Chennai, India

Trip Start May 31, 2008
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Trip End Jun 01, 2009


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Saturday, November 1, 2008

After spending some time in Klang, Malaysia it was off to visit more family in India.  We arrived in Chennai and we were picked up by Latha's Cousin and taken to their house to get settled.  We have planned our whole trip around being with family in Chennai for the Indian celebration of Diwali on Oct 27th.  To spend the biggest Hindu festival with family in India was amazing.

The celebration started the night before with fire crackers going off all over the city, all the time, so much so that the noise was deafening.  We were not going to be left out of that fun, and we set off our own crackers.  Latha's cousin's kids (Puja and Sabaresh ages 11 and 7) were into the action and knew the name of every fire cracker that we had.  There were round ones that spun around fast and there were "flower pots" that when lit made a nice fiery glow.  Then there was the 1000 and 5000 that made loud noises that were really 1000 and 5000 crackers in a row. 

On Diwali morning we were woken really early and the crackers were going off again (or going off still is maybe a better way to put it).  We got dressed in our new clothes for the holiday and went to the temple.  We then came back had a little nap and went to an Indian movie which was very fun for me.  All though it was all in Tamil I could follow as there was not much of a plot but it was a very electric atmosphere in the theater.  After the movie it was back to setting off more fire works in front of their house.  The city set off so many crackers that even in the paper two days later the city air quality was still low from all the smoke.

We spent more time with Latha's relatives going to the beach one evening and going shopping in downtown Chennai one day.  We relaxed and ate home cooking which was great and prepared for our next month of moving around India.
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