Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Monsoons in Kerala

Accounts are settled after transporting an elephant

This year, the South West Monsoons in Kerala in June appeared quite active. The whole country is drenched in water and I was frequently shuttling between Palakkad and Cherthala during the month. Of late my Dad had not been enjoying good health and I needed to shift base to Kochi/Tripunithura as my son had joined a school there for his 11th.
I opted out of a banking assignment in Kabul because of the obvious risks and for the time being decided to be at Tripunithura relaxing a bit with my personal interests. Transporting personal effects in Kerala through a heavy motor vehicle is not at all a pleasant experience. Besides, the settling down at a new place has its own inconveniences and delays. I am yet to get my net connections.
It should take a couple of weeks more for the dust to settle inside the house. Outside, thanks to the rains, there is no dust but many a messy water pool.
During the rains, while traveling, you are likely to find many objects and situations good for photographs. Only problem is that when you are tensed, the mood to access the camera is lost.
Still, let me add a few snaps.
Photo courtesies : Lavanya Varma

Beach at Thiruvizha-Cherthala-

Mountain ranges of Palakkad Pass

Transpoting an elephant by a Lorry

Tripunithura, South India
30th June 2010

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