On this visit, my first for 2016, I felt something congealed, giving me that spiritual solace. In Fort Cochin, I always looked for a place to stay where I felt comfortable, I am sensitive to the negative or positive feelings a hotel or accommodation gives me, the sense of the air and the earth.
entrance to Old Lighthouse Bristow Hotel)
(during the evenings, the beach in front of the hotel is full of merry makers usually in family groups)
( a view from his office facing Jew Town Road)
(being an observant syro-malabar christian, he took me to a vegetarian restaurant for lunch)
After getting to know him, I delved into the illustrious history of ancient Christians of this region, who had been present for nearly the entire length of Christian history, dating back to St Thomas. I am convinced that they are converted Jews from that era. It is interesting to speculate why no one questions the christian presence of nearly 2000 years whereas the Jewish presence is polemic?
(the interior of the Kadavumbagam synagogue in Ernakulam, hopefully the centre of rejuvenation of jewish life in Cochin)
(We will soon see you, in Eretz Israel!)
(I am glad that Thoufeek and Taha are preserving for posterity, the songs and remembrances of a Jewish Past of the Paradesis. you cn watch her reciting morning prayers in this short video,
(remnants of a Buddhist Vihara dredged out of the Cochin Harbour. My friends in Cochin in 2016 display the same kind of universality and religious tolerance of their forefathers: Jews, Christians and Muslims)
(a moment to reflect the glory of the past and the future to come of this ancient corner of International exchange: Fort Cochin)
(a Roystoniea Regia or Cuban Palm in the grounds of the Tripunithura Palace Museum)
(They have begun to establish a semblance of the Dutch Garden of van Reede, of Hortus Malabaricus fame)
(while the touristy Fort Cochin has just ordinary food offerings, the non touristy city across the bay, Ernakulam offers the foodie various choices, such as vegetarian Parothas of North India at this busy dive in the city) Healthy snacks and drinks are available in various locations, I was taken there by a young foodie, humanitarian worker of exceptional promise, Mr P.
Fort Cochin has become that for me..