This month has been really hectic. With classes beginning, ,few industry visits, and fantastic lectures by professors who have worked for big companies, I cannot ask for more.
Ok, here are some of the interesting things for Indians here. Some Indian movies release here once in a while. My fellow college students watched Mani Ratnam’s Chekka Cheevantha Vaanam in Gaumont Wilson, Toulouse. I wasn’t interested in spending 8 Euros for a probable dud and hence, did not bother to go.
Yet another interesting thing is the Cricket club for Indians. Attaching pics below of a friend who played there.
PC: Nandan NP (also the one in the pic)
Food for vegetarians like me is tough here. French fries is tasty but unhealthy. I decided to try a Falafel roll recently.It is made of chickpeas or chana. As per Wiki, It is debatable if Falafel came from Egypt or the Arabs or from us Indians. I feel Falafel has an Indian connection to it with the deep fried chickpeas patties. These are like our Tikkis (without the Aloo) but fulfilling. Tastes best with Mayonnaise and Tomato Ketchup.
(Falafel Pic downloaded from internet. Looks better than what I ate ! )
Also, another experience was the visit to the Augustin museum( Musee de Augustine). It had some amazing Gothic sculptures and an entire section dedicated to one of the seven deadly sins as per Christian teachings- Lust.
The architecture of the museum is also of interest. It has a date palm tree like feel given to the columns.
The museum windows have these unnatural steps. Wonder why but graceful indeed.
Visits to the supermarkets in search of Indian food, fruits and vegetables is the most tiring part of this journey especially for vegetarians.
But, amidst all this chaos, it feels good to see a pink cauliflower in the supermarket. Edit: a friend says the pink cauliflowers are the spoiled ones..please refrain from buying if you see it.
And a search for pizzas led me to this chocolate pizza that I surely want to try sometime soon.
The best thing I have seen yet in Toulouse was this Classical Choir conducted by Mark Opstad( wiki article available on this man). Full credits to the choir team of Maitrise de Toulouse. But, to organize and conduct a choir of this level, Mark must indeed be a genius. The last time I had this level of goosebumps, I was listening to Udayalur Kalyanaraman’s Ashtapadhis in T Nagar,Chennai.
Here below is one of Mark Opstad’s works with Maitrise de Toulouse:
That Music has no religion and can elevate you spiritually seems to be true. Like one best buddy Deepu said in school, “Music is indeed divine”.