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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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Nov 14, 2011 - Pondicherry 10th - 13th

Started my weekend away with an early rise to get there before it got too hot - travelled in an old ambassador car it was lovely. Pondicherry is a former french colony so some bits are quite European. When I arrived I had a breakfast of french bread, croissants and an omlette (very nice) went for a walk along the promenade, there is a beach but its not really the type you would lie on and sunbathe more like just having a walk along. Went for Italian meal at night and had a PIZZA, I know not very Indian but hey it was a treat, got my beer in...

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Dec 13, 2010 - Puducherry

I think this computer was old in 1992. It is super sssssslllllllllooooooowwwwwwww. I am in Puducherry (formerly Pondicherry). I came yesterday. I drove down with Kumar and his wife Sagayam. Kumar came to buy books, which he will then hopefully sell. I went to meeting with tme yesterday. They became Jehovah's Witnesses a year ago after being raised Catholic. The meeting was all in Tamil. I tried really hard to stay awake. Honestly. Then we went book shopping, or rather, Kumar did. Sagayam and I sat and chatted for a long time. We talked...

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Nov 30, 2010 - Pondicherry

We left our beautiful hotel early this morning for a 2 hour drive south to Pondicherry. On the way, Sanjay gave us an interesting talk about the caste system in India-more information than I can share in this blog. We stopped on the way to visit a shrine a few feet off the side of the road down a dirt path. We were immediately surrounded by a man trying to sell us lotus flowers he had picked from a pond and children who looked like they were on their way to school but perhaps hoped we would hand out some pencils or sweets. Sanjay has...

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