Poovar, Kerala We had gone to a few places before we succumbed to the 'too much travelling with too little kids' syndrome in the vacation. The first and a surprising spot was Poovar which was literally in our backyard. A short ride beside some dense greenery, a massive road works by some conglomerate, and typical … Continue reading A new-to-me backwater
In Kerala Plants and trees. Banana, coconut, jack fruit, pepper vines climbing on those, sapota or chickoo, guava. Unrelieved green. Steady rain that turns the view slightly fuzzy. A cuckoo in the background. The usual crows. Pale yellow and multicoloured butterflies. The monsoon which hopefully won't end any soon. But then running up and down … Continue reading Vignettes from home
Fitzgerald Park and UCC grounds, Cork The Fitzgerald Park is another popular haunt of those with kids around here. There is a large playground with small climbing walls, slides, swings, etc. And the sand and wooden pellets for young kids to get some sensory play. My toddler went under a sliding area, and found a … Continue reading Walk to the heart’s content
Fota Island Wildlife Park, Cork So something has arrived in Ireland (clue: clear blue skies, dandelions, etc.), but I won't say it aloud and jinx it. And once it happens, people ditch their work and school and go have outdoor fun. I think they ditch their work because as soon as temperatures go above 18 … Continue reading How do we zoo?
Napier Museum, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Throwback to our last summer holiday.. We are in desperate need of summer here, or at least a bit of spring. Two months ago someone spotted daffodils, and we were rejoicing about the soon to come summer (or spring). And the most ironic change in weather followed where we got a … Continue reading Architecture in sand
Book: The Long Gaze Back, An Anthology of Irish Women Writers, edited by Sinéad Gleeson It is April and it is raining in Ireland. I am reading a short story set in the early 1900s, and the weather in April is the exact same! The man says of his wife, ...but experience is wasted upon … Continue reading Spring in Ireland
Part 4 - Tamil Nadu Coimbatore, my first favourite Tamil town. After the pervasive chauvinism of Kerala, it was a surprise and relief to be in public spaces where there is hardly any overt harassment of women. I travelled by buses for my college daily, and never was I harrased. Of course the buses are … Continue reading Tamil pride eh?
Church Bay, Crosshaven, Cork It was a usual weekend day. Going about swimming, walking, window shopping. And then we had the brainwave to go to a beach. The great thing about living west of Ireland is that a beach is never far away. We turned our sights on Roberts Cove, but made a wrong turn … Continue reading Simple trips and unexpected joys
Part 6 - Assam So, Assam! Land of the fabled Assam tea. I do have a Tea Story related to Assam, obviously! My reading of the very first few pages of the book No ghosts in this city by Uddipana Goswami shook me out of my stupor. No, I am not talking about a new place and setting for … Continue reading And yes, there is the tea
Part 5 - Telangana Looking back, it seems like I spent a large portion of my wandering years in this State. We were first in Hyderabad, maybe close to the iconic Charminar. Now about the Charminar, once every couple of years, they would close the top floor right after someone attempts (yet again) a suicide jump. … Continue reading Living in the twin cities