Travel to PONDICHERRY
Pondicherry has been in bucket list for quite a while. I last went to Pondicherry when I was in my engineering college. Both Meher and Jasraman had not been to the city ever. So, it did not matter much to us when we decided to visit the town in summer heat. We were based in Bangalore and had a long weekend in our hands. So travel to Pondicherry was imminent.
We had planned one day at Auroville, two days in French side of Pondicherry and then another day for nothing. Jasraman had a friend theatre friend in Auroville and she wanted to spend time with her. The friend took us for lunch at The Le Terrace Café at Auroville which was splendid. Shaded by the trees, and an open architecture it was full buzz. Auroville has always been green after all.
The evenings were meant for beachside where I was focusing on street photography while Meher and Jasraman were busy in beach activities. I definitely did n’t want to do any cliched images of French Architecture which one sees in blogs around Pondicherry. For me it was more around experiences and I believe Pondicherry has a lot more to offer than just it.
The streets were an absolute joy. We just totally loved the roadside activities, street food, chatting with locals and even got ourselves slippers made from a local artisan. Luckily for us the moon was shining bright while we were there and coupled with evening breeze was a good respite from the heat.
We might be heading to Pondicherry again. Since there are so many artisans, good schools, local produce and organic shops, we want to explore more of it. I also want to deep dive and do a workshop on soap making. That should be interesting. Perhaps we will travel to Pondicherry soon, but definitely not in summers!!