Saturday, February 28, 2004

So I'm finally sitting on my own loo in my own bathroom and I must say it feels great to be home again. The four days spent in Kerala have been well...mentally and physically taxing. I didnt eat or sleep properly and my excretory system just shut down completely. My excretory system and I have a very good agreement. Whenever I go on tour, I dont have to bother about going to the loo. I can eat what I want, drink what I want and I wont even feel the slightest urge to attend natures call. Once I get back home, everything changes dramatically and I seldom leave the loo.

Most of my time in Kerala was spent sitting in a tiny bus for hours without end. It became really uncomfortable as I sat next to Tushar and each time the bus took a sharp turn, he would fall on me.(There were a lot of sharp turns) Tushar is completely unaware of the damage caused as he was asleep most of the time.

The wildlife sanctuary was the most dissapointing as the only wildlife we saw was a chicken. It was hot dry and dusty and I was almost tempted to burn it down and build and engineering college. After hours and hours of travelling on an empty stomach and see nothing but a chicken got us all really mad and we yelled at the tour guide.

The food was mostly unavailable or foul tasting. Kerala is a terrible place for the vegetarian. On the subject of food, we also had a fight with a really rude waiter in a classy hotel. Things would have gotten worse id Mr.Gnanasekaran and the hotel manager hadnt intervened.

I think I had fun only on the last day. We climbed 5000 feet to see the Edakkel caves. It was also an unusual spot for me to recieve my ATMA exam result via SMS on Tushar's phone.

We visited another spot after that and we had no idea what was special about it. We'd been brought there to admire a heart shaped lake which had dried up.

From there we were supposed to go to Meen Mutty falls but that didnt work out as we were too hungry, tired and frustrated to travel another 50 Kilometers. A lot of them wanted to skip lunch and go there but Tushar and I didnt give a damn. We had to eat no matter what. In the end we decided to skip the Meen mutty falls and go to another one only 8 Km away. That too was kinda dried up. We were supposed to leave the falls by 6:30 PM but our bus broke down and we were stuck till 10:30.We got worried as it was a 3 hour trip to Calicut where we were supposed to catch the 1:30 AM train to Chennai. Anyway, while the bus was being repaired the guys got together and had a major truth session. We sat in a ring and each guy got about 20 minutes in the center. He would be asked really personal questions
( Eg: Why does your breath stink? When did you start masturbating? Why dont your parents trust you? etc etc) and he would have to be completely honest. His various positive and negative aspects were also pointed out. Under a moonlit starry night on top of a quiet mountain, it was really really good. I got to know the guys really well and it was rather touching to see the most despised chap in the class openly confess his problems.

The bus finally started and we raced down the mountain to get to the station on time. It was a nauseating journey as the bus wound down the mountain side and with Tushar continuously falling on me, I was ready to throw up any second. Also every one stank and it was hot and sticky.

We made it to the station on time and got into the train. I was asleep by 2 AM and didnt wake up until 9. We reached Chennai by 3:40 PM and I'm just so glad to be home.

1 comment:

workhard said...

Seems like u had an interesting trip.. only wildlife u saw was a chicken..LOL!!!!

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