Touring the 14 tiny islands of Kadamakudy Islands at a slow pace, stopping frequently to listen actively to the islanders, photographing the island life, tasting the local food and leisure activities, enjoying nature, birds and nothingness… Aby, the native blogger of Kadamakudy..WhatsApp : 9895372115
Almost forty days of confined life within the boundary walls of my home…and slowly but surely I am / was getting depressed. The news of a very close relative getting hospitalized due to covid and the forecast of the third wave had all taken it’s toll on me. How long can one pretend to be optimistic?. The tourism industry is the most affected. Since Kadamakudy blog is connected to travel and photography, I almost forgot about this blog of mine for a while. When that is the case, three good things happened to me today.
During this six decades on planet earth, this is not the first time I felt this low. There are many occasions before, which I could overcome by God’s grace and my will. It is photography that helped be to divert my energies on the positive side of things. Today, again I reached out to the camera, changed the 50mm lens to 250 mm and walked around the backyard hoping to click something interesting.
The tipping point happened in the form of this chameleon. He was changing colors rapidly to match the environment. He reminded me of the ability and openness to adapt to the changed environment quickly as a key skill to survive in unpredictable environments. The main stress is due to the wait for normalcy, which may not happen at all. The life after the pandemic may never be the same again. It will be wiser and easier if we can adapt to this fact.
The second good thing was a call from an urban planner to know more about Kadamakudy Islands. We spoke for almost thirty minutes about kadamakudy, and the possibilities for sustainable tourism in and around kadamakudy islands. When she said, she got my contact details from this blog about Kadamakudy, that was a kind of a reminder for me about Kadamakudy and the pleasures associated with the slow cycling and photography jaunts to this pristine cluster of Islands.
This prompted me to search for Kadamakudy in google, and to my surprise this blog started appearing on the first page of the search results about Kadamakudy. That is the third good thing.
Kadamakudy still remains as a very safe place to visit as it is not crowded at all. Now is the time of readying the fields for pokkaly rice cultivation. Thinking of making a trip to Kadamakudy during the next week. The Chameleon effect !
Kadamakudy is well known for its prawn farming and pokkali rice cultivation. For six months the fields are used for prawns and fish farming and during the remaining six months it is time for pokkali rice. Now the farmers are gearing up for pokkali rice. Photo courtesy – Jeese Manavalan, a well known local farmer.