Monday, September 21, 2015

The tranquil beach of The Madre De Deus Church, Vettukad, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala


Have a stroll along the tranquil beach of The Madre De Deus Church, Vettukad, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala


 The Madre De Deus Church, Vettukad, Thiruvananthapuram  is a famous centre of pilgrimage, under the Latin catholic Arch Diocese of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala



I personally feel the best time to visit a church or a temple is the evenings especially, during twilight. Would it be too much if I say, during evenings, when I am in a church or in a temple, I'd feel so close with the universe or God. The feeling is difficult to put it in words but had always proffered me, inner peace. Why I said ' church and temple', because I hardly ever got the opportunities to visit religious places of other religions. If I get an opportunity, I would grab it.

I came here for the first time around four years ago. And I had something to seek from God. When you were focused on getting something, surrounding elements ( good or bad ) hardly come under your gaze. And it was after four years, I really saw the place in its beauty.

This church is on a sea shore. It is very near to Shankumugham beach, one of the famous tourist attractions of Kerala. Unlike it, the sea, here is calm. Years ago, there were hardly any tourists or people wandering on the shores. It used to be deserted. Not even the natives who lived nearby could be seen anywhere.

And it seemed the devotees were there just to pray and to frolic in the waves, they always had Shangumukham beach. I sometimes felt, the sea too understood that it should remain calm and should not interrupt the thoughts of the devotees.

This time, I just glanced around and saw the change happening to the place. The church is under renovation and the sea shore is no longer deserted and is abuzz with activities. Fishermen could be seen silently sitting and knitting their fishing nets. Country crafts were kept upside down. Under its shade, there were couples sitting immersed in their own world. Some were frolicking in the waves. When I walked a bit, I could see a grand father coming out of his hut with his grand children to sleep under the shade of a trees.

Even under the scorching sun, the vendors could be seen selling sliced mangoes, pine apples with a mix of chilli powder and salt, salted goose berries, roasted nuts, pop corns, ice- creams and what not. And people hardly left the beach even it is 8 pm.






It might not be wrong, if I say this place which is considered purely, a pilgrimage centre is slowly on its way to become a tourist destination. If you want to enjoy a solitary walk on the beach or sit just looking into the horizon without any bustling activity to interrupt your thoughts, Vettukad is the best option. The nearby Shankumugham is crowded, perhaps it might be the reason why people started opting this place.




Friday, September 11, 2015

I want to be a thriller writer - But ?



The clock struck 12.
I closed my book.
I could feel a heavy burden on my chest.
I tossed and turned in my bed.
It took sometime before sleep kissed my brow. It was not deep. My eyes are closed. But I could read those words and it was appearing  as if in a tele-prompter. It was not anybody else's but mine. I woke up and it was gone.

 Hey! I started getting butterflies in my stomach. I went to the kitchen to drink some water. And, I had to turn on every lights to reach there. Went back to bed, but could not turn off the bed – lamp. A few hours ago, I was reading a ' Who dunnit' – a murder mystery.

So the question is “ Can I be a murder mystery writer?” if I start behaving like this.

Mary Higgins Clark had once told in her interview “ Look at your book shelf. What kind of books you have there. That is the kind of books you would like to read and write.” These are not her exact words but of course the essence.

Hence, I started a mission. I would read every Mary Higgins Clark ( Queen of Suspense ) and Agatha Christie ( Queen of Crime fiction).

 But after five to seven books, this above mentioned is what I experienced. I lost my sleep. Now, what I do is that I would head to the house after work, pour several mugs of chilled water ( I store water in a bucket in the morning. So that it would be too cold by the time I reach ) and have food ( prepared by me ). Then would read some light stuff and there I am fast asleep by 11 pm.

Of course, I have caught sleep with iron hands. But what about the sense of adventure I get while reading a murder mystery. I was not this scared when I was little. Now, I am. The point is : I do not want to miss all the fun. But I want a good night sleep and want to be murder mystery writer ( It should be a thriller) which can hold my readers on tenterhooks right from the beginning to its last. 


 What should I do?

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015