Glimpses of French Indian heritage

I am forced to visit Pondicherry at least once every year as a consequence of one person's spiritual intrigues. Once in Pondicherry, the reluctance however is replaced with a certain enthusiasm to explore and re-explore the gridded lanes of the Heritage Town (a.k.a White Town). This year I made a conscious effort to forgo my... Continue Reading →

Heritage losing ground to practicality

Oh you marvellous blend of engineering and art. Your beauty still shines through the thick veils of neglect and dirt. Your expansive arched balconies must have turned wallflowers into prolific storytellers. Your curves and edges must have put aesthetes into dreamlike spells. I wonder why your master has let you languish and deteriorate, To the... Continue Reading →

Litigants turn accidental conservationists

There is a particular spot on the long meandering route I take to work, where my gaze is almost involuntarily drawn towards two (once fabulous) dilapidated British era mansions. These are two different but adjacent residences built on expansive grounds now overrun by untamed greenery. Both the properties are locked down and off limits to... Continue Reading →

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