Archive for August, 2007

Pondicherry

Posted: August 23, 2007 in Uncategorized

Pondicherry, locally called as Puducherry is on the east cost of India on the shores of Bay of Bengal Ocean. Its a Union Territory of India. It is a former French colony, consisting of four non-contiguous enclaves, or districts, and named for the largest, Pondicherry.Puducherry in Tamil means new village or new territory. It is also known as The French Riviera of the East.

INTERESTING FACTS:

A remarkable degree of French influence in Puducherry exists to this date. Puducherry was designed based on the French grid pattern and features neat sectors and perpendicular streets. The entire town is divided into 2 sections, the French Quarter (Ville Blanche or ‘White town’) and the Indian quarter (Ville Noire or ‘Black Town’). Many streets still retain their French names and French style villas are a common sight in Puducherry. In the French quarter, the buildings are typically colonial style with long compounds and stately walls. The Indian (Tamil) quarter consists of houses lined with verandas, and houses with large doors and grills. These French and Indian style houses are identified and its architecture is preserved from destruction by an organization named INTACH. If ever anyone wishes to demolish the existing house in the town area and rebuild, they need the permission from this organization and the new built house should resemble the same architectural beauty it possessed before destruction. The use of French language can be still seen in Pondicherry.

Places to visit:

Ask the driver or the local people to take you to these places once you land on pondi.

Gandhi Statue – Has a huge gandhi statue on the sea shore adjacent to the sea shore drive road.

Vinayaka Mandir – A busy temple of Ganesha which has an Elephant near its entrance as the main attraction!

Aurobindo Ashram: A peacefully place full of plants with flowers and a temple for followers of Aurobindo. Also has the Samadhi of Aurobindo.

Boat House, Beach Resort: This is has a vast park for playing outdoor games. Has some stuff like TREE house, long swings, Aquarium etc. We can choose either a Speed boat or a Motor Boat for travelling from this place to a beach resort. The boat will travel on the Backwaters from the sea and reach a sea shore resort. Swimming is prohibited on this river and also this beach.

To be continued…

Importance of Maathu

Posted: August 23, 2007 in Uncategorized

Maathu is the kannada equivalent of Dialogue.

In kannada, Maathu is compared to Mutthu (Pearl) as it is as delicate as a pearl. Wrong Dialogoues once uttered cant  be taken back.. Pearl once broken, cant be joined!

I will try to put forth my words carefully on this blog.

Thanks,

Abhishek S N