Apple a day scam – The after shocks and the story ahead

Are the bogus realtors  in Kerala pushing up the land value beyond the reach of ordinary people? Soon on the heels of Apple a day properties scam  that  siphoned off the hard earned money of the investors  and offered nothing in return,  a few other real estate companies  have also  joined this infamous league of […]

Fish and silicon chips do make a great combo!

Fisher women  who sell processed dry fish will soon start getting messages in their mailbox about the latest stuff on sale. Devised to reduce the digital divide among the rural and the urban populace, this novel initiative of the Kerala State IT mission involved a 45 day free training of  over 100 women from the […]

By the backwaters in Kuttanadu…

Selling fish, prawn, duck and eggs by the backwaters in a kuttanad village

  Kuttanadu is where you can catch glimpses of rural Kerala, with sprawling paddy fields, the crisscross of waterways and ducks swimming all around, fresh water fish being caught and sold, people transporting things in boats etc. Here we go with three different snaps of a small wayside shop selling fish, prawns, ducks and eggs, […]

Welcome to a Kerala village where nobody speaks Malayalam!

Paivelige, a Tulu speaking grama panchayat, located to the east of Kasargod on the Kerala-Karnataka border offers an interesting profile of a Kerala village where nobody speaks Malayalam! Technically speaking, Paivelige is a Kerala grama panchayat, though it is not a  Malayali village. All the signboards  are in Kannada and not many inhabitants speak Malayalam. […]

A blog post dedicated to all feline fans

Gone are the days when almost every Kerala household had cats to add up to the fun factor of their homes. Mostly kept to keep the rodent population of  village homes and the granaries of the massive Kerala home steads under check, cats have outlived their utility in modern homes, I often fear going by […]

The day’s catch!

Neendakara Fishing harbour

Rise, brothers, rise; the wakening skies pray to the morning light, The wind lies asleep in the arms of the dawn like a child that has cried all night. Come, let us gather our nets from the shore and set our catamarans free, To capture the leaping wealth of the tide, for we are the […]

Farm Tourism- New trend in Kerala tourism to return to nature!

Farm Tourism is a new trend in Kerala’s tourism sector. Kerala, being an agriculture dominated state, has tremendous potential for developing Farm Tourism in a big way without much additional investment. Even though farm tourism is an integral part of Eco Tourism, there is a slight difference between both of them.While artificially created landscapes are […]

No presents out… "paid presence" in – Wedding issues in South Kerala

Though it might sound strange, weddings in Poonthura, a small fishing hamlet near the state capital Thiruvananthapuram have become exclusive affairs for only a handful of invitees. The hamlet is thickly populated and is dotted with closely packed fisherman’s cottages who sustain a hand to mouth existence. Christian weddings in the Poonthura area have of […]

Changing Kerala and the Malayali

What drew my attention was an e-mail forward I got about a paper advertisement for coconut tree climbers for an Agri farm in Thrissur. The advertisement offered experienced coconut tree climbers a salary of RS: 7875 per month. This advertisement is said to be the first of its kind in the history of Kerala. It […]

Once upon a time ….

We all have grown up listening to the typical “ once upon a time’ stories and prince and princess stories from our grand parents. I still remember how the gesticulations and dramatic expressions of my grandma made even an innocuous looking story thread  into something really exciting!  However with the collapse of the joint family […]