On the way home from the beach
Ice cream at another beach the next day
(Kumar's son in blue)
Shopping after dinner
After ice cream, after dinner, after shopping, we had sodas at
From the bus leaving the Karaikal bus stand the following morning
Gopal, Krishna, and I took a 3.5 hour bus ride from Puducherry to Karaikal on Tuesday, 9/9/08, to visit our friends BC and Aatreyee. Bal Chandar is teaching Pathology in a medical college down there, so we stayed with them in Staff Housing. We had a wonderful couple of days with these two young people. Gopal and Krishna had known Aatreyee when she worked for Joint Assistance Centre/India years ago. She has since been working at Human Rights Law Network, publishing a book, "Child Marriages and the Law in India," in 2005. I met Aatreyee five years ago when she visited Gopal in California. We had not met her new husband, Bal Chander, until she brought him to meet us in Pondicherry a couple weeks ago. We really enjoy their company and are proud to call them our friends. Karaikal, where they live is an uncongested, coastal town - very clean and uncomplicated. We really like it there. If we don't find a nicer, cooler place, we may have to come back to Karaikal to look for a place to live. In the meantime, we look forward to coming back to visit.