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February 1, 2012 Jack of all trades SOMA BASU The Hindu YOUTHFUL ENERGY: Selvaraj Suthagar. Photo: S.James Selvaraj Suthagar on how Abdul Kalam fired his imagination His visiting card does not carry his name. It simply says: ‘F@YS – What service demands’ and lists two numbers. The moment he flashes the small black visiting card with fluorescent blue prints on it, something tells me he is the typical restless youth wanting to do too many things in one go. He confirms it: “My head is bursting with ideas, but I don’t have the matching time, money or resources.” Thirty-one-year-old Selvaraj Suthagar compels you to wonder how after failing Class X Board exams, he has become a multi-tasker racing against time. F@YS stands for “Friend at Your Service” and he means and stands by these words. “You just have to tell us what you want and we will be at your doorstep, ” he asserts. And his work can mean anything – from de-silting a clogged drain to painting your home, from arranging eco-treks into forests and hills to growing organic crops in your backyard, from painting vehicles to repairing electrical gadgets, from plumbing to rolling steel sheets at construction sites, from coaching youngsters in different games to setting up cricket bowling machines in malls, from teaching traffic rules and signals to reading road maps to students, from helping tribal people with basic amenities to adding to his collection of old bikes, gramophone and other antique items. It is this veritable assortment of odd jobs that he chooses, gets to do and also delivers, that take away some sadness from his life. It keeps him excited and happy as he looks forward to his next mission, which could be either in the adjacent lane in his neighbourhood or in the picturesque hill range of Theni or Sirumalai. “Born into poverty and having suffered all along, I am a self-motivated man today. I have understood that to achieve something in life is nothing but to have the interest and the drive to accomplish it, ” he says. For him, the journey began when he flunked Class X exam. “From Class V, I have been helping my mother to boost family income. She would do odd jobs in the Church and get Rs.150 a month and I would do things like fetching water for residents in apartment buildings or running some errands for them and earning few extra bucks. As a result, I could never focus on studies.” At 15, he shifted to Chennai and did a short course in operating cranes. But he joined as a cleaner boy in a Cottage Industries Emporium showroom. With a penchant for languages, he soon picked up a smattering of French, German and Spanish while interacting with tourists. Impressed with his determination and flair, the Branch manager posted him as caretaker of a showroom in a star hotel. From there, he moved on to IDBI Bank as a document verifier. “On my weekly off, I would go to the beach and play with the children around. Many days I would make some models with all thrown away cigarette boxes and other waste.” He was spotted by an employee of Satyam Computers and taken in as a Floor Supervisor for the office. Three months into joining, the then President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam came to inaugurate a new building for the R& D wing. “It remains one of my most memorable days as he ignited our minds and told the young employees to keep firing their imagination with new ideas and innovative thoughts.” Suthagar’s appointment letter was due to come when the Satyam fiasco happened. A colleague, who used to accompany him on some occasional treks during holidays, introduced him to Eco-Login, an initiative of some students of IIT-Madras, that incorporates social dimension to trekkers’ schedule. Their work matched his passion and he is now back in Madurai as the marketing manager of Eco-login tying up customized and theme-based experience trips with 40 exotic locations to choose from that range from adventure, wildlife, nature hotspots, rural and city circuits. “Travel is an uncompromising part of anybody’s learning. But I don’t find many enthusiastic people in Madurai, ” rues Suthagar, who is now busy visiting schools and colleges to help them plan their field trips and excursions. Last time he undertook a trip with 63 members of a family who were re-uniting from all over the world. “It was one week trekking and staying with tribal families in the forest areas of Periyakulam. This experience will remain with me, ” he says. Suthagar has now identified 30 tribal locations and formed a core team with each of the groups to coordinate such treks. “It is a fantastic opportunity to learn and also help them, ” he says. Right now, he is working with Paliyar tribe in a small village called Malaiyur, 18 kms off Madurai, helping them with medicines, clothes and coaching the tribal children. “I collect old and new clothes from people who want to donate. My mother and I wash and iron them before distributing them among the tribals, ” Suthagar shares. He has dabbled in so many things that it becomes difficult to keep track. In between, he also finished a diploma course in film technology from University of Madras and few other polytechnic courses. “I have a burning desire to keep on learning something new. You can trust me with any job, ” he smiles.
05 Nights/06 Days Kerala City, Backwater and Beach Holiday Package Tour Itinerary: Day 01 : COCHIN Warm Welcome to the “Gods Own Country”. On Arrival our Representative Will Greet from the COCHIN Airport/Railway Station. Directly Transfer to the Hotel. Relax for a While and Proceed for the Half day COCHIN City Sight seeing Which includes Fort KOCHI Chinese Fishing Nets, St. FRANCIS Church, SANTA CRUZ Basilica, JEWISH Synagogue and the MATTANCHERY Dutch Palace. Overnight Stay at Hotel/Resort in COCHIN. Day 02 : COCHIN – KUMARAKOM (100 Kms. ) After Breakfast Check-out from the Hotel and Proceed to KUMARAKOM. Reach and Check-in to the Hotel on Arrival. Then Proceed for the KUMARAKOM Sight seeing which includes VEMBANAD Lake and BIRD Sanctuary. Overnight Stay at Hotel/Resort in KUMARAKOM. Day 03 : KUMARAKOM – ALLEPPEY Houseboat (30 Kms. ) After Breakfast Check-out from the Hotel and Proceed to the ALLEPPEY Boat jetty and Check-in to the Houseboat. The Rest of the Day is in the Houseboat. Overnight Stay at the HOUSEBOAT in ALLEPPEY. Day 04 : ALLEPPEY HOUSEBOAT – KOVALAM (176 Kms ) After Breakfast Check-out from the Hotel and Proceed to the “Paradise of the South” the KOVALAM. Reach and Check-in to the Hotel on arrival. The Day is Free for You to Enjoy in the KOVALAM Beach. Overnight Stay at the Hotel/Resort in KOVALAM. Day 05 : KOVALAM – TRIVANDRUM – KOVALAM After the Breakfast Proceeds the Tour to TRIVANDRUM. TRIVANDRUM Sight seeing includes the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Kuthiramalika Palace Museum, Veli Tourist Village, TRIVANDRUM Zoo and the Shangumugham Beach. Later Proceed back to KOVALAM. Overnight Stay at the Hotel/Resort in KOVALAM. Day 06 : KOVALAM – TRIVANDRUM (20 Kms ) After Breakfast Pack your Baggage with a Promise of Coming back to this Sweet Packge for once again. Check-out from the Hotel and Transfer to TRIVANDRUM Airport/Railway Station on time to Board your Flight/Train for your onward Journey. Tour Ends Package Includes: � Well Appointed Rooms in the Hotels and Houseboat on Twin sharing basis. � Daily Breakfast in Hotels and Breakfast Lunch Dinner in Houseboats. � A/c Indica for all the surface Transfers & Sightseeing. Drivers allowance, Toll & Parking. (Pick-up from Cochin Airport/Railway Station and Drop-in at Trivandrum Airport/Railway station ) � All applicable hotel taxes. � Service tax extra with the total bill amount. Package Excludes: � Any Meals other than those mentioned above � Any Airfare/Train fare. � Any Transportation which is not mentioned in the Itinerary. � Entrance fees to the Amusement Parks & Boating charges. � Any Portage at Airport and Hotels, Tips, Insurance, Beverages, Mineral water, Telephone Charges, and all Items of Personal Nature. � Any Services not specifically mentioned in the inclusions. � Expenses caused by the factors beyond our control like Rail and Flight Delays, Road Blocks, Vehicle mal-functions, Political Disturbances, etc…
01 Night stay at COCHIN, 02 Nights stay at MUNNAR, 01 Night stay at THEKKADY, 01 Night stay at KUMARAKOM and 01 Night stay at ALLEPPEY in Houseboat and reputed Hotels Tour Itinerary: Day 01 : COCHIN Your Kerala Holiday Tour Package will Start when You Arrive at COCHIN Airport/Railway Station. Our Representative will Meet you and Directly Transfer to COCHIN Hotel/Resort. Check-in to COCHIN Hotel/Resort on Arrival and Relax for a While. FORT KOCHI Chinese Fishing Nets, St. FRANCIS CHURCH, SANTA CRUZ BASILICA, JEWISH SYNAGOGUE and the MATTANCHERY DUTCH PALACE are the Major Attractions of COCHIN. Overnight Stay at the Hotel/Resort in COCHIN. Day 02 : COCHIN – MUNNAR (160 Kms) Today after Breakfast Check-out from COCHIN Hotel/Resort and Transfer to MUNNAR, the Gateway of Hills in South India. On the way to MUNNAR, You can Enjoy the CHEEYAPARA Waterfalls and can Watch the Beautiful and Colorful Flowers in Blossom Garden. Check-in to the MUNNAR Hotel/Resort on Arrival and Relax for a While. The Day is Free for Leisure in MUNNAR. Overnight Stay at the Hotel/Resort in MUNNAR. Day 03 : MUNNAR Today After Breakfast, Proceed for a Morning Sight seeing Trip of MUNNAR. ERAVIKULAM National Park, MATTUPETTY Dam, KUNDALA Dam, ECHO Point, VIEW Point and the TEA Gardens are the Major Attractions of MUNNAR. Overnight Stay at the Hotel/Resort in MUNNAR. , Day 04 : MUNNAR – THEKKADY (110 Kms ) Today After Breakfast Check-out from MUNAR Hotel and Proceed the tour to THEKKADY. Check-in to THEKKADY Hotel on Arrival. PERIYAR Wildlife Sanctuary, HILL Station and SPICE Plantations are the Major Attractions in THEKKADY. Bamboo Rafting, Trekking and Elephant Ride are the some of Optional Activities in THEKKADY. Overnight Stay at the Hotel/Resort in THEKKADY. Day 05 : THEKKADY – KUMARAKOM (120 Kms. ) Today After Breakfast Check-out from THEKKADY Hotel/Resort and Proceed to KUMARAKOM. Reach and Check-in to KUMARAKOM Hotel/Resort on Arrival. VEMBANAD Lake and KUMARAKOM Bird Sanctuary are the Attractions in KUMARAKOM. Overnight Stay at the Hotel/Resort in KUMARAKOM. Day 06 : KUMARAKOM – ALLEPPEY HOUSEBOAT (30 Kms. ) Today After Breakfast Check-out from the KUMARAKOM Hotel/Resort and Proceed to the ALEPPEY Boat jetty and Check-in to the HOUSEBOAT on Arrival. The Rest of the Day is in the HOUSEBOAT. Overnight Stay at the HOUSEBOAT in ALLEPPEY. Day 07 : ALLEPPEY HOUSEBOAT – COCHIN (100 Kms ) Today After Breakfast, Check-out from ALLEPPEY HOUSEBOAT. Your this Sweet and Memorable Kerala Holiday Tour Package is ending when Our Representative Drop you in COCHIN Airport/Railway Station. Tour Package Includes: � Well Appointed Rooms for Accommodation in Hotels and Houseboat. � Daily Breakfast in Hotels and Breakfast Lunch Dinner in Houseboat. � A/c Indica for all the surface Transfers & Sightseeing. Drivers Allowance, toll & parking. (Pick-up and Drop-in at the Cochin Airport/Railway Station) � All applicable hotel taxes. � Service Tax Extra with Total bill amount Tour Package Excludes: � Any Meals other than those mentioned above. � Any Airfare/Train fare. � Any Transportation which is not mentioned in the Itinerary. � Entrance fees to the Amusement Parks & Boating charges. � Any portage at Airport and Hotels, tips, Insurance, Beverages, Mineral water, Telephone Charges, and all Items of Personal Nature. � Any Services not specifically mentioned in the inclusions. Expenses caused by the factors beyond our control like Rail and Flight Delays, Road blocks, Vehicle mal-functions, Political Disturbances, etc…
02 Nights/03 Days Kerala Holiday Tour Package with Kerala Waterfalls and Hill Station Tour Itinerary: Day 01 : Cochin –Munnar (160 Kms) Your Kerala Holiday Tour Package will Start when You Arrive at Cochin Airport/Railway station. Our Representative will Meet you and Directly Transfer to Hotel in Cochin. Check-in to the Hotel on Arrival and Relax for a while. Afternoon Proceed for Sightseeing Trip of Cochin – Visit Hill Palace Museum, Dutch Palace Museum, Jewish Street, Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church and Chinese Fishing Nets. Overnight Stay at Hotel in Cochin. Day 02 : Munnar Today after Breakfast, Proceed to Munnar. Enroute visit Cheeyapara Waterfalls and Blossom Garden. On Arrival at Munnar, Check in to Hotel and later Proceed on Sight seeing Trip of Munnar. Eravikulam National Park, Mattupetty Dam, Kundala Dam, Echo Point, View Point and the Tea Gardens are the Major Attractions of Munnar. Overnight Stay at the Hotel/Resort in Munnar. Day 03 : Munnar – Cochin (158 Kms. ) Today after Breakfast, Check-out from Munnar Hotel/Resort. Your this Sweet and Memorable Kerala Holiday Tour Package is ending when Our Representative Drop You in Cochin Airport/Railway Station. Tour Package Includes: � Well appointed Rooms for Accommodation. � Dedicated Air Conditioned Car from Pick up until Drop for all Transfers and Sightseeing. � Daily Breakfast in Hotels. � Driver Allowance, Fuel, Road toll & Parking. (Pick-up and Drop-in at from Cochin Airport/Railway Station) � All Applicable Hotel Taxes. � Service tax Tour Package Excludes � Any Meals other than those mentioned above. � Any Airfare/Train fare. � Any Transportation which is not mentioned in the Itinerary. � Guide and Entrance fees to the amusement parks & Boating charges. � Any portage at Airport and Hotels, Tips, Insurance, Beverages, Mineral water, Telephone charges, and all items of Personal Nature. � Any Services not specifically mentioned in the inclusions. � Expenses caused by the factors beyond Our control like rail and Flight Delays, Road blocks, Vehicle mal-functions, Political disturbances, etc…
EDUCATION TOURISM , FAMILY & CORPORATE PACKAGE TOURISM South indian Tour Packages, South Indian Backwater Tours, South Indian Hillstation Tour Packages, South indian Temple Tours, South Indian Beach Tour, South Indian Wildlife Tours, Houseboat Tours in Kerala, Honeymoon Tours in South India, LTC Tour Packages, Weekend Tours in South India, Cruises, Green Kerala Tours, Hillstation Tours and much more…Call +91-7604837477. God Bless everyone who travel with us and the visitors of this website. www.maduraiecotourism.com Tour Itinerary: Day 01 : Cochin – Munnar (140 KMS – 04 Hours drive) On arrival at the Airport/Railway Station in Cochin, you will be met and driven on a fascinating journey to Munnar enjoying the stunning panoramic view of the Cardamom hills & green carpets of tea plantation enroute. On arrival, check in at Hotel/ Resort. Spend the rest of the day at leisure trekking around the estate. Overnight stay at Munnar. Day 02 : Munnar A morning sightseeing trip of Munnar; visiting the Eravikulam National Park where you can see the very rare mountain goats locally called the Nilgiri Tahr, the Mattupetty Dam, Echo Point, Shooting Point, the town market etc… Rest of the day at leisure and enjoy another overnight stay at your hotel. Day 03 : Munnar – Alleppey – Houseboat (190 KMS – 05 Hours drive) After breakfast proceed to Alleppey. Check-in at the houseboat which will take you to enjoy the magic of Alleppey by going on a Houseboat (Kettuvallam) cruise across the backwaters. Spend the next 24 hours in your floating villa. Enjoy the backwaters of Kerala by getting a glimpse of the village life at close quarters; a unique and unforgettable experience. (check in time 12.30 PM – A/C will be operating from 9.00 PM to 6.00 AM) Enjoy the sunset & stay overnight on the house boat. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Day 04 : Alleppey – Kovalam (180 Km-4 hrs) Check out of the Houseboat (check out time 9.30AM) and proceed to Kovalam. Evening enjoy at Kovalam Beach. Overnight stay at Kovalam. Day 05 : Kovalam Today proceed for a sightseeing Thiruvanthapuram covering Museum complex, Sri. Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Science & Technology museum, Veli tourist village, Aakulam boat club, Shangmugham Beach. Overnight stay at Kovalam. Day 06 : Departure Kovalam – Trivandrum (15 KMS – 01 Hour drive) Depart as per schedule to Trivandrum Airport / Railway station for your onward journey. Bookings call 7604837477, 9500137477
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