Hello,

My name is Jinesh Mathew. I own and run this website.

I was born and brought up near Kothamanagalam in Ernakulam District of Kerala. You will find Kothamangalam on your way to Munnar from Cochin or Alleppey. It is often called the gateway to the High Ranges. It is a town famous for the educational institutions and the syrian christian merchants who deal in spices, rubber and other agricultural products from the High Range area.

I hardly travelled around when I was in school. Farthest I can remember was the journey to my uncle's place in the neighbouring district during the holidays. Eventhough the place was just 50 klometres away in Idukki district, the journey look almost a day. The last lap of the trip was a 6 kilometre trek up the mountains along unpaved pathways filled with boulders. Things have changed now. There are good roads and frequest bus services that take you very close to the place.

Kottayam, Kumarakom, Alleppey

The college I went to was in Kottayam. Three years spent there gave me the opportunity to explore places like Kumarakom and Alleppey. That is where I made friends with a couple of my "trip" crazy frineds. They had motobikes that took us around. We spent most of the weekends on day trips to a neighbouring place. Exceptions where month ends, when we have ran out of the pocket money and we coud not buy fuel for the motor bikes, and exam times.

Idukki, Munnar

The next college I went to was in Idukki district. The high ranges were my playground for another couple of years. I loved it raw and wild. The hills, the forests, wild life, pleasant climate -- I was hooked and wanted to stay. But reality bites hard. The hills had hardly any employement opportunity. So I travelled down to Ernakulam

My first job after graduation was with an insurance agency in Ernakulam. Fort Cochin was just a few kilometres away. I spent my weekends wandering along the old streets of Fort Cochin or lazing around in the backwaters and beaches.

The insurance agency was growing rapidly and when they decided to expand to Kollam (Quilon), I was entrusted with the job of setting it up. I lived in Kollam for about an year; another memorable season of beaches and backwaters. Since my job was well paying, I could afford some luxuries this time. My exploration turned towards south to Trivandrum, Kovalam, Varkala and all the way down to Kanayakumari.

By now the branch I started was up and running and the job started feeling like a routine. So I began thinking of other options.

Back Home

I had always cherished the idea of being independent of a paycheck. Being my own boss was the way out.

Also I wanted to be home with my ageing parents. There is no place like home. So I set up a business that exports vegitables to gulf countries. I mainly work from home now.

This website was started as a hobby. After receiving encouraging results from around the world, I decided to develop it to the next level. I want to make it a site that ranks in the top ten of google results. I am confident that, I will be able to do it with the tools available from Site Build It.

If you liked this site and would like to help me achieve this goal please consider building some buzz about this site.

If you run a blog or website, or any friend does, I would be grateful if you consider linking to this website. Use other social applications like Face book, MySpace and Twitter etc to spread the word. Every link can be helpful.

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I also get intputs from my two brothers. Jimmy travelled around the main cities of Kerala for three years when he was working as a sales engineer selling plant maintennace equipment. He is good in technical aspects of a website. Joby made scores of trips to wayanad and malabar while employed with a travel agency. Both of them live and work in Muscat, Oman now.

I am glad to hear from you. If you have any comment or suggestion please write to me using Contact Us form.


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