Blogger(s) in this post refers to two people – Me and the popular (and) Cricket-is-my-religion blogger Kanagu. Once in Trivandrum, we were joined by another popular (and) never-tired-to-reply-to-million-comments blogger Vimmuuu.We went to attend the marriage reception of another popular (and) mish-mashed blogger Ashwathy 🙂
There are two mis-conceptions about my visit. People are thinking that I am desperate to please the (just) 6-7 readers who visit my blog regularly in order to avoid that count going down to zero! And, people are thinking that I have a lot of time in my hands now. Well, I have to clarify that both are absolutely True! 🙂
Since Kanagu had planned for this before about a month, he had reserved the train tickets for both of us from Chennai to Trivandrum. But it was just five minutes for the Train to start, and I was about to abandon the journey (tickets were with him) when he comes rushing in! I should say that while coming back, he tried to do something similar but since I was there with him, he was not able to satisfy himself with his passion of catching the train in the last minute! 🙂
We started from Chennai on friday afternoon, and reached Trivandrum by Saturday morning. We should thank Ashwathy for having booked a room for us in a nearby hotel. From there, we went to Vimmuuu’s house. On the way, we had got some flowers and a small vase to prepare the gift.
Kanagu had already coordinated for the planning / conceptualization of the gift by inviting suggestions from various popular bloggers. He had even printed the photos of the profile pics of bloggers beforehand. Vimmuuu used his craft skills & handwriting to make the gift a reality. Yeah, I too pitched in – I cut some cello-tapes to stick the photos 🙂 The photo of the gift we prepared,
We even wrapped up the gift in a gift wrapper and took it to the reception. When we gave it to Ashwathy, she took the gift by holding it sideways. Since we were not able to offer any warranty for the prepared gift for more than half a day and since the photos could fall down anytime, Kanagu warned her to handle it carefully! I think she guessed what we brought, and held it from below 🙂
Next day, me and Kanagu went to Kovalam beach (One photo taken there is above). Actually we planned to see the sunrise and wanted to start by 6:30 AM in the morning, but in actuality we reached there by around 10:30 AM! It was a different beach with both rocks and dark sand. And the water was splashing due to the rocks.
Then we went to Gandhi park in East Fort road (Photo above, I hope you can see the photo of MK Gandhi in the center!) in order to relax for some time. I should mention here that at this point of time, Trivandrum weather is much much better than Chennai! We did not feel the heat at all.
Then we were joined by Vimmuuu and his wife and all four of us went to explore the main (fort) museum. But due to some renovation, they closed it temporarily. Maybe it was blessing in disguise as we found out another good newly opened museum called Keralam museum nearby. You can see one photo taken there above, and I must say that it was a neatly kept govt. museum with a guide coming with us to explain about the exhibits! It seems this is an interactive museum and they had touch panels installed in various places to get more info about the exhibits. Pretty impressive!
Since we had some more time, we went back to the Fort Museum (photo above) and spent some time sitting and chatting on a wonderful lawn over there. We discussed many intellectual topics like Google+, Lakhs of crores of rupee worth gold statues discovered from neighboring Padhmanabha temple, probability of becoming a yoga master to earn crores of rupees, why bloggers were inactive in blogs but active in facebook, etc 🙂
We should thank Vimmuuu for coming to the railway station to see us off. In Kerala, one dish is prepared by making a bajji out of sweet banana slice – I forgot the name for this. We tasted that too – When the train stopped in Kottayam, thanks to the ever alert Kanagu who suddenly woke up from sleep, got out of the train when it stopped and brought this for both of us 🙂