We took a detour from the main road. Muddy trails gradually led to the Moopan’s doorstep. Well-trimmed hedges adorned his courtyard as the winds sighed a soothing lull. Somewhere in the fading dusk, amidst valleys bathed in a rose-hued gleam, a cluster of garden bowers breathed its last… A middle-aged man with jet-black hair and […]Read more "Rest Of My Family Travel Diary: Day 27 (Final Part)"
“While some tribesmen sold most of the land they owned to settlers for peanuts, others were duped into handing over their land in the guise of a better deal. When the Forest Conservation Act came into being in 1980, majority of their farmland was lost to the reserves. By the time the bill was passed, […]Read more "Rest Of My Family Travel Diaries: Day 27 (part 3)"
“We put in a request for electricity and asked the officials to get it done as soon as possible. I hope to see light someday,” said Arumugan with a smile. The government refuses to give the Malasar Tribe their rightful ownership of land simply because they haven’t measured the area yet nor have they conducted […]Read more "Rest Of My Family Travel Diary: Day 21 (part 2)"
The lorry screeched to a halt. We saw the driver and conductor run towards us. They were yelling at each other in Tamil. Fayez slammed the accelerator to the floor hoping that the jeep would shoot forward. Unfortunately, we steered ourselves deep into the muddy patch of the verge that resulted in the vehicle tilting […]Read more "Rest Of My Family Travel Diary: Day 20 (Part 1)"
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"
Our expedition into the woods, yesterday, had exhausted us completely and we slept till late today. After a quick breakfast in town, we decided to head towards the palace and inquire into the whereabouts of the royal descendants. Surprisingly, visitors weren’t allowed and we were told the owner wasn’t in town and that he would […]Read more "Rest Of My Family Travel Diary: Day 2"