Reflecting back on Soviet Times in Kerala

Great to see my friend Steve of ‘Life in Russia’ hosted a guest post on my childhood memories of the erstwhile Soviet Union. Thank you so much Steve πŸ™‚

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Theyyam17_rsThe gods have shone over us again. A bridge thatΒ is created it lasts forever, the same holds true for friendships and all other types of relationships. It just so happens that one of these relationships that was formed several years ago in the province of Kerala crossed over this bridge unbeknownst.Β Sreejith had promised me that he would create a post sharing about his personal story about his childhood memories of Russian literature in his homeland. Back in May of 2014, he and I created a post for β€œLife in Russia”, it can be seen here. I’m very pleasedΒ to share with you his thoughts and feeling about his life in Kerala during Soviet times.

8583ea007cc6ee735290302324400a57Santiago the Shepherd

I am from Kerala, a small state at the south western tip of Indian landmass.
It’s unique in comparison with all other states of India, both geographically and culturally…
More interestingly, it is…

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18 thoughts on “Reflecting back on Soviet Times in Kerala

    • You are absolutely right, I totally agree with what you said, Sarmistha πŸ™‚

      Kerala is unique in many ways compared to other regions of our country and nature has blessed it with almost everything that cools our minds πŸ™‚

      Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you so much, Dalo, for your words of appreciation πŸ™‚

      I really had a wonderful childhood during the 80’s in Kerala. This tiny state in India, was brimming with cultural and social activities.

      Due to the political landscape, we had access to quite a lot of academic and literary publications from the USSR. But most importantly children’s books…

      It automatically created a link between the children of these two nations and even 25 years after it’s collapse, USSR still lives in our hearts purely for the fantasy world it portrayed and the happiness it filled in us πŸ™‚

      I really wish, if there were any such cultural exchanges between US and USSR, there wouldn’t have been an Iron curtain and the world would certainly have been a nicer place to live πŸ™‚

      Have a nice weekend πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you so much, Yvette πŸ™‚

      Soviet Union got disintegrated 25 years back but the colorful memories still remains in the minds of thousands of people who were born in 70’s and 80’s in Kerala…

      That’s the power of cultural tie ups and we could see that this bond is stronger than the ‘NATO or Warsaw pacts’, right?

      Steve was generous enough to host my simple post on his beautiful blog and I really thank him for that πŸ™‚

      Thank you so much for your kind words πŸ™‚

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    • So good to hear that, Manu πŸ™‚

      I really feel lucky to be born and brought up here in this amazing place πŸ™‚

      Thank you so much for your visit and I really enjoyed exploring your blog πŸ™‚

      Have a beautiful day πŸ™‚

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  1. It is so interesting to read how you feel attached the the USSR when you were younger, and up until today as well. I had no idea the nation (when it was still in existence) had a connection to India.

    I smiled when you said you eagerly awaited the postal worker to deliver the Misha to your home πŸ™‚ It sounded like a magazine that had great stories all round, from fairytales to science and you must have learnt a lot πŸ™‚ Maybe you still have some of these magazines and articles of literature today πŸ™‚

    India itself is certainly an inspiring nation, standing up for itself over the years and building it’s economy, social and cultural spheres on its own over the years. You should be very proud, and everyone in India too. Best wishes to you this week, my friend πŸ™‚

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    • Mabel, I used some of those old magazine covers here for the images, scanned and created a collage πŸ™‚

      I had hardly any idea about the geopolitical situations then, and I simply adored the stories and the magical world…

      It clearly shows the importance of soft power in binding people and cultures beyond political borders.

      Thank you so much for checking out my post and sharing your thoughtful comments πŸ™‚

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      • I was actually thinking if those images in the post was from the magazines. Still looking amazing after all these years. You’ve kept them well πŸ™‚

        Soft power can be such an influential kind of power, and can connect us at the deeper levels πŸ™‚

        Wishing you well this week, my friend πŸ™‚

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