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A Traveler’s Guide to Riding the Bus in Tamil Nadu, India

We might just die on a bus in Tamil Nadu. According to my Pocket Earth app, we are flying along this crowded country road at 65 kph. The driver is leaning on the horn and eschewing the brake as though Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves are on board, frantically attempting to disarm a bomb. Either […]

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A guide to the best Tamil Nadu hotels and restaurants.

Tamil Nadu Hotels and Restaurants: Where to Sleep and Eat in South India

Finding the best Tamil Nadu hotels can be a tricky prospect for those of us who are used to going online, looking at a few pictures, reading some reviews, and then clicking “Book Now”. The problem starts with the online booking engines. None of them have a comprehensive selection of hotels in a given area […]

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shopping indian Chennai

A Traveler’s Guide to Shopping in Chennai’s Pondy Bazaar and T Nagar

Taking stock of the contents of my carry-on before leaving for India left me with only one conclusion… I’d have to go shopping in Chennai. You see, we never planned to go to India on this trip. It’s was kind of a surprise, like when you go out for dinner and decide at the last […]

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how to use the autorickshaws in Chennai

A Traveler’s Guide To Using The Autorickshaws in Chennai

Pop! Bang! Thwap thwap thwap. Our once-spirited ride, a bright yellow autorickshaw that had been racing through the streets of Chennai, India slowly limped to a stop, only two-thirds of the way to our destination. The driver gamely tried to carry on, but it was no use, he’d gotten a puncture crossing a bridge over […]

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