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Oct 29, 2015 - A taste of Pondicherry...................

We meet our guide Bishu. He rocks up to the hotel Perumal on his Enfield motorbike. We spend the morning walking around the streets, absorbing his very listenable interpretation of Pondicherry history, his own personal story and also his experience when the tsunami came to the east coast of India. A visit to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. This ashram was founded by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. The ashram is a spiritual centre for practicing yoga and meditation. Bishu was an attendee at the ashram school, and is still very supportive of the...

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Oct 27, 2015 - The long awaited Pondicherry

An early start, at 6 am. Even too early for the tuktuks. Our driver Shivan, collects us from the Kumarakom hotel. We think he slept in the car the previous night. It is still dark in the surrounding Kumarakom villages. Men are Out doing their exercise, walking along the roads, naked above the waists, adjusting their dhotis as they go. It is noticeable that there are no women exercising. Our travel time to Kochi airport is 2 and a half hours. We are on a domestic flight on Spicejet to Chennai - formerly Madras. Security at the airport is...

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Jan 28, 2015 - Pondicherry

December 31, 2014 I feel tired. I am sure I look it too. I am reminded of a couple I had met in South East Asia. I don’t remember where. Either a bus or a plane. We were in transit. I will never forget the spent look they possessed. They were in India for a great deal of time and then in Asia. At the time all I could think of was, “CORE”. Now I know there are no such words that can describe any traveler. What is it? This makes me think of myself and my position in India. I may feel like an Indian but I was born in Canada and thus accustomed...

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Oct 28, 2013 - Mahabalipuram

During the 700 - 800AD period, southern India was a powerhouse of wealth and culture. At Mahabalipuram a training school for sculptors was built. They worked in granite, one of the hardest materials to cut. I suspect that they were inspired by the huge boulders Mother Nature dropped here and there. A huge temple was cut into the rock, featuring elaborately carved columns. Near it a huge bas relief depicted a scene from Hindu mythology, with hundreds of celestial, human and animal figures. They are portrayed in such an animated way, they...

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Oct 14, 2013 - ANVI First Beach Experience

ANVI First Beach Experience

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Oct 10, 2013 - 7 October - Pondicherry

Here we are in Pondicherry (or Puducherry as it is now known), and the promised cheap alcohol has happened - 140 rupees for a large bottle, which is less than $3. Pondy as it is known is a former French colony but about the only French thing remaining is the street names, which are all Rues and Boulevards. The French cooking has a definite Indian flavour, with a few croissants thrown in. We wandered down to the beach front to find somewhere for lunch, and then decided to walk along the road to find the museum, which turned out to be closed...

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Jul 16, 2012 - So much to see here!

What a day looks like at Shanti Bhavan? Well...something like this!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnH86Z3QQAM Although the older grades don't go to bed at 8:30, they still have study time until 9:30. Since mid last week life has become pretty for all of us volunteers, because 6 volunteers left and none arrived. So all of their classes were distributed amongst us. I was given 9 extra classes to teach. I now have 25 hours a week of teaching and this excludes grading time, lesson planning time and time to complete my Diploma for Dance...

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Jan 10, 2012 - Pondicherry and travelling

We checked out of the hotel this morning at 8am, and headed south down the coast to Pondicherry.  This is part of the old French colony - French street names, a lovely wide boulevard by the sea and a hot bread shop - more later!  The bus trip lasted about 90 mins and we then went for a walk across the town.  This was the area where cyclone Thane hit last week and whilst there wasn't much structural damage that we could see, there was a lot of debris and tree branches in piles at the side of the road.  However outside of the French quarter...

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Dec 27, 2011 - A day trip to Tiruvanamallai

Une excusion d’une journee pour visiter une tres grande temple dedier a Shiva a dans la ville de Tiruvanammallai le Arunachaleswar Temple. Parmi des plus grandes de toute l’Inde Apres on est repartie et sure la route de retour on est arreter a Gingee prononcer “Singui” un site hors des sentiers battus de l’Inde touristique. Une forteresse enorme, de 6km de perimeter, percher toute en haut sure des rochers- on a pris quelques clicher et ensuite arreter dans la ville de Gingee pour balader dans la marcher locale et acheter des samosas! En...

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Dec 26, 2011 - Pondicherry

Une visite guide de Pondicherry- on a passé le matinee avec une guide qui nous a montre des sites different de Pondi- le Government House, l Ashram de Sri Aurobindo, le temple de Manakula Vinayagar- ou se trouve une vraie elephant a l’entrée du temple. Apres on a dejeune en terrace a le Pavillon hotel- ou j’ai mange une super curry au poisson et une lassi au banana- après on a blader encore dans la ville de Pondi for sympa- on a trouve pas mal de petit boutique tres mignon toujours tenu par des francais biensure!! Apres retour a l’hotel...

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Dec 25, 2011 - Mamallapuram a Pondicherry- Joyeux Noel!!

On est partie pour Pondicherry- encore plus sud sure la cote Est de l’Inde- On est aller directement a notre hotel- Le Pondy- qui se situe 20 km a l’exterieure de la ville de Pondy- une hotel sublime- sure une grande terrain au bord de la mer- avec une piscine excellent et des chambres super modern- vraiment tres tres jolie!! Apres avoir installer nos affaires dans nos chambres on est repartee pour la ville de Pondy. Notre chauffeur, Pradiip, nous a depose au bord de la mer pour une petite balade de fin de journee. Pondy, une sous...

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Nov 15, 2011 - Life Of Pi

I had a lot of difficulty reading this book. Because I just could not enjoy it. There were parts I found interesting. Information about zoo animals, how to dominate a ferocious beast,and the idea that all religions are one; but, I felt most of the book was very tedious and there were parts that were painfully dull. It's not a book I'd ever recommend to anyone.

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