Thursday, October 24, 2013

Pondicherry on the cake

A road trip this year March culminated at Pondicherry. A sleepy town with French influence, it felt out of India. Although we were only there for a couple of days, we still remember the peace there.

A Jaipur friend had given a contact over there, and her recommendation for dinner was spot on. Rendezvous was such a pleasant experience, with its straw roof, open air seating and delicious everything- quiche to sizzler,  that we went back the next day for dinner too!

Shopping’s good here. Auroville sends a lot of colorful, cool stuff to the stores here- I am transported back to Pondicherry every time I slip in the pink pants I bought here. (The husband has a good eye for shopping)

So after checking out the stores next morning, we hit Auroville. Although we could only see the golf ball shaped temple from outside (renovation was on) that was impressive. An exhibition which detailed the inside of the temple- glass which caught the rays of the sun exactly- had us resolving to definitely come back and see the inside.

Lunch at a thin crust pizza place- with a ginormous oven- had the owner for the first time I can remember advising us to reduce our order! And indeed, when our pizza arrived, we couldn’t finish it, so it was a good thing we took his advice.

Walks by the rocky beach promenade at night, admiring the French construction, feeling the cool breeze- Pondicherry’s serene water deserves a repeat visit.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


After an adventurous road trip, where we were mislead by an out of date GPS, we finally arrived in Pune. The cool winds, rain, and hills on the way gave us an idea of the delights to come, at least weather wise. It felt good to be in a city bigger than Jaipur village :)

The wide roads, delectable eateries, and a fatter Pune Times, all signalled Pune's cosmopolitanness. Lucked out on a furniture sale- a nearby Good Home Store is closing down. With most of our possessions arranged finally, feels like we're settling in now.

The flat's bigger too, and the complex offers a sense of peace. A shady walking path is perfect to mediate on one's day. Went to the gym today- spanking new equipment, a music system, and a music scale! Felt good to have happy hormones coursing through my system again.

One mission is to evaluate all the vada paos I can get my mouth on. The first one- at Deepak Sweets in Aundh- was good. The dabeli thela at the end of our lane is my next target.Had dinner on the weekend at a neighborhood pasta pizza place in the open- yum and felt very European :)

Hope to get an active local number tonight- dying to call everyone and talk to my heart's content!