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What is Your problem ?

First of all, I apologise for not posting anything for so long. Lets just say, events on and after my birthday didnt allow me any space or energy to post on the blog. Poorer by about 15000 bucks and none the wiser for it, I return with this report on a trip that I undertook yesterday to the scenic riverside resort called Kadavu Resort.

At around 7:45 PM, I got a message from Baba inviting me to join him and some other of classmates on a trip to this resort for dinner. We set off in a jeep, a very typical Kerala mode of transport with exhorbitant charges and outrageous driving speeds. There were 7 of us in total with some really wierd caricatures like Baba himself, Kanav, Surabhi, Ravi and the king of all, Chhota Vikhyat.

A full 30-odd minutes of winding Kerala roads, they call them National Highways in these parts, when two trucks cannot pass each other, later, we reached the resort where we were promptly accosted by the security guard.

Guard: You speak Malayalam ?
Baba: No.
Guard: What is your problem ?
Baba: ....................................................problem?....err.....

No one of us could really answer the question as to what really was Baba's, or for that matter any of ours', problem, nevertheless we somehow managed to explain that we were there to have dinner and not solve any problems and were thankfully let in. Whew !!!

The decor is authentic rural Mallu and was pretty impressive. The serene river flowing by added to the quaint rustic charm and I was bowled over by the ambience, Thankfully the charges for staying at such idyllic retreats are too high to even consider doing such a stupid act.

We couldn't decide on whether to eat from the Buffet spread or order a la Carte but that problem was quickly resolved when we realised that the Buffet had Aloo Chat alongwith Aloo Matar, Kadai Paneer and Dal Palak with Naan, Malabari Paratha and Bread Rolls. Starter was a bowl of rich cream of Tomato Soup which was strictly ok. Nothing more.

The Kadai Paneer was too spicy for my liking, a view shared by all the rest. Aloo Matar was the only item that could hold its head high, for the brief instant before one of us devoured it.

Dessert was some fruit salad, which was an exact replica of the salad that we are served in our IIMK mess about 3 times a week and Gulab Jamun which can at best be considered unpalatable. At worst, the cook should be hanged from the gallows.

To summarise, excellent scenery on the way, beatiful resort, great service and some amazing atmosphere, all let down with strictly pedestrian fare. For Rs. 225 plus taxes there are much better alternatives available, though I will be damned if I know about them.

What I have still not been able to figure out though, is - What is Baba's problem ?
Any answers?

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