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Kavalam Chundan Vallam
The Nehru Trophy Boat Race is a popular Vallam Kali held in the Punnamada Lake near Alappuzha, Kerala, India. Vallam Kali exactly means boat play/game, but can be translated to boat race in English. The most popular event of the race is the competition of Chundan Vallams (snake boats).
In our village we have Kavalam Boat Club, and we have our own boat called Kavam Chundan Vallam (Kavam Snake boat). The boat race is scheduled to organize in the Second Saturday of August month every year. Due to the pandemic and the flood for the last three years, the boat race cancelled by the organizers. Our village is honoured of our snake boat, and we cherish the memory of practice days which happened in our youthful age. A video of the Chunden Vallam is displayed below for you to get familiar with the concept of a Chunden Vallam.
Before the scheduled boat race, our boat club does the practice session for 15 days up to one month as per the financial capacity of the boat club as the participants get good refreshment after the practice. Every evening from 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm we have practice sessions. To watch the practice session, we children and the villagers gather on the banks of the river. It was a pleasant time for children as they shout and cheer the participants. Villagers give generous gifts like refreshments and money to the club. Sponsoring one day's refreshment which is beef curry and Bread is one of the hobbies of wealthy villagers.
- Nehru Trophy Boat Race - Wikipedia
Chundan Vallams (snake boats). Hence the race is also known as Snake Boat Race in English. Other categories of boats which participate in various events of the race are Churulan Vallam, Iruttukuthy Vallam, Odi Vallam, Veppu Vallam (Vaipu Vallam), Vad
- Chundan vallam - Wikipedia
Chundan vallam known outside Kerala as Kerala snake boats, are one of the icons of Kerala culture used in the Vallamkali or boat race.
Kavalam Chundan Vallam
My Childhood Memories of a Rainy Season.
I like the rainy season. It comes after the summer season, which we feel like the showers of blessing from God. We enjoy the rain by standing in an open place. Overcast days are the peculiarities of the rainy season. When the cloud comes over the land, the temperature goes down. Next, comes the showers of blessing.
Thunders and lightning are the other peculiarities of the rainy season. It is frightening. When lightning comes, we are certain that the thunder will follow. Therefore, we close our ears and wait for the thunder. It is pleasant to see others are frightened by the thunder. Many times I feel the thunder within my heart, in my chest, and my heart beat race. I feel the heart beat of my heart for the next few seconds. That is a tremendous experience, but frightening. If the thunder is happening in a faraway place, it won't affect that much. Without closing my ears, I can face it. But when it happens somewhere near where I am, that is dangerous. I have seen trees affected by the thunder. But it happens rarely.
After the thunder comes to the drenching rain. Rain is beneficial. I think rain is a system of God to wash the earth. Rainwater washes the trees and houses, animals, and birds and everything that are open for it. It washes the roads and by lanes. Grass and trees remain the most delighted ones that receive rain with a genuine happy heart. The movements of trees and grass in the wind compel me to think that they are welcoming the rain with a cheerful heart. That is an incredible sight I enjoy to watch rain for a long time. The earth becomes soaked. Rainwater washes and cleans everything.
I enjoy the smell of the soil after the first rain. It assists me to feel the earth. I don't discern how it comes. But it is an experience I cherish to possess. Moreover, on a rainy day, I love to sleep in the afternoon.
Rainbow and Floodwaters
The rainbow is another specialty of the rainy season. It reminds me of the story of Noah and the flood. The rainbow is a wonderful sight produced by nature. Horizons become colorful and attractive.
After a few days of heavy rain comes the floodwaters. I like floodwaters. In our area, the flood approaches absolutely gradually and remains for a few days to a maximum of one week. Our schools would be closed for those days. We enjoy the flood by constructing boats and raft made from banana tree trunks. It will be a means of transport from one house to another. We devote a lot of time to these rafts.
Fishing in the flood water remains another enjoyable thing we children perform. We use nets and hooks for fishing. At the night we go out with the spear and torchlight to catch fish. I am not competent at it. My cousins do well in that area. I accompany them to see the fishing.
After a week of merriment with fishing, rafting, rain, etc. we have to attend school. Mostly the flood comes once in a year. Very rarely we see the flood two times a year. My home town is in a humble village called Kavalam, in Alappuzha state in Kerala, South India.
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© 2012 Binoy