I shot this video one afternoon while conducting residential surveys - I found East Raja Road to be really charming and the trip from there down the ECR to Pondicheri (a French city-state in India!) to be pretty incredible. Even though East Raja Road was dirt (most roads are, actually) the street was flush with activity - small industry (stone carving), fancy shops, commercial tourist shops, and fruit and veg. vendors. Not shown in this video were all of the cows, goats, chickens and yes...monkeys, roaming around. Leaving Mahabalipuram for points South brought us back to the ECR - which was almost only lined by rice paddies, water bodies (on either side, not just the Bay of Bengal) and palm trees. Closer to Pondicheri - which was a serious respite from Chennai - roadside activity heightened but even then the tenor of Pondi (it's short name) was decidedly clean, orderly, laid back and very very French.

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