The roads less travelled

about my journeys

Where Antlions turn into Damselflies – Part 1

The writer waxes on his experience of staying in a traditional farm house,  Sree Chithrakoodam at Chittur, 10 kilometers away from Palakkad town. He gets more than he asked and is pretty happy with that. When was the last time I spent a night here? I sit on a wooden chair in a mud house right in the midst of a sprawling rice field. All around me the muffled green stalks doze lethargically beneath a white blanket which the moon … Continue reading

Where Antlions turn into Damselflies – Part II

(Continued from Part I) I’d worked in this district sometime back. But I’d never tasted authentic Palakkadan dishes like Muttappuli until I digged into the sumptuous meals at Sivasundaram’s home nearby. Back at the mud house we hit our bed to slough off the weariness from the long drive. The bedroom is big, but what takes the prize is the size of the bathroom. It would be love at first sight if you’ve already fed up with clammy toilets in … 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

Kindness in Blue Saree

Every journey begins with the note of a driver’s door slamming shut. The passengers sigh. There goes the double bell. A wave of cool air wafts across the stuffy atmosphere inside licking sweat on the way. One flick of the key, the bus comes alive into judders. My journey to Kuttikkanam from the KSRTC bus-station at Thampanoor thus began on a high note last month. A whole night of travel lay before me, I should learn to school my excited … Continue reading