When someone asked why Kerala is so different from a social harmony perspective, it got me digging deeper.
4 hours and another Kindle download later...... Quoting from Ivory Throne-
"In 1607, after a century of (Kerala) battling the Portuguese, the traveler Pyrard de Laval was still able to write:
There is no place in all India where contentment is more universal than at Calicut, both on account of the fertility and beauty of the country and of the intercour