Coast to Coast

Marie, an inspirational blogger and someone I admire a lot, has been posting encouraging posts in her blog, Create Space, relevant for the ugly times, the tentacles of which have gripped our planet now! And in this particular post, to inspire each one of us, to seek happiness and to find peace around us, she asks us to take a stroll along the beach, if that is permissible, or reminisce the happy time spent by a beach. Although a mountain boy by all means, someone who seeks happiness in the vastness of magnificent mountains, in the peaceful undulation of green blue hills, there is an undeniable tranquillity that I have sensed when idling by the seashore. To immerse oneself in the joyous sensation of gentle waves lapping at one’s feet, to stare at, with merriment, at the gently whooshing tall palm trees and to see little crabs, pink and translucent, scurry over the wet ochre yellow sand is certainly magical!

Ever since I read her post, I am unapologetically guilty of staring at pictures from my recent beach holiday, an extended weekend in God’s own country, the magical southern state of Kerala. What began with absolute enthrallment at the hippie town of Varkala, through the greener than green backwaters of Kerala, under bluer than blue skies, across merrily swaying paddy fields, to end at the eclectic metropolis of Kochi, now remains etched in a million shades in the corners of my mind! I can still sense the tingling sensation of waves on my feet as I strolled across the lonely Black Beach shaded by palm trees, blessing my stars to be the only person on the beach that morning-the rewards of waking up early! I remember the salt settling on my hair, on the folds of arms, the saline taste every time I smacked my lips.


I remember the little fishing village, the air intoxicated by the smell of fish, wherein older men called it a day by drawing back their fishing nets, their shouts to each other mingling with the sound of the sea. I stood possessed staring at a busy sun painting the horizon, the sea, the sand in shades of brilliant orange and golden while a group of young men engrossed in a game of football never bothered to look at the intruder in me.


I recollect with fondness listening to retro music from the bygone era, reading my book inside a quaint little café, over my coconut cake, gazing at the vastness of an aquamarine sea-a balm to tired eyes! I remember listening to the sound of crashing waves, from atop the Varkala cliff in the stillness of the night, pearly white in the enigmatic darkness, while a silvery moon peeked through coconut groves and a salty warm sea breeze whistled through leaves whispering secrets of the sea to the trees.


The chime of church bells, St. Mary’s Basilica, one of the oldest churches in the country, where I walked to one afternoon, still ring in my ears, and the hum of the service that I was privy to bring about a subtle smile.


At Alappuzha, quite a few people started at me with utter amazement as I shunned the majestic houseboats to take the local ferry across the backwaters. Reflecting and breaking the sunbeams into a thousand brilliant sparkles, these backwaters meandering through paddy fields, showed to me the secret of quaint little hamlets, churches that appear suddenly in little islands and swarms of ducks swimming happy and content! Nature was in abundance and I admire the respect the people there have for Nature, and she in turn has vowed to protect them under her tutelage, a fact we must learn, appreciate and incorporate in our lives.


I remember landing at the wrong port, walking, hitchhiking, and smelling the dust floating off the dry street that cut through vast fields, the green of the earth interspersing with the purple blue of the sky, smiling at my wonderful stupidity! I remember sitting by the rocky beach at Kochi along with fellow wanderers and a group of cats, staring at the setting sun through majestic fishing nets erected along the shore.


Now, as I scroll through the several photos, trying to be safe inside the confines of home, I cannot stop smiling as I reminisce the time spent walking across the sandy beaches. I can hear the sound of approaching waves, crashing and withdrawing, over red and orange rocks, green-blue in patches, jutting through the golden sand. I can still see the creepers with their little purple flowers climbing trees and daintily spreading across grey rocks. I revel in the cacophony of quaint cafés that play inside my head, while the mysterious smell of hot cinnamon coffee and the camaraderie therein take me back in time.


And my reverie is brought to an abrupt end by the chirruping of birds who have returned home to the mango tree outside my window. Perhaps one day we will return ‘home’ and perhaps the tickling sea waves will be doubly rejuvenating when this plague ends. I hastily pick up my earphones, and before I get back to my evening work calls, I take the liberty to listen to a relevant song, by one of my favourite bands, Westlife, from my growing up days, and pray along,

So I say a little prayer, and hope my dreams will take me there, where the skies are blue, to see you once again, my love.  Over seas from coast to coast, to find the place I love the most, where the fields are green, to see you once again, my love”

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  1. Sunsets and beaches are my happy place! One of the best parts about living in an amusing island city of Mumbai is the incredible sunsets at the city’s beaches. Whenever I need an instant dose of happiness I head to one of the many beaches of Mumbai. And my beach song is All Saint’s Pure Shores… “Take me somewhere I can breathe, I’ve got so much to see, This is where I want to be… In a place I can call mine”!

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    1. Thank you so much Naresh for the wonderful commentaire. 🙂 You are indeed lucky to see the wonderful sunsets each day at Bombay. I had been there once, albeit the heat, I did gave a gala time 🙂 In fact the song by All Saints was featured in the movie The Beach which I haven’t seen although, but I have read the books. Although I like mountains more than beaches, I have felt a sense of overpowering calmness by the beach 🙂

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      1. Oh I seldom watch movies. I am one of those weird folks who start yawning when I have to think of sitting for two long hours for movie but give me a book and I spend ten hours reading!

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  2. So beautifully written and illustrated, Parikhit. There is healing in water and I am drawn to its power time and time again. I am so grateful to you for this virtual tour and am better for it. Calmer. More centered. I feel the peace you felt through your words and your images. Just treasured your compositions, each and every one of them. And oh yes, I do know Marie. I must go on over to see what her latest post is. Bless you for the link to take me there. Much love to you! xo

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    1. Thank you so very much Amy! I wanted to share with the world the peace I had felt watching the waves crash and withdraw, repeating their drill over and over again. Strange as it may sound, nothing mattered then. I could spend a lifetime watching the vast expanse of the sea. I am so glad that you found some happiness in the pictures. And yes Marie has been phenomenal with their daily dose of optimism.
      Love and wishes 🙂

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  3. Such a beautiful account of your holiday in Kerala Parikhit with wonderful photos. You make me long to see its beauty in real life. I feel blessed to have caused you to smile and to recall with such eloquence your special memories. Thank you for acknowledging my role and my blog – what a lovely and unexpected surprise! Stay safe & well!

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    1. Marie you are an inspiration and I must thank you rather for allowing me to dive deep in my memories and share with everyone the happiness and tranquillity that I felt when I was there 🙂 I do hope you get to see the magical beaches in person soon 🙂

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      1. Relcall those precious memories often Parikhit they are a guaranteed mood enhancer! And thank you, I really appreciate your encouragement! P.G when the time is right, I will see that magical part of India!

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  4. Just woke up. Reading your post has made me feel like I have romped through a part of the world I have never been, but with which I am already familiar and a place I would one day so much love to visit. Thank you for your absolutely beautiful, peaceful and loving work, both in photos and in words. You are truly a gifted writer and photographer.

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    1. Thank you so much Xavier for your ever kind words. I was inspired by a fellow blogger and I wanted to share with the world the tranquillity that I had felt when I sat by the beach, albeit virtual 🙂
      I do hope you get to visit the place one day.


  5. Nature & the Beach are my places of joy and escape , & really miss it but for now memories & photographs reminds me of how good life was & is still despite of COVID-19. Just hope one day we all get have back our coastal summers & sunsets . Stay safe 🙏

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    1. Hello! Thank you so much for your wonderful words. And I am in complete agreement, there is a sense of unsurpassed joy listening to the waves crash and gaze out at the blue of the sky mixing with the green of the sea far out in the horizon. These are hard times, but like you write we have the chime of happy memories and the photographs to take us virtually in the lap of Nature! Yes, things will get better and once this ends, I’m certain, the sense of rejuvenation will be renewed and pristine. Keep well and stay safe too 🙂

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  6. While your pictures are beyond me, your gorgeous words carry me away, painting so vividly the life and emotions of your experiences, drawing me into every movement of wave and wind, allowing me to trace the varied hues of plants, the expressions of people youencountered…just magical and and uplifting! Sending you love and sweetness, from my own cloistered existence, be safe, and keep sharing your soul

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    1. Thank you so much Nelma 🙂 I assumed perhaps I could share these happy pictures for everyone to feel the tranquillity that I sensed. I hope you are keeping safe and well. I read your other posts, you didn’t sound too happy. Love and wishes 🙂

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      1. I know. I guess sometimes I opt to carry the weight of unnecessary things instead of just focusing on what really matters. Thank so much for always sharing peaceful and loving content here. I always look forward to your posts. ❤

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