Devoted Devotee

86-year old regular at Sonna Vannam Seidha Perumal
Born and brought up in Kanchi this 86 – year old is a regular at Yadothkari Perumal Temple

This man was born and brought up in  Kanchipuram. He spent his entire life in this temple town. Now at 86, he still prays at the Yadothkari Perumal Temple, also known as Thiruvekka temple or Sonna Vannam Seidha Perumal.

This temple is one of the 108 Divya Desams. It was built in the 8th Century CE by the Pallavas. It is one of the three oldest temples in this region; the temples of Pandava Doothar Perumal and Ulagalantha Perumal being the other two. There are later contributions from the Cholas and the Vijayanagar kings.

The deity is unique in that Perumal is lying with his left hand supporting his head instead of the right hand as in most other places, including Srirangam.

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Cap Malheureux – Cape of Bad Luck

Cap Malheureux - Cape of Bad Luck
Cap Malheureux – Cape of Bad Luck

You have heard about Cape of Good Hope. What about Cape of Bad Luck? I hadn’t heard about it till I visited Mauritius.

Cap Malheureux or Cape of Bad Luck is the Northernmost point in the Indian Ocean island country of Mauritius.

It is a very picturesque waterfront and definitely worth a visit. There is also a quaint little red-tiled church of Notre Dame.

In a battle in 1815, the French lost the battle and the island to the British. Hence the name.

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Notre-Dame Auxiliatrice de Cap Malheureux

Roads of Mauritius


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Panning shot at Trou aux Biches, Mauritius
Panning shot at Trou aux Biches, Mauritius

The roads in Mauritius, except a couple, are narrow but well maintained. The traffic is well disciplined and follows the rules and conventions meticulously.

There were only a handful of traffic lights. Most major junctions had traffic roundabout where the right of way convention was observed scrupulously.

Yes, they drive on the left side of the road, like India, England, Kenya etc.  One could see many brands of cars on the road – mostly Japanese and European. Toyota had a big presence. Other brands like Nissan, Honda, Hyundai, Suzuki were also visible,