Auroville — an ashram named after Sri Aurobindo — is situated in Tamil Nadu just near to Pondicherry. Auroville also has its origins in the French language, “aurore” meaning dawn and “ville” meaning city. It was founded as a project of Sri Aurobindo Society on Wednesday 28 February 1968 by Mirra Alfassa, “The Mother”, a disciple of Sri Aurobindo.
Tarangampadi (or Tranquebar) is a panchayat town in Nagapattinam district in Tamil Nadu near the mouth of a distributary of the Kaveri River. Its name means “land of the singing waves”. This picturesque coastal town lies 15 km south of the ancient Chola port of Poompuhar, and 15 km north of the former French trading port of Karikal. From 1620 to 1845 it was a Danish settlement ruled by Governors, till the British took over its administration. Tarangampadi became Tranquebar for the Danes!
Fondly known as The Grande Dame of Chowringhee, The Oberoi Grand is situated in Chowringhee, the prime location of the city, unrivalled by other luxury hotels in Kolkata, near the central business district, bustling markets and cultural landmarks of the city.
Sitting at home, I was recollecting our trip to Hazaribagh on Diwali eve in 2006. Uncle (Mesho) and auntie (Mejo)…
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