It was just like another over-the-weekend visit to my in-laws residing in Virudhunagar. Wanted to visit places in and around Virudhunagar, we hired a TATA sumo for our trip. We were planning to cover covering various temples within 150Km radius.
In any given one-full-year in the past, I wouldn’t have visited so many temples that I visited on that one-day. We covered Kurubagavan at Kurivithurai, Shivan at Thiruyedagam, Murugan at Marudamalai, Vishnu at Azhagar Kovil and Vinayakan at Pillayarpatti, in the given order. Quiet a number of temples to be visited in one single day, isn’t it? But the trip was all fun, having to watch my in-laws and their relatives spend some good time together. I solely enjoyed the trip for the mere reason that this was the first ever trip with my in-laws. It sure was a tiresome trip, but never the less fun-filled.
The trip started with Kurivithurai as our first intermediate destination, where we reached at 7:30a.m. to be informed that the temple will open up at 9:30a.m. Luckily, there was a river just before the temple, with a small stream of watercourse running in a patch. We all went into the water with our dresses up by less than a foot (that how high the water level from the surface was). After spending almost an hour and half happily in the river, fishing, recollecting some of the good times that I had in River Cheyyar in the past, we headed to the temple. It’s all pilgrims and worships all through the trip.
The best part of the trip was the Lunch. We were heading towards Pillayarpatti from Azhagar Kovil. It was late in the afternoon, well past 3:00p.m. and we all were quite hungry. Although my mother-in-law made sure that we are not completely hunger stricken, by giving us good amount of snacks, we still had the feeling that we did not have our lunch. That kind of made me feel little hungry stricken. Wanting to find some good place to eat, we ended up reaching a little bigger than a road-side shop in Melur village. It had just 4 tables which can accommodate 4 persons per table. We first enquired if they still had something to eat, to which, a visibly good nod came as reply. I mutely thanked them while entering into the hotel and they had no other choice but meals, which we had to order. Thalai vazha illai (Banana leaf) was the first thing to arrive at the table and they served kottu, poriyal, sambar, rasam, pickle and ofcourse the rice. The good thing is that the rice was served steaming hot. Within minutes we finished our lunch, stomach full.
Offlate, we kind of ignored eating in these type of eateries, due to my status quo and the income that comes with it. I normally augment saying, it’s not hygienic, may not be tasty, not healthy, not good to go in a car, and the like. But, now I know what it means to see something edible, when one is hungry. The food was not very tasty, but no one had any comment about it. It felt delicious, tastiest, healthy, etc., etc.
Taste differs from place to place. Some parts of the world, people eat spicy food while in some place, people prefer subtle tastes. Chicken for e.g. is cooked differently in different parts of the world. I normally have a liking to taste different types of food and have tried different cuisines in the past. I liked some and I had bunch of negative comments (because of the dislikes) on some. In consolidation, I always seem to like the ones which taste closer to South Indian cuisine. The tastiest food in my opinion, as you guessed it correctly, is the one that is served when one is very hungry.