"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)

Of Calicut, Camels And Kites

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The first night’s stop was in Calicut, the birthplace of calico.

Calicut was founded almost 1,000 years ago. Strong links with Arab traders soon developed and the city has a sizeable Muslim community.

Vasco da Gama led a Portuguese fleet to the port at the end of the 15th century. This marked the beginning of European interest in the Malabar coast.

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Having taken chai masala, we strolled along sea-front at sunset.

Inspected the camels

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Then bought a kite

And flew it.

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4 responses

  1. Toffeeapple

    The evening light on the sea is beautiful. I hope that wasn’t a fighting kite.

    May 1, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    • Fighting Kite? Certainly not!
      We were merely imposing a limited no-flight zone….

      May 1, 2011 at 5:26 pm

  2. What picturesque reminders to reach beyond life’s constraints and explore.

    May 1, 2011 at 7:22 pm

  3. I have also written about the Places in Calicut

    June 2, 2012 at 9:13 pm

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