Friday, August 22, 2014

A note from Auroville. (blog marathon post 25)

So my vacation in the beautiful, mesmerizing, quaint Pondicherry comes to an end today. (sob sob)
The worst thing about vacations is that they come to an end.

I went to the Auroville Botanical Centre today.


It was a lovely place---so green, serene and tranquil. I loved their collection of plants and how they have done up the entire place.

Auroville is a city based on the vision of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. The energy that this place exudes has to be experienced to be believed. The way they have utilized the local resources, blended into the community and made it a meaningful community that has worked not only towards living in harmony but also developed the economy and contributed to the growth of the Nation, with prosperity, peace and health for all, is something very commendable and admirable. Though I have been to Auroville many times, I never get bored or tired of it.

If you have never visited it, do plan a trip.

I have to leave soon and hence I sign off.
This completes day 25 of my blog marathon.

G'nite folks.
Will blog again from bangalore tomorrow.
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Postcards from Pondicherry (blog marathon post 24)


 When you are on a vacation, the last thing you want to do is sit glued to a computer and blog, especially when your eye-lids are drooping from the excitement of a full day!
But that is exactly what a blog marathon is about. Just like a marathon, where you go on even when you don't feel like it, because each step adds up to reaching that goal, each post on each day is one step closer to the goal.

While I am enjoying it immensely, it is also a strain.  But then, I think all good things take that little bit of extra effort.

I went crazy shopping today. Got tonnes of stuff for my loved ones. I have no idea how it it is all going to fit into my suit-case. Will know when I pack. One of the nice things about a great vacation is being able to take lovely things home, for the ones you love.

Am sharing some pictures--all from my day, today.

A shoe store where I found the prettiest prettiest flip-flops.


 This is the pair I picked for my daughter:


Aren't they so darn pretty?




 And this is where I had my lunch. It was long, leisurely , relaxed.I chatted with my best friend, sipping some Mojito, talking about this and that and stuff that mattered and some that did not.
And oh, how we laughed! Laughter is one thing that connects hearts faster than cupid does. And it lifts your spirits. If you have one friend who makes you laugh like crazy, you must hold on to them.

Isn't the place above awesome?!

I enjoyed my afternoon and felt so good in here.

For those of you who want to know which this place is, it is this:


And here is another interesting picture I clicked, at a shop


 I loved how they did up the wall with the pictures. Those from Pondicherry, would definitely know this lovely little shop in Ambalathadayar madam street. (Any guesses?) I think I bought half their stock as they had some really nice stuff, and I was on a spending spree.

All in all, I am having a GREAT break.
 See you here tomorrow. (of course you will come back--won't you?) :)

Signing off for the day. Adios!
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

When you are a true friend, distance does not matter.

Greetings from Pondicherry!

I type this a little distance away from the Aurobindo Ashram. It felt wonderful to walk the streets of Pondicherry again. The quaint street names in French, the JN street which is a shopper's paradise, the houses with even numbers on one row and odd on the other, the tonnes of people who are Indians, yet speak French as their first language, the humid weather, the unique Gendarmes---all of it brought back nostalgia and a train of memories.

Tomorrow I will explore Pondicherry a bit more, after spending time with my friend. This morning when I arrived, I told her that to me, her home felt like my every own. It is rarely in other people's homes that one feels so at ease. She told me that it was the same for her, when she visited my Home in Bangalore.

I feel fortunate to have such friendships. Close friendships so enhance the quality of our lives, making us happy, serene secure.

I also attended a one-on-one Yoga session today. It was terrific. For years now I have practised yoga buy have never done a head-stand. But today the instructor made me do it! It was wonderful.

A day usefully spent, rejuvenating, recharging and simply being.
I am content and I am grateful.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A vacation for the soul. (blog marathon post 22)

So tonight I leave for Pondicherry. It is definitely a place I love. I lived there for two years---loads of happy memories bout the place. My third book Tea for two and a piece of cake also features Pondicherry.



We used to live very close to the Aurobindo Ashram, which is located in the 'White town area'. Pondicherry is divided into two parts---the white town area, which is very picturesque, quaint with all the streets having French names and the rest of Pondicherry which is like any other small south Indian city.

I have explored so many streets of  Pondicherry on my trusted Kinetic Honda. The streets are too narrow to drive, and the best mode of transport is a cycle or a scooter. I love the beach too, as too Auroville.

I am going to spend a few days with one of my closest friends, who lives there. An impromptu vacation. A time to rejuvenate. A time to reflect, introspect and to come back, happier, calmer and ready to face anything that the world hurls at me.

I think everyone needs a soul vacation. In a couple of hours, I leave for mine.

I will be blogging tomorrow from there--I can't let something like a vacation, come in the way of my blog marathon now, can I?

So see you tomorrow. Same place, and maybe same time :)
Till then, take care and God bless.
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