Today I am completing 45 years of my stay in Kochi city.After having got married in 1972, I started searching for a house to stay within Kochi city, where I was working. Soon I could get one a bit away from the thick of the city, but within the city limits. It was a rented house. But within a couple of years I purchased some land adjacent to my place of stay. And after three more years I could construct a house and move into it. I am still staying there, though retired from the job. Thus from 1972 onward I am staying in the same part of the city.
But the area has developed beyond comparison during these 45 years. There were only very few houses around, very few shops, very narrow roads and only a countable number of vehicles. Through the road in front of my house only one car used to pass, which was my neighbor's car. Now there are two multi-storey flats with capacity to accommodate about 100 families each. One can imagine the number of cars passing through since almost every family own a car. Additionally hundreds of independent houses have come up around this place. The grand Lulu Mall has come up. Oberon mall is also close by. Of late, the Metro service is passing over the heads of the people here. This place is known as Edappally. That means I am staying at Edappally for the last 45 years and watching the growth of a village into a metro city.