Friday, November 18, 2011

part-2 .....that never returns...


Majority of the buildings were  typical village houses, befitting and fulfilling the little-little needs of the owners .The houses were mostly ‘Nalukettu’ with an open large quadrangle surrounded by spacious verandas. This sort of houses allowed free flow of fresh air and entry of sunlight in plenty. These houses had an annex exclusively meant for the cattle they kept. At least two bullocks, three or four milch cows and their calves regally enjoyed the special care as equal  as the children did. The elders as well as the children took pleasure in  fondling these cattle on their forehead and body. In fact they bowed before the master obedient enough, in order to get caressed. So everywhere one could smell the fragrance of bondage of oneness among the inhabitants of the houses and the village as a whole.

The  oxen  ploughed the fields and cows fed the children. And more over goats that produced nutritious milk, also had their place in some of the houses. They all blissfully grazed in the vacant lands and pastures, joyfully swinging the body. Cow-herds were entrusted with the care of  cattle, whereas  cow men shouldered the responsibility of milking cows. Mother Nature also had graced  the village with ample grasses and greens.    Besides these animals,  cats and hens  proudly occupied the interior of some of the houses. Dogs watched the houses as a reward for the shelter he obtained, though he wasn’t as fortunate as today’s ones. Today the dogs are VIP’s[very important pets] and hence they lead a royal life and their moving area is inside.

  Coming to know the person in me  ,who had her childhood in this paradise,  the C.D of the past time has to be played. The visuals of the early years of my infancy are not so vivid rather a bit blank only. As I view that of my  younger siblings and other younger ones, I assume that I had  had a similar profile. Almost all the childhoods of the neighbourhood resemble one another in the general mode of procuring their adulthood. So mostly I’ll walk through the path of  ‘we’ not ‘I’. Most of the families followed a joint family system and hence selfishness had no room over there. Since the family was not of nuclear type, the elder children took charge of the younger siblings, not necessarily the mother only. People from houses around extended their helping hands to a greater extent in domestics as well as child-rearing. They were not paid any cash, but they enjoyed meals like breakfast and lunch at various times in return. Of course celebrations like vishu , onam etc. were occasions which kept some money in their fist from the master’s pocket. In general the pecuniary circumstances of the villagers were not so good, yet they were contended with what they had.


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