Published Stories

Stories published in ‘The Hindu’, ‘Yentha.com’ and ‘Readers Digest’.

Walk in the rain clouds

Reconnect with the elements at this hill station, writes MANU REMAKANT AT Kanjar Junction, a big jeep waits in front of `Tasty Bakers,’ a local confectionary. Soon, crammed with people, it begins an uphill journey to one of the most fabulous hill stations in Kerala – Ilaveezhapoonchira. The jeep hugs the curving rugged road that is too narrow to permit overtaking or speeding. One side of the road gives way to a steep fall that reveals glimpses of Idukki shimmering … Continue reading

Yentha Travel: One Hundred Hours Of Solitude – Part III

Manu Remakant takes us to the solitude of Pattiyar Bungalow and the intoxicating beauty of the Palakkadan wild. Keralamedu is the best neighbourhood around. We sit on the concrete slab, which announces, ‘State border’. And gambol up the rolling hills like children screaming, at times to beat the noisy wind. Behind us, a vast forest is emerging peppered with wafer-thin black roads shining in rain. At this height, we are almost eye-to-eye with the waterfalls, we saw at the Pattiyar … Continue reading

Yentha Travel: One Hundred Hours Of Solitude – Part II

Manu Remakant takes us to the solitude of Pattiyar Bungalow and the intoxicating beauty of the Palakkadan wild. Early morning. Sitting on bamboo chairs lining the long verandah, we sip the hot black coffee, blowing smoke against the misty mountains, the waterfall and the blue water. See. The bright mornings of Pattiyar do not hold a trace of the terror its night could unleash. Its night, I saw yesterday, is another planet. A cold shudder bolts through my body, when … Continue reading

Yentha Travel: One Hundred Hours Of Solitude Part – 1

Manu Remakant takes us to the solitude of Pattiyar Bungalow and the intoxicating beauty of the Palakkadan wild. We stack the jeep with Palakkad matta rice, plenty of vegetables, oil, spices, cooking powders, plantains, chicken, and freshwater fish; enough to feed a whole battalion; for just the six of us. “No water,” declares Kunjumon, a teacher and our local guide who will lead us to one of the most virgin tourist destinations in the state. “No company water would come … Continue reading