So most afternoons I go to Auroville or Pondi (Pondicherry) by motor-bike. Most people have them so I hop a ride into town and grab a vegan coffee or french fries or a vegan treat like ladus- little sweet balls made of coconut, dates, and jaggery (raw brown sugar). They are divine. I’ve also made some friends in Auroville- Indians who work in shops I frequent and have come to know on a first-name basis. It’s been so easy to become a part of here. To assimilate. I’m also picking up some Hindi and my favorite phrase which you can use for almost anything and makes the locals smile is “tikka” which means OK. You say it fast, 3 times: “tikka tikka tikka”. I love the sound of it popping off my tongue.