A tribute to indomitable human spirit.
The human spirit has the extraordinary capacity to find positivity during hardships. Some have found it in reading, others in cooking or gardening. ‘Dear Future Me’ is a virtual time capsule on social media that lets us look back and remember the good.
Art has been my escape during the lockdown. My studio is an open space on my balcony that lets me explore my subject without constraints. Plants give me company and make me feel like I am outside in open spaces painting my current project, which is portraits.
Sidarth Dominic, CEO, CGH Earth Wellness
CGH Earth, owned by the Dominic family of six brothers, began in 1957 with Casino Hotel on Kochi’s Willingdon Island. Founder Dominic Joseph’s family was previously involved in farming and plantation. In 1988, the company went through a transformation under the leadership of his son, Jose Dominic, when it won the contract to reconstruct and operate the government-owned hotel on Bangaram Island in Lakshwadeep. The responsible tourism approach adopted at Bangaram Island Resort is visible across CGH Earth properties in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karnataka. Kerala’s ancient wooden mansions were carefully dismantled for the backwater retreat at Coconut Lagoon in Kumarakom. Spice Village, beside Periyar National Park, was inspired by the dwellings of the native Manan tribe. A palace was transformed into an Ayurveda retreat, Kalari Kovilakom. A pioneer in Kerala for best practices in tourism, CGH Earth ensures that almost everything that goes into a property is procured, crafted or manufactured locally. Food has been a strong point right from the start at the still-running Casino Hotel; even today, CGH Earth’s hotel restaurants gather travellers and locals around its tables.
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Dance gave me the freedom to express my emotions and channel the energy I had into an art I love. As a classical Bharatanatyam dancer, I do not need a stage to practice my art; my terrace was enough, and I think I had quite an audience as well.
Akash S, Front Office, Marari Beach Resort
Back in 2017, CGH Earth gave curry leaf saplings to partners to promote a clean, green, healthy future. During the lockdown, I realised we’ve been eating curry leaves from the same plants grown at home. So, I expanded my garden to grow fenugreek, ginger, ajwain, lemongrass, and now tomatoes!
Salil Paranjape, Sales, CGH Earth
For me, yoga is a way of life. During the lockdown, I encouraged my children to participate in yoga sessions for mental and physical wellbeing. We practice Vriksasana (Tree Pose), Bhramari Pranayama (Bee Breath), and other asanas to help cope with the Covid crisis.
Sam John, Manager, Maison Perumal
From burning the bottom of my mom's favourite utensils to making Shakshouka, a simple yet fulfilling breakfast recipe. From watching endless cooking shows and lip-smacking YouTube videos to actually going through the process of cooking my own breakfast. This lockdown gave me time to explore some of my interests.
Pablo Caesar, Experience Curator, CGH Earth
Namaskaram! I'm Vaishakh Puthiyakavil. I used to draw when I was a child, but I haven't done that since the 10th Standard. During the lockdown, I was able to get back to drawing. I enjoy drawing portraits and characters. I even did a funny sketch on the wall. So far, my favourite has been the tiger.
Vaishakh Puthiyakavil, F&B Associate, Casino Hotel
My mother was always into farming. This was the first time for me. The lockdown gave me the time to start cultivating some vegetables on my own in my home garden. It wasn’t an easy start, but now I enjoy farming and I feel a real connect with the earth. My family inspired me.
Sarath OS, Senior Supervisor, Brunton Boatyard
During the lockdown, I tried my hand at many new dishes, and it went really well. I made cakes, sweets, and Chinese, looking at recipes online. My family really enjoyed my cooking. Cooking was fun and easy. The hardest part was washing the dishes after that.
Sheetal, F&B Associate, Casino Hotel
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Join me and my friends at CGH Earth as we share stories and photos of the activities that are getting us through these hard times. Add your stories in the comments, and please post them on social media tagging @CGHEarthExperienceHotels and using #DearFutureMe #MeAndCGHEarth, so that we can add your adventures to our social time capsule.
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