A Treat Unexpected At Swamimalai (K3)

To me the word ‘Resort’ conjures up images of a row of cabins laid out around a pool, some trees and lawns thrown in, some play gear and a sand pit for children, etc. etc.

So when last week we set to Swamimalai near Kumbakonam to attend my niece’s wedding, a two-day event, I was too jaded to have any real expectations as we checked into this resort. In fact it caused me a little concern to learn it is an acclaimed, award winning hotel providing authentic living experience of bygone years – too authentic? As was in those days, did it also include hurrying all the way to nearest ‘nature’ with a bucket of water in hand to attend to its ‘call’, keeping eyes and ears open for curious small animals from the bushes sniffing around?

My concerns were grossly unjust – the accommodation was both comfortable, with all of the ‘atmosphere’ it is credited and a lot more! An experience I would love living through once again!

This was our ‘room’!

Looks exactly like our house in the village did some fifty plus years ago. In fact it’s an old dwelling in the village of Thimmakudy, acquired and renovated, preserving its original aspects as far as possible, thanks to the initiative of a ‘possessed’ individual! The door opens into a fairly large sized room with beds, chairs, tables of the kind one had seen if ever only in ancestral homes, complemented by a noiseless AC, a colour TV, a rotary-dial phone and a geyser in the bathroom.

It’s the same with every structure – residences, pathways, courtyards, halls – in the resort as seen here:

(main reception)

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As you walk along, every now and then, you’re accosted…..by an icon, often full sized, in metal, terracotta…that you cant get tired of!

(a man of village)

(a woman of village)

(a village god)

(villager with bananas)

(Bhairava, a form of Shiva?)

(Lord Muruga, the presiding deity of Swamimalai, in bronze)

(Soorya, the sun god, in his chariot pulled by seven horses)

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Walls adorned with large and beautiful pictures and frescoes painted by local talent using natural colors:

(Thiruvikrama, an avatar of Vishnu, his feet on the head of Maha Bali)

(Shiva)

(a marriage scene from Mahabharata?)

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This is not all. What puts this resort in a class of its own, to follow!

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Wives And GF’s, Just Kidding:-)

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Vide Elango Velur Thiruturaipoondi Tiruvarur‎ to “சிரிக்க, சிந்திக்க”

The couple returned home late one evening, the husband lugging heavy shopping bags.   

At the gate, the sympathetic wife offered: ‘Give me the key…I’ll open the gate…you shine the light on the lock.’

The husband put the bags down and obliged.

Trying hard as she might, still the lock did not budge.

After a brief struggle the wife budged: ‘You open the gate…I’ll hold the light for you.’

The husband took the key, inserted in the lock and tried.

‘Click’ and the gate opened easily!

 Wife: ‘This is how to hold the light, get it?’

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Wife taking her driving lessons:

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Source: bollywoodshaadis.com and Dhrruv KumarBest English Quotes & Sayings

What Are Wives Like…

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A No Story

Grandad: 87 years old

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Grandma: 82 years old

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Grandad – the keeper of the family history

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Grandad has a drawer full of albums. His albums contain all of his photos in black and white, since he was a child in 1930, until he became a man, joined to the army then got married. Open the albums, enjoy the smell of old papers, see and read notes inside, you will feel clearly a whole life of a man with beautiful and special memories.

Grandma poetry is a diary into her soul

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Grandma poetry is a diary into her soul

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Grandma deep in her Inner World

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Grandad learns to use the computer and internet by himself in order to keep in touch with his old friends and family members

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Grandad knows how to use Facebook, basic Photoshop, Movie Maker

DSC02244-5abc40436e3ab__880He said “everyone needs to know as much as possible about the technology to improve their mind and keep in touch with others”. He often makes short clips or photos to mail us, family members, as a gift in some occasions or just because sometimes he wanna share his feeling. He also is grandma’s teacher about technology.

Praying for the happiness of the whole family

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Beautiful old skin. How many miles have these old feet walked?

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Beautiful old skin. How many miles have these old feet walked?

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Bún is her favorite food

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“Once upon a time… when we were young”

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Where’s the story, you ask.

You just saw one, beautiful if ever!

Our story?

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Source: A fwd from

Deepak Punjabi indigoblue2005@yahoo.com [funonthenet]

What Are Wives Like…

A ‘must’ read before you walk down the isle:

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अभीअभी बीवी के हाथ से घर की मेज पर रखा फूलदान गिर कर टूट गया,
फिर मुझे पता चला कि फूलदान फिछले तीन सालों से मैंने ही गलत जगह पर रखा था।

 

Just now, the flower vase, tipped (inadvertently) by the lady of the house, fell off the table and broke into pieces. That’s when I learnt I was keeping the vase not at its right place for the last three years.

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Source: santabanta.com and image from masterfile.com

 

Marriage – Harder…May Be Better Too

With the fervent hope my spouse doesn’t read this:

Marriage

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Source: Belinda Luscombe in Time, Sept 25, 17

 

 

Coming Events Cast Their Shadows Long Before…

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