|Me, Sneha, and my Shipmate Whitney|
|When I arrived to Sneha's house, her mom made us this South Indian dish!!|
Despite my hectic schedule between school and volunteering, I knew I could not leave India without taking some time to visit Sneha and her family in Chennai (Southern India). On top of being at her house and having her family treat me like their second daughter, I went to Pondicherry (where Life of Pi was filmed) with Sneha and her two best friends.
Pictures from Pondicherry & Auroville:
|During colonialism, Pondicherry was the only area in India that the French claimed. |
Till this day, the area has kept its French influences (i.e. all the signs are in French)
|A Ganesh [Indian God] Temple|
|Our view from our hotel!!|
|Pondicherry is absolutely beautiful!!|
|Myself and Sneha's best friends--Hina(m) and Krithika (r)|
Before heading back to Chennai, we stopped by a town near Pondicherry called Auroville. It was founded in 1968 by Mirra Alfassa (aka The Mother). Mother created Auroville to be a town where men and women worldwide can universally live in peace and harmony. In the middle of the town The Mother had the Matrimandir, a golden metallic sphere in the center of town. According to Mother, this is a "symbol of the Divine's answer to man's inspiration of perfection."
**FUN FACT: Auroville is governed by the Auroville Foundation through an act of the Indian Parliament. Politics and religion are not supposed to be practiced in Auroville. Also, it is the Foundation, not the people living there, that owns the houses.
|The surface of the dome has 56kg of Gold (the Gold is sandwiched between as thin sheets)|
|This is a display of what a piece of the dome looks like up close.|
|Sneha and I|
|Krithika (l) and Hina (r)--my new friends!!|
Back in Chennai--before returning back to Kolkata:
|Sneha's mom and aunt had a farewell feast for me--I ate so much!! It was all good :)|