This weekend, hop on a cycle, drop into galleries and sit down to enjoy some Malabar cuisine
Pondicherry is already in a festive mood. Shop for silk, cotton and designer saris, silver jewellery, colourful quiltsA� and bed linen at Utsav, the pre-Diwali sale organised by homemakers Munira Lal and Akila Srikanth, in association with Twinkle Guptaa��s Bling, a city-based events management company. Today and tomorrow, from 10 am, at Centre Point Hall, Hotel Atithi. Products from Rs 15 onwards. Details: 9843331098
Head to Shopping Sorgum organised by the Rotary Club of Pondicherry Eves, to pick up homemade savouries, clothes, jewellery and more. Besides city-based participants, the fest will also host stalls by women entrepreneurs from places like Coimbatore and Madurai. While there, sign up for some games or get intricate mehendi patterns painted on your hands. From today (4 pm onwards) till Sunday, between 10 am and 10 pm, at Jayaram Thirumana Nilayam. Products from Rs 10 onwards. Details: 9843577296
Hit the road
If you want to know more about Pondicherry, hop on a cycle and be a part of the Wake Up Pondy Tour. Organised by Sita Cultural Centre, the guided cycle tour will cover various places like Sri Aurobindo Ashram and the fishermena��s haunt, Kuruchikuppam. All through the week, starting this Sunday, from 7 am to 9 am. Rs 1,200 inclusive of breakfast.
Details: 0413 4200718
For art lovers, Pondicherry-based painter Radja Peroumal is showcasing his charcoal drawings and acrylic paintings at Kalinka Art Gallery. a�?Nature always offers amazing experiences to those who interact with it,a�? says the 31-year old, who has translated his passionA� on to the canvas. Titled Natural Elements, the exhibition opens this Sunday, and will go on till December 11.
Details: 0413 2336976
Edward Chinniah, former assistant to cinematographer Arthur A Wilson (of Imsai Arasan 23am Pulikesi and Anbe Sivan fame) is exhibiting his photographs at Pitanga Cultural Centre in Auroville. Titled Life in Focus, the Chennai-based photographer features people, sceneries, birds and animals.
Till October 17. Details: 0413 2622403
Savour spicy Thalassery biryani, pazham pori (banana fritters) or piping hot puttu at the month-old restaurant, Malabar Cuisine. The Kerala staples are made with spices and ingredients (like kodampuli) sourced from Wayanad. Home delivery is also available. At Aurobindo Street, from 12.30 pm to 10.30 pm. Rs 15 onwards.A� Details: 7708733389