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Old 31st July 2009, 16:13   #226
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Default Day Six: Alleppey!!

As we wait for the person I step out on the Jetty and take a few photos. This place is already unbelievably beautiful.

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Soon we are met by someone who says something I don't quite understand. After some difficulty I understand that our boat has not yet arrived and we are to wait in another boat for this one. OK cool.

While we wait, they ask us if we eat non-vegetarian food and if we have any special requests.

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Half an hour later, our boat arrives. We take our bags and move there.
First we explore the boat.

Nice boat for sure.

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Nice bedroom, looks very clean.

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Soon we meet the 3 staff members who will accompany us. Sai, who pilots the boat almost always, Kanan the cook and a 3rd gentleman whose name I forgot.

15 minutes later we're off.
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I start taking pictures almost immediately. Everything is beautifully breathtaking and the weather is simply gorgeous.

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But almost immediately Sai takes the boat to the other end of the coast and comes to a halt.

We wait here. Tour begins at 11.30am he says, pointing to his watch.

I nod, understanding. We've reached early and he cannot park his boat there so he came simply to pick us up. Waiting on the boat is fine.

We look around absorbing the lake life and the people.

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What a place to park Beautiful

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Old 31st July 2009, 16:19   #227
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Great going Sam - nice to read your Kerala blog... I could not come to the t-bhp meet at Trivandrum the other day so, missed a chance to meet you in person.
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Old 31st July 2009, 16:27   #228
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Funny people. He asked you if you want non-veg? Hello?
I guess the special thing = liquor.
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Old 31st July 2009, 17:35   #229
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Hi Sam,

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As we wait for the person I step out on the Jetty and take a few photos. This place is already unbelievably beautiful.
I am the only person who actually resides in Alleppey in TBHP. And whatever little social contacts I have is through this and such fora. Funnily there is hardly anybody from this place on any of them. I have no social circle here.

By a rare chain of coincidences, the few TBHP meets I was able to get close to have all been say 'hello and leave immediately'!

The Grand Hotel meet post was seen late or I would have been there.

You were in my town and I never knew! Else I could have repeated the 'hello and leave immediately' and I also could have saved you the Rs 50 auto ride!

Hope to meet you the next time you come around.

Regards to Jenny too!

Though here (born and brought up too) continuously since 1985, I have been a 'my shop and home' person and so hardly have any worthwhile contacts in the tourism industry. I feel so helpless when I see any request regarding this area and having no idea about it!

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So you like the Sunny day, huh? I always wanted to be raining in Kerala.

Think of sitting in the Deck of the house boat in the middle of the Lake, and its all dark and cloudy and about to rain with that frequent burst of cool breeze. Then I want to have prawns roast, Karimeen(pearlspot fish) pollichathu, and red Sheer/pomfret fish curry with Kappa puzhukku(Tapioca something) + Liquor/Chai(depends on the mood). God that's heaven. Ohh I just spoiled my day :(
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Default Day Six: Alleppey!!

Soon it's 11.30 and we're off. As we lazily cruise along the backwaters of Kerala, we observe the simple life of the lake people.

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As expected, they all bathe in the lake, but with all their clothes on. Curious, but understandable.

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On both sides of the water, I see these bright almost fluorescent bright green fields. Oh this is certainly what the doctor ordered!

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We have some fruit onboard and we're eating it. I pick up the pineapple and ask the cook to cut it. He cuts it in the most curious but totally enjoyable way.

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After about an hour of cruising we stop.
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We want to buy coconuts. Not the usual green boring kind we get but the golden Sinhalese variety. I have never tried them.

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He gives us coconuts bigger than my head... and my head is huge, lol. We buy 4. We both LOVE LOVE coconut. Coconut milk, coconut water, coconut meat, coconut oil, the works.

Prawns?
Prawns?
Prawns.
Prawns!

I nod.
Prawns. Where?

The fisherman takes me to the side. Kanan the cook holds one up. I gasp.

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Freshwater prawns with legs the colour of bluebottles. I've never quite seen anything like it. Perhaps you Gentlemen from the south may laugh at our naivety, but we are simple folk and we have never seen prawns like this.

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My favourite picture.

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Sure I've seen Tiger prawns and more.

But never these huge guys with bright blue legs.

We buy then both. One for me for for TheOne® - we will discuss with the cook how to make them later.

Already I am floating about in holiday mood. I look around and grin.

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It feels good to be alive.

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lol Sam,

that chhagda with number GJ1 W3451 is even registered with RTO.

I hope, that registration is for original bike that is converted to moon cart.

look at front suspension of that moon cart.

mercs and hondas should study this cart for new laws of engineering.
No, "Chhakda" (thats how its properly proniunced) is not registered as bike but are registered as proper "Chhakda"

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Dear Ashishpallod and tsk1979 - you may be surprised to know that these "chakadas" are actually homologated in India. They are actually operated on the chassis dynamometer in order to comply the emission norms, and they do comply. The engine is supplied by Greaves Aurangabad. I happened to witness many such tests in Pune some time back when Euro 1 norms were applicable in India. They are actually registered as chakadas and not as motorcycles converted afterwards.

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Yes.

Even near Rajkot there is a local Autorickshaw Manufacturer plan which manufacturers big size Autorickshaw branded "Khushboo"

Though "Khushoo" are generally now plying in interiors, occassionaly it may also be seen in Rajkot.
Do you happen to see it, Sam?
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First it was Mundu and now chhakda, you guys so easily deviate from main topic.

but funny name of autorickshaw.
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Old 31st July 2009, 19:47   #234
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On both sides of the water, I see these bright almost fluorescent bright green fields. Oh this is certainly what the doctor ordered!
Most of these paddy fields in Kuttanad (that's what the area is called) are slightly below sea level, and hence below the water level of the canals. Curious, isn't it.
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... the India Coffee House, what a place it was. Is it still around?
Kerala has plenty of them. We call them "ICH". It is a co-operative society, and the ICHs south of Trichur are run by one society, and those in Northern Kerala are run by another society. One good thing about them is, "standardisation" - you are assured about what you get, Usually, tasty, boring, bland, but edible and clean food.

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Biju, as I mentioned earlier I do not have any inclination to have "Pazham Pori" again after trying it out once. Possibly we tamilians are used to the "Plantain Bajji" that we can't digest banana in "Pazham Pori" form.
"Baji" uses raw bananas, the pazham pori uses ripe ones - of the variety called "nenthran".

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Most of these paddy fields in Kuttanad (that's what the area is called) are slightly below sea level, and hence below the water level of the canals. Curious, isn't it.
And all these paddy fields are on reclaimed land. If you notice, all these fields are divided into "blocks", and the blocks are named after erstwhile rulers of Travancore. Even now, there is a need for continuous reclamation.

Now, back to Mundu, the instant messenger, a link to which was posted earlier. One of the guys associated with, is Atul Chitnis, has a German connection too. See his site. ;-)
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Sam, Nice writeup and pictures - real exceptional category. Enjoying it!
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rarely we have two threads, captivating the audience by the quality of pictures and narration, at the same time. This thread along with the deky's Kailash-Mansarover ones are enthralling to say the least.

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Hi BaCkSeAtDrIVeR,

Thanks.

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Now, back to Mundu, the instant messenger, a link to which was posted earlier. One of the guys associated with, is Atul Chitnis, has a German connection too. See his site. ;-)
Sorry, Sam.

I started the following, though nobody responded to it.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/gadget...0-cix-bbs.html (CiX, the BBS)

It was fun and this mention brought back memories!
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Freshwater prawns with legs the colour of bluebottles. I've never quite seen anything like it. Perhaps you Gentlemen from the south may laugh at our naivety, but we are simple folk and we have never seen prawns like this.

Sure I've seen Tiger prawns and more.

But never these huge guys with bright blue legs.
These are available aplenty in Pune. There is a shop at Parihar Chowk, Aundh that sells fish and they bring these huge fresh water prawns from their own farm. I have seen them at other places too.
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The Dream hotel reminds me of the horrid dream hotel in Bangkok. It seems exactly the same with horrid LED lights.

: : DREAM BANGKOK : :
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