Have I ever told you how much I love this state?
‘This state’ as in Kerala, at the southern tip of India, along the western coast… O yeah!!! You are right there… I hate it a lot as well, but, then, all the reasons why I hate it are justified (in my view, at least, and that is all that matters; it’s MY blog, remember?). the hatred part needs a lot of explanation and so, I guess, deserves a separate post. Newaz, let’s continue with discussing bout my love for kerala…
Why not start with my current abode?
The beautiful, beautiful Alleppey!
When, I first stepped onto the platform of Alleppey Railway Station, the general impression I got of the place was that it’s a sleepy, sleepy little town (why am I repeating adjectives?? Huh! :-0). And in the past 3 years, trust me, by God, that impression hasn’t changed a slight… it IS very much a sleepy, sleepy little town. And thankfully, this sleepiness bout the place has made me what I am today, and again, trust me, by God, I am in love with what I am (as in: what I have become). Let me sum up my relation with Alleppey:->
• It looks like home… you just can’t miss these striking similarities..
the coconut trees…. As abundant as at home, perhaps more abundant here… coz’ mallus have been really particular bout keeping Alpy (and most of the other places, I hear) green.
Water, water everywhere… --- Alpy is called the Venice of the East, there are such a lot of canals and backwaters, don’t be amazed if you suddenly get the feeling that you are on a floating piece of land, which would any day drift away from the larger landmass called “India”, into the vast Arabian sea, which, in turn, is bounded, though only for a small stretch, by the beaches of Alleppey… & Home…. Which IS ostensibly a floating piece of land, already drifted away from the larger landmass called “India”, into the vast Bay of Bengal, which, in turn, is not bounded by, but actually bounds the boundaries of what I call home..
The beaches (now, I don’t know whether it’s a plural or singular, coz’ I have no idea if there’s any break in the beach along the coast… I personally don’t think there’s a break, and that makes it “beach”, but, to be on the safer side, let’s assume there are breaks, splitting the long coastline into more than 1 “beaches”)… what should I say bout home? More of beaches than solid land to live on, I guess… plus, don’t forget the quality of the beaches… good, I would say, really good, if not as pristine as of those back home.
General Appearance…(I’m making it sound like a clinical case taking… lolz :D)… the traffic level, pollution (in all its forms), the extremely limited area of what is “City”, the very unsubtle transition from urban to rural, the unavailability of good clothes, the unavailability of cheap Northie food, the unavailability of many other things… :D, the delay in the arrival of hindi movies (compare: lack of theatres at home)…
home pics from the net
my own pics
this is a really sexy pic by azhar... sky sea sand stone.... i just love it tooo muchhh
• The feel is really good…. Quite like home
Humanity…. Hmmm… I can’t describe this similarity. There’s a heck lot of difference between people here and people there… but, I find something similar (Allah knows best!). I haven’t seen this similarity between my home lot and the people at Chennai (no, I don’t mean those northies by any means… not even with the average Tamilian), or Erode, for that matter. (My memories of Calcutta are too vague to comment upon).
Friendly people…. Helpful and friendly are two different words… helpful is a word I would use for all mallus (mallus living in kerala alone are to be considered here, and throughout this post, not the ones outside kerala), ‘friendly’ not for all and esp not for the kochi bus conductors :D
People in Alleppey are friendly (to the extent of getting cheesy at times, but let’s not dwell into that now) just like my dear dear locals back home (to be noted: LOCALS, that’s the word I used… you see? LOCALS and LOCALS alone)
The weather… as hot as the blow drier used during straightening hair… and if you haven’t had the experience of such a thing, you can very well compare the heat to the heat of a tandoor roti, served rite after being taken out of the tandoor (info: the heat of Chennai being the heat IN the tandoor :D)
• The fact that it isn’t water-locked
You can ACTUALLY travel by a mode of transportation called “TRAIN”…yeaaahhh!!
Chhuk chhuk chhuk chhuk chhuk :D :D :D poooooooooooooooooooooo :D :D :D Chhuk chhuk chhuk chhuk
Besides, you can even go to other states by car… I mean roadways… :D
• Alleppey is basically an NH settlement…. With the whole of the city
around NH47, a few roads on this side and a few roads on that side… so, basically what I mean is I don’t need to know a lot of Malayalam to travel on my own (going by the gr8 company I have…!!! (hope you got the sarcasm))… you just go straight and straight and straight…. And then take a left maybe.. or maybe a right… otherwise, its straight and straight and straight!!! :D
• Almas, if you know her to any extent, is a gal who, definitely, wasn’t
Born to be studious…. So, if she was in , let’s say Chennai, or Bangalore, or even one of the places that were available to her during her medical counseling (namely, Bhopal, Jodhpur, Lucknow, Allahabad, Bardwan (very close to Calcutta) and 2 more places which escape me now), she’d have shaved her head, got her brows pierced, tattooed her neck (hmmm, if given a chance to ACTUALLY do that, she’d surely settle for a centaur with a bow and arrow (that’s her zodiac symbol- the sexy Sagittarius)) and been chased off the medical college way back in the first year itself… in Alleppey, nothing of that sort can possibly happen… the very little of Almasism she practices earns her gr8 bursts of laughter in the college and outside, but then, she kinda enjoys it… not being laughed at, you dumbo!! She actually enjoys the Kerala Sense Of Humour :D :D :D :D
• Alleppey, is a relatively safe place by the Grace of Almighty Allah
(welllll, just minus the sexual perversions :/ ) and going by the way I am, I probably wouldn’t have been able to adjust with others in the North as well (if you noticed above, all the seats I cud opt for, were in the North, I was hell bent on remaining in the South… I didn’t want to change to Northie ways…. I wud’ve got a culture shok there… not that I didn’t get one here… but, then, this culture shok is way way better than the one I wud’ve got , had I been up there), inspite of having Hindi. The prime reason :> I need a proper place to pray… and supposing I’d have chosen to stay out in some other hostel… I don’t think my life wud’ve been as cool as it is in Alleppey, coz’ returning late at nite all alone wud surely be sumthing I wud hav thot 2wice bout, before doing…. (I’m a c/c late entry here :D)… Speaking bout my journeys to and from home, the Alpy-Chennai route is a good one Alhamdulillah…. In the others, it is either by flight or thru places like Bihar… ( I wud’ve gone with the former option :s )
• Alleppey is a small town with Cochin only 2 hrs away (by public
Ya.. living in a small town close to an almost-metro is gr8… let’s luk at Chennai, it’s so huge that traveling from one end to the other wud burn your pockets and a substantial amount of a very precious resource called TIME. That’s not the case here.. Vandanam to Alleppey town wud take on the extreme max around 30 minutes in a creeping and crawling private bus (which, in the Paravoor stop, forgets that it has to move ahead, and has to be reminded to start again :xx ). Now, lemme explain why I mentioned Cochin (of course, besides the fact that I’m head over heels in love with this high traffic, polluted, waste-disposal-problem-facing city)… look now, its human nature to get fed up of whatever we have with us… I’m fed of the food in my mess, not realizing that at this very moment there are people in Sudan, Somalia, and even in our own flood-torn Bihar, who are dying to get a morsel of anything edible…. For me, the food in the college hostel is lots better, but, the inmates there are fed up of that too…. Likewise with the place you live in… Long ago, I had met a Bihari boy in Chennai-Alpy, he’s 1 year junior to me, studying in CUSAT, nearby, I don’t remember the name of the place…, but, he told me “You are lucky that you are in Alpy… in my place, there’s no ATM, we come to alpy to get money, not just that, even to watch movies, and as basic a thing as showing an ailment to a doc”…. And look at me…. Cursing Alpy every day for God knows what!!!... so, what I mean is that, it’s good to have a real-time-big-but-not-all-that-big city nearby, where you can go when you are oh-so-desp with life…knowing that this is not the limit, there are bigger cities you can go to get rid of the “oh-so-desp” feeling (as in:Chennai, in my case)… and being the HAPPY person that I am… I cheer up pretty fast, and don’t generally need a dose bigger than Chennai, at least not till now. :D…. And if you have a vandi of your own, trust me Alpy cud be 1 of the sexiest places to live in for a travel freak like me… coz’ you’ll have all the sane reasons to move out of town and all possible destinations really really near… :D
• It’s CHEAP… maybe not for mallus… but, definitely for me…
Whether you take the food, or the house rent, or the auto charges (this, (I heard from a boy named Anand, who is a very close friend of a boy named Azhar(:p), and has done his engineering from kottayam) is true in the whole of kerala), they are way cheaper than in other places…. (of course, I don’t mean the junkies at pondy bazaar, or the so-called-cheap-clothes from Calcutta (as told by my maa and maa samaan badi behen :D))
• AND LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST…. THIS IS THE PLACE
WHERE I STUDY, THIS IS THE SOIL THAT’S, INSHALLAH, GOIN TO MAKE ME A DOCTOR…. THIS IS THE PLACE WHERE I’D HAVE LIVED , IN THE EXTREME MINIMUM, 5.5 YEARS (MAX CUD BE ANY LENGTH OF TIME… I MITE FLUNK, OR JUST COZ’ KERALA UNIVERSITY LOVES ITS STUDENTS SO MUCH THAT IT JUST DOESN’T WANT US TO BECOME DOCZ QUICKLY). THIS IS THE ONLY OTHER PLACE, AFTER HOME, WHICH I CALL MINE (WHEN I SAY MY COLLEGE, I ACTUALLY MEAN IT). AND SO I LOVE ALLEPPEY. AND THAT’S WHAT’S THE BEST THING BOUT ALPY, THAT IT HAD THE GOOD LUCK OF HAVING “ALMAS” AS A STUDENT….. :D
I guess, I have covered all the most explicit reasons coz of which I love Alleppey, if I happen to remember some more, will put in another post….
Waise, I just re-read this post… and know what? I don’t think that even Alleppians wud know so many positives bout being in Alleppey :D
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