It’s not an attraction in the correct sense of the word but one of the places that I still have to go to nearby and which is a landmark must visit for most people who live in & visit Cochin is Mullapanthal – a toddy shop in the Udayamperoor area! Yes ladies & gentlemen – a toddy shop with it’s own visiting cards and its own website. About 30-40 minutes from where I live, you will find local labourers and GMs from IT companies alike, sitting and eating the delicious food and enjoying the atmosphere.
Their menu includes pearlspot fish fry & curry, pork fry & curry,, crab, beef & kasava, duck fry, prawns, squid and ofcourse toddy. Everyone who has food there say that it is the best & most delicious that you can find in our state. I have to remedy this and go there someday soon. I don’t drink toddy; I find it vile and disgusting. But infact a lot of patrons at Mullapanthal go there for the food and drink just for a formality. They love the food but it would be wrong to just eat the food and not drink atleast a glass or two (ugh)!
There will come certain moments in your life when you have to tell a lie for various reasons. The trick is to know when it is ok to lie hell when it is actually appropriate to lie. Stretching the truth, withholding the facts or a half-lie – anything in order for the better. The more serious ones would be when you lie to save someone’s life, prevent an innocent man/woman from going to prison for a crime they did not commit, ensure that a poor family gets money to take care of themselves etc etc. Or with a slightly different scenario to make sure that justice is served, ensuring that the guilty parties don’t get away with murder, correct a grave injustice etc etc.
Those are the cases where I would think that is appropriate to lie as a last resort. A lot of people lie to their kids and to others when they speak about god(s) and all that crap. That is not ok! Never good to lie to your kids when they are at such an impressionable age and are gullible enough to fall for those lies. Maybe Santa is ok – no wait, even that is not needed. Lying in these cases are not good.
Ofcourse you will be forced to lie to your wife/girlfriend a lot over the years. And that’s ok because it is to save a life – your own!
“Oh no, I love your parents! No that dress does not make you look fat! You are as beautiful as the day I met you honey. I promise, I did not look at that woman and she wasn’t smiling at me! Oh who says you are being emotional? You know what, I was just thinking about how beautiful you are during that hour I spent staring off into space! Yes you do need 10 new pairs of shoes! I think that (chick) flick was so brilliantly done and I almost cried when she went through her period. No, you aren’t grumpy when you have your ‘special days’!”