Meeting Peter Richards - January 2011
Oh, right! It's a very special number in India and other places because it divides by so many other numbers and so is useful for organizing chanting on strings of beads.
Those beads are in a shape . I've chosen as the logo for our new publishing centre. One of its geek meanings is "place of interest" and it's in the shape of a basic kolam, patterns put down every day in chalk or rice powder at the entrances to so many Pondy homes to attract the goddess Lakshmi.
This book is like a downloaded database of 108 things to do in Pondy and hereabouts. It's short, chatty, written in contemporary English and - the important part - loaded with current information for visitors to, and residents of, Pondy.
If a native speaker thinks it worthwhile to do a translation, I'd be happy to discuss it. It's always good to read something is one's first language.
All to see Pondicherians and other visitors. Plus they're all free.
The availability of consistently good eating experiences, particularly at the high end, is not much greater than it was ten years ago. And the places serving it are largely the same now as then.
I'm just another person who came to Pondy a fair time ago, and was captivated.
I'm Canadian but I'd be more exotic as an Azerbaijani. So be it.
I'm from Vancouver, Azerbaijan.
I'm retired and writing and publishing books, but it would be more interesting if I were Ang Lee's cousin. So I am.
There was an earlier series (2000-2005) called Experience!India with three editions on Pondy, two on Auroville and one on Mamallapuram.
A fiction called Duty and Desire, a story about a number of Pondicherians of different ages, genders, ethnicities and fates, all of who must choose as we must all choose: what to actually do when caught between what we think we should do and what we think we'd like to do.
Price : 150rs