Wednesday, January 29, 2014

In Photos: A typical day in Auroville, Tamil Nadu

Over the last three years, I have found myself woven into the sentiment of Mr Chesterton who once said, "The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see." 
"The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see." 
The dreamy dawns, a million shades of the sky, pristine water, the silence of the evenings broken by the roaring waves, an exemplar of co-existence, prolonged meals: this beach guest house in Auroville is all this and much more. With an intention to stay there for two days, we ended up staying for four and still haven't got enough of the splendor.


1. Witnessing magic
of nature by running down to the beach when the sun emerges from the sea and sitting wide eyed through the changing shades of the sky.



2. Reading a book on the hammock
while the tree above sways in a trance and the sea breeze caresses your hair. 




3. Discovering the concept of co-existence
by respecting the presence of all living beings and giving them their well deserved space. How difficult is that to understand, I often wonder.




4. Sipping on the best tea ever
after a stroll along the deserted stretch of the beach. 




5. Prolonged meals while staring at the huge expanse
Unlike our part of the world where meals are ncomplete without a television set or a phone in hand and are mere activities to be done away with. Each meal is celebrated here.





6. Sharing meals and experiences with the host
who has a cask full of inspiring stories from her well lived adventurous life back in Italy, India and her countless journeys.





7. Revisiting innocence
after meeting the village girl who might not have tasted the city life but she sure knows how to find pleasure in identifying objects in a travel magazine, climbing trees and befriending the strangers she has just met. It doesn't take much to seek happiness.



8. Turning strangers into friends
in a matter of seconds, spending the rest of the days cracking jokes and the late night exchange of serious facts about the world  that we were currently far away from. 



9. Rediscoving madness
by dropping the plans to leave for Pondicherry in the morning for a two hour long dip in the water and extending the stay till the boarding time.





















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13 comments:

  1. And it is a beauty filled post!

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    1. :) The place is beautiful indeed Mridula.

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  2. Wow! Edenic indeed! Will surely tap you for the contact details for this idyllic homestay when I plan to visit at the end of this year!!

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  3. Superb! Looks like a must stay place!

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  4. Enjoyed reading this piece & lovely pics Hiral :)

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    1. Thank you Preeti. Glad you liked it. The place is worth a visit. :)

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  5. Looks like you had a wonderful trip Hiral :) Beautiful narrative and pictures.

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    1. Absolutely Pallavi. It is no less than heaven. :)

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  6. @Hiral, I loved this blog you have shared. It is very true that travellers understand the true essence of visiting a new place. Unplanned trips with lots of unexpected fun is what has always impressed me. Thanks for sharing your lovely experience with us.

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  7. Gorgeous pictures - I love Puducherry and that whole region :) Thanks for sharing :)

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  8. The place looks so peaceful and serene ,lovely holiday you had it seems and yes this is a perfect holiday!

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