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Freedom Walk: Day 17 - Baypore to Thalappara

ബേപ്പൂര്‍ മുതല്‍ തലപ്പാറ വരെ

ഫ്രീഡം വാക്ക് ബദ്ധപ്പാടുകളുടെ ഒരു നീണ്ട രാത്രിക്കു ശേഷം ഇന്നു ഏകദേശം പതിനൊന്നരയോടെയാണ് ഞങ്ങള്‍ക്കു ബേപ്പൂരിലെത്താനായത്. അവസാനം, ആതിഥ്യ മര്യാദയോടെ ഞങ്ങളെ പരിചരിക്കുകയും ഇവിടെ വരെ അനുഗമിക്കുകയും ചെയ്ത കോഴിക്കോട് സ്വതന്ത്ര സോഫ്ട് വെയര്‍ ഗ്രൂപ്പിനോട് (യുനൈസ്, ജെംഷിദ്, ജെയ്സണ്‍, സ്ഞ്ജീവ്,മനോജ് )വിട പറഞ്ഞു. തമ്പി റിസോര്‍ട്ടില്‍ താമസ സൗകര്യം ഒരുക്കിത്തന്ന ടീമിനോടുള്ള പ്രത്യേക നന്ദി ഈ അവസരത്തില്‍ അറിയിക്കുന്നു.Click Here to Read the rest of this article

Freedom Walk Day 16 - Kozhikode Town to Baypore

day-16-200x200.jpgThe celebrity feel to the freedom walk kicks in the moment one steps into a formal function. The Khadi board had organised a reception at their Kozhikode office, and we struggled to meet the deadline to reach the venue on time. Prasad stopped for breakfast along the way, and the rest of us plodded on wearily towards the office. The reception was very formal, with "ponnada"s garlanded and the whole office waiting at the entrance to the office. It was a bit embarrassing, as we hadn't expected this level of attention. Mr. Shibin, who had organised this event took us around the office, and a local reporter had come to take pictures of the event. Click Here to Read the rest of this article

Freedom Walk Day 15 - NIT Calicut to Kozhikode Town

day15-200x200.JPGThe meeting with the NIT students was nice. A lot of ideas were bounced back and forth, and ideas for a in-campus users group for free software was discussed. Interestingly, a lot of these students were students of Civil Engineering, and we were quite happy at the response from them. Apparently, the Computer Engineering and Electronics Engineering students were having exams at the time.Click Here to Read the rest of this article

Freedom Walk Day 14 - Eengappuzha to NIT Calicut

DAY15-200X200.jpgThe stay at Puthupaddy was quite comfortable. Mr. Yunais has done a great job of handling stay for the walkers in Kozhikode. A good thing about staying in a functioning office is that we get kicked out before the start of the day. We set off for Thamarassery at a lazy pace. The distance to Thamarassery is very small, and the program was arranged to begin at 3.30pm.The idea was to start out in a procession towards "Vyapari Bhavan", where a meeting was organised by the Rotary club. Rain, however, spoiled the plans that Mr. Mohammad Niyas, of the Rotary club had made for us. Mr Niyas had even printed out a banner to hold ahead of the procession. So we headed off to the city centre in rain coats, and found the "Vyapari Bhavan".Click Here to Read the rest of this article

Freedom Walk Day 13 - Kalpatta to Eengappuzha

We have reached a place called 'Eengappuzha' and are resting at the KSEB office (courtesy Unais) . What a day! We have covered 26+ kms and 12 kms of out it was the 'Thamarassery Churam' (Thamarassery Pass). Anoop and Suraj are back in full form, and even though we didn't have any sessions this day was awesome.Click Here to Read the rest of this article

Freedom Walk Day 12 - Panamaram to Kalpatta

day12-150x150.jpgThis day is dedicated to two fever ridden members of the gang pushing themselves to the limits. Hats off to Sooraj and Anoop John. They inspired the rest of the Freedom Walkers and the general public with their sustained efforts.Click Here to Read the rest of this article

Freedom Walk: Day 11 - Mananthavady to Panamaram

Day-11-thumbnail.jpgToday saw two more members joining the group. Ashik arrived with supplies from Trivandrum and joined us at Hotel Bismillah at Mananthavaadi. Jiyo arrived from his home at Kannur. After we had breakfast , we met Suraj and Arun ( Social activist ) .Arun took a photo of us standing before the Gandhi statue in Mananthavadi, so he can get Mathrubhumi's local edition to report our progress. Azeez and Arun saw us off and we set off towards Pachilakkaadu , about four km from Panamaram. Click Here to Read the rest of this article

Freedom Walk: Day 10 - Korome to Mananthavady

large_dscn1691.jpgThe caretaker at the Govt. Tourist Bungalow in Korome seems to think of it as her very own palace. After much cajoling and whining, she manages to evict us at about 10am. The bill/reciept we get is a little dodgy. The rent we paid is split between "rent" and "food", with "additional" scrawled illegibly somewhere in between. Definitely worth reporting to the management.Click Here to Read the rest of this article

Freedom Walk: Day 9 - Thottilpaalam to Korome

large_DSCN1650.JPGThe KSEB office is not exactly conducive to slumber. The phone rings regularly, even at unearthly hours, and the night staff seem to be quite busy here. The entrance to the office is guarded by a steel roll-shutter, which is opened and shut a few times during the night. Finally though, its time to wake up for real, and we're soon on the road. Click Here to Read the rest of this article

Freedom Walk: Day 8 - Kuttiyadi to Thottilpaalam

large_DSCN1249.JPGToday is Maha navami day. All educational institutions are shut. According to Hindu custom, students would have put their reading material before the deity of Durga devi (Goddess). Today we intend to cover as much ground as we can, so we start out early. A strong cup of tea at 7am helps us pick up the pace, and we set off with vigor, intent on covering as much ground as we can. Walking early is, unsurprisingly, very easy, and we cover a good amount of ground, without tiring much. Breakfast is from "Vilyappalli" - literally "Big Holy Place" - in this case, perhaps a reference to the local Muslim Masjid.Click Here to Read the rest of this article

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