Going to God's Own Country: Episode 2
Updated: Oct 2, 2019
Day 2: Does Everyone Speak Malayalam Here?
I woke up at 6.00 am early morning. I peeped out of the window and we were at the Goa station. And I went back to sleep. When I woke up again, it was 10.00 am. Now we had reached the Udupi station. Some people got down at the station and were having their breakfast. The sellers were selling Idli, Vada and red chutney. I didn't taste any as I'd already had my breakfast in the train. The train then departed from Udupi. At around 5.30 pm, we got ready to alight. Finally! We were there. We got down and started walking from the station towards the auto token house. I was feeling extremely happy. I still couldn't believe that I'm in Kerala. Everything looks like a dream in Kerala. We went to the tokenhouse and took a token for an auto. The auto was unlike the ones back home in Mumbai…it was spacious. This auto is also called the Tuk-Tuk rickshaw.
I always wondered if everyone in Kerala conversed in Malayalam? Does anyone speak in Hindi? Including the vegetable vendors and shopkeepers? I was in the auto for about half an hour. And the Tuk-Tuk made a lot of noise. A LOT! It also vibrates a lot while in traffic. Not very pleasant.
The roads were coloured and bordered in white. The roads were speckless. We finally reached the hotel—'Hotel York' in Kochi. It was an organised, clean and tidy place. This was actually the first time I was staying in a hotel. And I really think that I can get used to living in the comfort of hotels. Our day came to a close with dinner at a restaurant named 'Sea Rock' which was close to our hotel, right before we returned to our rooms to grab some sleep.
(This is the second of six articles that document Deepthika Pillai's trip to Kerala, God's Own Country)