From the blog “The Perspective Projection” by Vishnu Prasad (Civil 2013-17)
Initial copy appeared on https://theperspectiveprojection.wordpress.com/2016/08/24/that-alleppey-sunrise/
While the title may make you think that this is an article about a glorious sunrise that I watched or a positive start or something along the line, this is actually the story of a few friends who went to watch the sunrise at a beach. I say ‘went to watch’ and not watched because …well that’s what this story is about.
The occassion – Friend’s brother’s marriage
Location : Maararikkulam near Alappuzha
There were 16 of us altogether in 7 motorcycles and 1 car. We had a good ride to Maararikkulam beach where we bathed in the sea watching the evening sun slowly sink into the sea (The picture given here is the one I took then). We then checked into the hotel where our gracious host had arranged our accommodation. Lots of singing, laughing and eating later,most of the guys either passed out or fell asleep. It was just the four of us remaining. The time was nearing 2 am and none of us felt sleepy. I had this wonderful idea then. To spend the night at the beach and see the sun rise in the horizon. It was something we haven’t ever done. It felt slightly adventurous. Plus the beach was only a 5 min ride away. Ted Mosby’s (from How I Met Your Mother) famous advice ‘Nothing good happens after 2 am’ kept ringing in our ears. But not heeding sound advice being something of a national sport, we found ourselves in the beach at 2 am after a freezing bike ride.Trust me when I say this guys, being at a beach by yourself in the wee hours of the morning is pure bliss. The moonlit sky, the stars, the cool breeze,the sound of waves breaking and us. We felt home. Content. Thurman’s famous quote “Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to” finally started making sense to me. We lay down on the sand taking this all in and all of us are thinking ‘this is life..’ We talked, ran, made sand castles …in short had a lot of fun.
This went on till about 3 am until it started getting really cold and the wind came with a cold sting. The fact that we were all wearing shorts didn’t help either.So we retreated back to the warmth of the coconut trees on the beach. But after around 4 am, it started getting even colder and my friends wanted to go back. I somehow managed to convince them to stay getting all poetic about the sight of watching the sun rise up from the sea. We resorted to crazy measures like covering our legs in sand to keep us warm. As if the cold wasn’t enough, the mosquitoes too chimed in later. We finally decided to call it quits on staying at the beach, go get something hot to drink and return at the time of sunrise. The early morning joggers on the road guided us to this cozy looking tea shop nearby. The following is the conversation that happened between us and the shopkeeper while sipping a hot cup of tea.
ചേട്ടാ ഇവിടെ സൂര്യോദയം എപ്പോഴാ ?
ചേട്ടാ ഇവിടെ ബീച്ചിൽ സൂര്യൻ ഉദിച്ചുവരുന്നത് കാണുന്നത് എപ്പോഴാ ?
മക്കളെ , സൂര്യോദയം കാണണേൽ നിങ്ങൾ വല്ല കന്യാകുമാരിയിലും പോണം. ഇവിടെ സൂര്യാസ്തമയം മാത്രമേ ഉള്ളു !
– “Chetta when does the sun rise here ?
– When can we see the sun rise here in the beach?
– Kids , you have to go somewhere like Kanyakumari to see the sunrise.You can watch only the sunset from here”
I am leaving the things I heard afterwards to your imagination as none of it can be produced here due to obvious reasons. Bottomline, pay attention to your geography classes folks and always listen to Ted Mosby ‘Nothing good happens after 2 am. When 2 am rolls around, just go home and go to sleep‘