Sunday, May 15, 2011
I am a very funny mixture of two vastly different Regions of Maharashtra---and extremely am proud to be so!!!My father was a "Ghaati"----belonging to the fertile Kolhapur region on the Plateau of the Western Ghats---while my mother was a "Konkani" from Sawant Waadi---belonging to the narrow,flat Green strip that lay several 1000 Metres down from Kolhapur!!!Both were erstwhile Principalities--even today proud of their erstwhile Rulers---they still are respected and treated with loving awe!!Despite these Cultural differences, a couple more in love with each other I've yet to come across!!!Both Regions have a very vibrant Beauty---the paler but rich Green of the Sugar Cane Fields and Black Soil contrast sharply with the deep Red Soil and Dark Green of Coconut and Betel Nut Groves of the verdant Konkan Region---it's Soil supporting a thick cover of Greenery.
Kolhapur is a very fertile little Town--staid,typically Maharashtrian,proud of it's History and fiercely protective of it's Uniqueness and it's Culture.The Stock that I come from is very possessive about every thing Kolhapuri---Sudhir teases me that even my accent changes to Provincial when I drive into this Town!!
This is the rich Sugar District of Maharashtra----bristling with loads of Sugar Barons and Factories.However given the ambience,one would find it hard to believe that this laid back,rustic, sleepy Town literally bristles with Mercedes and BMWs!!
On the other hand the Beauty of the Konkan is based on it's thick Green Cover,Rivers,Waterfalls,Beaches as well as Coconut,Betel Nut,Cashew Nut ,Mango and "Kokum" or Mangosteen Groves.Despite Nature's rich bounty it still hasn't been able to cash in on the Gifts bestowed on it---though Tourism is slowly gaining a foothold in this extremely closeknit,clannish Region.
These Pictures are the Sawant Waadi Palace and the beautiful Lake there called the Moti Talaav.My mother's Family still owns a lot of Ancestral Landed Property and an old Ancestral "Waadaa" or Mansion there.
This is my way of acquainting my Spark Friends with an India that has a greater Beauty and Charm than the one usually seen---the Serenity and Grace of the Old World still holds true here!!