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)"
Last night, we drove down to Bodinayakanur from Coimbatore. Today, we were up quite early and were looking forward to meeting Mari’s family. We were determined to spend some time with all of them as soon as we were back. So, we rushed to their house since we didn’t want them to get late for work because […]Read more "Rest Of My Family Travel Diary: Day 9 (part 1)"
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"
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"