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From Dakshin Chitra on the first day we proceeded to Mahaballipuram -? I had been there as a child, almost 25 years ago. The first thing that strikes you is that? the roads are brilliant. Not a single bump or pot hole in the entire journey from Chennai. None of the suburbs of Chennai felt the way that a Andheri or a Goregaon do – especially with the level of incomplete roadworks in progress here. The second thing that strikes you is the cleanliness – it is so incredibly neat and clean. No littering, no junk. The streets of Mahaballipuram are chockablock with sculpture workshops. Artisans and craftsmen create and their work from here.? A good piece of advice that i got in Chennai was to visit Poompoohar check out prices, and try and get atleast 40% lower here. But, i didn’t really go to Mahaballipuram as a shopper. Lot’s of places to catch here – The Pancha rathas, Arjuna’s Penance, The Shore Temple, Krishna Mandapa … and of course the thriving street life. When you see Govardhan Giridhari as a relief in single wall – the mind marvels at the artistry and the love that the sculptors had both to the material and to ‘God’. There is so much to do, that it will probably take a week to just explore as a tourist. As a mytho and history buff … probably a whole lot longer…

Jun 212006
 

And she did too. Lovely little necklaces, corals and keychains – by the shore of [tag]Mahaballipuram[/tag]. She gifted me a necklace for taking her photograph and then proceeded to sell me a whole array of junk that i didn’t need. But, she was such a commanding persoanality and had such excellent selling skills that a whole bunch of friends of mine are going to get corals and shells for presents. As SR put it….. what a handsome woman!