This is the Auroville beach in Pondicherry. I was there with Prashant Bhardwaj. Yet another episode of my interseting life. Have done post processing by Photoshop.
On my third visit to Pondicherry I finally realized what this place is about. I figured what you should be doing to fall in love with this place. Pondi is not an one stop shop for tourist, where you just go, take a city tour see couple of interesting places, statues, monuments, buy some incense sticks and be done with it. It’s not even just a beach where you go see a sunrise or two, splash around the water a bit and be done with it. Pondi is a place you’d have to absorb in. You need to stand in the middle of nowhere in Auroville take a deep breathe and then you’d feel what is pondi. One should take it slow and steady in pondi.
Don’t stay put in the city, come down to ECR (East Coast Road) and hire a beach cottage. Go sit at the beach early morning, be quiet and catch the glimpse of Dolphins. Take a look at the fishermen’s boat sailing far away. Look at each one of them. Even though you can’t see the fisher men, you can almost see the signs of adventure on his forehead, the man in the middle of Bay of Bengal, fighting his life, earning his livelihood.
Sit there on the beach, be quiet and make a castle in the sand. Then, wait and watch how many waves does it take for your castle to be washed away. My date, he made an OM on the sand by shells. So long as we were there, the waves came one after the other washing away everything around except the OM.
Take transact walk of the city or hire a bike and drive around. Carry a camera and see how local kids giggle and jump on each other to be able to fit inside the frame. Show them the pic you’ve taken and see their expression. Hear the sound of innocent laughter. Catch a local cultural event, a festival, in our case the Ganesh Chaturthi.