Mararikkulam North, Kerala, India – Early Morning Fish Market

One early morning, I decided to go to the beach to enjoy the sounds of the waves as I practiced meditation. I was eager for the usual solitude of “our” beach, because we’re usually the only ones there! Usual solitude: What I walked into that early morning was not peaceful solitude but a thriving fish market…

Mararikkulam North, Kerala, India – Moments

India. The names conjures up a dichotomy of images from the peaceful, spiritual ideal of yoga retreats and ashrams, to the chaos of crowded cities overflowing with crime, garbage and slums. Michael and I have been in the southwestern village of Mararikkulam North for almost a month, staying at a rustic, oceanside homestay called Arakal…

Arthunkal & Chethy & Mararikkulam North, Kerala, India – Moments

During the third week of our six week stay in this southern part of India, Michael and I started to tire of the non-western standard of living and the garbage. However, we’ve heard the further north you travel, the dirtier India gets.  So, we’re grateful to be in the “cleaner” part of India. Except, further…

Mararikkulam North, Kerala, India – Moments

I hope you enjoy these small moments of everyday life during Michael and I’s first two weeks steeped in the humid heat of the Indian summer! Our day at Arakal Heritage Homestay starts with coffee. This morning our table is decorated with flowers from my recent 50th birthday! One morning, as we sipped our coffee…

Mararikkulm North, Kerala, India – Us, The Dogs and The Waves!

Two “wild” dogs living in the fishing neighborhood along the beach have become our friends!  Michael has affectionately called our four-legged companions, Popeye and Olive! On our way to the beach, a five minute walk from our villa at Arakal Heritage Homestay, while we walk the path along the fisherman’s homes, Popeye and Olive always…

Mararikkulam North, Kerala, India – My 50th Birthday!

A month ago, if you would have said I’d be celebrating my 50th birthday at a rustic homestay in a small coastal village of South India, I wouldn’t have believed you because of the busy life I was living in Qatar! But life, like an ocean has small waves and big waves. Michael and I…