Every time i go to Pondy, its a whole new experience….
Different company, different atmosphere, different discoveries …. !! This time was no different.. Not only did we try a new restaurant – Lunch @ Haveli in Hotel Annamalai International, but also managed to fulfil our dream of having Baileys irish cream [@Rendezvous with yummy pasta dinner]..
One of a kind experience was witnessing a whole brigade of people at the beach and on the streets [ had me wondering why, till my friend said – its Christmas/ long weekend-Duh!!] …
Discovered Pondy had a Sringeri Sharadambal temple [ had to share that bit of news with folks at home and the instant words were out, they were all yelling – go visit the temple]…
Took friend and her son to Auroville, only to be told we cant go into the Matri mandir any more, not unless we had prior permissions or knew some big shots…. ;o) [Only big shot i know is Me…:D] .. we were shown a video footage of how the whole project began and has evolved over years.. the last few times i’d been to Auroville, we had gone inside the Matri Mandir, right up to the top, to see the crystal ball… !! but now, rules have changed!! for the better am sure!!
Had the most yummmmiest lunch @ Ananda Inn- buffet, the spread was delightful- starting with salad down to the desserts… Only disappointment was they were out of Chocolate eclairs and my friend wanted one, asked a couple of people, but alas we left without savoring one of them eclairs…!! Always a next time!!
We did make a quick stop at the Aurobindo Ashram, sailed along the queue and swished right out.. never seen such a crowd in Pondy, ever…!!
I truly believe –
1.Travel to explore unexplored sights and scenes…
2.Get lost – literally and otherwise, for only then will you learn your way around and unravel hidden truths about yourself…
3.Have no set agenda, that way you can go with the flow and see more… i love visiting unheard of, out of the order, non touristy yet interesting places…!
4. Walk… thats the best way to enjoy a new town..
If you cant walk, use local transport.. good fun and you learn so much more about the place/history/must visit places and so much more..
Off i go to yet another familiar yet unfamiliar town tomorrow… Will come back with more stories…. Till then, adios!!