Leaving the Ashram to go to the outside world was a long awaited trip, all i could think of was there wont be curfews, i will get to do all the normal things a girl leaving her cage would do…PARTY
Well that’s not exactly what it turned out to be, Sophie the funky Canadian, Aaarjeet the spicy IndianBombayan and of course Me the sun kissed Afro Indy made our way out of the peaceful Ashram to see a bit more of the South of India.
Our first stop over was Madurai, then Tangure,then Pondicherry and lastly Chennia, We decided on taking government buses as it is a sure way of saving money if you will be doing a lot of travel, we were paying up to Rs21 divide that by 6 and its about R5 for a 2hr bus ride, our longest ride was 5 hrs and we paid Rs61, these rides are so much fun, weird and just a learning experience as you can imagine and i promise you there were no pigs, chickens taking free rides.
On the weird side there was a guy poking me from behind and as i looked at him he acted as if he did nothing wrong, that his hand should be exactly were its supposed to be ( on my arm) and when i slapped it off he did not say a thing.. a few minuets later he was poking me in between the seat and backrest…and when i looked he just stood up and got off the bus…This Happens a lot in India , a casual brush of your breast as a man walks past you like its the most normal thing in the world, The night before we left Madurai Ammarjeet had a run in with 4 guys at the grocery store, one who fondled her buttocks and she slapped him then one of the others started hitting her, Let me tell you , she held onto the one who touched her until the cops came, You do not , i repeat , you do not want to end up on the wrong side of the law in India, These guys were beat up by the cops who were using their fists, slaps and a big bamboo cane, they were crying like babies, it turned out that the guy who hit her was the son in law of the one who touched her…go figure, they were made to kiss her feet and ask for forgiveness, she later on pulled the charge as this went on for an hour, it was either that or Jail for the next 49 days and pending maybe..
That was the bad part of Maduria , Menkashi Temple was amazingly beautiful, you walk in and Ganesh welcomes you and you feel this vibration in your chest from excitement, spiritual heightening, what ever you want to call it, pictures to follow…and we just walked around the temple taking it all in and just loving it, i even got blessed by the elephant there, later on when we were done and thirsty we found a bar in the basement parking of a hotel, woman don’t drink here so it was a bit awkward but much needed after being sober for a whole month.
WE left for Tanjore the next day and also did the Temple, i loved this temple , it looked like it was carved from wood..
the next day we were in Pondicherry, here was an Indian town run by the french, the Indians here even speak french and the food is also french, you can get anything here except a swim in the sea, the beach is a rocky one but also not swim able, a lot of shopping was done, a lot, and just ha amazing food everywhere, met the most cool guys who hosted us n their rooftop for sun downers and dinner, Udai Panicker yes i know, that’s his name and Kent.
all in all i was supposed to go away for 2 weeks and in a week i felt like i had gone for 2 weeks and was happy to pack up and go back to the lovely Ashram..