How [And Why] To Settle Down In A Run-Down House

How [And Why] To Settle Down In A Run-Down House
Settling down anywhere is expensive and lots of work. We are having lots of expenses,  especially fixing up the house we are renting. (In America, we would never rent such a run-down place, but this is what we are doing). Our rent is crazy cheap compared to the rent in the US, but the house needs A LOT of work that the landlord won't provide. Apparently, it is not accustomed for the landlord in India

Only In India: Unannounced Game Night

Only In India: Unannounced Game Night
Today, around 8pm, Shekhar and Adinath walked into our house (we keep it unlocked during the day if we are home) with a "Hello!" (no knocking), then grabbed the chatai (the floor mat for sitting) from the shelf, grabbed some glasses and plates from the kitchen, poured some cold beer into the glasses and some salted chips unto the plates, settled on the chatai, and started playing Rummy with two newly bought decks of cards. (more…)

Chicken Night (Mutton Sundays)

Chicken Night (Mutton Sundays)
We moved to our house on a Saturday, and the next night, two Indian friends brought homemade Indian chicken dinner to share and to eat after drinks and snacks. It was a very nice gesture. (more…)

The Adorable Wild Kitten Incident (Rabies Scare)

The Adorable Wild Kitten Incident (Rabies Scare)
For the past couple of days, I have been hearing a kitten crying. Yesterday I found him, an adorable orange kitten, in my backyard. He was meowing towards the other side of the wall where a cat was located. I figured he was stuck on this side and wanted to get back to the other cat which I could hear, and saw a glimpse of. Whenever I tried to approach the kitten, he would run

Cooking my first Indian meal (Shahi Paneer and from-scratch chapatis)

Cooking my first Indian meal (Shahi Paneer and from-scratch chapatis)
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="761"] Shahi Paneer[/caption] Yesterday, I cooked my first real Indian meal: Shahi Paneer, Basmati Rice and Chapatis from scratch! Shahi Paneer is an Indian preparation of paneer (cottage cheese cubes) in a thick sauce (Indians call it gravy) made up of cream, tomatoes and spices. It is a staple in North India. Shahi is the Indo-Persian term for royal (in reference to the Mughal court). (more…)

[First Time] Riding A Scooter To Town and Shopping For Household Goods

[First Time] Riding A Scooter To Town and Shopping For Household Goods
Today, Shekhar, our Indian friend took me to town on his scooter to meet with his friend to help us shop for household goods. The ride was about 20 minutes, my longest scooter/motorcycle ride ever, and it was in India. It was a bumpy, windy, dangerous and smelly ride, which I actually enjoyed. I have always enjoyed speed and wind, so it was fun. [caption id="attachment_125" align="alignnone" width="498"] Cows, of course.[/caption] (more…)

First Time Grocery Shopping (in Ahmednagar)

First Time Grocery Shopping (in Ahmednagar)
On Monday, July 22, I went grocery shopping in Ahmednagar for the first time. It wasn’t easy. Ahmednagar is a small town, so American known items are super limited. It may be a different story in Indian big cities. I bought a bunch of stuff I have no idea how to cook but I figured I have to learn. Indian basics like moong dal, groundnuts, lots of Indian spices, frozen paneer, and raw chana (chickpeas, which