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Putting On A Show: Instant Housing Solutions

Houses spring up overnight.
Mollywood” is back in town.


Picture taken in Fort Cochin

10 responses

  1. S. Etole

    The limbs of that tree are extraordinary in their reach.

    November 5, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    • Locally they are know as “rain trees“. I am not quite sure if that’s because they carry on dripping for hours after the rain stops, or because of the droplets of sap which emerge from them.

      The centre of old Fort Cochin has hundreds of them lining the roads. They were planted during British rule to shade the soldiers, when marching the streets.

      November 6, 2012 at 8:20 am

  2. Toffeeapple

    I did enjoy that music. Not quite Bollywood in your area then, a more cerebral type of film making?

    November 6, 2012 at 12:07 am

    • I am no expert, but the films I have glimpsed on local television channels seem just as formulaic as their Bollywood counterparts. Though perhaps those shown on TV are not truly representative..

      November 6, 2012 at 8:24 am

  3. I rather enjoyed that. But what is it about? Good exam results?Job offer? Accepted marriage proposal?

    November 6, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    • Almost invariably the songs accompany young romance: one of many paradoxes in a country where “love matches” are every patent’s nightmare!

      November 6, 2012 at 5:36 pm

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  5. JGP

    A very attractive sounding language. Malayalam?

    November 7, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    • Yes, Malayalam: a language of swallowed syllables plus a script which includes thirteen vowels and thirty-six consonants.

      As a man who barely mastered O-level French at school, I often ask myself how I ever had the cheek to settle here!

      November 7, 2012 at 8:38 pm

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