During my visit to Pondicherry cemetery in January 2005 I had a somewhat baffling experience.
Entrance to Puducherri's (Pondicherry's) French cemetery
I may add that I am a hard boiled rationalist and I am miles away from being superstitious. I had been visiting the cemetery and for a few days and had been meeting the Lady Caretaker and a young man who was her assistant. Both of them were extremely polite and helpful. In spite of my not knowing Tamil, they had gone out of their way to guide me to various little known old graves in the cemetery which I had missed during my previous visits.
A view of the cemetery
Back in the hotel about half an hour later and having become more composed I could not help wondering if it was just one of those coincidences. Or was it a message to me not to disturb the dead any more! I don’t really know.
Memorial to those from Pondicherry who died for France in the World Wars.
This post was earlier published on May 29, 2012 on my website www.gravematters.in
Photographs, text and copyright by K.J.S.Chatrath....