Kovalam Diaries Day 14: The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit
What the club has is a father, a son and a holy spirit that refuses to bow down to the continuous pressures. A holy trinity, a Triquetra or a Trimurti holding the club together, like the religious texts and mythologies have often told us.
Kovalam Diaries Day 13: The Old Men and The Sea
The challenge for Kovalam FC and coach Ebin Rose is to convince children and their parents about his long-term vision for a united sports club that will one day make all their lives better.
Kovalam Diaries Day 12: The division bell
For better or worse, the Church and the Mosque continue to rule the coastal regions. They are the sources of all news, makers of most decisions and giver of all hopes for people who live on the margins.
Kovalam Diaries Day 11: Cooked with love
The Adani port has made it worse for Kovalam with the shoreline north of the harbour fast depleting. There is fear the Kovalam beach will be non-existent by the time the port is fully functional. But Ludhi remains positive. “Life is like this. There is no point getting stressed,” says the chef.
Kovalam Diaries Day 10: At crossroads
The senior players now find themselves in a strange intersection. Do they wait it out with the club and perhaps take up a managerial role in the future? They’ve trusted coach Rose and his mission so far but the pressure is mounting. Do they venture into the ocean of the unknown, look for other opportunities?
Kovalam Diaries Day 9: An alcohol story by the campfire
As the boys danced around the two campfires to loud Tamil music, occasionally stopping to munch the grilled fish, it was hard to not notice the flames their eyes reflected
Kovalam Diaries Day 8: A horror story for all Halloweens
In football, they see a glimmer of hope. For a better life away from the seas and away from the troubles. It is the fuel that drives Atheesh, Antony, Baiju and co. to perform on the football field. The pressure is on Kovalam Football Club and the thousand other smaller teams spread across the coasts to provide them with an escape route.
Kovalam Diaries Day 7: Reflection
Have you ever wondered why the sea water never reflects like a pond or a river? They say it is because the water is always on the move, dancing to the currents and the tides.
Kovalam Diaries Day 6: Finding the perfect balance
Rose’s next big step at Kovalam FC will be to don the role of a Mepparu - to float through these uncertain times, provide the right guidance and ensure the perfect balance is achieved.
Kovalam Diaries Day 5: When Mathew met Sally
Mathew and Sally are no doubt the parents for the football club. A role they have enjoyed in the past while bringing up eight kids. But they also make it a point to let Rose run the club the way he wants by not interfering in any football activities.