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Jan 26, 2007 - India's Republic Day

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD India achieved independence from Britain on August 15, 1947. Anil is often referred to as an "independence baby" as he was born just three weeks later. However, it took almost two and a half years for the new constitution to be hammered out and it was finally adopted in January 1950. Republic Day is a national holiday set aside to celebrate the new constitution. There is a major parade in Delhi that is broadcast all over the country. This year Russia's President Putin was the honoured guest. Most major cities in...

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Jan 22, 2007 - Pondicherry

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD The Union Territory of Pondicherry gave up control of the area to India over fifty years ago, after establishing the colony in the early 18th century. There is still an air of Gallic charm although it is not difficult to see that this is still India. There is still the French flag flying over the French consulate and the town hall is still referred to as the Hotel de Ville. The police wear red kepis (caps) and belts. The streets are tree-lined, at least in the old Quarter. We are looking forward to exploring the...

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Dec 1, 2006 - Pondicherry

On the way to Pondicherry we stopped in Chidambaram to visit the Nataraja Temple. The temple covers 40 acres and is one of the most ancient in the state of Tamil Nadu. The roof of the inner sanctum is covered in gold plates, and the walls surrounding the entire temple are topped with statues of bulls. It was a very dirty, smelly place full of Hindu pilgrims including a father who was traveling with his six year-old daughter - it was lovely to watch the two of them walking hand-in-hand. Pondicherry is a former French colony and has the...

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Nov 21, 2006 - Pondicherry - aka the French Riviera on the East coast

G'day all, the story so far.....we left MMP for Pondicherry (or Pondy as us locals call it)4 days ago and found ourselves travelling through lush fields of rice, coconut palms and banana trees (2 rupees a banana or 6 cents each in Oz!!!)you can see some of the trip via the movie attachment. Much of this area was affected by the 2004 boxing Day tsunami but life has pretty much gone back to normal, and some may say that a lot of the rubbish, and shanties were cleared out. On arrival in Pondy it seemed like we were in a normal Indian town as...

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Get It INDIA!

Jun 29, 2006 - Pondy and Mamalla

From Mysore I headed over to the east coast by train to Chennai and then headed south by bus to Pondicherry. Better known locally as Pondy the town is an old French town and one of the main centres in India for ashrams. Whilst the ashram philosophy of free love may be appealing, the no alcohol and no TV (which would of meant no World Cup) rules meant I decided to forego the chance of communal living and checked into a hotel with satellite TV and a mini-bar - even after 10 months on the road I still don't consider myself a true backpacker as...

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Jan 29, 2006 - Where it all began, this time, for the first time

Okay, I'm at a cyber cafe with Clarke. We're at a cyber cafe on Mission St. in Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu. It's 11pm and Kill Bill is loud on the big-screen TV and I'm uploading photos, all ones I took today while strolling around Pondicherry with Clarke. The significance of being here of all places is that it was while reading Life of Pi, which starts in Pondicherry, a little over 13 months ago that I was reminded of my dream to travel to India in particular and around the world in general. It was that very night, a little over 13 months ago...

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Oct 16, 2005 - Thanjavur / Pondicherry

Wnt to Thanjavur and saw the World Heritage Brihadishwara Temple where we posed for at least a dozen photos with the locals! Went to the palace and had a look at the museum then caught the bus to Pondy - an interesting journey, with about 3 bus changes and electrical thunder storm in the distance. Met a preacher man on the last leg of the journey who was very nice but didn't have a clue what a challenge I represented to convert!!! Never in a million years, but I give him 12/10 for trying! Checked into a really nice hotel which I'd pay 20-30...

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Oct 10, 2005 - Pondicherry, India

So we arrived two days ago in Pondicherry after another semi-long bus ride of only 8 hours. It was a Volvo though so everything was cool. This bus even had a built-in theatre so the bollywood movie we didn't get to see in Bangalore we saw on the bus. It was a double feature actually, volume at full blast, lots of sweet fight scenes and men singing and dancing. I've noticed a recurring theme in these Indian films. It starts with an angry mob running down the street with sticks and throwing bottles when they just happen to cross paths with...

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Dan's Trip Journal

Sep 29, 2005 - Pondicherry

(click 'show all 6' to display all photos and double click photo to see a bigger version) We left Maduari by train for Villapuram (approx 5 hours), then travel down the coastal road to the charming seaside town of Pondicherry (approx. 40 minutes). This coast was also hard hit by the tsunami, but has recovered quickly in Pondicherry. Once a French colony, there are still reminders of the French influence in the architecture, the town squares and even in the policemens' uniform of Pondicherry. We wondered through a beautiful vegetable...

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simon goes global

Jun 15, 2005 - Touched

Pondy, as the locals call it, it a two hour bus journey from Mamallapuram, and a former French colony. Unlike other locales across Asia claiming Gallic ancestry, Pondicherry certainly looks the part. It boasts a Hôtel de Ville, a few Jesuit-inspired cathedrals, and tree-lined avenues with architecture that transports you to 'le Midi'. As a native of Adelaide, a carefully planned city of right angles and parks, I felt an immediate connection to the colonial planners of Pondy who saw fit to design their city that I might navigate it sans map....

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May 20, 2005 - A few short things.

I'm a bit out of sync here, but these things have happened. Sarah and I had dinner at Moonrakers again. The fish didn't have a head with which to give us the evil eye for not finishing him, but the waiter did what he could to make up for the feelings of our half eaten dinner. I rode my little moped back to Pondy and thought about how meeting and hanging out with Sarah has expanded my horizons and changed my time here. A couple of the smallest things are that she's taught me how to eat mangos without a knife, encouraged me to wean myself off...

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May 11, 2005 - Meltdown (and nukes).

I got into Pondicherry today and I wasn't feeling so good. It's so hot in my room. As hot as the Sun's colon after he's had an all nighter at the Blazing Saddles Vindaloo house. There's no hot water, but that's the last thing I want in the shower. I'm feeling a bit dizzy. I didn't eat much on the bus except Britannia bourbon cream biscuits*. There's a French/Italian restaurant next door, I'm pleased Pondy is French. The LP recommends the coq au vin. A friendly waiter came over and started talking to me. I wondered if he knew I was in need...

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