In Cochin or Kochi, dawn
is not often a thing of breathtaking beauty, but just a careless
smear of tinted light where sea and sky unite. Daybreak is
full of indeterminate promise. A slow lividness at the mist-obscured
harbor mouth meets the swelling untamed surge of the ocean.
Cargo-laden barges and vallams or country boats move, ponderously
slow, over the sprawling vastness of the Vembanad Kayal, Kerala’s
largest lake that spreads full bosomed and silver gray in
the sultry sun.