Things of past…

‘When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
I summon up remembrance of things past,

And moan the expense of many a vanished sight’~ sonnet 30

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Porter’s rest/ athani- the last of its kind in our village Anakkara

The Porter’s rest ( Athani /അത്താണി /ചുമടുതാങ്ങി) was a blessing to many weary wayfarers carrying heavy loads. Placing their head load on the porter’s rest( without anyone’s help) saved the effort of keeping the heavy burden on the floor and lifting it up again.

 

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The porter’s rest- a closer shot

The old Gate-house or padippura (പടിപ്പുര) is another vanishing sight. Most of the houses in Kerala used to have this main gate with tiled roof at the entrance to a compound; a long path leading to the traditional houses.

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Padippura, the main gate-The formal entry to the compound with a traditional Kerala house.

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The last one of the vanishing sights in our neighbourhood

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Padippura (പടിപ്പുര) – Here’s the relics of a bygone era

The padippura leads to the portico or poomukham. The traditional Kerala homestead (Tharavadu) follows an architectural style of detached building called nalukettu, with a gabled roof and ceiling suitable for the climatic conditions and comprising a central courtyard (nadumuttam) open to the sky. This square courtyard in the middle divides the house into four sides. The four blocks enclosing the courtyard were named the northern block (vadakkini) the southern block (thekkini), the western block (padinjatta), and  the eastern block (kizhakkini) divided into several rooms for various household activities such as cooking, dining, praying, storage of grains, sleeping and so on. The tharavadu may have one or two upper storeys depending on the financial status. Large families of many generations lived under one roof, enjoying the commonly owned wealth and facilities under the leadership of the matriarchal head of the family.

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Remnants of past glory

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Typical Kerala architecture of the past. Lime stone coated laterite walls, tiled roofs and wood work all over
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Time, with its ceaseless pace, steals many a thing from us!

 

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