Note: This is an on-the-road photo journal. To find out more about why I am on this trip, please read Next book: From Kerala to Shaolin. Importantly, these are just some simple photos taken by yours truly. The really good photos on this trip are being taken by Kirit Kiran, a Delhi-based photographer and filmmaker. The best will appear in the actual book.
Cheruthuruthy: Waiting to bathe her soft toy
Cheruthuruty: V. Kaladharan, publicity & research officer & S.S. in charge, Kerala Kalamandalam
Cheruthuruthy: Rice farmer
Calicut: Pallavi, Tony Joseph, Sonia, Shruti, in the gorgeous apartment/office complex that “Architect Tony” built.
Beypore: Shipbuilder, continuing a thousands-year old tradition. Incidentally, we are both standing two-storeys high: on the middle deck of a wooden ship under construction. It will eventually measure 185ft, the largest wooden ship ever constructed, says Abdul Gaffoor, owner of the shipyard (not the man pictured). The Qatari client will pay US$1m for it. From Kerala, in about a year, the finished boat will go to Dubai to have its engine fixed. Then it will sail to Singapore for interior design and upholstery. Then it will sail to Qatar. Just in time for Olympics 2020 (if they win the bid) and World Cup 2022 (which they’ve won).
This is the boat as pictured from the ground.
Kasaragod: A “jeans specialist”
Kasaragod: Fish seller
Kasaragod: Fishermen (i.e. the above lady’s supply)
Bangalore: Rahul Mathew, Babu Uncle’s son, my cousin. With some of his great wall sketch art.
Bangalore: Krishna Pratap, kalarippayattu master
Chennai: Senthil Kumar, the friendly chap who drove Kirit and I around for a day
Pondicherry: Mrs Kannan, stringing up some jasmine flowers for hair buns
Pondicherry: Ninety-five year old master of Silambam, the Tamil martial arts
Auroville: Gouri, Sama, Supriya Menon. Three remarkable ladies under one roof!
Food: Top 5
Figured I have to document only the Top 5 foods; this could easily be Top 20. Tough choices.
Rava dosa in Chennai: Delicious, uses rava (or semolina) instead of the usual fermented rice and black lentils batter
Chettinad restaurant in Chennai: Our first Tamil thali
Chennai: We’ve been having amazing fruit all the way; this might have been the best.
Chennai: A good carrot halwa…to die for. Hot, sweet carrots.
Paya, Hyderabad: This Muslim curry is made by boiling goat’s feet for a long time. A very, very long time. That bone there is completely edible.
The changing faces of Kirit Kiran
All in the space of the past 6 weeks.