Daylight made it easier for us to be at Pompeii. One can’t imagine going there at night. A city buried under ash for centuries. Paulo works there as a guide and somehow, the creepiness of Pompeii has kept him fascinated. The company of dead people makes him come alive. Death is beautiful sometimes, I guess.
5 Questions with Geetha Sangeeth, 42
Which is your favourite travel destination?
Kollengode Village in Palakkad district, Kerala.
It’s my hometown! My parents and siblings live there.
Something travellers shouldn’t miss…
The famed Ramassery Idly (steamed rice cakes). Ramassery is a village close to Kollengode; it sells an idly that is very different from the regular South Indian idlys. The Ramassery Idly is round and flat and extremely delicious. It’s served hot in banana leaves with coconut chutney.
Handloom dresses, Kerala saris, and crispy banana chips.
Tell us a good memory associated with this place.
Good old school and college days. I also remember annual temple festivals like the Aaraattu and Deshavilakku with elephants and drum beats.
Kollengode is about an hour from Palakkad town in Kerala, South India.
Kerala has seen an unprecedented amount of rainfall this year. The streets are flooded and so are homes and shops. Several people have died. Let’s hope the monsoon shows some mercy this month!