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My gentle companion!

The best thing I did in my ALTO journey to Sivakasi was to break the journey and start early in the morning from Salem. The whole trip from Bangalore to Sivakasi was around 500 kms and I'm happy that it took around 15 hrs for me to cover it....

Those words from Kodai panbalai varisai (FM) in my car radio still lingers in my mind.... What a way to package a 'western' thought in 'eastern' wrapper.

That tea shop in Kalavadi taught me more lessons than anything today. While I casually stopped in that tea shop at moring 6.30 AM, to have my first tea after driving for one and a half hours from Salem, little did I realize that the shop is owned and operated by the ugliest man (I have seen) with fire wounds leaving permanant marks on his distorted face and body. But the way he maintained his shop and treated his customers proved that humanity in him reigns supreme. I couldnt stop my urge to take a photo of him....

Though the roadside had mostly neem and tamarind trees, the occasionaly found 'vaadhana maram' looked beautiful. Vaadhana maramThe red soil changing to black clay as we travel from namakkal to virudhunagar, the chirping of the birds getting drowned in the lorry sound from the distant highway, the damaged 2 way lane giving way to smooth 4 way highways, devouring the most delicious tomato chutney of my life so far, the most dutiful government official eating his idlies fast to make it on time for his 9.30 AM meeting at the collector's office, Village wash basinthe most dutiful first son of a poor single mother waiting long for his bus to reach his work place in that deserted village roadside, the shyness hidden behind that firm 'NO' from the young girls for a photo shoot who were collecting water by the roadside tap, learning the different stages of the tender coconut from that village lady (water from the ones with jelly inside are sweeter but not as nutritious as the ones which are yet to form jelly)..... TAMIL MANNIN MANATHAIYUM MANITHA NEYATHAIYUM RUCHITHAPADI, YENATHU ALTOVAI MIDHA VEGATHIL SELUTHI KONDIRUNTHEN!!!

As my little angels started teaching me the language of the next generation, I realised that they are going to learn the father-child relationship from mine!!!


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