Republic of Incredible India, the world's biggest democrazy
Chennai aka Madras
Kennet Lane 15
Hotel Regal +914428191122
Adequate double room for INR 520.- or US$ 11.50 per night.
Click below for an interactive road map of the Hotel Regal in Chennai, which we would recommend, and for directions:
Meeting up with saffron-clad Nepal Baba, a travelling sadhu/sannyasin/operative aus Kathmandu, heavily deodorised with incense, and exploring together Mylapore’s large Kapalishvara Temple with its soaring gopuram, dedicated to Shiva, which stands proudly out from the rather prosaic neighbourhood which surrounds the temple and consists of a colourful array of shops selling (i) cookware, bakeware, skillets, casseroles, pots and sauce pans which make it a treat for each Indian housewife to sautée, steam and boil her way through to her in-laws' favorite thalis, (ii) religious paraphernalia and non-religious vegetables, (iii) golden wedding jewellery and exquisite silk saris (up to INR 30,000.- or US$ 500.- for embroidered ones in top quality "...made of fabrics whose designers had clearly set out to prove that it was possible to incorporate every colour known to man in a single pattern...", at least according to Salman Rushdie).