“With the round of hugs and goodbye kisses I boarded the train and as I waived my hand to say goodbye to my mom, I saw tears welling up and streaming down her face.”
“I imagined myself punching fist in the air and screaming like how Warner does after his century in a typical Aussie style but I controlled myself and settled for a ‘Dravidian’ celebration when the faculty paused to ask his 156th question for the day.”
My heart was pounding in excitement as I came back to my room and knocked the door which seemed locked from inside. I heard footsteps coming towards the room so I held my breath and waited impatiently for my ‘female roomie’ to open the door.
In 2010, when GIM was planning to shift its campus here on this plateau, the Dhangars disappeared ‘mysteriously’. Nobody ever knew what happened to them as they never came back to claim their belongings.
But that year, as I recollect, the local politician won the elections with a hefty margin.
“Curious little me, I jumped off the bed, climbed the stairs and started peeping through the tallest window of our house to get a glimpse of the ‘Namak Walas’ (salt vendors) blowing the truck horn.”
“People come here for elephants and elephants want to flee. It’s difficult to keep both of them happy” He said while narrating the hair raising incidence of his brother who saved a tourist but was himself killed by an elephant.
Though Munnar was still among the popular tourist places in Kerala, yet it was THE best tourist places in Kerala and hence worth a try.