A rather typical day in Kerala. Woke up 5am. Outside - a usual view. Infinite ocean of palms to the right and - as far as you can see - sugar white sand beach to the left.
Morning we are heading to Muthappan to join the crowds that float to the temple. Afterwards – already a regular masala dosa for breakfast – and a sweet masala tea.
Beach as usual in the afternoon. Water almost too warm to swim but the shore is deserted. Villagers are scared of tides – so the only visitors here are local fishermen. Exchanging the jokes they calmly sort huge blue crabs.
Quick walk around the city, and a glimpse of Annaprashana, “First rice”. Hindu ritual to mark infant’s first intake of food other than milk: smiling parents happily watch how their crying kid is being stuffed with rice.
Later – a trip to a local bar. Bar is a bit of an overestimation here. Inside a small white house with cows nearby only one drink is served – coconut distilled drink. The smell is dreadful – and the taste matches it completely. We politely nod when the locals ask if we like it. Big mistake – seconds later we already hold two 1-liter bottles of horrific drink as a gift.
In the evening – meeting with a “live God”. As part of ritualistic arm form Theyyam chubbish guy in a huge costume with face paint, bracelets, breastplates and garlands moves around and blesses the devotees. For this evening he is considered to be the God – so sceptically we get a blessing too.
On the way home – a short stopover in the local house. Quickly cut bananas from the garden, masala tea.
Our friend – who is also our driver, technician and local guide – has three pets. A cat, a dog and what he claims to be a racoon – to be fair looks more like a mongoose to me. Don’t know how – but half an hour later I find myself dressed in a sari happily drinking tea with a racoon.
As I said – a typical day in Kerala.