In one of the most breath taking places I have ever experienced, in what was an unexpected series of encounters that were too short, I had the privilege of meeting a few of the mothers, fathers, sisters and sons from this community. They greeted us with curiosity and delight, in the plantations and the factory. After work they proudly invited us to walk with them to their home (Valluval colony) for tea, biscuits, questions and smiles.
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Veerappa, was born in Illankai and arrived in India at the age of 22. He is now 64 years old and works at the Hadathorai Tea Factory.