I was in Chellanam , a village near Cochin last week talking to some locals who make vanji or the local country boats. I need to thank Gopinath from Blue Yonder who put me onto his colleague Prakash who told me about this place…I recorded about 5 mins of conversations, which are largely in Malayalam. Although I can follow a bit of the  language, its very difficult to translate every word of the dialogue..I am writing my column on Chellanam and this small scale industry for The Metro Plus , The Hindu and will share the same with you once its published

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  1. Asha 12 November, 2010 at 15:08 Reply

    I saw the workshop of houseboats too during my trip on alapuzha backwaters. They were busy doing the interior wood work which was so similar to the modular kitchen in most homes.

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