Chapter Six

Back to the Backwaters

We had decided many years ago that we would return to Kerala after my retirement from service, like some of my senior colleagues, K. P S. Menon and Thomas Abraham, did. I saw no reason to live in Delhi without any official position, particularly, since Kerala offered a quieter, greener setting, with a more moderate climate. By the time we were ready to come home, Kerala had become acknowledged as ‘God’s Own Country’, because of its scenic beauty and level of social and cultural development. It is difficult for foreign service officers to define their hometowns, but we have always had a sense of belonging to Kerala and we are delighted to be back home. We are also able to take care of my mother in her old age. ...

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