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Shake a leg, go cross country on a bike and embrace the monsoons with caffeine and cookies

Fusion plated
ecr4buffetbeer2Toast the weekend with a mug of beer and a buffet spread at Le Royal Park Pondicherry. Comprising 10 vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes,it includes pastas, noodles, tandoori and Indian gravies. If beer is not your drink of choice, sample the mocktails instead. `499. Details: 0413 2231500

Dance nation
Here’s your chance to nail those filmi dance moves. Shake a leg to desi beats at the Bollywood dance classes being held at La Casita. Conducted by instructor Surya, the sessions start on Tuesday, with a trial session on Sunday. Open to all. `1,000 for four classes. Details: 7639405194
Opposites attract
For those who love fusion, Jain Sweet Stall has some fun options. Try unusual combinations of popular Indian sweets and savouries like their kaaju kaatli-made in jalebi form or the date flavoured laddoos, which are a huge draw. Don’t forget to stock up on their chilli-dusted sweet cashews for the road. `600 per kg.
Details: 9344727652

Perfect cuppa
Get your caffeine fix at Auroville, as Dreamer’s Cafe is introducing their brand of authentic French-pressed black coffee this weekend. Adding to the steaming beverage is their new range of vegan orange flavoured biscotti that is fat-free. `80 for a cup and `50 each for the biscotti platter. Details: 0413 1623143

ecr3-filmCat call
Catch a charming animation film this weekend as the Alliance Francaise de Pondicherry is screening Une Vie de Chat (A Cat in Paris). It is the story of Zoe, a young mute girl who finds adventure when she follows her pet cat across the Parisian rooftops and discovers that the animal has been working as a burglar’s accomplice. Nominated in 2011 for best animation film at the Academy Awards, it makes for an ideal Sunday watch. From 6 pm onwards. Details: 0413 2334351

Pedal Pondy
Explore Pondicherry on customised vintage bicycles as Sita Cultural Centre reintroduces their popular Wake Up Pondy Tour. Join the cyclists on their ride around the city and then wrap things up with a complimentary French or South Indian breakfast. All week, from 7 am onwards . `1,200. Details: 0413 4200718

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