With Tout Pondi getting a makeover, its creators share what makes Pondy tick in 2015
Hédi Tébourbi and Marie Rigoulet want to make life easier for a tourist coming to Pondicherry. After seven years, the French expats are giving their website, Tout Pondi, a makeover.With some quirky pictures, user friendly fonts and an autorickshaw on the mast, the website is now pleasant with a touch of quaint. “Our website was not attractive. We decided to create a new version with better design, content and with a focus on social networks. We now have a real Facebook page and a Twitter and Instagram account that will be updated every day,” says Rigoulet proudly. While Auroville-based Aurrima (a graphic designer) and 150 DPI (a web development agency) helped with tech support, the duo gives us their pick of things to do in Pondy:
? For tourists who are looking for a breakfast option, try L’Escale, where you can have home-made brioche, jams and more. Also try Artika Gallery (café des artistes). As for must-try activities, do catch up on parasailing around the lighthouse.
? Pondicherry is known for its cuisines like Creole, Western, Tibetan, Indian and French. Check out La Villa, handmade momos (on Patel Salai), Canteen 18, New Farm Fresh and the new menu at The Promenade (rooftop restaurant) are all very good.
? For the discerning, there are homemade and organic products at Auroville like Marc’s Café and Dreamer’s Café, Farm Fresh and Gelato Factory.
? For antique furniture, I recommend, Renaissance and Geethanjali. For handicraft, new stores like La Boutique Saint-Laurent, Janaki and Anokhi.