Wednesday, June 30, 2010

the doors and windows of chelekara

the doors of chelekara (thrissur, kerala) were something quite special. each door was different. and each told a different story.

Monday, June 28, 2010

"The History Teacher"

Trying to protect his students' innocence
he told them the Ice Age was really just
the Chilly Age, a period of a million years
when everyone had to wear sweaters.

And the Stone Age became the Gravel Age,
named after the long driveways of the time.

The Spanish Inquisition was nothing more
than an outbreak of questions such as
"How far is it from here to Madrid?"
"What do you call the matador's hat?"

The War of the Roses took place in a garden,
and the Enola Gay dropped one tiny atom on Japan.

The children would leave his classroom
for the playground to torment the weak
and the smart,
mussing up their hair and breaking their glasses,

while he gathered up his notes and walked home
past flower beds and white picket fences,
wondering if they would believe that soldiers
in the Boer War told long, rambling stories
designed to make the enemy nod off.

~Billy Collins


i want to love you like the trees love each other in kerela
with their roots all tangled up into their shoots


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Day 1: Ernakulum-Fort Cochi

Day 2: Kumarokom

Day 3: Kumarokom-Thekkady

Day 4: Thekkady-Munnar

Day 5: Munnar-Nedumbassery (Airport)

Day 6: Nedumbassery-Chelakara

Day 7: Chelakara

Day 8: Malampuzha Dam-Alatur-Nurani

Day 9: Gurvayur-Chelakara

Day 10: Chelakara

Day 11 Chelakara-Athirapally-Nedumbassery

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Strawberry Soda

My lovely evening started with raspberry soda at Sassanian, Marine Lines.

I then bought three shuttle cocks at Mumbai's oldest sports shop -- Walden.

Then 1 mango juice, 1 mango milkshake, and 2 watermelon juices at Badshah's -- my dad's favorite place to cool off.

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