The Many faces of Seetharkundu

The writer is split into two places at the same time – the one which unfurls before his eyes now, and the one he saw ten years back. This is Seetharkundu, 8 kms away from Nelliyampathy, 52 kms away from Pallakkad, where it is believed that Seetha Devi and Lord Rama spent a long time during Threta Yuga. No visit to Nelliyampathy is complete without this mountain top view from Seetharkundu. I was last here ten years before with my … Continue reading

Pothundi through a Kaleidoscope

Pothundi is a kaleidoscope. There are as many angles to view in it as there are moods the beautiful earthen dam can evoke in us. You can run through the gamut of time, or slide along the road that nestles it and stop at different points; you’ll always get fresh views and experiences. I saw it first time, a decade back, when I was working in Palakkad. Pothundi is near Nenmara village(8kms away). It is handsomely located on the way … Continue reading

A Ride through the Deluge

The writer zips through the thick wet curtain to reach the bone-chilling heights of Nelliyampathy. He understands why they say that the journey is the destination. I pulled over my vehicle to see why this sudden excitement on the other side of the slippery road. Posing with such a deluge as a background will make a great pic. But are they here just to be on the sidelines? Another hairpin bent away I had to stop my car again because … Continue reading

Shrimp Farmers of Alleppey

The writer meets the poor shrimp farmers of Kuttanad who are made poorer by a weak monsoon.