"'A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds'"
Pongal Celebrations around Palani’s house. The festival includes breaking a sugar cane into small pieces and sharing it around the group.
30/12/2011: Cyclone Damage in Pondicherry.
These pictures were taken from the front of Good Guest House on the morning of the 30th of December.
16/12/2011: Site Visit
Brick construction completed on stairs and surrounding thinnai. Surfaces ready for granite mosaic finish.
Site lunch: 03.12.2011
Myself, Mark, David and Jateen tucking into a ‘site lunch’ using Sharanam banana leaves.
The nature of Sharanam.
The Beauty of Irregularity
When one thinks of India, the mind wanders through a chaotic mix of colours, noises, tastes and textures, encompassing the huge Hindu stone temples of the past, the iconic Taj Ma Haul and a maze of streetscapes awash with activity. Life in India surrounds you with extremes and one must allow oneself to sink into the energy of the different cities, towns and villages they experience to begin to acknowledge a new urban landscape. A landscape not focussed on beautiful things, but rather centred upon the irregular and the informal. If you imagine the famous saying that ‘beauty is only skin deep’, then I urge others to immerse yourself within the flesh of Indian culture and for a moment forget about the economic and political problems that every country faces on a daily occurrence. If you locate yourself amongst the complex, haphazard, self-made structures of shops and market stalls, then you will truly find the point where India lives out its daily life.