An Odyssey across India – pt. 1 Tamil Nadu

We flew into Chennai, Tamil Nadu in the South of India from Sri Lanka – the cheapest flight out of Colombo we could find back in Bulgaria. I had been here for work exactly a year ago and couldn’t wait to show to Nastya what I failed to explain in words. We’d spend the following days getting accustomed to a new culture, new cuisine and a place that’s always busy with sooo many people. We’d be lucky enough to meet fantastic couchsurfing hosts with so many great recommendations that we quickly realized, that two months will not be enough time to travel around India properly. For now we’ll focus on the South with its delightful Vegetarian cooking. India like many other places we had come through is yet another example of many religions coexisting peacefully. With a population of 1.2 billion people or 120 crore as the locals count them 🙂

We visited the former French settlement of Pondicherry and nearby Auroville, a place so different from anywhere I know that I’d like to return and live as part of the hippie community 🙂 According to “the mother” who founded the place: “Auroville is meant to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realize human unity.” We certainly felt that vibe talking to people who live there for decades (after taking their family on a hippie bus overland to India). Wow. Today that journey is next to impossible…

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