Kerela trip and Phaedus
I was off on a road trip to Kerela, yes the God's own country.. (and not so without merit).
I wanted a weekend getaway, away from crowds, and noise or talk or music or anything that is human - be with myself. I cannot afford that (yet) but did manage to goto Kerela, in a small hilltown in the foothills of Nilgiris'. It was quiet (period).
You wont believe, after how long did I listen to crickets, or see fireflies, or just heard myself breathe. No cell phones. No computers. Just me and my friend. I was a guest at their home, for the nights.. the days, we just roamed around in the nearby getaways, away from the tourist circuits.
And here thoughts come to realization. Thoughts about the life, the way it is supposed to be and the direction(s) it is leading us to.
Humans by nature, are explorers. We are never content with what we have. We have to show our greatness, by putting things in order. Nature on the other end has entropy increasing. So right now, when we are sitting in the perfect cubes of houses and sell maintained lawns outside... great roads... fast cars... perfect lines.... we, humans, Nature's greatest creation, are against its very principle.. randomness... (and the irony does not stop here) we try to find perfect order in perfect randomness.
Kerela, is also a very tiny microcosm. Keralites are intelligent, hardworking ppl spread through out the world... and that brings in a lot of NRI money. Even in the smallest of towns, you would find Shopping Mall's and showrooms. Big Hoardings' are almost completely dominating the otherwise well maintained roads... I neednot remind you that Kerela has tropical climate, so it rains for 6 months a year.
The microcosm does not stop there. Nearly people from all religions live here. There are Muslims and Hindus and Christian, Jews and what not (hint.. N. Modi, stay away from this wonderland)... and guess what almost 99% of the junta is actually educated...
what really surprised me was that this place has been actually governed -- or almost misgoverned by the left (Communist Party) for the last so many years. Now thats something that does not actually fit in the picture very well...
However, coming back to the topic at hand; I was there for a weekend. I loved it. I am not too sure when it will be, but I am going back there. I am told that the tourist circuits are very expensive, so if you dont know Malayalam, be ready to shell out a lot of cash. As for me, I have Phaedus to guide me.
end of part 1