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Right up your Rue: Your Weekend Guide to Pondy

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Can’t wait to Instagram the buttery croissants before you or driven to distraction wondering how many likes that holiday selfie garnered on Facebook? Now, you can share selfies, live tweet, check out ratings for a restaurant and more, right from the beachfront. As part of the Digital India campaign, both the Promenade and the Chunnambar beach will soon be Wi-Fi enabled. To start with, high-speed Internet can be accessed from the middle stretch at the Promenade around the Tourism Information Centre this week. A one-time password is provided on registration and the first 30 minutes of Internet are provided free of cost, with various packages by BSNL available for continued usage.

Sing and Spar:

Can you tackle someone and sing while doing it- ? Dance, acrobatics and martial arts — somehow they all blend smoothly in the Afro-Brazilian art that is Capoeira. After hosting quite a few workshops to introduce the curious to this form, Pondy hosts a ‘Roda’ this Friday. In a ‘roda’, capoeira practitioners will form a circle, play instruments, sing, dance and spar on the floor. Cheer them on at the event by Ginga Sorba at La Casita on Eswaran Koil Street around 7 p.m.

Tap into pencil power:

After clay, it is the turn of the pencil in the weekend workshops as part of the continuing ‘Self-Portrait Bonanza’ by Tasmai gallery in Kuruchikuppam. Artist D. Tiroumale will instruct enthusiasts to create their own portraits in pencil. Take a pencil and tap into your inner self — you never know what you can produce till you put pencil to paper. The workshop is scheduled between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Call 0413 2221052 for details.

Scorch the floor:

SITA Cultural Centre’s ‘Open Friday’ July evenings have seen a wide range from board games to sharing stories. This Friday, join residents and tourists in grooving on the floor. The night welcomes amateurs and professionals to debut their wackiest steps and try anything from hip-hop to Kathak. Get ready for an international evening of dance.

Call 4134200718.

Turkish Tales:

Turkish artist Nurten Sozeri, who made India her home recently, tells her tales on canvas through Aurodhan Gallery’s latest exhibition. ‘The Sorcerer’s Tales of Beingness’ is as mystical as it gets. It is open till August 7 at 33, Francois Martin Street, Kuruchikuppam.

Go Arabian for a night:

Continental cuisine counters you at every street corner in Puducherry’s French Quarter. But that’s hardly the case with Asian cuisines. This weekend, the Blueline Restaurant at The Promenade rolls out a Middle East spread, including dishes like martabak omelette, tabbouleh, kibbeh, shawarma and baklava. But if your heart beats for French food, Le Dupleix’s French nights ply you with specials like quiches layered with crab meat and Classic Poulet Bourguignon.

Have a ball:

Saturday night fever grips the French Quarter again after a long summer break, when DJ gigs were scarce. Umami on Labourdonnais Street is one of the many restaurants that downed shutters for summer. To show it is all set for the season to come, this Saturday, at 8 p.m., the restaurant hosts a bash. DJ Sleepwalker will spin tracks, including deep and cosmic disco. Finger foods including pates, tempura and momos will go hand-in-hand with cocktails and beverages. There is a special offer on shooters.


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