~By Anu. There is alot of bad stuff going on all over the world, but before I get into the Virginia shootings, Somalia and other big stories, I just wanted to share something I wrote while still in Kerala. I'm trying to hold onto that feeling of peace and tranquility!! Here goes:
"There's a pigeon coo-ing passionately in the eaves of the pitched tile roof above this divine little balcony overlooking Vembanad Lake. Its waters stretch north, south and west to the horizon. The cloudless, pale blue sky is broken only by arrowheads of ducks or the odd little cormorant flying past. Beneath it, the sun has lit a broad golden avenue on the slate-coloured waves. Occassionally, the wooden hull and squat bamboo cabin of a houseboat purrs gently past. Or a long canoe glides by, its wiry boatmen vigorously rowing. The crackly whisper of palm trees blowing in the wind.... the shameless caw of a crow... and the sweet 'whoo-ooo whoo-OOO!' of an Indian cuckoo (koel) complement the perfect silence. I have never seen a more bountiful, tranquil or balanced paradise."