We spent the morning cleaning the house, clearing pathways and packing everything we required to head back to town. At around 3 pm, we took the narrow trail leading to Thangappan’s house. A deep hush fell over the sylvan thickness just as the woods echoed the music of roaring thickets in a distance. As wild […]Read more "Rest Of My Family Travel Diary: Day 13 (part 1)"
Today, we ventured into the jungles again. The persisting sound of wilderness was carried aloft by the winds as the forest transformed into ripples of cascading echoes. Betwixt the luminous haze of shadow and light, there’s a song of mystery, yearning and deep ecstasy in the woods. Every cell, every crevice and every root throbbed […]Read more "Rest Of My Family Travel Diary: Day 12"
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"
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"
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"
Last night, two of Fayez’s friends Chakra and Seban drove down to Bodinayakanur all the way from Irinjalakuda. They struck us as warm and friendly people. In the morning, we packed our things and were all set to head back to the forests in the Kurangini Hills to meet the tribals and share with them […]Read more "Rest Of My Family Travel Diary: Day 3"
Our journey of exploration brought us to the lovely city of Bodinayakanur in the heartland of rural Tamil Nadu. Amidst strolling passengers, sleepy town folks and the early onset of dawn, we had to meet our friend Fayez at the Theni Bus stop at 4 am. In a twist of irony, our bus had reached […]Read more "Rest Of My Family Travel Diary: Day 1"