Wednesday, July 16, 2008

AWOL

Last few days, i went AWOL - to my hometown.
I love travel by train. no, let me rephrase it - i love travel- it entices me, enchants me and make me dream... when i travel, my first preference is to go by road. Swing my legs across the saddle of a bike and devour the road or strap myself to the cockpit of a car and let the pedal do the talking - the cocoon like a/c Volvo buses doesn’t figure in my scheme of road travel. If not by road, I love travel by train - here too, not by first class or a/c, but by sleeper class.
When ever I travel to Kerala by train, there are two things which I don’t miss - Valayar Checkpost - the first sight of Kerala, and a steaming hot cup of
Coffee from Palgat railway station. I love getting down to the platform, taking few steps to teh nearest tea stall, and having a piping hot coffee
along with a fresh Malayalam newspaper. The coffee is a refreshing break from the watered down coffee-water the chai/coffee wallas server inside the train.

Now, why was this AWOL? well, it was not exactly an AWOL, but a planned leave - we just finished building our new home, and last Monday we shifted to the new home. so that is where I was for the last few days.


(any of you heard a new Malayalam song "Right ottu potte"? heard this when i went home this month, if any of you know the movie, please drop me a line)

26 comments:

Prats said...

Hey....Congrats on the new house....looks so beautiful.
And yes train travel , sleeper class....soem experience, that can be, with its assortment of chaiwalas and food.
Nice to know you got yourself a break :)

Ankur said...

kewl hai re.. even i like to travel by train and that too sleeper par aajkal sleeper mai bahut darr lagta hai.. pata nahi kaise i m so freaked to safai n all...

but this time while going home, will only go via Sleeper for sure.. iska apna alag maja hai!! :D
hehe

good one dude, tune mujhe ghar ki yaad dila di!! :)

Cheers!!!

Amooma said...

i love travelling by train too. of course,i dont have much of a choice, seeing as i have motion sickness in cars.
Right ottu potte. well, will keep an ear open when channel surfing?

OM said...

in complete agreement with the train mode of travel... its got a character that most of the other mediums don't have :)

I have not traveled much on bikes, so can't really say much about it though strapping yourself to the seat belt and letting my car do most of the talking has been a comfortable and fun way of traveling for me :)

1. what is AWOL?
2. Some pictures of the new house please :)

Bungi said...

Haven't heard the song, but still here's the line...

oormila vijayakrishnan said...

Hey, have been reading your blog. I must sit down and comment, wretch that I am. Shall do shall do. I have been wanting to ask you a question for a very long time but didn't know how.. but what the hell here goes- Are you by any chance the guy in the John Miller shirt ad? :-D You look uncannily like him!

Gayatri said...

wow. lovely house! =)

i HATE Volvo buses too, solely because i have travel sickness. and my cousin hates it more than me, because the last time we travelled together on one, i threw up all over his jeans.

i know! i am grose. in my defense though : blame it on the gods, for giving me this disease!

Aayushi.. said...

AWOL? :O
Didn't get the thing :(

Shalini Gowrisankar said...

Congrats on your new home.. Looks very beautiful and a lovely post as well. You brought in the livliness of Kerala in ur post :)

Cuckoo said...

Wow ! the house is so beautiful. Doesn't it feel nice to have one villa like that ? In cities we spend our whole life hanging on some 2 bedroom flat. :(
When I come to Kerala, I am going to be your guest. Ok ? Loll... I have invited myself there.

Train & getting down on the platforms are my favourites. :-)

I have a query for you on my travel blog. Let me see if you can help me.

Cuckoo

aneri_masi said...

Wow! the house is SO beautiful! Love the benches in the foyer, and the ambassador makes me nostalgic!

The whole place looks so peaceful and serene :)

ceedy said...

Wow

Nice...common mr photographer...where are some more pics...

Suma said...

the house looks wow!! i like the seating in teh front...makes oen feel so welcome..and ideal for gupshup!!!

congrats!!

Sasmi Sinh said...

Your new house looks great, Anu!

Joy said...

a beautiful home in a beautiful place. Congratulations!

Meghna said...

HEY BB,
Nice home sweet home....t really looks huge....u living there a;ll alone?? When I go to kerala, I like a filtered coffe at chennai station and then parambori (not sure of the spelling but it's the yellow thing amde of banana) at Palgat....can't read malyalam so no faida of the newspaper but dad buys one for himself :)

U got ur laptop and conn. at the new home na?? Keep writing :)

oormila vijayakrishnan said...

Beautiful house. Looks like you have retained some of the characteristics of the Tharavaadu in the design.I haven't been to Kerala in over 4 years. Must make a trip... Am tempted now :-)

~nm said...

First of all heartiest congratulations.

Second, the house looks BEAUTIFUL! Just awesome!!

We need some inside pics too!

usha said...

hey, congrats on ur new lovely home! :)

n you're so true about the train trips.. I'd say train trips to Kerala. Nothing quite like it.

--xh-- said...

@prats: :) thnx
@Ankur: do post a blog abt ur journey :)
@Amooma: yes yes, aa paatu kettan onnu parayane...
@Prasanth: :) awol - absent with out leave... more pics, will post :)
@bungi: :)
@oormila: a warm welcome to u... that is quiet a compliment, saying me looking like a model.. nah, i am nt that guy.. :)
@gayatri: thnx :) ha ha ha.. poor cousin... he will think twice b4 traveling with u in a closed a/c bus now..
@ayushi: absent with out leave :)
@shalini: thnx :)
@cuckoo: thnx :) u can always count on that - alwayts welcome to my home :)
@aner: :) thnx thnx...
@ceedy: :) thnx bro...
@suma: yeah, ideal place to sit with a hot cup of chai / coffee and chat/ watch rain :)
@swana: thnx da dear
@joy: :) thnx
@meghz: itz pazampori... :) @ home, i hv a pc and dial up, hv applied for broadband, but havnt got yet...
@oormila: yeah, have kept soem traditional elements - have kept the same pooja room and wooden roofing of 2 bedrooms...
@~nm::) sure sure... will post them...
@usha:thnx, and yeah, u r spot on abt teh train trips...

Tys on Ice said...

thts such a beautiful house....has great vibes...is that a well near the car?...in this day and age...wonderful...loved tht old thravadu feature in the front...

Ps said...

OMG Anoop! This took me back right to Eruveli--I so miss my mom now.
Lovely pic.
Havent heard the song--can ask my mom and let you know.

--xh-- said...

@tys: near the blue car - yes, it is the well. thnx :)
@ps: thnx :)

ck2 said...

so no answer to the song yet....

nice house.

i used to look out for the border crossing too. i just dont travel to kerala that often.
i wish i did......

Juby George said...

already commented on ur photo album...
nice post...

Gauri said...

Your house looks beautiful :) And yes - nothing can beat train trips to Kerala :) Every summer we used to travel to Kerala and I do agree in saying train travel beats travel by air anyday !