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Freedom Walk: Day 7 - Mahe to Kuttiyadi

large_dscn1096.jpgThe faculty at "Kalagrammam" are fondly called by their name, followed by "Maash". For non-Indian readers: "Maash", is a corruption of the word "Master", which was the form of address towards teachers in the good old days of the British Raj. M.V. Devan, ideologue of Malayalam modernist painting thus becomes "Devan Maash", Mahesh Mangalat becomes "Mahesh Maash", Chaalakkara Purussu becomes "Chaalakkara Maash" and so on. "Mahesh Maash" and "Chaalakkara Maash" calls on us at the guest house in the morning. "Chaalakkara Maash" is also a reporter for the local "Kerala Kowmudhi" newspaper. An impromptu interview is arranged. Click Here to Read the rest of this article

Freedom Walk: Day 6 - Mulathilangady to Mahe

large_DSCN0921.JPGMorning dawns early, especially for happily fed mosquitoes. The misery at the Panchayat Hall is rather frustrating, but good for the trek. We exit the building rather quickly. "Rajmohan Maash” meets us at the building just before we leave. He has come all the way from home, a few miles away, just to say hello.Click Here to Read the rest of this article

Freedom Walk: Day 5 - Azhikkode to Mulathilangady

large_dscn0753.jpgNishant's hospitality hasn't seemed to wane at all, today. His family is up early to prepare break fast for the four extra souls seeking abode at his home. The result is a sumptuous and delicious breakfast of puttu and kadala, as well as appam and pazham. The relish doesn't, however last long. Soon, the group is herded, cajoled even, by Nishant, for he has planned for them for the day. And thusly, the trot to Kannur begins towards the science park. The day grows hotter, with the sun beating down mercilessly, even on hattie boy. Soon the trek splits into two. The lead group of three are making good head way, while the laggards decide on a more relaxed pace. The sheer distance seems to be taking its toll on weary joints, otherwise used to much less wear and tear. Click Here to Read the rest of this article

Freedom Walk: Day 4 - Pazhayangadi to Azhikkodu

large_dscn0576.jpgCherry's hattie ( kuda thala ... err... thala kuda ) seems to be attracting a lot of curiosity. He seems to be getting a lot of greetings in the local version of English. Prasad seems to not resent his loss of novelty status, and now wears his 2 billion Ruppee duplicate Rayban shades with nonchalance. The rest seems to have done wonders to his energy levels. He's leading the group now. Very different from the laggard of the previous day. Three hours into the fiercely hot day, and he seems to have overshot turn-offs twice.Click Here to Read the rest of this article

Freedom Walk: Day 3 - Cheruvathur to Pazhayangadi

day03-150x150.jpgCheruvathoor town seems straight out of a malayalam movie. The small difference in an otherwise rustic experience is the ubiquity of mobile phones. Anoop and Prasad don't seem to be out of place here, in the midst of technology - a 7" laptop and a CDMA BSNL connection. Sooraj seems to have excelled at hospitality - he's organized stay and connectivity. Cherry joins them a little after 9 o'clock, and becomes a convenient scapegoat to blame for the late start to the day, at a little past 10 o'clock.Click Here to Read the rest of this article

Freedom Walk: Day 2 - Kanhangad to Cheruvathur

day02-150x150.jpgWe left the PWD Guest House at around 8:45AM. We had break fast at Vasantha Bhavan near Taluk Office Kanhangad. The food was pretty good. There we tried a local food - Aval + Curry - which was pretty good. The menu looked damn cheap and we took a photo as evidence.Click Here to Read the rest of this article

Freedom Walk Day 1 Photos (Kasargod to Kanhangad)

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Freedom walk is a project aimed at spreading the message of 'Freedom in Society', 'Freedom from Environmental Issues', and 'Freedom in Software' and to promote activism around these freedoms. The Walk started from Kasargod on October 2nd.Click Here to Read the rest of this article

Freedom Walk: Day 1 - Kasargode to Kanhangad.

We reached Kasargode at around 7:25AM and met Sooraj K. who was joining us for the walk. He works for Ascent Engineers which is emerging as a key player at fsug-calicut. There was a car sent, by Mr. Ranjit, Sys Admin, KSEB and an active Free Software Organizer, to pick us up from the Railway Station which we politely declined as we had set our minds upon not using any other means of conveyance other than walking. This had complex implications which we realized only later.Click Here to Read the rest of this article

Freedom Walk Day 0 Photos (Departure from Trivandrum)

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We left Trivandrum on October 1st evening, by Maveli Express. The journey was real good. We were so excited to start off. Here are some pictures which were taken at Trivandrum Railway Station

Freedom Walk: Day 0 - Departure from Trivandrum

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We - Anoop John, Manuel Jose, and Prasad S. R. - left Trivandrum by Maveli. Cherry could not make it as he had a major deliverable for the 1st, and he tried till the last minute to make it but couldn't. He is scheduled to join us at the place we are halting at on the second day - cheruvathur and will walk with us from the 3rd. We had a small sent off party - comprising of Anoop's parents, one of his uncles and his son and Joju Joshua - who accompanied to see us off at the station.Click Here to Read the rest of this article

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