Christmas time Kerala – then and now

 Remembering Christmas past

In Vallamkulam and Trichur, Kerala

Seventies, eighties, nineties


The joyless carols that

Nevertheless brought a cheer

Handmade star lantern inside,

And the drums “Boom, boom, tikitikitiki…”


The paper cards that arrived

With handwritten notes

Remembering, some bring a tear –

The hands that wrote lovingly!


Cribs, songs, churches and,

Of course the cakes and stew.


And later we became illiterate of the hands

And redefined simple words like ‘friend’

Paper disappeared, and plastic took over

Littered everywhere


Friendship disappeared and advice took over

Littered everywhere – videos, texts

At Christmas time in Kerala and everywhere

The day after tomorrow, 2017









Author: Alex Abraham

Professional Engineer, Project Management Professional and Six Sigma Black Belt. Passionate about productivity, efficiency, Lean Transformations in companies/ personal life/ communities. Born in Vallamkulam, India. After graduating from the Government Engineering College, Trichur started as Scientist at Vikram Sarabhi Space Centre (VSSC), Trivandrum, India in 1985. Post graduate degree in mechanical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, India 1991. Left VSSC and India in 1996. Worked in Bahrain, Ethiopia, Oman. Settled in Winnipeg, Canada since 2010. Since 2003, involved in Production Management, Quality and Lean Applications in various industries.

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