Rendez-Vous #31: Discover The French Spirit Of India
This week, dive into Pondicherry, a former French trading post that France managed for nearly 300 years in India. Despite the fact that this colonization ended decades ago, the French influence still remains. Click on the images for more info.
Pondicherry keeps many traces of French colonization, although the city is Indianised. Tamil and French are the official languages of Pondicherry. The French language can still be seen on signs and menus, and heard in Pondicherry. Several monuments in the city pertain to the French period along with several cultural organisations, such as the Lycée Français de Pondichéry, which continues to operate under the aegis of the French Minister of National Education.
In the Ang Lee film Life of Pi, the opening scenes are set in the Pondicherry of the hero’s early life. The lush gardens, European mansions and elegant walkways leap out of the screen. Pondicherry is “The Indian Côte d’Azur” and “The Riviera of the East”, a haven of French style and refinement separated from Boomtown India.
Newsletter #31 – Discover The French Spirit Of India