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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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Kia Shnette 2010

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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Feb 9, 2010 - Pondicherry Continued

Last night and this morning I dealt with the task of booking my ticket on. Tomorrow will be a travel day so no journal. I will be moving south to the very tip of India. After finally, hopefully, getting a ticket, Vasantha and I went out to some property where her son-in-law is building a resort village. It is really beautiful land. On salt water, but far enough away from the open ocean to be "tsuinami proof." The tsunami has affected people's thinking in many ways. While there, we had fresh cucumbers and fresh coconut. I love fresh coconut;...

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India On My Own

Feb 8, 2010 - Around Pondicherry

Today Vasanatha took me out to Auroville, which is a large community (about 2000 people). "Auroville wants to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity." It is somewhat interesting but a little new agey for me. Afterward we went to Vasanatha's work at Prana. It was created by some Germans to help people, especially children, who were affected by the tsunami. It was much...

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India On My Own

Feb 7, 2010 - The French Indian City

This morning I did errands and then was picked up the car and driver of Arokinathan and Vasantha. They are friends of one of my work mates who is a dean at Seattle Central and I moved into a spare room at their house. Having a car and driver is a very handy thing in India. Even though they are in roughly the same economic status as I am, servants are the norm. He is a professor of Tamil language at Pondicherry University and she works for a site that is working with people disrupted by the Tsunami. This afternoon Arokinathan and I went for...

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India On My Own

Feb 6, 2010 - On to Pondicherry

I took the overnight train from Bangalore to Pondicherry (it is too hard to go back and forth between the old names and the new names so I will stick with the ones people know). Pondy (as we call it) was a french colony and still has a strong french influence. There are quite a few tourists here with French representing the largest group. Since Pondy is on the coast, it is more humid than Bangalore, but still not too bad. I have been asked to talk about the people I am meeting. I met a woman on the train last night. She invited me to come...

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India On My Own

Jan 11, 2010 - Pondicherry

We only passed through this town and stopped to visit some meditation centre (not sure why) and have an early lunch prior to a really long bus ride. This was a French town - very pretty, and not seen by us until then - CLEAN town. Nicely paved streets, big homes, trees... Not like India at all really. It does go to show, that if they want to, they can clean the place up. We wandered along the promenade/beach and saw a huge statue of Ghandi. This would be the start of many statues of Ghandi that we'd be seeing. Then onto the bus for a 270km...

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Incredible India

Dec 3, 2009 - INDIA - Pondicherry

Decided we needed another 'soft landing' into India so splurged on a taxi pickup from the airport to help ease our early morning arrival (so thankful as it was pouring rain when we arrived at 5am). Nearly 4 hours later, we arrived in the former French colony of Pondicherry. A smallish city of 221,000, it feels a world apart from the rest of India. Noticeably cleaner, sidewalks aplenty, well preserved French colonial architecture and full of Indians and tourists speaking French, it was an interesting place. We stayed in the Muslim quarter...

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Apr 10, 2009 - Kicking Back, Pondicherry Style!

5 p.m. I'm sitting here at a waterfront cafe in Pondicherry, where I am currently taking a break from checking out the city. Or more accurately, trying to caffeinate myself back to life. Since I frequented the delicious lunch buffet at The Promenade Hotel for lunch, i've been in a near comatose-like state induced by overeating. While I continue to recover, I suppose this is the perfect opportunity to recount the events of today thus far. We left Trichy this morning and arrived in Pondicherry, also known by its Tamil name Puducherry, at...

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Break From the Law

Mar 6, 2009 - The Meditation Chamber

THE HIPPIES Lots of hippies here. I feel out of place being white. Then, when I see a white person, I actually feel even more out of place. I'd rather be with the natives. The 'white people' (is that not PC?) all seem to be a little off. Or, maybe I'm a little off if I think everyone else is? I don't have a rat tail like most of the men, I don't wear those funky looking MC Hammer / diaper pants that they all seem to have fallen in love with. Somehow, it appears that they've all been able to survive without having a job or any...

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Hindiana Jones

Mar 5, 2009 - Bienvenue au Pondicherry

"Voltaire's longest love affair was not with a french woman, but rather, a sea-side town in India." Ah yes, Pondicherry. Now I understand. There is a Pizza Hut here now; albeit with Chicken Masala pizza so they're still hanging on to the typical indian flavors. The markets are fantastic. The one here in Pondy reminds me of Pike Place Market, on steroids. There's an herb here that if you eat it and chicken on the same day, you'll get leprosy. Yes, they really believe that. And no, I am not testing out that theory. I dislike breakfasts in...

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Hindiana Jones

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