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









Remembrance Prayer

“These are photos taken at the prayer meeting held in Ravi’s house on the 4th June on the occasion of Amma’s 100th birthday remembrance.” Message from Joseph Abraham.

M.C. Mariamma (Pennamma), wife of C.I. Abraham, DB 04-04-1917, DD 24-05-2000. Survived by C.I. Jacob (Joy), Rachel Abraham (Susy), Leela Abraham (Leela), C.A, Thomas (Babu), Joseph Abraham (Jossey), George Abraham (Ravi) and families.

Chathoth Vallamkulam Family prayerfully remembers and thanks God for the life of M.C. Mariamma. Thanks to all who participated in the prayer meeting!

Thanks, Josseychayan, for sharing the photos!

All of you have grown older gracefully. Hi to ‘Man with the golden stick’ (Monichayan), and others!


See also the earlier post.


Asha Foundation Feted for Outstanding Services in HIV/ AIDS in India

Dr. B.C. Roy National Award Winner 2010 is again feted, this time by Indian Union Health Minister, J.P. Nanda, on May 29th for outstanding services in the field of HIV/ AIDS in India.

Picture below shows Dr. Glory Alexander receiving the award.

Dr. C.C. Abraham, her uncle, says: ‘That is great and exciting news.”




80 Years, Thank God!

Dr. C. C. Abraham, aka Thampychayan, and my dad (Chacha), reached the milestone of 80 glorious years on January 27th, 2017. He has served the Kerala Agricultural University in various senior capacities as Dean, College of Horticulture; Dean, College of Forestry; Director of Research; and Professor and Head of Department of Entomology. On the occasion, Baby and his family visited and took the above pictures.

Below are some of the greetings that arrived by emails and texts.

“God bless you both with good health and peace and happiness in the years to come.”

“Thanks, Baby, for representing all of us, and also sharing the photos taken on the occasion. We had wished Thampychayan in the morning and sought his blessings for all our endeavours.”

“Let us thank God for 80 years… May God almighty grant him health, joy and peace and keep him (and Amma) safe all the days of life.”

“Congratulations to Chachen on his 80th birthday. Praying that God continue to shower His blessings in Chachen and Amma’s lives. Mathew 6:33. Bless them.”

“Birthday greetings to you on the wonderful occasion of your 80th birthday! Praying for your good health and spirits for the coming year and for many more to come. We are blessed to have you and Ammachi as respected members of our clan. Sending all our love and good wishes… ”


‘2 Corinthians’

A hilarious recitation of 2 Corinthians 3:17 by Trump and its aftermath: television host Stephen Colbert lampoons Trump. 

“For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭NLT‬‬