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Pondicherry Homestays


You know that feeling when you walk on a street with pretty flowers and soulful architecture? I love what those moments of appreciation do to me. If you are an art lover like me, no doubt you will be seduced by the charm of Pondicherry.

Pondicherry, fondly known as Pondy and officially known as Puducherry (meaning “new town or settlement”), is a Union territory with a strong colonial past. The place is vibrant with speculative ethnology. It’s fascinating to hear stories of its colonial past which dates back to the 1st century AD, before the time when Romans came to Pondicherry to trade. Exploring Pondy’s history is fun.

Let’s talk about the reasons that make Puducherry a.k.a Pondicherry special for art lovers, those that embrace imagination. Pondicherry through my lens is colourful:

P  – Pink
O  – Orange
N  – Navy Blue
D  – Dark Black
I   –  Indigo
C  – Cream
H – Hazel & Honey
E  – Emerald
R  – Red
R  – Rust Brown
Y  –  Yellow

Read up to understand these colours better.

Shades of Pink

Pink Church_stayzillaCREDITS: FLICKR, Delphinidaesy

One cannot miss the brushes of pink in portraits of street art, cuisine, flowers and architecture.

The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude. -Friedrich Nietzsche


Muddy Orange lands

Banyan trees_stayzillaCREDITS: FLICKR, Sudhanshu Goyal

Observe the earth in these landscapes. Now close your eyes, imagine these portraits without the orange shades. Open your eyes. What do you think? The orange mud belts artfully complete these landscapes.

You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star. ―Friedrich Nietzsche

Auroville Mandir_stayzilla

Navy Blues and all that jazz

As the Parisian lamps on the streets of Pondicherry whisper to you, take a walk on the bridge, sit on the edge for hours, or get down, take a boat and row away. Go gentle into that sunset, dear art lover. This is your evening!

It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done. ―Vincent van Gogh

Dark Black silhouettes

Silhouette_stayzillaCREDITS: FLICKR, Nishanth Jois

Silhouettes remain incomplete without pictures. These captured moments behold unusual fascination. With unconditional love, we become silhouettes. The brightness of affection erases all, except the outline and shadows, making us the subject of focus. Stay astonished!

What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.―Karl Lagerfeld

Arch and beach street_stayzillaCREDITS: FLICKR, Olivier

The calming Indigo

“Everything you can imagine is real.” -Pablo Picasso

Old is gold; or Cream

You will notice a marriage of local and colonial influence in the architecture.

Once an object has been incorporated in a picture it accepts a new destiny. -Georges Braque

Art in Hazel & Honey is sweet, no doubt

If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him. -John F. Kennedy

Soothing Emeralds

Funky architecture_stayzillaCREDITS: FLICKR, DraconianRain

There is something soothing about the emeralds and the turquoises.

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for. -Georgia O’Keeffe

Nice cafe_stayzillaCREDITS: FLICKR, Delphinidaesy

Let’s paint the town Red

Shall we?

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. ―Albert Einstein


Cathedral 2_stayzillaCREDITS: FLICKR, Damien Roué

Vintage lovers’ favourite: Rust Brown

Everything boils down to brown, even the whites.

A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament. -Oscar Wilde

Have a nice day, said Yellow

A subject that is beautiful in itself gives no suggestion to the artist. It lacks imperfection. -Oscar Wilde

Colourful cafe_stayzillaCREDITS: FLICKR, Saad Faruque
Pondi ride_stayzillaCREDITS: FLICKR, R E B E L

Merci. Au Revoir!


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