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All smiles Doreen and Ellis Richardson
All smiles Doreen and Ellis Richardson

Doreen and Ellis Richardson find that there is never a dull moment in the city

There is never a dull moment in Thiruvananthapuram,” say Doreen and Ellis Richardson. “In fact if ever I were to write a book on my experiences in the city over the last 14 years, the title would be ‘Never a Dull Moment,’” adds Doreen with a laugh.

As a way of illustrating what she means she says, “There is always something or the other happening in the city and you see such interesting sights. Like the other day we saw an elephant riding in the back of truck. The city is so unpredictable.”

The spicier, the better

The couple from Britain also love the food, climate and the people here. Lovers of spicy food, the duo lament the fact that restaurants tone done the level of spiciness just because they are Europeans. They also add that a friend is currently teaching them how to prepare Indian curries. “We have had two lessons so far. The best part of the lesson is that we get to dig into the dishes at the end,” laugh the duo who reside in Kovalam.

“But we are not beach people. In fact, you can see us in the city half the time,” say the duo who loves to travel. They add: “We peruse the newspapers to find out what is happening in and around the city. Recently we noticed an exhibition happening in Kollam and travelled all the way there for it. The funny thing however was when the same exhibition came to the city two weeks later.”

The couple who have four children, all of whom are residing in the United Kingdom, say that their children and their families do visit them often.

“And we go visit them too. In fact, we are a semi-retired couple. We have a small English tea shop called Blueberries in Alston. It is now being looked after by our daughters. It was built sometime in 1680 during the reign of Queen Anne. Alston is still rustic and the movies ‘Oliver Twist’ and ‘Jane Eyre’ were shot there. The producers did not have to recreate anything to fit the period,” says Doreen, who adds she is now looking forward to her granddaughter arriving in August for her honeymoon.

“My children love India and for them the city is home away from home.”

LIZA GEORGE

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