First Impressions of India: Puducherry
There is no way in ten days I will gain anything other than a few meagre scraps of what it might possibly mean to be in India. I am only visiting three areas, all in Tamil Nadu and all within the cloaked comfort of tourism. So with that said here are my initial thoughts, and some photographs, from Puducherry (formally called Pondicherry) and the surrounding area….
- A jigsaw of culture and religion, turn a corner and you are in the French quarter, turn another you are in the Muslim area, turn another and a chai seller is chasing you down the road.
- Relaxed, laid back and a place to soak in the atmosphere rather than follow a set tourist path,
- Full of awesome buildings that are falling into disrepair. Sad but also understandable, they are huge and from an era long gone.
- Hot! It is the cool season – still hot.
- Asleep in the afternoon – siesta 1pm-4pm and then comes to life again in the evening.
- French influenced but definitely Indian.
- Good for a filter coffee.