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Posted on: Tuesday , Feb 24, 2009 At 15:45 PM

Kerala: A Place Where The Government Works

I was in North Kerala last week to witness a traditional ritual called Theyyam that usually happens in Kasargod and Kannur distrcts(Read more about Theyym on India Explored here). Though Theyyams keep happening regularly in the region, there is no published schedule easily available. Having heard that there are Theyyams happening between 22nd and 26th of February, I decided to just get there and find out more.

Once in Kasargod, I made my way to the office of District Tourism Promotion Council(DTPC). Someone manning the desk asked me to contact the DTPC secretary. They usually get very few inquiries on Theyyams, and did not have any information handy. The secretary was not in office, but was in the government guesthouse where he was staying. Prejudiced against all things government, I assumed he was just being absent from his duties. But when I called him, my opinions were immediately reversed. He was on his way to give an official training, but agreed to spare some time for me. And when I did go there, I found him to be a humble person without any air that the babus usually possess. He spoke to me earnestly, gave me plenty of data and leads despite getting delayed with his training. And he offered to be at help again when needed.

It is very unlikely that you would get similar help from another tourism office elsewhere in the country. They might give you whatever information they have, and if not, just shrug and let you go. But in Kerala, the government machinery seems to work.

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