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Idu Kochi aanu Bro ! !(The Kochikaran’s List of top 10 things to do in Kochi)

Kochi a.k.a Cochin, the city I grew up to be me- The Kochikaran. The city of Kochi is the place which has given me everything. It gave me a home, school, friends and football. It was the place I went around and still go around in cycles,scooters, bikes and cars. I travelled alone first in Kochi, I went for my first date in Kochi, went to my first DJ in Kochi and also met with my first accident in Kochi. So as you can see I am very much attached to my city, and it has never failed to fascinate me.

It would be right to say that Kochi is not a city, it is a feeling. A feeling of peace. Kochi doesn’t have the pubs Bangalore has, doesn’t have the crowd that Chennai has, the love birds that Mumbai marine drive has nor does it have a Qutub Minar or a Lotus temple. But what Kochi has is peace for whoever comes to it. The peace that you get while standing on top of the lighthouse in Puthuvypeen, the peace that you get while crossing the bridge to Willington island, the peace that the walkways of Marine drive gives you, the peaceful noise that the crowds in Broadway gives you, the peace you get passing through panampilly avenue during any time of the day. Kochi is a laid back city, how much ever you try to bring activity and buzz into it, it still goes back to tranquillity. So what makes Kochi unique? Try these 10 must do things I list here and know for yourself.

1.Visit the lighthouse in puthuvypeen beach

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Enjoying the view from Puthuvypeen Light house

Set amidst the serene Puthuvypeen beach, the lighthouse is one of its kind in Kochi.Please make sure you take the stairs and not the lift. The best time to visit the lighthouse would be from 3-5 pm. Go sit on top and enjoy the breeze to your heads and don’t miss the honeycombs hanging from the sides.

2.Take a boat to Willington Island

Go to the boat jetty near Subash park and take a boat to willington island. The boat ride is a beauty in itself, add to it the nice little stroll you can take in the Willington island and you have bliss.

3.Visit Fort Kochi and Mattancherry

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Beer at Seagull Fort Kochi

This is a cliched item, and no trip to Kochi is complete without this trip.
My favourite places would be the Jew synagogue, St Francis church, Koonan Kurush Church and Hotel Seagull.

4.Visit Kadamkudi

Set a little far from the city, Kadamakudi is the one place you don’t want to miss in Kochi. Take a ride up to this place and unwind and catch up on old times.

5.Go fooding at Panampilly Nagar

Panampilly Nagar is one place you don’t want to miss while you are in Kochi. Take your time to try out the food joints in panampilly nagar, you might also run into some film stars or fancy cars while you are at it.

6.Go plane spotting in Athani

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Plane spotting at Athani

Go to athani and find yourself in the road between the railway track and airport runway. Stand there and spot aeroplanes as they take off and land in the runway. Also use this time to say bye to the trains.

7.Go to Veegaland a.k.a Wonderla

Yes of course you have heard about the Wonderla in Bangalore, but this is where it all started from. I am sure every soul in Kochi would have gone to Veegaland at least twice, it still is one of the best things to do in Kochi.

8.Go explore Broadway

Broadway is one of the oldest places to shop in Kochi. Set parallel to the ever so famous M G Road, broadway is where Kochi goes for anything and everything. Explore the ever winding by lanes, you might be surprised by what you find.

9.Go to Subhash Park
The best place in Kochi during its golden years, Subhash Park has recently gone through a facelift and will be a fun place to hang out with your friends, family or even your lover.

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The lights at Subhash Park

With rides on one side to keep the kids engaged and trees on the other for the lovers. Many of the kids of Kochi where born due to the love shared in this park, and guess what the love is back.

10.Take a ride in a private bus

Yes you heard me right, of all the things that has been legendary about this city, the feeling of feeling like a boss while travelling in one of our private buses a.k.a Red killers is one worth not missing while at Kochi.

Bonus tip 11: Go to Illithodu deer park

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River crossing at Illithodu

Take a trip to Malayatoor to reach the Illithodu deer park. Yes a deer park in Kochi.Make sure you enter from Malayatoor side, taking a boat ride across the river to a park filled with sambar and spotted deer.

So this is my list of the top 10 things to do in Kochi. Yes i might have missed out on some, not to mention a family trip to LULU mall, but I leave it to you to explore more and feel the city with your hearts.

Your buddy freakan,

The Kochikaran.

 

 

 

 

Minute=The new hour

People who read the title might be a little confused by what I mean by it. Now this whole idea that I am going to talk about is a rip off from what my Sir at LIBA told during a law class that I attended. Nevertheless we are all messengers, so my mission here is to pass on the idea and nothing more. I take no credits for this. So here it goes.

We do a lot of things in a day and most of the things we do are measured in an hour’s time.One hour is the time I sleep during the afternoon, a mother gives her child 1 hour to play, we write exams for 2 hours, we wait for a friend for an hour, if Dominos doesn’t deliver in half an hour, consider it free. The time allotted by me for writing this blog is 1 hour. Like this there are many 1 hours(60 minutes) doing the rounds in everyone’s lives. Now the question my law sir asked was simple? Why an hour? Why not 30 minutes? Why not 45 minutes? And the whole class was left with no answer. Our ancestors used to follow and plan things in an hour, the guy who made the first clock probably randomly put in 24 hours in a day and maybe all the clock makers followed suit and no one gave a thought. We can’t blame our ancestors, because they were doing it right. They had no e-mail, no supersonic jets, no whatsapp, no internet, no logistics and supply chain, no facebook, no skype, no bullet trains, no laptops and computers. For them there was only 24 hours a day where most of the things they did had to be planned by the hour. But we live in an entirely different world, we think by the minute, tweet by the minute, whatsapp by the minute, and check mails by the minute and still when it comes to time, we go by the hour.

So the hack is, redefine the hour, instead of 24 put 28 hours in a day, make that 60 minute nap to a 45 minute nap, that 60 minute exam to 45 minutes, that 60 minute group discussion can very well be done in 45 minutes. When we live by the minute, why not time by the minute?

I wrote this blog in 20 minutes.

The Second Chance

For me, Chennai or Madras is and always will be a raw city. Chennai is a city which thrives on activity. The beaches, the sound of horns, the temples, the churches, the colleges,the suburban trains,the chaos, the rash driving, the funeral ceremony, the rickshaw drivers, the dosa shops, the TASMACs and the pubs are all integral parts of this traditional-modern city called Chennai. I have heard people who haven’t even been to Chennai telling that Chennai is too hot for them to handle and they cant bear the heat and all. Yes Chennai is HOT. During May you have to rely on the sweat on your bed to cool you to sleep, it is that hot. But once you survive the worst, it is a very warm and welcoming city. Chennai helps you rediscover yourself, it gives you a choice to be what you want to be. It can get you across places for Rs.5 and also for Rs.500. You can choose to stand and gulp alcohol in a TASMAC or head to a nearby pub. You can go to ESCAPE and watch a movie or always head to Devi theater as well. One day you can decide to live the rich life and eat from a fancy restaurant, the next day you can still have a sumptuous breakfast for only Rs.20 in your hand.All that and a lot more, I can go on and on about how enticing Chennai is.

 But given all this, there is something that I absolutely dislike about Chennai. The way Chennai and the people of Chennai handle their wastes. No one gives a fuck about the environment, Plastic covers are given out like paper in shops, for everything there is a plastic cover used. You can piss anywhere, dump waste anywhere, litter anywhere and spit anywhere. Chennai is a fucking dirt hole when it comes to all this. The city and the people are so busy growing and surviving and making ends meet that they have successfully failed to neglect the environment. Given all the good things about Chennai, when it comes to disposing waste and growing sustainably, Chennai doesn’t care, or Chennai din’t care till now.

When all goes mans way, nature has its own way of getting back to man. Come the Chennai floods. Yes the city has fought back, it has seen the death of many and misery of many others but Chennai will be back. Chennai has seen the rise of many hero volunteers and use of technology and communication to aid relief work. It has stood together as one and will bounce back to what it was in a weeks time. But according to me the best thing about the Chennai floods was the Chennai floods itself. Nature has given Chennai a second chance. The material damages can all be restored very soon, but along with that the floods have washed away a lot of dirt from Chennai. In a way it has cleansed Chennai of all the waste it has been accumulating over time which would have caused a lot of trouble to the people and the environment. It has given Chennai a reality check and with it a free cleansing driving.

Now things are in the hands of Chennai. Now things are in the hands of people like you and me and many others who call Chennai their favourite city. This is our chance to take the cue and work towards a cleaner and better Chennai. It is now or never, Sieze the day dear Madrasis, because you and I know very well now what the floods can do, and also that there is a no next time. Let us give back to Chennai all that it gave us.

Nandri.