"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)


New Year’s Day in Fort Cochin is celebrated by the annual carnival.

Malayalees, along with domestic and international tourists, numbering up to one lakh spectators, line the streets of Fort Cochin to enjoy the spectacle.

It is an intoxicating brew of music, dance, tableaux and sheer fun.



Shaji and Dalila, concerned that I would find the event too tiring, have arranged for me to view it all seated on a roof-top belonging to one of their many friends.

Anu firmly clasps my hand and steers me through the tightly packed throng.


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One response

  1. What a very colorful and festive way to begin the New Year … best wishes to you for a wonderful one.

    January 1, 2011 at 9:29 pm

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