Story of a lost journalist

September 15, 2008

Onam walk around the city

Filed under: Daily Rot,Personal — Cris @ 21:35
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Today, I finally got around to doing what I planned for a few days now – walk around the city and see the Onam celebrations. Both times I went out last week were during day time so I missed the illuminations. Well past evening, it was all there today. I promised a sick friend I will make a report, so doing it though it was pretty much a usual walk around the city.

The lights were gorgeous, extending all the way from Vellayambalam towards PMG (I am beginning to learn the names this way!). I stopped at a groundnut vendor and got a mixture of green peas and vegetables, something like chaat. Taking occasional spoonfuls, I continued my walk. Then there was a vendor selling soap bubbles. I checked – Ok the world around did not know me, I decided it was harmless to blow a few bubbles in the dark. Who said only kids did that? Unfortunately my bubble blowing skills were minimal and 7 out of 10 times I blew hard nothing came out. Hmph, passerbys instead of watching lights and celebrations decided to watch the lady in inaction!

Anyway my walk proceeded and I tried to squeeze into Kanakakunnu amidst the thick crowd. Boy what a crowd! I had no idea so many people lived in Trivandrum!
Kanakakunnu, besides people had giant wheels (I mentioned in my previous post), other rides and a number of stalls. In addition, the star attraction was a gang of 3 elephants right in front standing still for hours. Poor guys. They must be so bored. Luckily, some people decided to bring some drums (chenda) and play for them.

Going out of Kanakakunnu I spotted a small boy throwing some toy up in the sky, it had a small little LED which made it glow. I was of course enthralled and watched the boy in action. Too bad I forgot my autograph book. I took the next turn and my first throw went 3 inches high – (which was bad, considering his went 60). After pretending oblivious to the whole crowd seeing that, I went for my second marvelous throw which came down and hit a car. But it went high. So Tada, I was a star too now!

On my return trip I was wholly engrossed in bubble blowing so was surprised when a couple of acquaintances showed up in between the bubbles. Gulp, I was spotted. Oh well now that they knew it was just as well I blogged about it.
I walked back home, happy having down all the stuff I have always wanted to do and couldn’t because someone with me would always stop me. Today I was my own woman. Yippeee.

And if you looked up, nature had brought out its own illumination in the form of a bright and full moon. The ones here were loud, but the one above was quiet and pretty. It was a beautiful night.


  1. Thnkz :-).
    And injured, not sick.

    Comment by j — September 15, 2008 @ 22:06 | Reply

  2. Happy Onam ! neat gesture ! Sometimes Nature reminds us of her powers. If only we care to look !

    neat !

    Comment by Kavi — September 15, 2008 @ 22:27 | Reply

  3. took me back to the days when i eagerly looked foward to the illumination to cousins used to drop in from my native place..and at times we used to walk all the from Vellayambalam to Statue and enjoy the glitz..those were the days..
    I love my city..:-)

    Comment by mathew — September 15, 2008 @ 22:34 | Reply

  4. Hi,
    I was about to ask how come you made ‘sick’ friends, before j clarified that it is injured friend, not sick.
    Good to hear you had a bubbling night.

    Comment by Salil — September 16, 2008 @ 03:28 | Reply

  5. innum purathekkirangi khoshayaathra kaanoo.. ennittu blog cheyyoo

    Comment by Deepak — September 16, 2008 @ 08:24 | Reply

  6. People have this attitude towards bubble blowers!! 😦 I was peacefully manufacturing bubbles over that lawn yesterday and within a minute a crowd gathered before me! A crowd of kids! Thankfully I wasnt alone! Kids seems to have a monopoly over bubble making! 😦 I had to give the bottle and blower to the kids gang to disperse them!

    Comment by Srijith — September 16, 2008 @ 09:54 | Reply

  7. wow!!lovely post. 🙂

    and btw,belated onam wishes.. 🙂

    Comment by Multi Menon — September 16, 2008 @ 14:10 | Reply

  8. i always wanted to be….


    Well,these days help you regain lot of positive energy and boot you up..Have a great day crippi..

    Comment by Nimmy — September 17, 2008 @ 13:52 | Reply

  9. @j, isnt it all the same 😀

    @Kavi, thanks and same to you :-). About nature, yes, quite true!

    @mathew, those must have been, I havent done that in a long long time myself! Felt good to be at it again!

    @Salil, injured makes people sick and sick makes people injured 😀

    @Deepak, couldnt do that. Sigh I regret!

    @Srijith, secret is in pretending you dont see anyone watching you!

    @Multi Menon, thanks! And same to you, belated!

    @Nimmy, thanks dear 🙂

    Comment by Cris — September 17, 2008 @ 14:00 | Reply

  10. Walk during Onam… Hehe… 🙂

    I too do the bubble blowing thing, but my bubbles go high up in the air, breach the limits of stratosphere and enter the outer space! B-)

    And, wasn’t it too crowded all around Vellayambalam junc? How did ya manage? 😮

    Comment by Hari Shanker — September 18, 2008 @ 07:24 | Reply

  11. that was a happy one.. brought back some happy memories of childhood days…
    wish i could do that again sometime..
    hmm.. there’s always a next time! 🙂

    Comment by usha — September 18, 2008 @ 11:56 | Reply

  12. @Hari, kiddo its alright for you to blow bubbles! They are meant for kids :-). And yep it was crowded, which is what made it do-able, noone would see me you see. They will think some bubbles float in air for no reason when its Onam 😀

    @usha, dont wait for next time dear. Wait for next minute. You can always go out in the streets and blow ’em bubbles. 😀 And for Onam hmm we will pretend it stayed back a little longer this time!

    Comment by Cris — September 18, 2008 @ 23:22 | Reply

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