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Let's have a tengai or coconut at Pitchai's place. He didn't need any robe to his ankle to climb up the tree. Nowadays his son will get you a fresh coconut as you pass his house to show their hospitality. The coconut-milk is the best drink to cool your body heat down. Afterwards they split the nut with an axe and scrape out the soft jelly meat for you.

It was in Pichai's house I lived for two months with his family. Together with other fisherman we went fishing early morning and once at night. His name 'Pitchai' means actually begging as his parents prayed and begged God to have another son, and he was born. His father was the president of Devaneri and himself is highly respected in his community as he has four children, two sons and two daughters.

But enough talking, let's enjoy our coconut drink.

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