We had two wedding on 25th and 26th, my cousin brother M’s and my brother’s brother-in-law S’s. The second groom, S, was marrying my teacher’s daughter. For Aisha and me, the weddings started on Friday. We went to the bride’s home on the wedding eve of M. The next day was their wedding. The same day, it was the wedding eve of the S, and so we went to the bride’s home. The next day, it was S’s wedding.By the time we reached home after S’s wedding, Aisha was having severe nappy rashes. Continues use of diapers for almost three days made her skin red and swollen. She started screaming every time I took her to bathroom. Peeing and pooing became nightmares. I stopped using panties and pants for her. It took almost a week to get rid of the rashes.
We decided to leave Munnar on 6th. Everyone has got cough and cold, especially the kids. We left after breakfast. On our way to Munnar town, we stopped at the Echo Point. It was fun to shout from one side of the river and listen to the echo coming from the hills at the other side of the river. Even Aisha started shouting.
Our next stop was at Munnar town to buy some chocolates and tea powder. Since it was a long journey back, we decided to give our legs some exercises by strolling in the park. Aisha wanted to slide, and I promised to take her to the slide. But there were no slides in the park. Luckily, we found a swing and Aisha had to get contented with it.
It was again long hours of drive through the dense forests, stopping only for lunch. We reached home at around 9 pm. Both the kids were fretful, and all of us tired and hungry. But our home was not at all welcoming! We forgot to close the water tap in our kitchen when we set out to Munnar. There was no water in the tap when we left, but later when water was supplied, it gushed down the floor . Now, our beds (I did not fold it up on the day we set out, because I thought it would be best to come back to a laid bed and fall on it) were wet, our bags spoiled. We together with the whole house were in a mess. Cleaning and unpacking again.
We had a little surprise waiting for us when we returned home. A bird's nest inside our lamp shade!
We went out for a morning walk around our home. Our home was situated in the middle of a tea plantation. There was a small garden and some woods separating our home from the plantation.
We came back home for lunch and after that, we drove to a nearby village, Vattavada. Aisha slept throughout the journey. At the top of the hill was a small town and beneath it were fields of strawberries, carrots and other fruits and vegetables. It was the planting season. We descended down the road and stopped beneath the hills. We were watching the beautiful scenery when we saw an old lady coming towards us. She was carrying Acacia tree trunks on her head. When she reached near our vehicle, she said something to us – don’t know if it was their tribal language or Tamil. She repeated, but we were not getting her. Then she spoke using the global language, actions. She patted her stomach and acted like eating. She meant she was hungry. We gave her a packet of biscuit we had. She said something, may be she was thanking us, and walked away. A few minutes later, on our way back, we saw her ascending the hill with the load on her head. I was surprised. Walking up the steep hill empty handed would have made us very tired, but this old lady, in her eighties or nineties, was climbing with a load of wood on her head! It was really a lesson learned.
Finally the day came for our Munnar trip. Munnar is a beautiful hillstation situauted on the western ghats of Kerala.
|At Cochin, ready for the trip.|
Soon after leaving her home, we started ascending the hills of the ghats. I don't think I'll ever forget the drive. Through the dense forests with the music made by a thousand birds and crickets and cascades, where our eyes could only see trees, trees and more trees. It was like a mystery - you anticipate something at every turn of the road, you watch cautiously for a deer or an elephant in every dense growth of trees. But all you see is a squirrel crossing the road in a flash or a couple of birds fighting for the leftover foods from the tourists. As we reached the top of our ascend, my nephew became more and more peevish, and we had to stop. He vomited a little and then he got fine. Within a few minutes, we reached Munnar.
Our destination was Yellappatty around 27 km away from Munnar town. We reached there at around 4 pm. Aisha and Ml was glad to get out of the car. They started running through the lawns. The air was filled with their squeaks and cries of laughter. The slightly cold breeze and the rays of the setting sun added more glory to the happiness of the evening.
As we were all tired after the long drive, we didn't go for any sightseeing that day. We just walked around our tourist home, a beautiful bungalow built during the British rule. We haven't lived in a home with such an ancient architecture and so it felt like living in history!
The difficult part was too keep away Aisha and Ml from the china ware displayed along the corridors of the bungalow.
My brothers changed their residence two days ago and so we had to start everything from first. We had a lot of unpacking, cleaning and shopping. The mornings were busy with cleaning and the evenings filled up with shopping. Cooking was only done for namesake as there were only a few utensils and raw materials. It was a difficult job with the two kids, as one of us has to be always with them. As Aisha was not so social with others, usually I took the charge of looking after the kids. This was the first time my SIL staying alone with her son. It was a bit difficult to handle him, as he is a very active child. But that makes him more lovely. Taking care of both of the kids sometimes needed patience beyond our capacity. It was also a new way to learn many things.
One way to keep them away from fighting during shopping was to put them in separate trolleys.
Last week have been great. Three of my brothers took a home at Cochin, where they are working. We decided to visit them. We started on 2nd. We went to the railway station with my FIL, and my elder brother, Nb, my SIL H and her son Ml joined us. The train was at 5 pm and was unusually on time. We reached Cochin at around 9 pm. It was fun to sit and talk - my three brothers, two sister-in-laws and the kids - Aisha and Ml.
|At Kuttipuram Railway Station.|