There was a great write up in Malayalam about our village by Arjun Seshadree Puthucode . It Warmed my heart .I am translating it in to English so that people who do not know how to read can enjoy(THis may include Puthucodians also,) Thanks Arjun
Puthucode is a very small village 35 km away from Palghat, Great people have not k lived there,There are no wonders of the world there,Nothing is happening there which couldshake the small kerala-Because of that it ab unknown but peaceful village.In centre of the village there is a temple for the goddess. On four sides of it are for villages south village , east village, north village and west village. On both sides there are rows of houses sharing a common wall.
From the age of 15 till I attained 23 , I spent my life in four hostels and four different corners in India.>in between them mud roads with stone jelly,You can see here and there few wells there.
There are a group of people there who wake up hearing the song of the temple.Some of them would wake up even before that-for example my grand prents ,But the alarm sound which makes up majority of the people continues to be the song of the village Till 9.30 Am there would be some movement in the villages-people going to the temple, people going to buy milk from the society in front of the temple, the children going to Sarvagna temple altogether lots of dust.
Once the ruxh of the morning is over the village would become silent
Elders take foiod before 12.30 PM and have a slight nap. –Afternoon they go to buy milk from the society -because in the life of Brahmins coffee can not be avoided .3.30 -4 PM they would all drink coffee and some thing to bite. By that time the children from school would start coming book. In the village one side there would be cricket and on the other side a group of small children conssting of bysand girls.
But the cricjet would not be there always .It depends on season
IN Anjumti there used to be a shop of Murugan. There once iin a while marbles and tops would com,e and then cricket would make way for them..Some times they would play by throwing flat stones some times it would be throw ball ,After the fields are harvested cricket would shift there and for two months home ground would be empty.
At evening 5.30, when the sound of song rises in the temple ladies would become again busy.They would set theit hair and it would be time to light lamp of the dusk..Like that we children would be come ready to again play. Time to play is up to 6 PM.The speaker in the temple would again become silent.After that people should take bath and chant names of God., Sound of chanting prayers would reise from the temple.By 8-8.30 the preperations, playes/leaves for dinner would be spread. After that when we children go upstairs to study, we would hear the downstairs wodden doors being closed with huge sound. After all dorrs are shut , there would be an inspection by grand father . He would touch and inspect every hook and every bolt of the doors and inspect whether they have been closed properly. If everything is alright, he would be happy.Then he would remove his dentures, take medicine and granpa and grandma would start sleeping.
WE would lay down to slrrp arond 9,30 to 10 PM. THis is our daily time table
But there is a festival there which completly changes all this.The time when temples would be dressed with flowers, every house would be filled with sound of loud laughter –thew next 10 days the village would be filled with smell of beaten and puffed rice as well as that of sugarcane
The village would get bathed in light, huge Pandals which touch the sky would be erected and every house would arrange exhibition with multi coloured dolls for the next 9 days.