Born and brought up in verdant Valparai in the Anamalais and then nurtured in enchanting Kerala, I grew in Nature’s lap, so to speak. However, I learned to observe and experience the wonderful charms of Nature only when I joined as a teacher in picturesque Munnar.
The gurgling streams, cascading waterfalls, the lush greenery, the myriad kaleidoscopic hues of evening and morning skies, the bluish green mountains around, misty valleys, azure skies, the chirp and chatter of birds, the brilliance of flowers, the majesty of trees especially Flame of the Forest and Jacarandas in full bloom – all have made me a pagan worshipping these delights. The memories of the days that we – my precious friend Sam, my darling daughter Aathira and I – went on long walks, soaking in the lush beauty around fills me with deep gratitude. Not only did they make me fall in love with nature, but also cherish the relationship with these special people in my life.
The monsoon brought rains that slashed and winds that whistled incessantly. The strong pitter-patter pelted the tin roofs and created a compelling cadence. The gusty winds threatened to blow roofs away. Water gushed and rushed, lightning streaked and claps of thunder reverberated all around. It revealed the awe inspiring power and fury of Nature. To this day whenever there’s a strong gush of wind, my heart beats wild and a gnawing fear settles in.
In winter during the biting cold the enchanting pastime was to stand in the sun savouring the warmth that crept into every pore of one’s being.
The magic of fireflies glowing and that of a star studded sky on dark nights were entrancing. Squeals and trumpets of elephants, the barks of deer and grunts of wild boars made our nights exciting. The love for wild life and Nature stoked then continues to burn brightly making me live the philosophy of live and let live.