The rural life in Kerala

There is something absolutely enchanting about the rural life. I can’t believe that I actually got up early in the morning to write this. Its just 6am and people are already at work in the farms. The day starts pretty early here and even ends quite early. (Early to bed, early to rise funda). To start with, you don’t have to wake up by listening to your irritating alarm bell or the favourite song on your cell. You wake up by listening to the ‘Suprabhatam’ mantra from the nearby temple loudspeakers, which is actually right opposite the hill (and is very far by our urban standards). By the time the rooster crows, the people have already planned their day and are busy working in the paddy fields or rubber plantations. Poor rooster, his duty is just looked upon as a mere formality here. Work at the fields is over by 9 am and I still don’t know when do they have their breakfast (something that is very important to me) because by 9 or 10am they are busy doing other chores. Some get busy doing their household chores while others still look forward for some tiring experiences by selling spices/vegetables/pickles/papadoms etc at the market. In Malayalam the local market is referred to as the ‘chanda’, which is a very important part of the rural life (like the trains and buses are for us). At noon, people have a heavy lunch, which consists of nothing but mountains and hills of rice, rice and rice. And of course, its very ‘yimportant’ to take a nap after your lunch, whether you’re a homemaker, shop owner or a ‘zimble’ guy hanging at the barber’s saloon. Life again starts to bustle by late noon as the market is visited by ladies of all kinds, who were behind closed doors all this while. Tea is indeed a very important part of the lifestyle here. One can get haav tea at any time of the day. I have figured out that the more tea you have, the more seriously the society takes you. By late evening one could spot people untying their cows, bulls and goats, who have enjoyed the weather by eating, staring and shitting. The bulls though had a tough time at the fields in the morning.

And then have dinner and retire by 9pm. Over the years people have developed a strange craze for tele-serials here that range from sob stories of poor women to religious epics.

So that’s about it! Its 6.30am now and I’m out to have my first cup of ‘u knw wht’. And surprise surprise, its raining here and my mom has already cracked the joke of the day: it rained because I woke up so early!

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~ by rb on June 5, 2008.

One Response to “The rural life in Kerala”

  1. Dude what are we doing in this concrete jungle??… Lets return to the land of our forefathers & lead a peaceful life!!

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