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Stories and Tips Pondicherry

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Auroville: The Embodiment of a Vision

Written by phileasfogg on 02 Feb, 2010

Pondicherry may be French; Pondicherry may be Tamil—but it is also home to an unusual international community named Auroville, which has its roots in the philosophy of an early 20th century Indian philosopher called Sri Aurobindo. Aurobindo’s best known disciple, and the person who carried…Read More

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Bullock Pongal: In Celebration of Cattle

Written by phileasfogg on 02 Feb, 2010

There’s an old belief in Hindu tradition—at least in Tamilnadu—that many, many years ago the god Shiva sent a sacred bull called Nandi down to earth with a message for humanity: that people, in order to purify themselves, must have an oil massage and bath…Read More

The French Connection

Written by wanderer on 21 Jul, 2000

For a first time visitor, Pondicherry's 'French connection' might be a little puzzling. Often referred to as 'A little piece of Medieval France in India' and '... a sleepy provincial French town', Pondicherry has managed to retain its French aura. From it's delightful restaurants offering…Read More

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Written by wanderer on 20 Jul, 2000

All in all, I spent two days in Pondy and took another overnight bus back to the humdrum of big city life. Forty-eight hours are enough to look around the town and Auroville geographically, but I guess to try and get the pulse of the…Read More

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