He brought me out to wide-open spaces. Psalm 19

Me and Sanesh pray together for a while and meditate upon the Creator of heaven and earth sitting on a culvert at Kadamakkudy, early in the morning. That is a wonderful experience. Now we know the reason why most of ancient saints preferred to pray and meditate in the open than in confined environments. A must experience.

Vada at Raju chettante chayakkada

I like Raju chettante (elder brother) chayakkada (hotel) because I am confident of the quality of food served there. I do not have proof for it. It is just a feeling of mine that Raju cannot do anything evil for a few bucks more. This is one shop which is in existence since my child hood. That means it is there for more than fifty years and is still going strong. The interior of the hotel is not posh but clean and this is also applicable to this gentleman owner of this hotel Raju. His heart and soul must be purer now as he is preparing his next pilgrimage to Lord Ayyappa at Shabarimala.

Raju

This is one hotel, which will greet you with a share of the prasadam (offering to God) from the temple every day. Raju, keeps it on his table for his customers. His way of blessing the visitors to his hotel, every day, except on Sundays, because Sunday is a holiday for his hotel.

Prasadam
A wall painting inside the hotel

Crisp uzhunnu vada is my favourite here. I have never tasted such delicious vada anywhere else. Vada will be ready by 7.30 am every day.

There are no hotels available at Kadamakkudy. Raju’s hotel is at varapuzha town, near Davison theatre. You will enjoy a quick bite here, especially during your way back from Kadamakkudy. Ask for Raju chettante kada, near Varapuzha panchayath office.

Birds and humans of Kadamakkudy – The special bond between the Parrot and Shanmughan

Shanmughan a portrait

This time, he was with a parrot with whom he has developed a special bond. He does not own this parrot. Every day morning this parrot makes a visit to his house. Shanmughan and his family give him food. Then the parrot accompanies Shanmughan for a while and then disappears to reappear the next day. Shanmughan says that this parrot has a special knack to pick up cigarettes and cigarette lighters from his home and throw them out. Here is Shanmughan with the parrot at the main road cutting across of Kadamakkudy Islands

Shanmughan with the Parrot

May be, the birds have a special power to identify those with a beautiful heart like Shanmughan who is very soft spoken person. When I asked for his permission to photograph him, he had this small request….Sir, will you please get me a copy of the photograph. Last time when you published my photograph , lot of people told me about it, but I could not see it as I do not use neither a phone nor a computer……

Shanmughan’s photograph, captured almost a year back

This time, I will definitely give you a printed copy of your photograph. Thank you dear friend for spending some time for me, amidst your daily struggle for your daily catch of fish. Good bye, till we meet next time.