Road

Closely Watched Trains

The penchant for train journeys had taken the writer into interesting terrains when he was a teenage boy. I don’t understand it, my friend. What is the point in leaving home if you haven’t penciled train journeys in your itinerary! I always want to be in a train zipping through nights like a pointless arrow. To destinations unknown. Even the drizzle should find it hard to catch up with the pace and must break into pieces in despair. The travel … Continue reading

I Pee Yell : Season 2

The writer meets one of the worst enemies of bathing in the wild in the travelogue, ‘In Trouble Again’ by Redmond O’Hanlon. What was your worst fear when you were a child bathing naked in a river or a pond teeming with fish? The moment I think about it my hands hurry down to cover my crotch. Some childhood habit we all share. We loved fish. But we wanted the nibbling, gnawing and chomping water bastards only in fish tanks … Continue reading

101 Reasons to Love Kerala

Manu Remakant explores Reason #1.Villages… Abandon yourself in a village, a nameless, nondescript one in Kerala. Any place will do. Play deaf to those cynics who say that the State is now a big township and villages had long packed their baggages and left.  They will point at the electric lines, telephone poles and mobile signal bars and smile their cynical smiles.  Come with me. I will take you to places where innocence is a religion. Every night I sleep, … Continue reading

Riders to the Sea

The Sea beckons, but I have promises to keep How do great travel writers get the unique experiences that we don’t find from the same place? How do they recreate them into highres images in writing? What makes them special? Frances Mayes, the celebrated travel writer says that a writer creates a particular world with his very presence where the experience can be had by only that person. But how does he create that particular world? Answer: By choosing unique … Continue reading