Monthly Archives: January 2016

To Stew In One’s Own Juices

  I always thought “to stew in one’s own juices” was a figure of speech.  Then I arrived in Mamallapuram and ventured out for a morning walk along a very short stretch of the Bay of Bengal.  Even with my … Continue reading

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Plumbing: India Part Two

As I mentioned in a previous blog dealing with Indian plumbing, I have been kind of intrigued by the teeny, tiny rolls of toilet paper with which our bathrooms are fitted out.  Seriously, I don’t there’s more than 100 sheets … Continue reading

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Cult? Religion? New World Order?

As we left Pondicherry this morning, we made a detour to visit the ashram of Auroville, which was established in Pondicherry by an Indian philosopher, Aurobinbo (“and Bingo was his nameO”) and further developed by his partner (?), “Mother.”  It … Continue reading

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Seen Along the Road

First:  As we were driving from Pondicherry to Mamallupuram today, Joan noticed an advertisement for “Trojan Plywood” running along a roadside fence.  Needless to say, some semi-hysterical hypothesizing of possible catch phrases resulted: Joan:  Beware of Trojans bearing gifts. Joan: … Continue reading

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Auntie Billee Remembered

I had the great privilege of traveling several times with my mother and one of her younger sisters, Billee.  Billee was Catholic and she usually lit a candle when we were in cathedrals.  Since auntie Billee passed away, Michael and … Continue reading

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Vishnu, the Lovable God

We visited a couple more temples on Sunday, January 17th, as we explored the area near Kumbakonam. The first temple was our first Vishnu temple and it was a beauty.  I’m growing to love these outrageously painted, figured temple towers. … Continue reading

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Should I Try For a Few More

Why, yes, I should:

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A Few More Photos

Here are a few more photos:    

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A Few Photos

Here are a few photos that should have appeared in previous blogs. Birds and Beasts:  Part One Birds and Beasts:  Part Two   Grand Master Riccard  

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Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

As we were setting off this morning (YES, I am finally blogging about something that happened this very day),  Hashmat exclaimed, as the bus braked sharply, “oh, we almost killed a chicken.  That would have been a very expensive chicken … Continue reading

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