Something Between Paradise and Poverty, Somewhere Between Alleppey and Thathampally

The brawny, bare-chested boatsman wore nothing but a lungi wrapped around his waist, and a big, toothy grin tucked away in a bushy beard. His other hand gripping the handle of a rickety trolling motor, he pointed at a mango tree hanging over a canal fringed with coconut palms. “Mango, mango,” he said. “Mango tree. There. Mango.” He pronounced “tree” with a silent r. Around the bend, he pointed at something else. “Look, look. Snake. Rattlesnake,” he said. I hate snakes, to quote a certain archaeologist action hero, but thankfully the long, sinuous reptile seemed oblivious to our canoe (and

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