I'd settled into going to the Italian cafe each day where I spend four to five hours, eating, drinking coffee and writing. But other than a few meals at traditional Indian restaurants, have not really engaged the local culture.
Today, however, I've sourced a studio apartment for $200 a month, and will move in tomorrow. It's a more traditional neighborhood; very ethnic. I've secured the apartment until the end of the year, so hopefully will get to interact with some of the neighbors and experience the local culture.
I joined a few Meet Ups, and my first excursion will be to the Cave Resort on September 78th. Thereafter I may jump up to Mysore and Ooty.
A friend from stateside has talked about coming here in Decemer, and we'll explore the hidden lost temples of India in Tamil Nadu, as well as Chennai, Goa and Kerala.