my Tamil Nadu

4 January 2005

About 10 months ago I was wandering happily along the shores of Tamil Nadu. So those Tamil faces I'm seeing this past week are familiar ones, and I can quickly imagine what the chaos was like and what's happening down there now. These pictures are on the beach at Mallampuram and Pondycherry, to give you an idea of normal happy times. Its amazing how many people there were on the beach on any given day. Its always a constant source of amazement how many people there are there.



I have been sitting here for a week unable to stop sucking in blogs and downloading video. Emailing friends who are in the area. Galya, with whom I travelled through Tamil Nadu last year is at this moment travelling from Kerala over to TN to give things a look see. Ah, she has just sent me pictures of the tip of India. It looks just like normal.



Here is a picture of Parrot Astrology, pretty common in Tamil Nadu. The parrot walks around and pulls a card out of the stack. It had a christian saint on it: St.Christopher if I remember right. The man said it was very good, but couldn't speak english, so I couldn't get my full fortune told.

Two years ago I was in Thailand, at Koh Lanta. I downloaded video of the waves coming in there. Another island broke up the main attack so Koh Lanta got slower moving swells. I am calculating whether the restaraunt we sat at is still there.

I was on a beautiful little island out there, only camping permitted. The beach was the most beautiful I have ever seen. Its a coral beach, its alive. It doesn't look like it was built just for humans to lounge around on even though the sand is soft and white. Its for crabs and creatures. I always wanted to go back there, so far from the tourists, so quiet. The Indian/Andaman sea is my little beloved.


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