Category Archives: India

Meenakshi and Madurai.

Ivan and I hopped on another bus from Thanjavur towards Madurai. Thank goodness Madurai is a transportation hub with its own airport; it only took one bus and 4 hours to get to Madurai from Thanjavur. This is the last … Continue reading

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Thanjavur.

Ivan and I took a bus inland towards Thanjavur. This should have been a 4-hour bus journey on a single bus. However, as neither of us spoke/read Tamil (Ivan speaks a bit of Hindi – but hey, it’s not Tamil), … Continue reading

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Chidambaram.

Ivan and I took a bus from Pondicherry to our next stop in Chidambaram. The bus was thiscrowded. I am thankful I got a seat. We were in town to see the temple. It is beautiful, yes. But this is … Continue reading

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Puducherry, Pondicherry, Pondy.

How many names do Indians have for their cities? I don’t really know. Anyhow, Puducherry, Pondicherry and Pondy all refer to the same place in India – a former French colony. This is a good town to walk around on … Continue reading

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Chennai and Mamallapuram.

Before my arrival in India, I had the impression that there was nothing to do in Chennai. A friend’s father, Mr Chandra, proved me wrong. The beach in Chennai, Marina Beach, is one of the longest beaches in India. This … Continue reading

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The Wedding.

I am in India primarily because of the wedding nuptials of my friend D. She was born in Kerala, and her family moved to Chennai when she was older. This was also why I chose to visit Kerala. Wedding traditions, … Continue reading

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Kottayam, and away to Chennai!

Kottayam in Kerala was my next stop. I was there to catch my night sleeper train to Chennai. Nevertheless, I tried to make good use of my time there by walking around on foot. It is a hot and dusty … Continue reading

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