8th Aug 2015, Saturday
At around 9 am, we boarded the house boat to Allepey to watch the prestigious Nehru Trophy Vallam Kalli a.k.a boat race. While most of the boat races are conducted during Onam, the Nehru Trophy Boat Race is held in the Punnamada Lake near Allappuzha on the second Saturday of August every year. My mom’s family “”Kottaparambil'” participates in this race every year.
We had an excellent Kerala cuisine lunch on the boat with Karimeen as the specialty. The race started at 2 pm. In the first round, our boat won. We were all very ecstatic but when it came to the final round, we came second. The mood became somber.
After the race, we headed back to Kumarakom. I enjoyed the fresh breeze sweeping over my face, with the rain drizzling and the rainbow overhead reminding me of God’s covenant. We could see people everywhere on their way back home dancing and singing.
It was a marvelous experience to see this festive atmosphere. I encourage everyone to experience the thrill of Vallam Kali in God’s own country – Kerala.