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The power of touch…

17 Comments | This entry was posted on Nov 20 2013

This blog am trying to share something beautiful but words are taking their time… Hope I do justice to my feelings…

So here it is…

Pa had recently visited a centre for people with multiple disabilities named John Paul 2 peace home  and was super excited to take me there. So we decided to keep it for this Sunday.

After the morning mass, Pa, my two cousins and I got into the car and left for Trichur.

Its not that we haven’t gone to such places but this time I really didn’t know what to expect as my pa kept on saying “This place is different…”
Like how I talk about my films… lol

The two hours in the car I was blank. We had random discussions but I was sleepy and tired as I slept late the previous night.

When we reached, the place was silent and neat. I saw a stone which read that it was inaugurated by John Paul during his visits to Kerala in 1986… wow! I wasn’t even born then…

As I walked in, my steps became smaller… I looked around to make sure my folks were with me… though I smiled, it was a made up one… my body language and thoughts just made me feel small of myself… thankfully it was a conflict within… I was scared if they would hurt me and wondered how I would go through this, we didn’t even finish the first room!

I looked around and saw my pa shaking hands and talking to them as if he knew them forever..  Quietly I asked a sister around, will they get violent? , with a smile she said, “No, they don’t even know what is happening to them. The noise they are making is because they are happy to see you. All they want is care.” With that she took a cloth and wiped the face of a child which was covered with his saliva.

With much effort I decided to follow her… I touched his face and he looked at me. The look that lasted for more than 2 minutes. No other form of communication is as universally understood as a touch. It soothes one’s anxieties,  in this case it was mine… It allowed the final hold I had to drop and allowed my heart to open up… . seemed as if he was trying to tell me something. I could have sat there the whole day… looking into those eyes… but pa called me, lets go to the next room…

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As I walked away I was thinking why was I fighting the force between that person and me? Like my friend once said at the end of the day, its ashes to ashes…

Hmm… Some people there were born like that and some because of some accident that made them cripple for life. Each one having a sad story but the faces all lit up.  As I passed each one there was a joy which was beyond words.

From there we went to grace home, a research and rehabilitation center for HIVs.
I was welcomed by cute little ones… but usually when I visit kids they just jump all over you but here I saw shy, reluctant kids… but it took just two minutes for us to sink… same age you see ;)

We danced…sang songs…

And with that I came back to Cochin…

I don’t think my one day spent with them has contributed much to their lives but I have re learned the power of touch, a smile, a warm hug… it surely turns your life around…

Posting few pics here…

the lady with the divine grace

the lady with the divine grace

writer dude :)

writer dude :)


the pretty nightingale

the pretty nightingale


For all those who want to visit:

Pope John Paul Peace home


Trichur 680581

Ph no 0487-2200206


With lots of love

Archana Kavi

PS: They have send a big warm hug to all my beautiful readers…. :)



Talk laughter and friendship

2 Comments | This entry was posted on Nov 11 2013


Weekend was here and my work was kinda taking a toil on me… starting a new venture isn’t an easy job… (will post about it later). So it was time to take a break…

Weekend-Started off by spending a day with a cute couple Merlin and Sajith… yes theirs is an interreligious marriage and their love story is worth a blog… hehe

Merlin is pregnant and has a happy glow on her face…there is this blissful simple openness to them…this is the 3rd time am meeting them and we bonded quite well…

(Merlin and Sajith-totally made for each other...)

(Merlin and Sajith-totally made for each other…)

My Saturdays are usually with my cousins but this time there was a twist… I spent the night at my old friend vanthana’s house…

Sleepovers!!! I hardly used to get permission to do that when I was small… perks of growing up… ;)

It has been almost a year I spoke to her properly and that’s the best part about our bond… am sure we all have that one friend whom we talk once in a while but when you do, you start off exactly from where you left…

(Shyam and Vanthana and they lived happily ever after!)

(Shyam and Vanthana and they lived happily ever after!)

Vanthana is bad with names and I think it took her almost a year to remember mine… hehe
We brought Domino’s and sat up whole night talking, there was a lot we missed out on each other… hmm… by now she knows me inside out and yet doesn’t judge me… you can be yourself only with your friends…

(Anu... my partner in crime)

(Anu… my partner in crime)

Sunday we both went to meet Anu… I know her for more than 3 years now but it seems like forever… she is my dude friend…
I have been blessed to have some really good friends… they have seen me crying.. stand right by your side when I laugh out loud and get breathless… oh boy I have the weirdest laugh on the planet earth… lol…

No matter how old you grow, with friends you can always have those gossip sessions, dance like mad person, sleepovers… a friend will always pick you up when you fall but after he finishes laughing ;)


When I came down from delhi I was super scared to make friends but hey, we live in a world where we all need more good friends, so take them where you can get them!


So my beautiful friends out there, hope you all had a wonderful weekend…


Lots of love
Archana Kavi