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Puzzle with a piece missing in Pondicherry

January 17th 2015
HE SAID... We were leaving Mahabalipuram and heading south to Pondicherry. We woke at 6.30am and headed out to a local chai wallah (tea seller) at Mother Chai Shop for a morning chai. The chai (tea) stand was tiny and the street was empty, so we were happy to be there. While Ren befriended a local dog who was after pats and scraps, I watched the wallah interrupt making our chai to give a young str ... read more
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Indian Flag The Indus Valley civilization, one of the oldest in the world, dates back at least 5,000 years. Aryan tribes from the northwest invaded about 1500 B.C.; their merger with the earlier Dravidian inhabitants created the classical Indian culture. Arab in... ... read more
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10th March 2015

Kindness and craziness...
How lovely to encounter acts of kindness from the chai wallah to the women protecting Andrew while he slept to your friend Damien. These sweet treats make traveling memorable! Then, Auroville, the golden orb, and a wild rickshaw driver provided proper craziness to spice up the visit. As I often do with your delicious offerings, I looked up eggplant with walnut sauce. There was neither an Indian nor a French one, but one from Georgia--perhaps they "fused" a bit too far afield. Glad to see that a fine snooze put Andrew ready for trucking again.
11th March 2015

Re: Kindness and craziness...
Tara you made me chuckle about the Indian-French-Georgian fusion. I think 'kind and crazy' sums up some of our travels in India very well... :)
24th March 2015

Gorgeous
It's amazing how intricate these are and how long they take to put together. Love the colours!
25th March 2015

Re: Gorgeous
It is such a skill...but then people (and cows) walked right through them, sometimes before they've even finished!

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