Monthly Archives: February 2012

Mamallapuram: reptiles, surplus syllables and cycloptic cats

South India appears to Westerners as a land of excess syllables.  Due to a natural overabundance of M’s, L’s and the letter A, places have names like Ramanathapuram, Tiruvannamalai, Udagamandalam, and Mamallapuram (which is a convenient shorthand for Mahabalipuram).  All … Continue reading

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Pondicherry: c’est pas France

An overnight train and early morning taxi took us to Pondicherry, where we went straight to our rooms at the Raj Lodge, a very orange block in the heart of town with charmless, cell-like rooms, complete with broken fixtures and … Continue reading

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