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Photoessay: The Multifaceted Streetscapes of Pondicherry

By Rashmi Gopal Rao

While much has been said and written about the dichotomy that exists in Pondicherry, this is a city that never fails to surprise.  Inspite of visiting it several times over, Pondy, as it is also fondly known, always throws up new hidden secrets for me.  The union territory that was a French colony till 1954, is indeed a potpourri of many different worlds.  Just walking down the streets of Puducherry, as it is now known, treats you to a kaleidoscope of colours and cultures.  Here are some random captures of the ever photogenic streets of Pondy.

Just like the French quarter, the Tamil quarter too is just as intriguing and has a distinct rustic and antiquated charm.

Photoessay: The multifaceted streetscapes of Pondicherry
Doors and entrances with oodles of old world charm
Photoessay: The multifaceted streetscapes of Pondicherry
Colour therapy
Photoessay: The multifaceted streetscapes of Pondicherry
Building replete with character

Photoessay: The multifaceted streetscapes of Pondicherry

Photoessay: The multifaceted streetscapes of Pondicherry

The French quarter is what is “quintessentially Pondicherry”.

Photoessay: The multifaceted streetscapes of Pondicherry
Doors and windows in the French quarter

Photoessay: The multifaceted streetscapes of Pondicherry

Photoessay: The multifaceted streetscapes of Pondicherry

Pretty windows

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The Indianostrum on Romain Rolland Street

Photoessay: The multifaceted streetscapes of Pondicherry

Photoessay: The multifaceted streetscapes of Pondicherry

And some random captures of street art….

Photoessay: The multifaceted streetscapes of Pondicherry

Photoessay: The multifaceted streetscapes of Pondicherry

Photoessay: The multifaceted streetscapes of Pondicherry

And in the midst of all this stands tall the Manakula Vinayagar Temple.

Photoessay: The multifaceted streetscapes of Pondicherry


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