"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)

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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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Bhaji On The Beach

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As the sun begins to set on the main feast-day of Onam, friends and families meet up on the Fort Cochin shores to talk, sit, stroll and fly kites.

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“Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.”  Anais Nin

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