This shot I call “Girls Walking by in Puducherry” taken in Puducherry, India. The girls in the shot really stood out with their vibrant dresses all matching. I found Puducherry (or Pondicherry) a really interesting place to walk around. A former french colony of India sat along the beach with a definite colonial feel. You can buy wine and cheese from various boutique stores and there is even a few bakeries dotted around that are pretty good. All this was a bit of a rarity from the India I was used to and welcome little break. Interesting fact of the day Puducherry was the setting for Yann Martel’s first third of his Booker Prize-winning novel Life of Pi (2001). A portion of the subsequent film adaptation of the same name was filmed there.
The Puducherrys city plan is based on the French grid pattern and features perpendicular streets. The town is divided into two sections: the French Quarter (Ville Blanche or ‘White Town’) and the Indian quarter (Ville Noire or ‘Black Town’). Many streets retain French names, and villas in French architectural styles are a common sight. In the French quarter, the buildings are typically in colonial style, with long compounds and stately walls. The Indian quarter consists of houses lined with verandas and with large doors and grilles.