I've heard stories from my mom and uncles and aunts about their childhood in our hometown (#Kasargod - essentially #Kerala but more #Karnataka culture) An entire village of families... cousins, uncles, aunts, second - third - fourth cousins and their families all living next door to each other, and in houses with interconnected gardens/ front yards.
It truly was a village that was raising you. family support was immense and income, cooking and festivals were shared with each family.
I got to experience it first hand this week during my stay with an extended family in a small town in Kerala. 3 sisters, 1 brother and more cousins and uncles and aunts and grandmothers. A huge bunch of people who embraced us Mumbaikars as their own and gave us a place in their hearts and homes.
For me it wasn't very alien because the place looked just like Mangalore or Kasargod where I've spent some of summer vacations in childhood. But it was, as an adult, understanding how families raised each other, gave love and support and passed on culture, values and tradition.
I've learned a lot in these few days and I am happy that I didn't think much but booked tickets, packed bags, didn't look at my phone and took it all in.
I miss the new friends and family I made there deeply. someday we shall meet again... What also touched the people I met there was my eagerness to dress in the traditional #kasavu saree. about 3 ladies spent time and effort to get me ready. it took over a dozen safety pins to make sure the saree was perfect in every place. but these ladies from the wedding house, got me ready first and sent me off to the wedding hall and then took the time to groom themselves and come there. Such selflessness and love I rarely see today.
More saree pics coming up soon... #malayali #kasavukada #traditionalindianfoods #traditionalindianwear #keralasaree #lifeinavillage #backtomyroots #thalassery #kannur #godsowncountry #keralaholiday #hospitality #sareenotsorry #whiteandgold