A Crying Boy. 1955 Photo. N G Nair Kerala travel 2010. Ever since my early childhood days in Vaikom Kottayam Dist. Kerala (where I grew up in a rural village) called thottakom I had been fascinated by the monsoon rains. Born as the son of teacher at Thottakom Vaikom, Kottayam District. Kerala State. Mountain ranges in Kerala consisting of the highland area of the Western Ghats.