In the new town (Puducherry/Pondicherry)

Weather

Bangalore sent us off in heavy rain. Pondicherry welcomed us with scorching sun during the day and thunderstorm during the night.

Ambience

Pondicherry, which is just 6 hours away from Bangalore, shares some similarities with Goa – slow pace of life and nice people; except for the usual exception of autowalas and bike rental dealers.

Pondi scores over Goa in its ubiquitous availability of vegetarian hotels where food is clean and cheap. We discovered a Malayali restaurant owner who was serving tummy full of Chicken biriyani with three pieces of chicken and a hard boiled egg for just Rs. 60/-.

Since most of the visiting tourists – domestic and foreign – are devotees of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, the ambience around Heritage town is serene throughout the day.

Roaming around

Renting a two wheeler is highly advised. Almost all the places are located in and around M. G. Road; except for Auroville which is about 15kms away.

A visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a walk in The Promenade, Serenity beach and Paradise Beach are some activities that can be done.

Aimlessly roaming around the streets are highly recommended. While visiting the beaches to watch sunrise is highly NOT recommended since local people are used to relieving themselves in the beaches.

PIXAR – The Last Man Standing

We all love PIXAR for what they have given us – time and again. But what is happening of the PIXAR that we know and is fond of.

Event though I am a die hard fan of PIXAR, the recent outing of PIXAR with BRAVE hasn’t exactly excited me. It is good; but not up to the quality standards of PIXAR itself.

There was a time when PIXAR films would always make me wonder “What are they eating to come up with this story!” But sadly, no more. After Ratatouille, their original stories did not produce the “wow” PIXAR films usually comes bundled with.

But luckily the PIXAR shorts continues to charter fresh and exciting waters. If Day & Night was brilliant, La Luna is mind-blowing.

I just hope with The Good Dinosaur, PIXAR’s habit of being fabulous is restored.

Fingers crossed.


Originally published at http://goo.gl/dQllk

project 100 – a story a day – what’s the big deal

For me it is! It still is a big deal as I never imagined that I could write; let alone writing continuously for a hundred days. But you know, me being me, anything is possible. I have a nasty habit of being a surprise to myself.

So for the last 100 days, I shared 100 different concepts. It was fun for me (except for the hair ripping ideation part!). Hope I evoked the same in you also.

And thus here is the 100th one.

Download the full 100 stories written by me as a PDF from here : http://bit.ly/c23xVZ