Jay Kannaiyan and sanDRina - Jammin thru India

Jammin thru India Day 3 - Old school memories in Kodaikanal

It's nice to know that Kodai retains that touch of wilderness. Here the gaur (wild bison) move around freely like cows!

Back to Phelps Dorm, where I spent six years and my room looked out to the lake.

I woke up to the chill mountain air of the Palani Hills and knew that I was home. It was a wonderful day walking down memory lane around Kodai town and Kodaikanal International School. I haven't been back in 13 years and it's interesting to see all the little shops that are still there from my time and then noting all the new buildings and Dominos and KFC that have come up. Some things change and some things stay the same.

Mozzarella being smoked by Hari, an old school friend who runs Kodai Cheese.

Stepping foot on Kodai School campus after all these years was quite a big moment and the memories came rushing back. "There used to be a swing there; I played racquetball here; There was a big tree here; Wow, these huge steps are still here..." It's reassuring to know how strong my memories from Kodai are. I met my old dormparent, Mr. Samuel and my old physical education teacher, Mr. Sither and some old ayyas and drivers.

Two gaurs (wild bison) relaxing next to a friend's house in Ganga Compound.

In the evening, a long-time Kodai School friend who's now a teacher on campus invited me and some other alumni for dinner. Her house is in a beautiful staff compound and there were two huge gaurs (bison) just relaxing a few meters from her home. I was happy that Kodai is still wild even with all the rapid develoment that's taking place now..


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The Man. The Machine. The Story

There are love stories and love stories, but none tugs more at the heart than a tale of infinite departure. In March 2010, Jay Kannaiyan and sanDRina, his beloved Suzuki DR650, left on a great journey back home to India. Jay quit his secure corporate job, sold his Chicago townhouse and every household possession, and left with sanDRina on a journey that saw them through 94,933 km, 32 countries, and 1,150 days on the road through the Global South -- from the USA through Latin America and Africa, heading towards India. At the core of this seemingly mindless pursuit was Jay’s desire to raise awareness about sustainability and a unique sentiment best described by an archaic Greek term, eudaimonia – the search for things that are true, good and beautiful. 

Homecoming isn’t complete unless you experience the country you call home in all her varied terrain and temperaments. And so Jay and sanDRina will embark on a journey of discovery through India. 

Yahoo India Travel follows Jay and sanDRina on their exhilarating discovery of India with daily updates from the road in words, pictures and video. If you have questions to ask, or words of encouragement for Jay and sanDRina, follow Jammin India on Twitter (hashtag #jamminindia). Also visit JamminGlobal.com for comprehensive accounts of his journey so far as well as snippets and trivia.