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An 8 hour ride by boat: From Kollam to Alappuzha

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Motorboats have been an object of fantasy right from my childhood – I love motorboats as much as I am afraid of rowboats. The first picture that comes to my mind when someone says “Boat” – would be a journey to my mother’s hometown. That was a journey is a diesel powered motorboat riding along the Pamba river. The boat used to vibrate so badly that one would start itching their nose within minutes of commencing the journey. The seats used to have “coir cushions” covered in green rexine. I did my longest journey by boat sometime in May 2005 – that was a two hour journey from my mother’s place (Nedumudy) to Alappuzha. I vaguely remember the fare to be Rs. 8 at that time (the bus would take only 30 minutes and charge only Rs. 7)!! Fast forward to 2012: I and Jayasankar once discussed about a plan to travel from Kollam to Alappuzha by boat! One fine weekend, Jayasankar calls me up, and asks if I was free that weekend for a ride from Kollam to Alappuzha – that was surely set to

On Shama B9R, to Thrissur..

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An urgent need to head home popped up sometime in the end of April. I was to travel on a Saturday evening, and quickly blocked a seat. However, at the last moment, the trip was postponed by a week. This time around, did not have much confusions about which operator to take - I had zeroed in on Shama, since its been almost a year since I last traveled by them. I headed straight to the Shama office on Sunday - our Manoj was sitting there, half asleep and rest smiling. He blocked a seat on the right side of the bus for me. I did not pay for the ticket then. Fast forward to July 05, 2013 : It was a slightly busy day in office - it was our Chairman's birthday and we had some work related to that in office. Luckily, I could leave office on time, and reached home by 6pm. I left home by around 2015hrs (for a 2200hrs departure) - luckily managed to get an auto soon. The auto driver took some interior routes and avoided a good portion of traffic, and dropped me at Madiwala by around 2045