ageless. It was my first trip to dad's land....discovering a little patch of the soil...lush, steeped in history..


23 comments:

  1. Thanks for these wonderful pictures. Never really saw Thrissur so closely. A real treat for the eyes.


    :-)

    Rinzu

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  2. The last few snaps made me ohhh! so nostalgic!

    The last time I had been there, I been stuck in the place for a really long time. My mum had fractured her leg among other things. And I had been to such green places. But had taken no snaps... Did not have a camera and somehow wasn't in the mood to click even otherwise... This post has made me so happy. So thank you! :)

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  3. lovely post..so when can I visit? I am dying to see Kerala...especially the backwaters :)

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  4. laterite stones, mangalore tiles and the green trees...the contrast is gorgeous.
    The sarpakakavu is so typically Malabar...I love the temples too, elegant and simple.
    My poem today too is about my summer holidays in Kerala...do take a look.

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  5. Took me back to the time when my cousins and I would roam the green hills at dad's place. Pick up a variety of leaves, safekeep them in books and get dried leaves with wonderful designs. Always wonder if my kids would even know those emotions.

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  6. Nice. Monsoons or no monsoons. Kerala is gr8!

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  7. this indeed comes across as a lovely walk down memory lane.... nostalgic.... lovely!

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  8. Brings back memories of my wonderful Keralan adventure last year, although I did not visit Thrissur. Next time...

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  9. That is soooo beautiful ... My cousin just moved to Kochi last week and I was just making plans for Kerala ..and here I see this post ... I call it a sign of approval ..Have fun girl ..

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  10. nice pics ! I have lived in Kerala for a month.. n i loved it ! :)

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  11. This was "refreshing" ... So soothing and pleasant :)

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  12. lovely.. makes me go back to those special dots on the map..

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  13. Very Beautiful. I'll be in your country, some day.

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  14. First time at your blog! Will lurk around more!
    Beautiful snaps! :)

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  15. always wanted to see kerala.and your snaps make me want to rush there.My first time here..and i think you have a very nice blog.
    cheers.

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  16. I always love the temples and the traditional here that kind of gives kerala its charm. And about monsoon I guess, escotel (former Idea mobile)described monsoon correctly when they claimed, Monsoon: The only thing that covers kerala better than we do...

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  17. Thanks a ton, folks...:) It's lovely to hear such wonderful comments.

    LP: Whenever you decide to come to Kerala, you know who to contact...a home and two old very bored people await you ( my folks..;)

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  18. KNow what. I am going there in a couple of weeks. Hope to take loads and loads of snaps to capture the beauty and essence of the place. Loved this post. Thanks again! :)

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