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Hikkaduwa

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South of Colombo lay Hikkaduwa. This beachside resort was normally a major tourist spot even during the early days when I was in Lanka. But due to the disruptive political times, most travellers had deserted the entire island. Continue reading Hikkaduwa

The business of religion

The best maintained buildings in Puducherry were both the churches and the main temples.

Puducherry’s Ganesh Temple radiated in all its grandeur as if it had recently been painted every colour of the rainbow. Inside was more eye-popping than the exterior. As I wandered the perimeter ogling at the freezes, a queue waited to enter the inner sanctuary for blessings. Continue reading The business of religion

Away from the maddening Indian crowds

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No matter where I was in India, it was hard to get away from the crowds, the hawkers, the scents and sounds of India. But while in the south, I found a beach that stretched several kilometres off with not a building or soul in sight. Continue reading Away from the maddening Indian crowds

Tamil Nadu’s Kanyakumari

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On the southern most tip of India lies Kanyakumari.

I visited this wind swept pilgrimage point before the rows of souvenir stalls and temples were constructed. Continue reading Tamil Nadu’s Kanyakumari