Thats the Way…I Like It June 13, 2008Posted by astralwicks in Blogging, india, Personal, Random, Thoughts, Tourism, Travel, World, Writing.
Tags: fun, Indian travel memories, Kerala tourism, munnar, travel with friends, travel writing
I was away for a week. Away from my cat, my computer, blogs, downloads, morning newspaper, 24 x 7 television, home made food, Mumbai and job. I was away – in Munnar.
3 of us took the Netravati Express from Kurla Terminus. It’s an almost 26 hour ride to Ernakulam. From there we took a cab, which is another 4 hours roughly to the Pallivasal estate where we planted ourselves – having an uninterrupted view of the Nilgiris in front of us for miles, as far as the eyes could see. Clouds played truant with us morning, evening and at night. We had a great cook. I don’t eat non-veg food but whenever the cook came with his savories I could smell quality and taste. His veg too is great and I tipped him.
What did I do in Munnar. Nothing. Yes, sometimes that’s what one should do. This was the routine. Get up by 6 or 7. Have your morning cuppa without the noise, paper and humans. Watch the clouds come in from nowhere and disappear reveling vast, green hills dotted with Tea plants and forests. Go for a walk with umbrellas in hand to no place in particular. Come back a bit breathless, sometimes a wee bit wet. Have more tea. Listen to music at low volume, eat lunch, talk a bit, sleep a bit, wake up in time for the gorgeous evenings.
Most evenings were confusing and chilly. It reminded me of my stay in London. Misty, cloudy, hint of rain and an unobtrusive drizzle. The clouds would take birth in the middle earth section of the valley. Yes, we had to name this part because it looked like a cauldron where clouds used to take birth, disperse, creep in, overwhelm the entire valley, make everything invisible and cold.
We used to sit silent in the silence watching this misty dance choreograph itself with the wind and chill and animal sounds as props. Have more coffee. Sometimes we had wine and to break the norm peach Vodka. Everybody liked that.
Food brought us back to our senses. The chill making us hungry. We gorged to satiety and didn’t care about calories or kg’s. We did this for 5 days. Away from all the murders, wars, victories and defeats playing out in the battlefield outside.
I came back to traffic, horns, water-logging, metro construction and other forms of viral competition.
I liked Kerala. They keep it clean. It is not foreign-clean but has the right discipline that is suited to us Indians. There is a certain finished-ness about everything that is not German-precision that many Indians hate and probably cannot emulate. As Radiohead sings ‘Everything in its right place’. I liked the Munnar weather, the food, the touristy places and the clouds. I listened to ‘Little Fluffy Clouds’ a lot here. It’s a great track. Also Underworld’s Dark and Long which hinted at the underlying mystery of the place.
I had thought I would not write about Munnar. Because my praise will make more people go there and probably…
Enjoy and preserve.