- Little Lhasa - August 15, 2008 (Chennai)
|Once upon a time, the sahibs and memsahibs of the Raj
liked to escape the scorching summer of Delhi and spend some time in
Dharamsala, a sleepy village in the foothills of the Himalayas in what used to
be the state of Punjab (today Himachal Pradesh). It is even said that Lord
Elgin, a Viceroy of British India was so enamoured of the luxuriant pine and
deodar forests that he asked to be buried in the graveyard of St. John’s Church
in the Wilderness, a few kilometers above the town.
- The French Connection - April 18, 2008
|It came back in a strange way. Twenty years later, pioneers started settling on a desert of red laterite, some 12 km north of Pondicherry town. It was the beginnings of Auroville. Life was rather tough; plates were not always full, particularly in the predominantly French Aspiration community. By pure necessity, the first settlers began baking their own bread, gaining fresh knowledge whenever a new ‘expert’ would come by.