Sunday, February 27, 2005
Bon Soir a Pondi
Well, Tiruvannamali didn't work out quite as I'd hoped. To be honest the place is a tip, and the only thing worth going there for is Ramanasramam (which was amazing). Every 100 yards or so along the Giripradakshina (circumnambulation of holy Mount Arunachala) we were accosted by a beggar of one form or another (old woman, young child, "sadhu"-type) - which is fine every now and then, but not every few minutes of a 3+ hour walk!!! Even Chennai was easier than that place!
So we decided to escape into the lap of luxury and ended up here. What a fortunate wind that was, eh?! Pondicherry is quite nice, a welcome relief from the hustle and hustle (no typo there) of Tiruvannamalai. Strolling down the Promenade at sundown, sitting around eaiting spinach and tofu croissants and sipping cool pineapple lassi's - we may well find it difficult to make it back to Chennai tomorrow as planned! Only 2 sleeps to go (Tuesday will be a no-sleep night) so watch this space for the final intrepid adventure of the Wild Rovers...