Friday, April 28, 2006,10:04 PM

Well ! my tickets are booked, Going kerala again by the end of May, booked a bit early because of the summer rush, Hoping to drench myself with the first drops of rain. Going to attend a wedding, two of my very dear friends are getting married in Gurvayoor. Nirmal and Sindu. If I tell them that I am hoping for rain they'll kill me. OK no rain on the wedding day Voggay ?? HAPPY ??
Actually my tickets are booked by the happy couple. EEEEEEEEEEE !!! I'll post the wedding pictures for you.

These pictures were taken last year. I was in Wynad when I closed my eyes, my face to the sky and had the pleasure of first drops of rain falling on me. I loved it. I have already posted Senkottai-Punalur pictures earlier. December I think. a breath taking journey.

I wanted to post these pictures immediately after that but forgot. This comes after punalur. This is Punalur-Quilon section. It was pouring in buckets that day.

I have done another post on Thenmala Railway Station, when was that ? lemme check, November it was. There's a story going along with it.. I forgot to post all the rain pictures of kerala but posted the rain pictures of Madras instead. I can tell you we Madrasis are the most environmentally conscious people in the world. We make roads that dissolve in water. Can you beat that ? A whole stretch of 2 KM road just got dissolved and disappeared somewhere in Tamil Nadu. And this happened in other parts as well. Until last month most of the roads in Kerala were in good condition. Tanil Nadu and Karnataka pretty bad.

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  • 12:37 AM, Blogger Sorabh Raina

    chasing the monsoon
    ite really awesome
    i too got a chance to visit kerala just before the onset of monsoon

    it was too good

  • 3:33 AM, Blogger Rauf

    Hi Sorabh
    There is some hope of rain in Madras too in the next couple of days. Normally our place is so dry that I have to go to Kerala to experience rain, I love walking in the rain there. Rain here in Madras makes the place messy. Right now me sweatting like a peeg. actually never seen a pig sweat before, others say me too say. me no see.

    Yea yea I am chasing the monsoon I shudda put that in the blog
    Thanks for stopping by.

  • 6:42 PM, Blogger Hayden

    love your environmentally conscious roads that dissolve in water, LOL!

  • 7:28 PM, Blogger Rauf

    We are spiritually superior too Hayden, we can make newly constructed bridges disappear.

    Where is the bridge ?
    What bridge ?
    Its all an illusion.

    There was an old bridge connecting sriharikota in andhra, it was declared unsafe, a new bridge was constructed, my friend's uncle was the contractor. one flood, the new bridge disappeared without a trace , not even pillars remained, a clean sweep. the old bridge was still there and the traffic continued on it. My friends uncle was absconding for 5 years, the cops were after him, he fled to Malaysia. don't know what happened to him.

  • 1:07 AM, Blogger Candy Minx

    There are signs here on the highway that say



    Did you take these from moving train? Isn't the green marvelous! Even the train is beautiful in these colours with the wine and rust and yellow on green.

  • 3:21 PM, Blogger e2d

    I hope for early rains too, but not too much rains.
    Thanx so much for the pictures and by now..I guess u know why.:)

  • 5:20 PM, Blogger Rauf

    Yes Candy I was in the train and it was raining, this is the second part of the breath taking journey.
    It started very early in the morning. I was the lone passenger in the coach, I could run back and forth to take pictures. I got myself completely wet as I was hanging out of the train holding the bar with one hand and the camera on the other. Speed was not much, perhaps 20 miles an hour.
    This is a slightly high altitude railway line.

  • 5:24 PM, Blogger Rauf

    Yes I know e2dees. How i wish you come before 26th, we go attend the wedding in gurvayoor and then you can go walk in the rain.

  • 1:02 AM, Blogger Patty

    Love the photos, Rauf. Especially the 1st one-perfect. Much better than my train photos. I've only ever ridden on one train before, that I know of, when I was 13-14 years old. Wish I could go on one with this beautiful scenery & the rain.

    Hope the wedding goes beautifully.

  • 3:09 AM, Blogger Rauf

    Patty please don't compare pictures. You present your ideas, your imagination, your atmosphere, You have posted unique beautiful flowers and at the same time grafitti on the walls, which is a great contribution in itself, helps us to visualise your part of the world. They add to our knowledge. Sometimes I have to post an ugly picture to make a point.

    Trains journeys in India are pretty chaotic, romantic and very exciting, sometimes a torture. Hope to take you around one day Patty.

    I remember watching some movies like Silver streak Chicago-LA, under siege2 Ny-Chicago ? which are pretty exciting. (tickets may be very expensive) Canadian railroads are most beautiful. Train journeys in India are affordable and not expensive. 1000 KM comfortable journey would cost less than 10 dollars.

  • 11:22 AM, Blogger Candy Minx

    Well, trains aren't what they used to be in Canada I hope someday we will invest in our trains and refurbish them. It is terribley expensive. I grew up travelling, army brat and my grandfather worked for railroad. So we always had cheap travel. The train used to be so cheap...coach or if you wanted upscale. We still have a train route through Rocky Mountains exhilirating! But expensive looked upon now as a "world class" trip once in lifetime.

    Maybe trains will be re-invented with the high cost of gas?

    How is gas in Inida prices Rauf?

    As for photos true, don't judge or compare. We all have our challenges and sometimes I take extra photo with dubt, but often the first was the best. or atmosphere is more important than technigue. With art...you need to learn the basics so that you can know when to reject the traditional and step into new imagination or risks!

    Much happy thoughts

  • 2:59 PM, Blogger Leila

    These pictures are absolutely gorgeous! These are my favourite photos of yours yet, Rauf, I mean it. Truly beautiful.

  • 7:30 PM, Blogger Rauf

    I know you mean it Laila. Thank you.

  • 7:33 PM, Blogger Rauf

    I love Trains Candy, And I don't miss movies which have train journey in it, specially tans Canadian, one movie I cannot forget is 'Narrow Margin' Gene Hackman in it. The train takes you through some breathtaking landscpe in the movie.

    Public transport is still very cheap in India Candy. But if you own a car, its a different story.
    Gas prices are higher in India than in the US. Prices are hiked every year, resulting in Truckers and taxi strikes and hike in essential commodities.

  • 12:26 PM, Blogger kathy

    I love the sound of a distant train...a lonesome call. These photo's are beautiful...how i would love to visit these places.

  • 9:54 PM, Blogger Rauf

    Dear Kathy,
    this is sourthen part of State of Kerala. Train journey is still very cheap and affordable even for poor class of people here.

    hope you come to southern part of india soon Kathy where things are not so chaotic.

  • 5:44 AM, Blogger NOSTALGIE

    I love to travel with this train.


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