Our House is a Very, Very, Very Nice House

Bellecombe

We are finally back home in Pondicherry, and all moved in to our new house – a room on the roof of a small condemned building. It is bohemian, exquisitely romantic, and everything we require. These accommodations come courtesy of our friends Puru, Maya, Ajit, Bhupi, and Probir of Shuddham, a wonderful NGO working on urban sanitation and rural development issues in and around Pondy. They are using the downstairs space as their temporary office.

It has been raining almost nonstop since we arrived yesterday. The showers are substantial, though the warmth and the fact that the rain is never windswept make even a drenching cloudburst seem gentle. Every now and again the heavens really let go, releasing beautiful sheets of rain that remind one why the word “monsoon” evokes more than simply “rainy season.”

Our house stays mostly, but not entirely, dry in the rains. In a week or two the rains will stop and our leaky roof-on-a-roof will no longer be an issue. It’s not really much of an issue even now.

So, if you ever find yourself at loose ends in Pondicherry, make your way to our rooftop.

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