16th September 2014 – Munnar, India
Through the rainy day, the bike rode through the winding roads, And my eyes strayed all around, like in an ethereal trance. A temple-goer passed by, with advices and a heartwarming smile. The black clouds will always pass. The smile, not a chance.
After being in Kochi for the last few days, I was finally getting bored with it. I mean, don’t get me wrong, Kochi is a marvellous little city where the people, nature, and the weather are absolutely among the best in India. But, I had the itch again. I needed to get moving.
So, I rode out. Towards Chennai, but that was still 700 KMs away. So, I rode first to Munnar, about 140 KMs away. The rain stopped me everywhere in the beginning, and the beautiful Munnar valley stopped me everywhere in the end. The monsoon is receding, gladly, and the rains don’t last longer than 30 minutes. But in those 30 minutes you have to find a spot to keep yourself dry.
In one of those spots, I ran into this man in the picture who advised me on where to stay in Munnar. The day before being Krishna Janmastami (the birthday of the Hindu god Krishna), he had just gone to the temple, and had everything on his face to show for it.
Even that big, wide smile.