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... temples are laid out the same and this was no different. Our guide knowing this was our last temple visit gave us a short quiz of the names of the carvings. Ang got 2 out of 3 right. I was impressed. I didn't even pretend to join in..
Interesting things that were pointed out to us were
- the ladies with many bangles sitting in groups. After 7 months pregnancy the ladies of the family go to the temple and get many bracelets. There is no "hanky panky" allowed after ...
... time. Dinner is vegetarian because they are Christian and have given up meat for lent. No AC so it is hot. Still we are honored to be invited to his house and to meet his mother. The food is good and conversation lively. It just goes to show it is the people that make a party.
Friday we visit the Thirumalai Nayaka Palace. It was designed by an Italian in the 17th century, one of only 3 ...
... number of free seats is exceeded by the number of passengers. Two Indians it seems, will still fistfight to be first on to an empty bus. Once onboard the previous atmosphere of civilised congeniality is immediately restored.
We jump on the evening train up to Madurai, a major city of Tamil Nadu, famed for the massive Meenakshi temple. As we fly through the busy streets we feel that we have now really arrived in the India of our imaginations. Our tuk tuk ...
... Indian tourists, but not so many during our visit - thank God.
We had seen so many exquisite ancient temples in the past week that we did not go gaga over this one. Eventhough we made a fairly quick walk through, and didn't bother exploring all the nooks and crannies, we have to confess, this would be an interesting stop for anyone not already desensitized by all the other superb temples in southern India.
... or New Zealand, or the USA and Canada, or Ireland? I didn't even know Britian had ****** Ireland over until an Irish friend told me a few years ago. Hadn't learnt it. Never been told before. It's not acceptable that as a nation we bury our heads in the sand and get all whiny about immigration and **** when our history is steeped in invading countries, stealing land, oppressing the people and raping their natural resources.