Its All About Antiques And Love For Them | Victorian Verandaz | Madikeri

The day I had booked my stay at Victorian Verandaz in Madikeri , I was sure it is going to be something special. Many of first timers were on the cards , first time I was going to stay in a home stay , first time it was going to be a stay at a coffee estate , I had booked my stay but had not paid a single penny in advance this was also happening for first time and the list goes on.

By the time i had reached there i could see very different world in which i had landed , it was all together an imagination which has come in front of me. I was stunned to see the efforts and the passion of man who has the knack of giving the best to whatever he has got , ” Mr. Coluvanda Carriapa Thimaiah “. I had previously also mentioned this in one my another blog that how much he loves his place , this blog would further extend the conversation between me and Mr . Thimaiah and knowing more about his passion.

It was the second day of my stay , got up early in the morning to see the sun rising in front of Victorian Verandaz , things didn’t went that well and sun didn’t said hello to us but yes fog had given a sweet hug. Nothing else to do , not in a mood to go back to the mood which generally happens with me when camera is in my hand i never get tired never feels sleepy , i decided to consume some battery of my My greedy camera.

Things started from flowers , i was busy in clicking some pictures of the beauty of Victorian verandaz ,          ” Good Morning Tarun ” voice came from the back , Mr. Thimaiah was standing in the back and smiling and said ” So Sun didn’t came out , i got up early and saw the fog and knew you wont get your pictures ” , what else i could say other than smiling back. I had already taken a cup of tea , but i was ready for another cup with Mr. Thimaiah , we started walking in the lawn of Victorian Verandaz talking a bit about the things which i was observing kept there.

A pot kept outside to wash the feets of elders coming to home.
A pot kept outside to wash the feets of elders coming to home.

I had seen this piece hanging on this iron pillar previous day as well and was curious to know about. Mr.Thimaiah told me , that it is a custom in coorgy people that whenever an elder person visits our place we wash his feet before he enters our premises , and this piece was installed by his father on the pillar of the house which he has shifted to this iron pillar.

Rain Gauge
Rain Gauge
Rain Gauge in the middle of open lawn.
Rain Gauge in the middle of open lawn.

Looking from far in the night i had assumed it to be a shivling placed in the middle of lawn , but when i went there in the morning it was all together a different thing. When i asked Mr.Thimaiah , he told that it is an age old Rain gauge of his family , it is very important for us to know about the amount of rain which is falling , it will let us know about the future of our coffee plantation as lot depends on the rain , it can bring you on the winning position or can ruin the whole game on its own.

Big vessels to store grain or anything... some 150 yr old
Big vessels to store grain or anything… some 150 yr old

This vessels were right in front of my room , i had assumed them to be water storage tanks , but i was wrong. Thimaiah family have been living in Madikeri from ages and had seen India changing , these tanks were some two generations old or if i say what Mr.Thimaiah told me must be atleast more than 150 yr old , used to store grain and other things , were lying in the old store room.

Old Lantern pole
Old Lantern pole
Walking sticks
Walking sticks

Morning shift interview was over and after a little bit of rest , we and Mr.Thimaiah went for tour of Coffee estate. He had told me in the morning that you would find many interesting things at my office , some antiques which i have kept them , and i was damn eager to see them.

After a two hour or so , a very very tiring walk of tour for me came to end when we reached his office. But for him it was a office and for me it was like a mine of Anitques , on one wall were hanging these walking sticks which his forefathers had used in their old age , a lantern hanging outside on a pole which was suppose to be the lantern pole installed by the britishers which he had brought now in front of his office.

All Teak wood room in a concrete room
All Teak wood room in a concrete room

I was finding me and Mr.Thimaiah quite similar in some things , he had also kept the best to the end like me. He guided us to another room and said ” This would be something very exciting for you ” , opened the door and it was an all teak wood room enclosed inside a concrete room. He said ” This is our 200 yr old storage room , my ancestors used to store rice in it and i am doing some renovation of it to make it as my coffee bean store room “.

His narration reached its peak when he said ” Tarun , this room is something which even the richest of people can’t afford at present days , you can imagine on your own its 200 yr old room made of teak wood and the wood must have been atleast 100 yr old when it was built , so logically its around 300 yr old wood in literal sense , and for more knowledge i must tell you , The older the teak wood the stronger and costlier it is” .

I just clicked some two or three pics of that room and went forward but it was something which was going in mind that i am going to come again to this place and that trip would be specially for Mr.Thimaiah family only and i would be going no where that just relaxing at Victorian Verandaz and enjoy the company of Thimaiah Family.

 

 

 

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