Ravi in his comments ,reminded me of 'waters in the dark' of which I convieniently forgot in my previous post.
//seeing a huge water body (river, lake or sea) in the night gives me an eeiry feeling// was part of his comment. I think I can perfectly understand that feeling.
Oru vaati Kumarakom(Kerala) la, the resort had arranged something called 'angling in the night'(andha maari perla edho)..The way it was expalained in the hotel..it sounded like great fun. Sarinnu..naan soora puli maari.. 'Naan thatha voda evalo fishing poyee irukken..hmm aanaa naan ponadhu ellam 'Big game'..idhu enamo small range maari irukku nnu' oru alatal.. (enga thatha naan avaroda pona podhu 14 kgs fishes pidichi irukaaru..naannum adhu kitta poyee tasteaa irukkumaa , fry yaa illa kuzhambaa..nnu paathu irukken..).
'Hey folks..but I know all about baits for little fishes' adhu idhu nnu en 'angling' ariva ellam kaanpichen. Enga thatha small game pogum podhu..bait kku evalo groundnut+ idly+ 'all sorts of other things' paste seidhu ,'urundai' pidichu veyyilla kaaya vechee iruppen!!! (Idly is the binding agent..dont even let me talk about 'all sorts of other things' :) ore Non-veg smell vandhudum :P..enga kootalikku vera pidikaadhu :P)
Oru 9 manikku gumballa kilambinom. The hotel guy took us to a daaaarkk..marshyyy..bamboo(or something similar) filled area with the help of a lantern..light taa 'ooooshh..ooosh' nu oru sound. That guy made us climb down a slope (appavey enakku idhu saripadumaannu doubt..ovvoru step pum spelt .E.E.R.I.E.), and he took us to a creek..ennamo back waters maari..and there was a kattamaran anchored there..naan lantern a paarthen..kattumaratha paathen..bamboos paathern..pakkathila irukaravanga mogam kooda theriyala...
Boatman na paathu..'ivida enna meen kittu..aaapudum ?' nnu oru malayamil la ketten.. Avar malayalathula ninaichee irupaaru..'adhu theriyadhu aana ,inga irukka meenungalukku innaiki enna kidaikum nnu enakku theriyum' nnu. Enakku mattum oru 10 minutes aavey visions of 'Anaconda'.Adhula nightla vara scenes... I could'nt even go near that Kattamaran..Some kind of fear was gripping me.
Enga gumballa kooda yaraiyavadhu sacrifice pannanumna first choice yaarunnu enakku theriyum...adhula mattum difference of opinion varadhu.
"illa..I dont know abt baits for fishes in backwaters( read it "I DONT WANT to be a bait" ).. "You see daa... S ....(engaloda epavaadhu fishing vara en cousin brother..a.k.a 'dhrogee').. Namba 'low tide high tide' edhuvumey calculate pannama poga maatom illa, sun rise,sun set time kooda paakala ..what say you? " innu ketten. Avan 'Endee..raathiri 9 manikku rising..setting time avasiyamaa.. idhu ellam oru pozhapaa...irudee innimey neeti muzhakee pesuva illa..' maari oru cheap paarvai vittutu.. 'Un ishtam sree...decide pannu' nnan.
Adutha second naan 'about turn!..1.2.3..1 !' nnu baltee. Aana boat man num hotel aalum..'endha..nyee..entha interest vilichee..ippa ennadayingil..nyan.. innum poyengil lake varum..nannayittu irukkim ' andha maari ore 'nasal' dialogues. This waters is two to the power of infinity much..'nyaan varalaa' nnu innum koncham nasala sollitten.. Enga gumbalum..'soora puliye jagaa vaangidhichee..namba emmatharam'nu adhungalum 'about turn!'. Medhuva nadandhu hotel vandhu serndhom..'Emaathitaan daa !' nnu naan sonnadhukku ellarum 'Vaa Vaa unakku nalaikku irukudhu' nnu kannaalaye sollitu poitaanga.
(But the next day turned out to be exhilarating with a speed boat ride in lake 'Vembanadu'. Appo appo 'S' kku edhavadhu pazhee vaangum ennam varudhaannu paarthen..avar Asinodavo..Nayanodavo 'malayaala karai oram'nnu manasula duet la irundhaaru..hee hee naanum indha oru vaati disturb pannala :P).
I did not get to see the same 'angling' creek in day time..had I, probably I would have felt differently.. afterall.. "Naan enga thathavoda evalo Big games poyee iruppen !!! " :)