Today, we decided to go back to the forests. We wanted to meet Thangappan’s family. When we crossed Kurangini Village, we met a tribal man who was on his way to lower Muthuvakodi. He decided to hitch a ride with us. As we drove through the hills, the familiar sight of the canopied forests welcomed […]Read more "Rest Of My Family Travel Diary: Day 15"
A misty dawn crept over the sleepy town of Bodinayakanur. Light rose above the hills and the frigid winds were soon replaced by crisp morning air. Thin plumes of white smoke unfurled in the sky as women drew rotational symmetric patterns of Kolam outside their homes with rice flour. Soon, blaring horns broke the serenity […]Read more "Rest Of My Family Travel Diary: Day 10"
We had to take a bus to Coimbatore at 6.20 am. Fayez woke us up at six. We quickly got ready and rushed to the bus stop. His parents had left already and didn’t bother informing him. We were quite worried that we wouldn’t make it. We got into an autorickshaw and asked him to […]Read more "Rest Of My Family Travel Diary: Day 8"
Fayez was feeling much better today. So, we left home early in the morning. We headed towards the forlorn palace; the last standing reminder of a time when royalty thrived in the soils of Travancore. We wanted to meet the descendants of the royal family and hear stories of their past, understand their present and […]Read more "Rest Of My Family Travel Diary: Day 7"
Fayez’s sickness was getting worse. A few weeks ago, he was bitten by a scorpion at the farm. He decided to do nothing about it. And, every time we expressed our concern and tried to persuade him to go to the hospital he’d say, “The human body is capable of healing itself. I do not […]Read more "Rest Of My Family Travel Diary: Day 6"
We meant to start our day early to visit the tribal settlements. We wanted to understand what life was like for those who resided in the Muthuvakodi Village and discuss with them about the Lantana-livelihood initiative. However, Fayez was still running a fever from last night. So, we asked him to get some rest and we […]Read more "Rest Of My Family Travel Diary: Day 5"
This morning, we woke up to ashen grey skies and broken branches in a distance. Leaning onto their fellow companions, trees that once stood tall found themselves displaced and scattered all over; their arms numbly collapsing to the ground. The paling shadow of the storm had strung a melancholic note in the soul of the […]Read more "Rest Of My Family Travel Diary: Day 4"