Halcyon Houseboating

Last week, a very good friend of mine from Singapore came down to India for the first time. See, this is significant because, for as long as I’ve known her, I have always maintained that this friend, although Chinese by race and Malaysian by nationality, is about 98.5% Indian in all other ways. When she married an Indian Singaporean, it just solidified my theory. The only thing was, this 98.5% Indian and her Indian Singaporean husband had never been to India before, so when they finally made the trip, it was a momentous occasion indeed.

They decided to focus on Kerala, God’s own country, and another friend and I, both residents of Bangalore, made plans to join them at Allepey for their last weekend here. Now, our weekend was about 60% travelling (12-hour trips both ways), but it was worth it to see our friends in “our territory”, and for the other star attraction of the trip – a houseboat stay. Prior to this, I’d never been on a houseboat, and I was really looking forward to it. It promised to be relaxing and fun and a great way to catch up with people I hadn’t seen in years.

And it was! We spent a lovely day on the boat, alternating between eating (there’s always so much eating on holidays), chatting, sleeping (oh, isn’t it nice when nature rocks you to bed) and just enjoying the beautiful backwaters. Our route was not very crowded due to us going in the off-peak season, and the gorgeous views and the company more than made up for the sweltering heat and humidity. And because you know what they say about pictures being worth a thousand words, I’ll shut up and leave you with these photos, collated from four different phones.

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