|Beside the Bay of Bengal|
Sitting at a seaside café on the Promenade in Pondycherry, I looked up as two European tourists walked by. This wasn’t unusual in this part of India where most of the tourists are French, but the gent greeted me with a word I didn’t recognize as either French or English as he passed by.
|Cafe on the Promenade|
Carved stone writing on the building across the Promenade from us reads “Douane – Customs.” Another reads "Travaux Publics." French colonial-era buildings light up the sunny streets of the old French quarter in the bright colours of the Caribbean. French is still one of the official languages of the regional government.
|Travaux Publics (Public Works)|
|Indian "Gendarme" with Kepi|
This has to be the most pleasant town we have visited in all of India. For the first time in months, we actually saw the stars in the clear night sky.
|The Promenade in Pondycherry|
|Candy Floss Vendors|
I was fascinated by his talk of reading our divine inner spirits by looking at our palms. As a small demonstration, he asked us to hold up our hands and proceeded to tell us what sign we were and what our social skills were based on the shape of our hand. He said he wanted to help people get in touch with their “inner selves” and he offered to help us achieve a sense of enlightenment and freedom.
|Anders and Marjvie|
This leads them to tell you, without further prompting, your parents’ names, your birthday, and what you did in a previous life.
Bill Gates had gone through this experience and Anders claimed it changed the history of Microsoft. In fact, Gates has built one of the biggest IT complexes in India because of this spiritual experience.
It was like she was waiting for me to come and be blessed. Was this Karma again? Or did “Ganesh” just see me buying the food and decided to wait around for me. At any rate, I had been blessed.
|Elephant Food for Sale|
|Elephant Blessing a Child|