Ben Around the World Diary – Day 66 – 16th January 2019

Ben Around the World Diary – Day 66 – 16th January 2019

– ODO- 8118 – 8260km
– Location- Nachimuthu Natrayan Thirukovil Temple, India
– Weather- 22-35 Hazy in the morning but very hot in the afternoon

Yesterday was the festival of Pongal in Tamil Nadu. Outside each house the women paint with coloured sand. Flowers and spirals in intricate patterns. Fast high pitched music, driven by frantic polyrhythms pounded out from the square outside of each temple. Kids danced and played. Parents and grandparents sat around watching. Along one highway hundreds of people dressed in their most colourful green and orange walked barefoot to – I assume – the festivities. Or perhaps they were heading home.

This side of the tea hills the climate is totally different. The heat is dryer. As is the land. From lush rainforests in Kerala, the land opens up to flat dry fields. The rivers and open-air wells sit mostly dry. I wonder how deep the water must be pumped from. I am now in the state of Tamil Nadu and the people have changed somewhat. Where I am now is markedly poorer. The restaurants are replaced with sweet shops and tea houses. The smiles are the same. As are
The signs of confusion as I pass.

Most people will never understand what I’m doing with my life.


Hi, my name is Ben and I’m a startup founder and adventurer. Highlights of my career include building three startups from zero to exit (, StreamOn and working on Aux) and cycling – halfway – around the world in 2018. Subscribe for updates, blog posts and videos on my startup life and adventure travels.
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