I went to Mattancherry Palace which is functioning as a museum now. I saw a notice saying that photography was not allowed.
The sun was hot. I thought of my blogger friends going through winter and anxiously waiting for spring. I looked around. Please click on the photos to enlarge.
Goats cooling themselves in the shade.
This is the palace.
This is the Temple where the kings and queens worshipped.
This is the water tank where they bathed.
As I looked, I could hear loud shouts and laughter from the water tank. I went close and looked inside. This is what I saw.
These boys from the nearby school have come here to cool themselves and have fun. Surely they must be hungry when the school got over. But their priority was not food. Many schools here have 50 or 60 students stuffed in the class room with one or no fan at all. They sweat profusely in the class, they become restless and some how sit through the periods. Fortunately for these students there is a water tank close by. When the school gets over they rush to this water tank to play, swim, splash water, dive, laugh, scream and enjoy themselves.
This made me nostalgic. In summer I used to cut some boring classes and go to the Marina beach with my friends to play in the cool water. I also frequented the Marina swimming pool on Saturdays and Sundays. I learnt to float on my back for about one hour in the hope that someday this skill will become useful. But when I traveled by ship from Goa to Mumbai the ship did not sink like the TITANIC. So all my efforts to learn swimming was wasted. Hope I will get a chance to prove my skill sometimes in the future.