A typical most un-Indian Pondicherry street. In general Pondichery is filled with tree lined boulevards, actual sidewalks (a rarity in India), little cozy cafes and nice town houses. In other Indian cities, by contrast, the poor live in slum like conditions whereas the rich hide away in big mansions hidden behind big gates and tall walls with barbed wire. Pondicherry is also generally much cleaner, less trafficed and less crowded than any other Indian city.
Rob and Mike walking down the beach promenade of Pondicherry. This could be any mid sized french mediterranean or atlantic coastal town.
In many other Indian cities most English place names have been changed to Indian names (even the cities themselves, Bombay now being Mumbai and Madras now being Chennai). However in Pondicherry, which is an independent Union Territory, the french street names have been kept. All names are displayed in French and Tamil as the picture shows.
Another example of Pondicherry's Gallic heritage. Asterix is a familiar cultural icon here being used in this wall painting as an advertisement for a take-away diner. Notice the french product description in the top left corner, while Asterix is speaking to us in Tamil.