Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Experience dawn at Kadamakudy Islands

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Duck roast or Spicy duck curry for Christmas

The Christmas is round the corners, and here are the ducks at the duck merchant at Kadamakudy. While photographing them, I am under the grip of both agony and ecstasy. Despite the innocent beauty of these ducks, soon they will be decorating the dining tables in the form of delicious duck roasts or spicy nadan duck curry.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Stories from Kadamakudy - Origin of the name Kadamakudy

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. 
Marcel Proust

The alarm was set  at 4.45 am, and it did not fail. The first dilemma was whether to sleep further or get set and go for the cycling trip to Kadamakudy islands. I lost count of the number of trips I made to Kadamakudy, and that by itself was a good enough justification to enjoy the comfort of sleeping more. However, the lure of starting the day in a positive note was good enough to get ready. The next dilemma was whether to carry my compact camera or not. I slid my sony wx500 compact camera, the most trusted and widely used camera of mine into my pocket. I started cycling towards Kadamakudy by around 5.30 am and I was there by around 5.45 am. It was still dark. Thanks to the head and tail lamps of my cycle. That boosted my confidence. Already there were some morning walkers there. Some of them are familiar to me. One group was relaxing at the culvert where I used to sit and meditate. They are all born and brought up at Kadamakudy. I had this question about the name 'Kadamakudy'. How did that name evolve?. Kadal mukkuva kudy - Kadal means sea. Mukkuvar means fishermen. Kudy means the place where one lives (huts). Kadamakudy was a place where the sea fishermen used to stay. That was the most convincing answers. Kadama means duty, kudy means drinking. A place where the fundamental duty of people was to drink. Any way the first one sounds more convincing.  The narrow 5km stretch of  road cutting through the Kadamakudy islands is a delight for walkers and cyclists. The humming sound of the first bus from the island...and the cyclist crossing each other on a narrow strip of road ...that needs presence of mind and confidence. When in doubt I just stop and give way for the other vehicle. 

While the climate was very good for cycling, it was not that great for the photographer. The lighting was dull as the sun was covered with clouds. That called for some amount of working through my compositions, and Kadamakudy did not disappoint me. It has something new to offer every day.

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Organic farming initiatives by the Palliakkal service cooperative bank

I was supposed to be at the bank at 3pm for a small meeting. I reached there around twenty minutes early. Thanks to google maps. Unfortunately this particular bank is not on the google maps. The nearest landmark on the google map is the Union bank. Why this bank is noy yet there on the google maps, when even my house is registered on it. The best reason I can speculate is their local clientele, who do not need a map to locate this bank, as the bank which was registered in the year 1943 (way before independence of India from the British) does not need to be guided to. It is part and parcel of the local community. Since I reached slightly early, I ventured into the grocery store and the fertilizer stores run under the supervision of the bank. It's all organic. I could not resist the temptation to taste a couple of plantains (njaly poovan) and I ended up purchasing half kg of it. I had a nice discussion about the application of organic manure to my own coconut and nutmeg trees. Logically, everything must start with the soil testing (swot analysis of the soil), before prescribing the right manure mix. They have a nursery there which sells seeds and saplings. By that time my colleagues phone call disrupted my tempo of exploration of organic farming which always interested me, yet lacked any knowledge about how to proceed. She said I am at the branch office where as the scheduled meeting was at the head office. I had hardly five minutes to reach the head office. Fortunately I could make it on time. Here are some photographs of their organic farm produce. I am planning further visits to understand the farm life in Ezhikkara village, and will post my updates here as and when they happen.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Welcome to the glorious sunsets of Kadamakudy

The rains are over, and now is the time of glorious sunsets at the Kadamakudy Islands. Me and my friend Sanesh started our early morning cycling trips to Kadamakudy. After cycling around 15 km, we sit at the culvert and meditate for a while. Now I understand why the saints always chose to pray in the open and secluded places. When in the open, there are no barriers. If you are planning to visit Kerala, and would like to tread the unbeaten cultural paths, click here.