Saturday, April 19, 2008

Memoirs from Kerala - Part - I : 2300 km journey from Ranchi to Ernakulam

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uttari sikkim, pachamadi aur andaman ke baad ab le chal raha hoon aapako kerala ki yatra par. is yatra ke dauran main aapako cochin, munnar, thekkadi, kottayam, kovalam aur trivendram hote huye vapas allleppi le jaoonga. aasha hai har safaranamon ki tarah aap shuru se ant tak mere sath honge.


pichhale sal kerala jane ki yojana hamane september men hi banani shuru kar di thi. jana december ke antim saptah men tha. pahali samasya thi ki kaise jayen. sun rakha tha ki pahale se havayee ticket katane men kaam kam paison men hi ho jata hai. par jab net par cochin pahunchane ke tamam havaee margo ka adhyayan kiya to paya ki prati parivar sirf aane jane ka hi kharcha 25000 se 30000 hajar rupaye aa raha hai aur sidhi udan na hone ki vajah se samay ki bhi jyada bachat nahin ho rahi. ab itani rakam mein to poori yatra ka kharch nikal jata so hamane faisala kiya ki jab do parivar sath hain to 2300 km ki ye lambi yatra ham mauj masti mein gap hankate, khate pite hi bita denge.


to janaab, aarakshan khidki par theek do mahine pahale subah das baje yani counter khulne ke theek do ghante baad main aur mere mitr maujood the. panch logon ka aarakshan parcha khidaki se andar sarakate huye mainne clerk se kaha ki bhaee agar chhah vale koope mein ikaththa de do to badi meharabani hogi. udhar se javab aaya ki sir,, kul jama chhah seat poore coach mein bachi hain aur aap ek sath dene ki baat kar rahe hain. hamara sar chakaraya ki kahan poore raste ek sath baithakar gappe hankane ki baat ho rahi thi aur yahan to sari siten idhar udhar ki mil rahi hain. koee aur chara nahin tha is liye ticket lekar bujhe man se ghar laut aaye. laga ki ye sab internet ki karamat hai so agale hafte vapasi ke ticket ki booking net par baith kar ki par natija fir vahi raha. samajh nahin aaya ki ye sab peak time rush ki vajah se tha ya kuchh aur !


khaira, 20.12.2007 ko ham dhanbaad alleppi express mein din ke3 baje baith gaye. hame orissa, andhrapradesh, tamilanadu aur kerala ke 91 stations ko paar kar 22 ki sham 6 baje eranakulam pahunchna tha. raat tak sahayatriyon se seaton ki adala badali kar ham sab ek jagah baithane mein safal ho chuke the. bhojan ka jakhira hamare pas maujood tha jisaka jam kar upabhog kiya gaya. vaise bhi train mein mujhe to baithate hi bhookh lagani shuru ho jati hai.


subah hone tak ham orissa chhod andhrapradesh ke tateey ilake mein pravesh kar chuke the. ranchi ki december ki kadi thand ab halki garmi mein tabdil ho chuki thi. dakshin bharat mein ghusane ke sath chay chaya ho jati hai aur coffee ke sath falon ke ras dhadalle se lagabhag har station par upalabdh ho jate hain. vishakhapattanam mein ham sabane angoor aur ananas ke sharbaat ka khoob aanand uthaya. din ke do baje ke lagabhag jab ham log rajahmundari se thoda aage bade to godavari nadi par bana adbhut vishalakay pul hamare samane tha. is ka shumar asia ke sabase lanbe rail aur road pul mein kiya jata hai. is pul mein rail bridge ke oopar sadak pul hai jabki aam taur par isaka ulata hota hai. 25 saal pahale bane is pul ki lambaee mujhe 6-7 km ke aasapas lagi.


22 december ki subah jab doosari raat bitane ke bad aankh khuli to pata chala ki hamari train chennai station ko par kar salem ki or badh rahi hai.

ab ham poorvi ghat ko chhod pashchimi ghat ki or badh rahe the. bahar ka drshy manoram ho chala tha. apane apane camere le kar hamane apane dibbe ke dvar par sthan le liya. pahadiyon ki kataren, dhan ke hare bhare khet aur unake bich faile nariyal ke pedon ke jhund man ko mohit kar rahe the.


din ke dedh bajane tak hamari gadi tamilanadu ke aakhiri padav coimbatoor par pahunch chuki thi. bhaugolik roop se is jile ki khasiyat ye hai ki isaka pashchimi sira nilagiri ki pahadiyon ko chhoota hai to uttari sira munnar ki pahadiyon ko. itana hi nahin is jile ke pas hi pashchimi ghat ka sabase kam oonchaee vala hissa hai jise par kar kerala mein pahuncha ja sakata hai. ye hissa Palakkad Gap ke roop mein jana jata hai aur ye 32 se 42 kmi tak chauda hai. pashchimi ghat mein is gap ke aalava tamilanadu aur kerala ke beech aur koee paas yani darra nahin hai. isaliye is marg ka vyapar ke liye prayog aadi kal se ho raha hai.


din ke karib dhaee baje ham kerala mein pravesh kar chuke the aur palakkad jisaka pahale nam palaghat tha hamare samane tha. sham tak hamari gadi shornoor, trichoor hote huye eranakulam pahunch chuki thi. do hajar kimi ki yatra mein sach poochhiye to hamein aisi kuchh khas thakan nahin huee jisaki kalpana ki thi. yatra ke agale padav mein baaten hogi aitihasik shahar cochin ki..

godavari pul ka chitr yahan se liya gaya hai. baki chitr mere camare se.

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