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We reached around 9:00AM and were pretty much tired due to the long travel, as we were driving through the ghat road, we got a hint of what we are entering into. Beautiful valleys, water falls through them, superb climate.
We stayed in Sandanam's villa, Naidupuram and it was a pretty clean and decent stay. As the hotel was new we felt it was worth money and didn't find any issues with it (except for unavailability of hot ...
... I am being confronted by the warnings of the traps we in the developed world seem oblivious to in our unquestioned rush to reignite the stuttering economic growth machine which only consumerism can fuel.
Yep, India is really providing that mirror for me to revisit the whole issue of economic growth and the perceived benefits which accrue to humanity from it. The Indian newspaper business section headlined the alarming news that growth had slowed here to just 5.3% ...
... pickles, and yogurt as well as a heaping amount of rice. You mix it all together on the tray or a banana leaf with your hands and then make little balls of the mixture, scooping it up and hopefully daintily shoving it in your mouth. It’s one of my favourite Indian meals! Then we invited a few newly made friends over for a feast of chicken, paneer, home fries, beets, and of course black forest birthday cake that I had ordered in town the day before.
... So we returned, back to the homestay for lunch which, sadly, had an unfortunate effect on me just before we were to embark on the 120km trip back to Kochi. And the 120km took us four hours. And the roads in India are appalling. But, for the sake of completeness of this tale I can report that I did get back without any embarrassment!
Bonus time: Probably the highlight of our two day trip was when our driver spotted proper real wild elephants just across the lake ...
... There’s no breezing through life here. No clinging to material comforts in the hopes of waving away the ever pressing concern for one’s own mortality. When suffering and ecstasy abound in all corners, one finds their life is being lived more fully. Colors are a bit brighter, smells are a bit sweeter, tastes last a bit longer. If you want this feeling for yourself, there’s no need to fret. There’s nothing to it. All you have to do is breathe.