Kerala, the Blessed Indian State
Kerala, the land of coconut palms is unique in its beauty. Sandy beaches, emerald hills and clear streams are exquisite.
Kerala, my Homeland
In addition to the beautiful beaches for which Kerala is famous for, the central and eastern picturesque land is also worthwhile to pay a visit. Even though the state is thickly populated, one can see trees and canopy everywhere. A foreigner traveling along central Kerala might feel the journey as through a strange forest, full of houses. An aerial view may show forests thanks to the rubber trees and coconut palms. The real forests are scanty. The very word, ‘Kerala’ literally means ‘the land of coconut’. Now that the central and eastern parts of Kerala are replenished with rubber trees; yet, it was not renamed into ‘Rubberla’. The bounty of nature earned the name, ‘God’s Own Land’ for the state. The eastern hills are rich in spices. One may cross two or three small rivers before covering twenty or thirty miles. People are fairly hygienic but, alcoholism and lottery mania have become a threat to its society recently.
The sad thing is that superstitions are imposed and encouraged deliberately and the media are competing in that art. Science fails to fight it. Surprising and shocking to see it happens in a part of land, which is under the great light of The Upanishads! It is yet to recognize manpower and power of man! This is one of the main reasons why sporadic communal riots are bursting out in Kerala also though it is less compared to the other parts in India. It is unimaginable to happen in a state that claims hundred percent of literacy! People are cheated in broad day light in the name of gods, demons and poltergeists. They are being misled.
Still I am happy to be a citizen in this graceful land in spite of its ignorance and follies. Keralites are generally peace-loving and kind hearted. We have the rich heritage of poems comparable to world classics. The only problem is that appropriate translations are wanting so that the beauty is lost during the process since the rhythm and rhyming of any native language is unique and cannot be duplicated. Malayalam, the language of Kerala, is highly developed in its structure and grammar. The very word itself is a palindrome, when written in English. Kathakali, the unique classical art is also originated in Kerala.
Useful links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathakali