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Tales of the Riverbank

sunny 30 °C

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As we lounge under a tropical sun on the bank of the Pampa river we are reminded of Mole in ‘The Wind in the Willows.’ (With apologies to Kenneth Grahame).
“It all seems too good to be true,” mused Mole, “Hither and thither through the rice paddies we ramble, along the canals, across little wooden bridges, finding everywhere birds singing, flowers bursting, rice thrusting – everyone happy, and progressive, and occupied. And instead of having an uneasy conscience pricking us and whispering, “snow, ice and rain” we somehow can only feel jolly to be idle among all these busy citizens.”
Here in the tranquil backwaters of Kerala it is easy to echo Mole’s sentiments when he says, “The best part of a holiday is perhaps not so much to be resting yourself, as to see other fellows busy working.”

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The punter, (bottom right), is really putting his back into it as he struggles against the current to deliver a load of bricks, while the fisherman goes to empty his net and the potter takes his pots to market.

All life here, from birth to death, revolves around the rivers and canals, and the day begins for everyone, with a cold bath – although it’s not always appreciated, while others have a shave and clean their teeth…
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And then the kids go off on the school boat…
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With the kids at school, there’s the morning chores. Many of the waterside houses seem to have piped water, but the clothes, and the pots and pans, still get washed in the murky river…
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Life in this watery paradise is simple and slow and we are happy just to watch the world pass by our front door. But, for your amusement dear blog reader, it is time we took to the water ourselves, for, as Ratty says, “There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as messing about in boats.”

Posted by Hawkson 02:39 Archived in India Tagged of kerala backwaters

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The first picture here would make a very good ad for the book club.

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