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    If you are not signing up for a Pondy cycle tour or zumba class, make time for poetry or exhibitions of rugs and organic products .

    Pedal pushers
    Cyclists in the city, listen up. City-based tour organisers, Saddle Addicts, is taking participants on a two-day cycle tour to Pondicherry. To flag off from the Madhya Kailash temple, it will take you through the Marakkanam salt pans, Odiyur lake and the Auroville beach. Register for Rs 1,000 (excluding kayaking at Covelong Point at Rs 100 per head). On October 8, at 5 am. Details: saddleaddicts.com

    Tandem fun
    Sign up for a session of group games and improvisation activity at the upcoming Impro Possum workshop by Auroville Retreat. Open to all ages, the event will start with warm-up activities and partner games. The following day, the focus will be on body position and movement, character development and guessing games. October 8-9, from 9 am to 5 pm. Rs 3,900 per head. Details: aurovilleretreat.org

    Step up
    Pondicherry has a new destination for children interested in Zumba. Le Debut Fitness Studio has introduced workshops for little ones who practise this dance routine. October 3-15. Monday to Saturday, from 6 pm to 7 pm. Open to ages four to 12. Register for Rs 1,000. Details: 9600655898

    By the rug
    Woven Memories by Aurodhan Art Gallery is an exhibition featuring an ensemble of 19th and 20th century rugs sourced from the regions of Balochistan, Persia, Anatolia and the Caucasus. Besides this, there will also be a contemporary dance performance at the exhibtion by Jyotsna Rao from Bengaluru. From Rs 25,000 onwards. Till October 15. Details: 0413 2222795

    Verse effect
    People For Pondicherry (PPH) presents a bookreading event featuring the lucid poetry of Murali Sivaramakrishnan, a poet and an English professor at Pondicherry Central University. His latest collection of poems, Silverfish, reminds us of the nature of our existence and also incoporates elements from nature to bring forth his message. On September 30, from 6.30 pm onwards. At Palais De Mahe. Details: 0413 2345611

    Shoppers’ stop
    Pondy-based organic store, Cucumber Organics, is hosting another edition of their carnival, Utsav, featuring over 15 brands from across the country. Along with handloom saris from Kolkata and organic honey from Pondicherry’s Kriti Ecoboutique, the products also include organic leather handbags by Tijori, sculptures from Stone Palace and more. September 24-25. Details: 9843331098

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