Thursday, 23 July 2009

Carrying rain inland

When the fury of the South-West Monsoon hits Nattika coast, the otherwise pleasant beach turns into a picture of anger. However, even the menacing sea cannot stop a few young men from enjoying themselves.

A temple by the river

The rivers that flow west into Kerala from the Western Ghats break into distributaries and backwaters. The Sri Rama temple at Triprayar in Kerala sits beautifully on the banks of one such river. It is believed that the Sri Rama idol was the one used for worship by Sri Krishna in Dwaraka and had drifted southwards through the Arabian Sea and was picked up by the fishermen from the sea coast nearby.

Monday, 20 July 2009


In the late 1980s, when I graduated from university and started working in New Delhi, there used to be a long-haired, French-bearded gentleman who advised Prime Minister Rajeev Gandhi on telecommunications. Sam Pitroda dreamt of a telephone connection in every village.

Though I do not know if every village has a telephone connection, in the last two decades we certainly have witnessed a telecom revolution. At first there were the ubiquitous ISD-STD-PCO booths which spawned an age of small-scale enterprise in telecommunications.

This was followed by the cell phone revolution, which started another round of family-level private enterprise for talk-time recharging.

Roads to somewhere

Automobiles are spawning the growth and development of roads in India as they did in the USA many decades ago. In many parts of the country, national highways are being converted to multi-lane expressways. And in places like the crowded Kerala, where expansion becomes difficult, road surfaces are being improved.

For a person born in the 1960s, I have grown in an age where for decades the Ambassador was the only mode of transport from point A to point B. We filled the car with friends and relatives and rode on two-laned highways and pot-holed byways. A generation of Indians may soon be born that will take for granted the presence of good roads.