The First Car


When I was in Class 3, my father bought an Ambassador car. We were very happy at the arrival of our car. My father didn’t know riding or driving two wheeler or four wheeler, till he bought his own. A driver was hired for the classes and a Big L was written on the front & rear side of the car and his driving class picked up at a slow pace.I was fascinated by the passion of driving and I made sure to join my father on his driving class seated on the back seat of the car & I focused more on the tricks of driving. I was keen to take up driving later in life so I concentrated more. 


My father was keen in learning but before this he had never tried cycling or riding in life, so he dashed more frequently in comparison to other learners who knew riding a bike. He had an obsession to learn and he did learn though he took more time and even the face of  Ambassador received brutal blows one after the other from all corners and finally Papa was successful in completing his driving classes and steered well behind the wheels with confidence.


The car was sent to the garage for the makeover after the driving classes concluded and a hefty sum was paid to get back into proper shape.


After that, our errands started during school holidays or on occasions of the family get together. We four (my siblings) all used to get packed in our car and our adventurous journey started. He had developed passion for driving and he drove with full confidence and was adventurous on roads, (now when I recollect back those adventurous drives, I feel he took more risk ) 


We were the one who insisted him to race with the other cars on roads and he did chase them with full speed and left the others behind. We clapped & rejoiced on his overtures on road (now I get goosebumps recalling).


He was so adventurous on roads that he never mind to bounce on the speed breakers or on the open craters on road & finally when we reached the destination, the car was bound to visit garage to get the dismantled parts fixed. It was a routine affair and he never bothered. He thoroughly enjoyed driving and we naughty creatures never left an opportunity to give him an undaunted task on road and he complied with us heartily.


                                                  It was the Bliss Of Ignorance




Papa tried all the tricks on roads, but he maintained his car well and it was spotless clean inside and outside and he did all by himself without any support staff. 


On Sundays, I used to help him in washing and cleaning though he never asked to but my lurking interest made me do because I had an inner inkling for driving and the passion of the same drove me near.


My father is nearing 75 and is not keeping well due to health issues and has grown weak. Sometimes, I feel lost seeing him, Is he the same who used  drive ruthlessly on the roads without any fear.


How time changes and we change with time

© Ila Varma 24/10/2015   

Paradise On Earth – A Visit To Kerala (South India) #Travel

Image Source:Kerala Tourism

Kerala, a state in South India along the Malabar coast, which is also known as “God’s Own Country” is a beautiful place to step in amidst the nature beauty that your heart will admire. The same has been with me when I stepped into this majestic place, my heart skipped a beat and my head bows in reverence to the Almighty for one of his wonderful creations. Really, it’s a paradise on earth. The landscape is amazing, nature has bestowed its positive vibes  gifting the place with nature’s pride, the place been more famous for backwaters, beaches, lagoons, natural beauty, heavy vegetation, forests, Ayurveda spa & health resorts.

Greenery in abundance and the place has also its nickname, the Spice Garden Of India & The Land of Coconut Trees; the beaches are lined by dense groves of coconut trees.

The beauty of this place has charmed me so much that every year I descend on this heaven of earth along with my family to enjoy the nature in my holidays and true, it beats my stress and     the Ayurveda therapy rejuvenates my soul.

I request my readers to plan a holiday to this, “God’s Own Country” for once and enjoy the majestic creations in the lap of nature.

Modes Of Travel:
By Air: Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala & Cochin is well connected with International & national airports & Calicut has international services.  So you can fly to the destination.

By Roads & Railways:  All the major cities & towns are well connected with roads & railway services from all corners of India.

Peak Season For Tourists: 
If I am asked, I am ever ready to visit this place. The best time to visit Kerala is from September to March, after the Indian Monsoons and before the advent of Summers.

Venice
Of The East: Alappuzha 

  
The backwaters of Alappuzha are the major attraction of this place & the houseboat cruise is awesome… These days many hotels & resorts  are the owner of houseboat cruises and comes up with varied offers for as little as a day time or you can stretch for days and weeks depending on one’s choice.   
















Land
Rich In Natural Habitats: Districts of 
Idduki


This district is famous for mountains, valleys, streams, hill stations, lakes, sanctuaries, tracking trails and has a high ratio of the tribal populace, having their weird customs & beliefs.


Munnar: is a hill station and famous for tea plantations and you can enjoy the bliss of trekking and there are renowned wildlife sanctuaries, namely, Idduki Wildlife Sanctuary, The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, & Chinmar Wildlife Sanctuary and Nyayamakad renowned for breathtaking waterfalls.



Thiruvananthapuram 
It is the capital city of Kerala with a long shoreline, internationally renowned beaches, rich in cultural heritage and famous for historic monuments. The whole South India is famous for historical monuments with breathtaking architecture. The architecture is so exquisite which speaks volumes of the Indian craftsmanship, each structure is unique in its design.



Ayurveda Spa &
Health Resorts:

The origination of Ayurveda goes back to this land of Kerala somewhere around 5,000 years ago, the oldest healthcare system in the world, the science of life and longevity and it thrives on the medicines procured by the natural vegetation. There are different types of spa’s and health resorts which practices on the traditional system and helps in warding off diseases and mental and spiritual health of an individual through its holistic approach. There are varied programs and packages as per the client’s requirements.

Even if you don’t suffer from any specific ailments, you can avail the natural cleansing of the body which is indeed a stress buster.

The rate of literacy is very high in Kerala, but the inhabitants of this land  follow the truly traditional way of Indian life. 


Weird Custom of the
Land:


Garudan Thookam: Hanging
By the Hooks



On seeing this ritual, you will get weird feelings.
This ritual art form is performed in Kali temples of Kerala, which is fascinating and hair-raising… Dancers dress up as Garuda, the vehicle of Lord Vishnu who quenched the goddess Kali’s thirst with blood after slaying Darika the demon. After the dance performance, they  hang like eagles (Garudan Thookam) from a shaft, by hooking the flesh on the backs! These hanging ‘Garudas’ are taken around the city in a colorful procession. This ritual is carried out on Makara Bharani Day and Kumbha Bharani Day. (Inputs from online web)

Overall experience on this land is awesome, so whenever you need a break from hustle and bustle of city life, do book your tickets to visit this place and you are sure to be spellbound by the scenic beauty of nature copulated with Ayurveda health resorts which will add few more years to your life.

Do share your experiences with me. I am sure to hear from you all of this wonderland and you will thank me profusely.

Information Gathered n Reported By Ila Varma.

(Information validated by facts by online web data and image sources Google from Kerala Tourism)

I Pray For Him

I was unable to recognize
was he the same
whom world acknowledged
as one of daring self.

How time n age

has wasted his energy
converting to negative vibes
losing his dynamics
which overpowered all.

It was difficult to accept

Time can belittle all.
We all are just puppets
in the hands of time
if it desires
it makes us prominent
else
reduce us to rubble.

With moist eyes

I was compelled
to accept
the fact
time was the most
powerful of all.

I raised my hands

to the Almighty
God
To shower
some of his blessings
keeping him happy 
safe n at peace.
Amen.

© Ila Varma 21/10/2015    

Pleasures Of Nature

I love October
The mornings are lovely
The cool breezes  enveloping the earth
Enlivens our mood
Beating the heat of monsoons.


A sheath of dew drops
Clinging to each petals
Shimmering like diamonds.
It’s a lovely view to watch
Soothing our eyes.


Colorful birds flock all the way
To our land
Flapping ,soaring n nose diving in the sky
n
It’s chirps filling the void of nature.


The trees  clothed with new tender leaves
Bushes n climbers with new fragile tendrils
The buds ready to spout any moment
Refracting with wonderful hues.


The colorful butterflies
Hovering over the blooms
Rejoicing over the juices
The aroma brewing in the air.


It’s beautiful to start the day
On a beautiful note of comfort
Sipping warm cup of coffee
Soul exalted at the myriads of nature.

Sitting on my roof
Filled with gratitude
My heart praises
Thanking Almighty
To be blessed by
The varied hues of nature
In different forms of flora n fauna.
Amen.

© Ila Varma 20/10/2015      

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Silence Speaks


In Deafening Silence

My Ears Fell On The Sounds

Surrounding Me 

In Solitude

Tick -Tock Of Wall Clocks

Hanging In My Living Room

Tick-Tick -Tick Of Lizard

Clinging To The Roof

Creak Creak Creak Of The Wooden Doors

Adoring The Ways Of My Home.

The Sounds Were Not New

I Was

So Packed In My World

Never Paid Heed 

To The Minute Things

In My Surroundings.

Now 

In Solitude

A Realization Dawned

Even Silence Speaks

They Are A Part 

Of My Companionship.

© Ila Varma 16/10/2015

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