I am planning to go to India in June. The “usual/cheaper route”:http://www.sulekha.com/column.asp?cid=235877 is via
Singapore/Hong Kong/Malaysia. Right now we have, what the media calls,
“Mysterious Disease”:http://www.fumento.com/disease/sars.html going on in those places.
Mysterious disease sounds much better than pnumonia. When people ask, how did you die, it is more cool to say, “Mysterious Disease”. People walking in Hong Kong airport with masks on their faces look more depressed than people who
have eaten airline food.
Then I thought we would go via the middle east. There are lots of flights to Kerala from there as many Malayalees work in those countries. But there is a war going on there.
The best option would be to fly to South Africa and row from there. “Vasco da Gama”:http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1497degama.html did it many years back and reached Kerala. Should work now also.