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... future and new religions are to be banished in Auroville. Only those who are serious about the principles of Auroville and have ‘proved themselves sincere’ are invited into the Matrimandir, which seems to have a huge crystal in the centre surrounded by a lot of white shag pile carpet. The rest of us just get to gaze from afar.
We walk along the path up to the Matrimandir through carefully sculpted flower gardens which feature the twelve blooms ...
... doing brisk business. Pongal had given everyone free time and the beach front drive had a real resort vibe.
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In Mamalapuram, Dave's phone stopped charging and, once the battery ran down, we had no GPS guiding us. We had to wing it.
We easily found the Park Hotel Pooja had recommended. And not surprisingly, it was fully booked. They do not ...
... and a sunny afternoon making plans for Cambodia we still felt pretty smug with ourselves and we decided to head off to a free sunset concert in the huge amphitheatre in the domes garden, which is only open to the public for very special occasions; like something about Mary, there is something about this dome today, it keeps on drawing us back and we don’t know why.
This blog entry is long enough already, so we’re not going to go into too much detail about ...
... photos. The focal point of the walk is a giant statue of Gandhi surrounded by stalls selling local food and circus toys. Kids scramble around on the plinth while tourists snap away. Here is another figure that has received cultish adoration, but enough ranting.We stopped to indulge in our first Indian beer at a posh restaurant. It went down well.
Dinner was a quiche from the bakery which we ate while watching Archer. It was a good ...
... but have been instrumental in designing and organizing a new experimental, low cost and super 'green' housing project for students and volunteers to live in. With 8 paid Tamil workers, 24 volunteers from many countries now work there in construction, as the experimental, architectural nature of Manu's ideas is a big ...