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HILLMAN INDIA ADVENTURE
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South India: Gallery 18
Bengal Bay Stroll I
Shop and Surf
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As we got into Mamallapuram very late at night the next day was a free day for laundry, shopping, exploring and visiting the beaches on the Bay of Bengal.  before we . Took the laundry down so I could sleep past the 9 am deadline. Didn’t want to bother with breakfast then, so just lazed about before we went to the Neelam Restaurant, linked to the Mallama Hotel. 

Walked across the street to a shop where I saw some simple Indian cotton tops. The guy kept showing me item after item as I tried them in a cubby hole in the back of the store...HOT! I finally got 2 tops and a scarf, and talked him intpo throwing in a second scarv that I liked. The guy was also a jewelry designer and kept showing me stuff, but I wasn’t interested and the prices were high. Wasdn’t keen on bargaining for pieces I would never wear.

While I was in that shop, Bill was next door chatting with the owner. He sold stone carvings, brass, copper, etc. Told me I had to go and check the stuff out as he promised the guy. I looked around and wasn’t interested until I saw a brass and black bowl. Couldn’t guess the function. It was a meditation and healing bowl. When you rub along the rim with a wooden baton, it emits a humming sound followed by the occasional clang of a bell. You can also feel vibrations up the arm, supposedly the healing function of the bowl. I couldn’t resist and bought it.

Went back to the room to cool off and then went out just before sunset to walk down to the  Bay of Bengal beaches. OMG! The sea of humanity walking to the beach. It was a tough walk on sand with stalls selling all sorts of souvenirs and food on both sides of the walk. Saw a couple of people walking on crutches and wondered whether they made it all the way. 

We noticed another raised well-groomed area with paths next to our walk and wondered why there was so few people there. Tried to find a way in but all the gates were locked. Next day we visited this fenced off area and learned that it was actually the Shore Temple.

We plowed on. When we got to the beach, it was covered with people. It was Sunday, and school was out for the summer. 


Mamallapuram Shopping






GALLERY 18
BENGAL BAY STROLL: SHOP & SURF

1. Bengal Bay Stroll  ::  2. Bengal Bay Surf  ::  Outtakes


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