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... but aside from that they don't have money within the community. They also make a point that Auroville 'belongs to no-one', it transcends nationality. It feels very much like the 'green fields' at Glastonbury. I'm sure there are problems and it's not for everyone but you can't blame them for giving something different a go. I order a Ice Chai tea and some Irish exchange students who have been working in Chennai I meet at the coffee shop say that the gold building at the centre ...
... French and have been greeted in Arabic)
On Tuesday, I took the (5p!) bus out of town and headed south to the enticingly named Paradise Beach.
The beach is on a long palm tree-lined narrow spit of land on the southern side of an estuary from which the sea flows into the tranquil jungled backwaters of Pondicherry territory. I don't think it's possible to get there by car so everyone takes a 15 minute boat ride from the main road, along the final part of the estuary ...
... engulfed in flames, makes me enjoy something milder whenever I can find it. Is this to be accounted for the fact that I have started to develop that very characteristic tendency to wobble my head sideways while talking to people???? There are many inherent risks to road traffic in India. Apart from a whole front of vehicles of all and any imaginable description moving forward in a tight front with everybody and ...
... could ask for more?
The 'new' bike didn't go back into the showroom and guess they'll wait until their replacement parts arrive.
A BIG thank you to Shiva, the other mechanic (who's name I didn't get) and the manager at Bharat's - excellent service and you've made my charitable ride so much nicer!
I will probably be heading off from lovely Pondicherry tomorrow and once more heading due south.
... quiet desperation that hangs around in desolate seaside towns of the UK; sort of like the smell of dead fish in an dank alley.
We walked around for ages to try and find somewhere affordable to stay but were just confronted with endless arrays of stupidly expensive hotels, restaurants ...