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 friends of Alathur where I worked in a college. The sun was up there, the world was bright and I saw the town of Kollengode and many other parts of Palakkad shimmering in the haze.
“But at my back I always hear
Time’s wingèd chariot hurrying near;
And yonder all before us lie
Deserts of vast eternity.
Thy beauty shall no more be found,
Nor, in thy marble vault, shall sound
My echoing song: then worms shall try
That long preserved virginity,
And your quaint honour turn to dust,
And into ashes all my lust:
The grave ‘s a fine and private place,
But none, I think, do there embrace.
Now therefore, while the youthful hue
Sits on thy skin like morning dew,
And while thy willing soul transpires
At every pore with instant fires,
Now let us sport us while we may” – Andrew Marwell
(Photographs: Manu Remakant)