There is more to rain in Wagamon than just a spell of showers

Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: June 23, 2019 18:23 IST
There is more to rain in Wagamon than just a spell of showers

It is raining at Wagamon. But it is difficult to distinguish it from the mist as the tiny drops slowly descend on the hills.

The fog is spreading but it is hard to say whether it is rain or fog. The sound of the rain pierces the cold air as it gains in momentum and rapidly turns into a shower.
It is in Wagamon where the rain has many variants. From heavy downpour to tiny droplets that could pat and cover you in the wind.
In the morning, students move in groups and disappear into the fog only for the wind to sweep the cover and drench them in the sudden downpour.
The rains vary in Wagamon and local people come to Vazhikadavu-Karyadu to enjoy it. It is the wind that carries the thin drops uphill, says Rajumon P.N., who had spent his school days at Wagamon.
He says no where else rain achieves different rhythms as at Wagamon. Heavy rain accompanied by winds can clear the air in a short time.
Tiny droplets are the characteristic of the rain during rainy season.
“In a crowd, the rain makes you feel alone as you cannot see those close by,” he says.
“Rains in Wagamon rejuvenate my body and mind. Almost every year I spend a few days at Wagamon during the monsoon,” says Sushama Kumari, a librarian who had spent her childhood days here.
A follower of Gandhian philosophy, Belgian monk Francis Acharya had set up an ashram here, which is a place of pilgrimage now.
After travelling widely, he selected Wagamon to set up the ashram, as the misty landscape and the rain attracted him.
Renowned architect Laurie Baker had spent considerable time at Wagamon and he had left his imprint on nature-friendly low-cost constructions here.
The Britishers made Wagamon a place for tea trade in the South and their guests stayed at buildings savouring the beauty of the landscape. The rain and the foggy air were a major attraction for them.
However, it is at Wagamon that tourism activities have made fast changes than anywhere else in the district.
The change to a busy tourism centre is evident now. However, the rains at Wagamon evoke fond memories for many who had spent their childhood here.
Rajumon, who had travelled the world, says unlike the landscape, the rain has not much changed in form at Wagamon.

Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: December 08, 2019 12:22 IST
Police abruptly withdraw security to retired High Court Judge B Kemal Pasha

The Kerala police "abruptly withdrew" security provided to retired High Court judge Justice B Kemal Pasha on Saturday.
He alleged that they withdrew security at a time when he was facing threat from Islamic State's terror operatives in Kerala.
The retired judge said four armed police guards deputed for his personal security had withdrawn by the government.
When contacted, he said, "The decision had taken at the Home Secretary-level on Friday. The police personnel left me ending their service today (Saturday)."
The retired High Court judge Justice B Kemal Pasha, who had been vocal against the CPM-led LDF government's 'failure' in handling various cases, sources said here.
Alleging the security has withdrawn for raising voices against the policies of the government over various issues including the alleged killing of four Maoists in an encounter by police in Attappadi recently, the eminent jurist said he would continue to protest its 'wrong policies'.

Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: November 08, 2019 16:46 IST
Free Internet to 2 million poor households by 2020: Kerala Government

The Kerala government on Wednesday approved the project under which nearly two million families below the poverty line will get free access to high-speed internet by December 2020.

Now, 20 lakh poor can access the internet for free in Kerala after the state cabinet made the internet connection a basic citizen right, similar to water, food, and education.
The path has now cleared to provide internet access to every household in the state. It comes in line with the directions by the United Nations (UN), which believes every country must provide free internet access to every citizen so as to exercise the right to freedom of expression and opinion.
"Internet connection (has been) made a basic citizen right," Kerala's Finance Minister Thomas Isaac tweeted. The project will ensure that there is internet service in every household of Kerala, Isaac added.
In March 2017, the budget of the most literate state in the country proposed a project aiming to provide internet free of cost to 20 lakh poor families and at subsidized rates to others.

Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: October 30, 2019 16:52 IST
Top Tamil Nadu Maoist leader killed in Kerala, encounter ongoing for 2nd day

A top Maoist leader from Tamil Nadu got killed in an encounter between Maoists and policemen that continued for the second day on Tuesday at the Attappadi forest, Kerala. The police said that three Maoists got killed earlier and the policemen have engaged in the inquest of their bodies when some other Maoists attacked the policemen, triggering a fresh gunfight.

According to the Kerala police, Maoists fired at the Thunderbolt patrolling team inside the forest areas of Attapadi Hills of Palakkad early Monday morning. In retaliation, the Thunderbolt forces fired back, killing three Maoists, including a woman.
The police had launched an operation to look for the missing fourth Maoist. But had to abandon it due to rain and darkness, a senior commando police officer told.
On Tuesday morning, when the Revenue Divisional Officer and local administration reached the encounter spot to identify the bodies, they have attacked again. The team had to take defensive positions and retaliate, killing one more Maoist.
The police identified two out of the four slain Maoists. One was Karthick from Tamil Nadu and the woman member was Jyoti from Karnataka. The identities of the other two deceased are yet to ascertain.
Police sources said the Maoists belonged to the Kabani Dal.