Talk – Pondicherry: the French City in India

A talk by Santhi

Date:   Saturday 24th March 2018

Time:  From 4pm to 5pm

Venue: Alliance Française Cambridge, 60 Hills Road CB2 1LA

Price:  Free – No booking required, come early!

Talk conducted in English

Pondicherry or Puducherry, South Eastern Indian city, benefits from a double culture: a clever mix of India and France, with its French street names (rue La Bourdonnais, rue Romain Rolland, …), its creole architecture, and its French establishments which are the remains of this former trading post of the Compagnie Française des Indes Orientales. Although this small town of Tamil Nadu gained its independence in 1954, after 300 years under French rule, she remains “an open window on France”, exactly as the Indian Prime Minister at this time, Jawaharlal Nehru, wished it.

From an Indochinese father and a Pondicherry mother, Santhi has always had an appetite for travel and meetings. Her first adventure started in Djibouti, at the Horn of Africa with her birth, and then continued during her childhood and adolescence as she split her time between France, the Francophone Africa, and Pondicherry, in India, her family’s ancestral home. With the wealth of riches gained from her mix of  three cultures, she worked at the National Court of Asylum in Paris, and currently lives in Cambridge where she teaches French.