Sad to say my fate has confined me to a village hamlet (Kurianoor) in God’s Own Country, Kerala in India. God’s Own Country is a metonymy coined by a bureaucrat. God’s Own Country is one of the fifty destinations to be visited as per National Geographic. The backwaters are sedative, tranquil and flow with soul of luscious greenery around. So are the mystic gardens of tea, cinnamon and pepper, they hypnotize you with the fragrance of spicy aroma. The beaches are unsullied virgins and architectures blend with Bakersque (Baker is a foreigner who made Kerala his home and promoted eco friendly architecture) harmony. The temples are exotic, ancient and carry legends of magic and folk lore. For e.g. there’s a temple of a Goddess and this Goddess literally has periods, a claim which I refuse to believe. One’s eyes can open if one visits the forests and have a séance with wild elephants. As a reader, I invite you to come and spend your vacations here.
My village is quiet but, but tranquility has been disturbed by gigantic trucks carrying rock ash and granite. The demand for rock ash has burgeoned after the banning of sand mining. But of course swindlers out to earn quick bucks either bribe the police or make secret escapades in the night.
The junction Kurianoor having four cross roads has been humorously named by a picaresque as the ‘Idler’s Junction’. There used to be a small shop for buying cigarettes, pan and betel leaves and also the shop serves lemonade with soda. People used to come and sit on the bench and idle away their time in good natured banter. If you ask the native of the village why is it called idler’s junction, chances are that you might get some loud mouth talking.
Now the idler’s junction is panoramically changing in stature. This is due to influx of natives to shores of fortune in the Middle East and repatriation of Gulf Dinars and Dirhams. Idler’s junction has got a well developed business class bank, two grocery shops and a limited number of buses plying through.
In spite of all these developments what is named will not change.