Explore This! Pondicherry, India

Filed in Explore This , The Quirky Lover Posted on April 4, 2011 @ 2:00 pm 5 comments

I’ve just finished reading Life of Pi by Yann Martel for my final first year English course at university. I was curious about the originating point in the main character (Pi’s) life…Pondicherry, India. Though most of his tale is told in the middle of the Pacific Ocean as a castaway, he retells, with such fond memories, his early life in this place I’d never heard of until now.

Pondicherry sits on the Bay of Bengal, and if you’ve read Martel’s book,
you’ll understand a bit more about the corrollation.
You can just feel the heat emanating from this image…

It is these brightly coloured buildings that enhance the contrast for me
between India and North American living…

…but there is still natural wonder too.

There are still elements with a British feel to them, but you
can see the influence of Indian culture within.

This is not your average chain link fence gate!

You can just imagine walking along here, ice cream cone in hand.

(You may have noticed my recurring theme of waves…I love the wonder
of the oceans, though very really get to see them)

You definitely don’t see something like this on the streets in Canada!

With thoughts of heat, bad weather, over population, and poverty that are often associated with India, I would never have really considered it a place to visit. But the more I read about and see this country, the more I am intrigued. It may just be my restless, travel-itchy feet talking, but India has now been added to my (incredibly long) wish list!

About Jackie

Jackie is a quirky mom, living in Ontario, Canada. She's a bookkeeper by day and a book lover by night. She also blogs at The Novel Nation and writes occasionally for Heroes and Heartbreakers.

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  • thebookwurrm April 4, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Was this for a Can Lit class? I wish we read some Yann Martel. I think the funnest Can lit book we had on the syllabus was Generation X. Good luck with the upcoming exams!

  • Jackie April 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    @thebookwurrm – It was actually for a class called Intertextualities. Final test is already done, just waiting for the result now. There's so much great Canadian literature out there, it's nice to see it get scholastic exposure 🙂 Thanks for the well wishes!

  • marybelle April 5, 2011 at 2:33 am

    I have family who have been to India but it's not on my wish list for travel. It looks amazing though.


  • LSUReader April 6, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    I'd never thought to put India on my list of places to visit, but you sure chose some beautiful photos for this column. I'll have to reconsider…

  • Jackie April 7, 2011 at 8:05 am

    @marybelle – For most of us, we have to be very particular about where we choose to go, not having unlimited funds but it would be nice to see all the world's beautiful places, right?

    @LSUReader – I think India has a bad rap, unfortunately, but it is most definitely not without its attractions.

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