Touring Chennai, India

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Wanting to see more of Chennai India the day after I met with Satish, I took a tour of the city through Story Trails. Our tour was of the temples as well as the forts held by the British during their occupation of India. Akila, my tour guide, was wonderful, her story telling brought indian history, customs and traditions alive. I enjoyed sitting in the Kapaleeswarar Temple at Mylapore and having Akila explain “Sastanga Namaskaram” (Total surrender of oneself) as people at the temple would lay flat out on the temple floor. Her personal interest in the story that I was here to tell caused us to become friends rather quickly. We shared a delicious indian coffee and Akila taught me the Indian way to drink it. Here are some of the photographs that resulted from our day. 

My incredibly knowledgeable and personable story teller, Akila Raman

My incredibly knowledgeable and personable story teller, Akila Raman

Kapaleeswarar Temple at Mylapore in Chennai

Kapaleeswarar Temple at Mylapore in Chennai

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“Nameste”

 

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Kapaleeswarar Temple at Mylapore in Chennai

Kapaleeswarar Temple at Mylapore in Chennai

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Kapaleeswarar Temple at Mylapore in Chennai

Kapaleeswarar Temple at Mylapore in Chennai

Kapaleeswarar Temple at Mylapore in Chennai

Kapaleeswarar Temple at Mylapore in Chennai

"Nameste"

“Nameste”

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Sastanga Namaskaram - Total surrender

Name Kaleem – Total surrender

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Thresholds here are considered sacred

Thresholds here are considered sacred

I loved Indian coffee with Akila and our lovely #cupofmornings conversation about Christina

I loved Indian coffee with Akila and our lovely #cupofmornings conversation about Christina

This place is breathtaking. St. Thomas Basilica was was built in the 16th century by Portuguese explorers, over the believed to be tomb of St Thomas (doubting Thomas) in 1893 it was rebuilt as a church with the status of a cathedral by the British

This place is breathtaking. St. Thomas Basilica was was built in the 16th century by Portuguese explorers, over the believed to be tomb of St Thomas (doubting Thomas) in 1893 it was rebuilt as a church with the status of a cathedral by the British

My driver (Esakki) standing in front of the Bay of Bengal. Chennai has the second largest beach in the world, behind Miami

My driver (Esakki) standing in front of the Bay of Bengal. Chennai has the second largest beach in the world, behind Miami

My StoryTrails story teller, Akila

My StoryTrails story teller, Akila

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