Laid-back Kerala!


Laid-back Kerala indeed! Well, that’s how holidays should be.

But we often notice in Raheem Residency that hard-working guests often bring their age-old patterns of living with them.  Rushing there, arriving early, clock-watching. You know it. You’ve done it.

What a pity!

You don’t actually see a Keralan (Malayalee) rush.  You don’t see one run. And these aficionados of an easy-going life-style never panic.

Is there something worth copying here? There certainly is when it comes to holidaying.

It has been difficult to explain to local staff that if a guest books, say, an Ayurvedic massage for 2pm, then the therapist should be at her station by 1.45. Why? Well, it’s not just to prepare. It’s because invariably the western guest will NOT arrive on time. He/she will arrive early. A concept that nobody in laid-back Kerala can fathom!

Think about it. You’re on holiday. Relax. We want you to!

Relaxing Ayurveda


Happy Republic Day


We would like to wish all our readers, guests past and present, a very happy Republic Day. And we hope the marching bands and all the pageantry which India does so well were thoroughly enjoyable.

Republic Day is a celebration of the date on which the Constitution of India came into effect in 1950. You will know a little of the history. India achieved independence from the British Raj in August 1947 following a movement led by Gandhi and noted for predominantly non-violent resistance. Adopting the Constitution completed the country’s shift to a democratic government system.

Although India’s  other great holiday, Independence Day, celebrates freedom from British Rule, the Republic Day celebrates the coming into force of its constitution. Reading about the time factor in getting it ready has very familiar overtones that reflect Indian bureaucracy even today! Yes, the wheels grind slowly. The first draft was submitted to the Assembly in November 1947. But it took them 166 days, over two years, 11 months and 18 days to get agreement.

Sometimes you get the feeling that some things never change!

Three cheers for our beloved India.


Thought for the Day


This is not an Indian saying but we want  to pass it on to you because so many people put a trip to Indian on their ‘Bucket List’. In other words it’s something they WANT to do but they postpone it. And then postpone it again.

And then its status is merely that of a wish. And never a reality. Are you guilty of that way of thinking? What a pity if you are. You will miss out on the experience of a lifetime.

So if a trip to India is something you really want to do, have a think about these words of wisdom. And then come visit!

Never let the odds keep you from pursuing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.  Leroy ‘Satchel’ Paige

Smell India. Yikes!

pic smart phone

Er………..I don’t know about that but apparently Smart phones will indeed be sending us scented messages in 2015.

Recently some clever fellow managed to send the scent of champagne – naturally, dahling – from Paris to New York via his phone. The device is called oPhone Duo.

And still on the smelly front, so to speak, there’s already the Scentee device that can emit the aroma of coffee when your alarm clock goes off.

It’s hardly new though because as we all know by now the beguiling scent of freshly baked bread that assails our virgin nostrils in the bakery section of your local western supermarket is NOT coming from the fresh baguettes but from a mechanical device through an air vent in the ceiling.

Ah no! You weren’t taken in by that, were you?

These tekkie developments are all fine and dandy. But what will be do in our beloved India if somebody wants to transmit the……er….aromas from a busy street in a mega city?