The Jungle at the other side: Part 2

(Continued from Part 1…) We slipped through the curtain of the ordinary and reappeared at the other side right in the midst of a forest. Twigs cracked under our feet. We trudged through bamboo thickets to reach the chequered shadows of sprawling trees. I didn’t know when and where I fell behind, but I got too bored as my companions yapped in a strange dialect about the problems of farmers in the district, and how they were going to deal … Continue reading

The jungle at the other side: Part-1

You haven’t seen her all, dear. I wanted to tell Sai.  He was all excited about this beautiful place, Kuruwadweep. I looked across the water, to the lush foliage, beyond the big trees which take up pint-sized islands all for themselves. A wave of nostalgia swept over me. My students were thrilled to bits with their close brush with nature as they with their trousers hitched up to their knees, excitedly holding one another’s hands in a long row, dipped … Continue reading

Voyagers in a paper boat

The author of Rum, Road n’ Ravings wants you to take a swig of his favourite drink. I understand. Many fear they cannot grow a palate for its queer taste.  It is too complicated a thing to be appreciated by uneducated eyes. The sweet strains of it fail to reach them through the impervious ears to tug at their emotions. Very difficult to understand, sir. Incomprehensible. Poetry. We had poetry sessions when I worked in a college in Kollam. I … Continue reading

101 reasons to love Kerala:Tree Shades

Come under the greenwood tree. Sometimes, the wood must be missed for the trees. For there are moments in journeys when a forest suddenly comes apart into individual trees, shielding us from the sun, from the buffets of rain and wind, offering us warty beds on their feet, whenever we feel that yet another step means a certain death. There is a tree at the top of Rayiranellur mount near Valanchery from where the legendary Naranathu Bhranthan rolled down big … Continue reading