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Not pontificating. Only trying to bat on the side of the environment. And ethics. And simple living. And slowing down. (And trying to learn and practise before preaching or teaching...)

Friday, January 18, 2008

The Chalakudy river in pictures

I had intended to post 'then and now' pictures of the river and the ambience there.
Here they are. (The top three are pics taken in Jan 2008)1. Upriver as it looks now: The view when we get down the steps from the house. (Athirappilly Falls is about 35 km east from this point, by road). It's heartening to see sand deposits building up again, but illegal mining continues under cover of darkness...2. Downriver as it looks now: You can see blue and green upto the next bend.
3. Across the river: Friendly kids out at play4. Six years ago in Aug 2001: Almost a private beach and sands to play on...5. Ten years ago in Aug 1997: There was real beach, where bare legs waded comfortably into shallow water.
Now 'kuzhis' - pits - under water do not let bathers get in confidently. Where once a person could stand at the centre of the river with head out of water, now only confident swimmers can venture, but cannot tread...

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6 Comments:

Anonymous indi said...

Your river-in-law??
It was definitely inviting then... where is the 'now' pic?

19 January, 2008  
Blogger Pradeep said...

How these natural beauties have changed over time..!!

19 January, 2008  
Blogger Swarna said...

Indrani, the top 3 pics were taken last week during a quick visit. Though you can see some sands (only in this stretch I believe), the water is so murky that we have to shower soon after a dip! (And you know - my home after getting tied up in knots is Chalakudy)
Pradeep, yes, and the changes are happening so frighteningly fast...

19 January, 2008  
Blogger Kalyan said...

Some very beautifully captured photos!

27 January, 2008  
Blogger Swarna said...

Thanks, Kalyan. All thanks to Nikon CoolPix!

28 January, 2008  
OpenID pixelshots said...

hi some thing similar is in my blog. from athirapally.

http://pixelshots.blogspot.com/2010/01/kerala-tour-trips-informationathirapall.html

14 January, 2010  

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