Bonjour from France

My friends and I have moved to Poitiers, France to pursue our Masters in Aeronautical Engineering. It’s been three days and we are in love with the place. Here are a few pictures. 

  

Arrived in Paris and no trains to Poitiers in the evening. So we just went to bed at the TGV station in the airport.

 Finally arrived at the university after going through some serious shit!

  

On the way to Poitiers

 Poitiers downtown. Beautiful buildings and narrow streets.

  
My friend trying to get a good picture

 The memorial honouring the Resistance.

   

The view from my window every morning

Another window picture

 
Home is a state of mind and that’s where we’re headed now!

Thoughts from a Window sill

I’m leaving for my Masters in a month and figured I’d spend some time with my father before I leave. He’s off to work early and I’m home alone until dusk. I’ve been cooking, washing vessels, cleaning the house and trying to stay productive. All this work keeps me occupied and it feels like a lot of work sometimes. Until now I’ve never realised the importance of the fact that my mother had given up her career to take care of us and manage the house, and has been doing it for decades now. I sit on the window sill and contemplate a mother’s patience & perseverance, and the things she sacrifices, for her family’s well being.  

Kanniyakumari – The Southernmost tip of the Indian Peninsula

Kanniyakumari is the southernmost tip of the Indian Peninsula and belongs to Tamil Nadu. Here, one can witness the confluence of The Bay of Bengal, The Arabian Sea, and The Indian Ocean.

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The route to Kanniyakumari is adorned with hundreds of gigantic windmills.

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The Southernmost tip of the Indian Peninsula

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A ritual in progress.

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A couple standing still, two friends take a selfie, my brother lost in deep thought, and Thiruvalluvar’s Statue in the background.

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A selfie with the Thiruvalluvar’s Statue.

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People sitting on a ledge of the Mandap and basking in the evening light.

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People enjoying the evening waves.

Dhanushkodi – No man’s land

This was a happy town before the cyclone consumed the entire place in 1964. No one has lived here ever since. Now it’s a tourist spot and there are small stalls selling refreshments. Its around 20 kms from Rameshwaram, and all that remains are the ruins of what existed when this was a happy place filled with life. 

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The route from Rameshwaram to Dhanushkodi

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Walking into no man’s land (Dhanushkodi)

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Stalls at Dhanushkodi facing the Bay of Bengal

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View from the Pamban Bridge, Rameshwaram

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The Pamban Railway bridge, Rameshwaram

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A statue near Dhanushkodi beach

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Ruins of a church at Dhanushkodi

Boating in Alappuzha (Alleppy) Kerala

Public ferry is a common mode of transport along the backwaters of Alleppy,Kerala. My brother and I took a walk along the docking station and here are few pictures.

  
A ferry docked at its station.

 Docking area for ferries and houseboats.

  
In the foreground, A ferry carrying tourists cruises by. In the background, people wait at the stop for a public ferry, to get to their destination.

 A ferry carrying tourists along the Alleppy backwaters.

Dhanushkodi – The ghost town

Ruins of the church at Dhanushkodi. This was a happy town before the cyclone consumed the entire place in 1964. No ones lived here since then. Now it’s a tourist spot and there are small stalls selling refreshments. All that remains are the ruins of what existed when this was a happy place filled with life.